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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. 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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1,329 273
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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1,593 348
Donnie McClurkin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Donnie McClurkin Hymn, Contemporary worship music, Contemporary Christian music

3
1,255 255
CeCe Winans is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
CeCe Winans Pop music, Hymn, Contemporary worship music

4
1,117 218
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
1,151 228
Yalonda Adams is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups

6
843 148
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
731 141
Shirley Caesar is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Shirley Caesar Gospel music

8
708 150
BeBe & CeCe Winans is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
BeBe & CeCe Winans Pop music, Contemporary Christian music, Urban contemporary gospel

9
613 130
Marvin Winans is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Marvin Winans Gospel music

10
541 109
Mahalia Jackson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Mahalia Jackson Gospel music

11
553 120
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
531 114
AndraƩ Crouch is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
AndraƩ Crouch Contemporary Christian music, Gospel music

13
605 143
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
454 113
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
420 100
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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461 119
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
514 149
Don Moen is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Don Moen Christian music, Contemporary worship music, Contemporary Christian music

18
341 76
Donald Lawrence & The Tri-City... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups

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385 97
BeBe Winans is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
BeBe Winans Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rhythm and blues

20
487 151
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
339 101
Kim Burrell is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups

22
382 128
Sinach is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups

23
287 82
Youthful Praise is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Youthful Praise Gospel music

24
291 101
Darlene Zschech is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Darlene Zschech Christian music, Contemporary Christian music

25
316 117
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
232 70
Twinkie Clark is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Twinkie Clark Gospel music

27
274 97
Dottie Peoples is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups

28
257 87
God's Property is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
God's Property Gospel music

29
225 74
Albertina Walker is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Albertina Walker Gospel music

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221 78
Ron Kenoly is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Ron Kenoly Christian music, Contemporary Christian music, Gospel music

31
215 77
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
250 105
Frank Edwards is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups

33
179 62
Daryl Coley is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Daryl Coley Contemporary Christian music, Gospel music

34
180 67
Five Blind Boys of Alabama is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Five Blind Boys of Alabama Gospel music, Blues

35
96 17
Tasha Cobbs is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Jovanny Aponte added Tasha Cobbs

36
184 83
Sandi Patty is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Sandi Patty Christian music, Contemporary Christian music

37
169 75
Jason Crabb is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Jason Crabb Christian music, Southern Gospel

38
164 72
The Crabb Family is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
The Crabb Family Christian music

39
150 62
James Moore is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups

40
86 21
William McDowell is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
cherie-pitts added William McDowell

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130 67
Vestal Goodman is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Vestal Goodman Southern Gospel

42
62 14
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
120 63
Larnelle Harris is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Larnelle Harris Christian music, Contemporary worship music, Contemporary Christian music

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90 43
The Hoppers is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
The Hoppers Southern Gospel

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102 54
Jake Hess is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Jake Hess Southern Gospel

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89 43
Cathedral Quartet is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Cathedral Quartet Christian music, Southern Gospel

47
106 59
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

48
101 57
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
108 65
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
94 56
Gold City is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Gold City Christian music, Southern Gospel