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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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1,374 314
Marvin Sapp is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Marvin Sapp Contemporary worship music, Contemporary Christian music, Gospel music

2
1,035 211
Fred Hammond is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Fred Hammond Contemporary worship music, Contemporary Christian music, Gospel music

3
1,679 409
Kirk Franklin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Kirk Franklin Christian hip hop, Urban contemporary gospel

4
1,437 336
Yalonda Adams is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups

5
1,908 483
Donnie McClurkin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Donnie McClurkin Hymn, Contemporary worship music, Contemporary Christian music

6
1,512 366
CeCe Winans is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
CeCe Winans Pop music, Hymn, Contemporary worship music

7
947 206
Shirley Caesar is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Shirley Caesar Gospel music

8
707 161
Mahalia Jackson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Mahalia Jackson Gospel music

9
728 174
Marvin Winans is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Marvin Winans Gospel music

10
628 138
AndraƩ Crouch is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
AndraƩ Crouch Contemporary Christian music, Gospel music

11
832 217
BeBe & CeCe Winans is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
BeBe & CeCe Winans Pop music, Contemporary Christian music, Urban contemporary gospel

12
656 153
John P. Kee is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
John P. Kee Christian music, Contemporary worship music, Gospel music

13
683 175
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
544 142
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

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478 130
Kurt Carr is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Kurt Carr Contemporary worship music, Gospel music

16
455 121
BeBe Winans is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
BeBe Winans Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rhythm and blues

17
407 99
Donald Lawrence & The Tri-City... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups

18
528 162
Chris Tomlin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Chris Tomlin Christian music, Contemporary worship music, Contemporary Christian music

19
565 185
Deitrick Haddon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Deitrick Haddon Pop music, Electronic dance music, Urban contemporary gospel

20
572 189
Don Moen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Don Moen Christian music, Contemporary worship music, Contemporary Christian music

21
493 171
Sinach is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups

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412 131
Kim Burrell is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups

23
331 96
Youthful Praise is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Youthful Praise Gospel music

24
208 40
Tasha Cobbs is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Jovanny Aponte added Tasha Cobbs

25
282 82
Twinkie Clark is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Twinkie Clark Gospel music

26
370 134
LeCrae is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Maduveko added LeCrae Hip hop music, Christian hip hop, Gangsta rap

27
319 114
Dottie Peoples is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups

28
296 109
God's Property is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
God's Property Gospel music

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333 133
Darlene Zschech is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Darlene Zschech Christian music, Contemporary Christian music

30
262 93
Albertina Walker is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Albertina Walker Gospel music

31
260 103
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
252 98
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
221 80
Daryl Coley is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Daryl Coley Contemporary Christian music, Gospel music

34
295 131
Frank Edwards is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups

35
228 89
Five Blind Boys of Alabama is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Five Blind Boys of Alabama Gospel music, Blues

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146 36
William McDowell is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
cherie-pitts added William McDowell

37
187 75
James Moore is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups

38
221 106
Sandi Patty is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Sandi Patty Christian music, Contemporary Christian music

39
202 95
Jason Crabb is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Jason Crabb Christian music, Southern Gospel

40
183 92
The Crabb Family is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
The Crabb Family Christian music

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103 39
Michael W. Smith is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
shin-fukui added Michael W. Smith Christian music, Pop music, Contemporary Christian music

42
150 79
Larnelle Harris is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Larnelle Harris Christian music, Contemporary worship music, Contemporary Christian music

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153 90
Vestal Goodman is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Vestal Goodman Southern Gospel

44
110 60
Cathedral Quartet is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Cathedral Quartet Christian music, Southern Gospel

45
129 81
Trip Lee is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Maduveko added Trip Lee Christian hip hop, Southern hip hop, Crunk

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126 80
Michael English is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Michael English Christian music, Pop music, Contemporary Christian music

47
122 77
Keith Green is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Keith Green Christian music, Contemporary Christian music, Rock and roll

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117 73
Jake Hess is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Jake Hess Southern Gospel

49
104 63
The Hoppers is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
The Hoppers Southern Gospel

50
63 26
Kari Jobe is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Thabie added Kari Jobe Contemporary worship music, Contemporary Christian music, Country