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Gospel music is one of the oldest forms of music. With its origins being traced back as far as the 17th century, Gospel singers have preached the words of the good book for centuries and are making some of the best gospel and Christian songs of 2018. Gospel singers for a long time had to sing without musical accompaniment outside of clapping and stomping - black gospel music has a strong tradition of using the human hands and feet as instruments. More recently, these hymns and songs feature the same strong harmonies, but also organs to tambourines to electric guitars. Beginning in the 1920s and 1930s, gospel artists became some of the most popular singers in the world. The best gospel singers are wildly popular in the Christian community are closely associated with other Christian singers. Today, within the Christian community, gospel singers are as, if not more popular than Christian rock bands, which is saying a lot.

So, who are the best gospel singers? Any list of gospel artists has to include male gospel singers like Kirk Franklin, Marvin Sapp, BeBe Winans, and Fred Hammond, as well as female Christian singers like CeCe Winans, Yalonda Adams and Shirley Caesar. These gospel singers are considered some of the best in the genre and it's with good reason that they're at or near the top of this poll. The best gospel artists are well represented on this list and with good reason. When you think of Christian singers and gospel artists, you should be able to use this list as a great point of reference.

That said, it's up to you to determine who are the best gospel singers. If you notice that a gospel singer is missing, feel free to add them. This list answers the questions "who are the best gospel music bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest gospel musician ever?" If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular gospel music bands that you might've heard of. 

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1,472 326
Kirk Franklin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Kirk Franklin Christian hip hop, Urban contemporary gospel

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2
1,381 301
CeCe Winans is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
CeCe Winans Pop music, Hymn, Contemporary worship music

3
1,735 405
Donnie McClurkin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Donnie McClurkin Hymn, Contemporary worship music, Contemporary Christian music

4
1,248 263
Marvin Sapp is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Marvin Sapp Contemporary worship music, Contemporary Christian music, Gospel music

5
1,292 280
Yalonda Adams is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups

6
925 173
Fred Hammond is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Fred Hammond Contemporary worship music, Contemporary Christian music, Gospel music

7
826 170
Shirley Caesar is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Shirley Caesar Gospel music

8
670 152
Marvin Winans is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Marvin Winans Gospel music

9
771 191
BeBe & CeCe Winans is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
BeBe & CeCe Winans Pop music, Contemporary Christian music, Urban contemporary gospel

10
604 130
Mahalia Jackson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Mahalia Jackson Gospel music

11
597 129
John P. Kee is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
John P. Kee Christian music, Contemporary worship music, Gospel music

12
566 126
AndraƩ Crouch is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
AndraƩ Crouch Contemporary Christian music, Gospel music

13
640 157
Israel Houghton is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Israel Houghton Christian music, Contemporary worship music, Contemporary Christian music

14
501 130
Karen Clark Sheard is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Karen Clark Sheard Contemporary Christian music, Urban contemporary gospel, Rhythm and blues

15
444 113
Kurt Carr is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Kurt Carr Contemporary worship music, Gospel music

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492 137
Chris Tomlin is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Chris Tomlin Christian music, Contemporary worship music, Contemporary Christian music

17
423 106
BeBe Winans is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
BeBe Winans Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rhythm and blues

18
369 85
Donald Lawrence & The Tri-City... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups

19
537 166
Don Moen is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Don Moen Christian music, Contemporary worship music, Contemporary Christian music

20
525 164
Deitrick Haddon is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Deitrick Haddon Pop music, Electronic dance music, Urban contemporary gospel

21
375 115
Kim Burrell is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups

22
439 151
Sinach is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups

23
312 88
Youthful Praise is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Youthful Praise Gospel music

24
257 72
Twinkie Clark is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Twinkie Clark Gospel music

25
344 124
LeCrae is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Maduveko added LeCrae Hip hop music, Christian hip hop, Gangsta rap

26
298 100
Dottie Peoples is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups

27
159 27
Tasha Cobbs is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Jovanny Aponte added Tasha Cobbs

28
276 96
God's Property is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
God's Property Gospel music

29
308 118
Darlene Zschech is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Darlene Zschech Christian music, Contemporary Christian music

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238 82
Albertina Walker is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Albertina Walker Gospel music

31
238 90
David Phelps is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
David Phelps Christian music, Southern Gospel, Gospel music

32
231 87
Ron Kenoly is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Ron Kenoly Christian music, Contemporary Christian music, Gospel music

33
269 115
Frank Edwards is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups

34
194 72
Daryl Coley is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Daryl Coley Contemporary Christian music, Gospel music

35
122 26
William McDowell is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
cherie-pitts added William McDowell

36
196 80
Five Blind Boys of Alabama is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Five Blind Boys of Alabama Gospel music, Blues

37
164 68
James Moore is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups

38
201 97
Sandi Patty is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Sandi Patty Christian music, Contemporary Christian music

39
181 86
Jason Crabb is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Jason Crabb Christian music, Southern Gospel

40
171 80
The Crabb Family is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
The Crabb Family Christian music

41
137 70
Larnelle Harris is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Larnelle Harris Christian music, Contemporary worship music, Contemporary Christian music

42
83 26
Michael W. Smith is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
shin-fukui added Michael W. Smith Christian music, Pop music, Contemporary Christian music

43
139 78
Vestal Goodman is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Vestal Goodman Southern Gospel

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99 52
Cathedral Quartet is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Cathedral Quartet Christian music, Southern Gospel

45
112 66
Keith Green is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Keith Green Christian music, Contemporary Christian music, Rock and roll

46
108 63
Jake Hess is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Jake Hess Southern Gospel

47
97 53
The Hoppers is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
The Hoppers Southern Gospel

48
112 67
Michael English is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Michael English Christian music, Pop music, Contemporary Christian music

49
116 72
Trip Lee is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Maduveko added Trip Lee Christian hip hop, Southern hip hop, Crunk

50
102 63
Gold City is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Gold City Christian music, Southern Gospel