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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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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

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2,067 540
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

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1,784 453
Kirk Franklin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Kirk Franklin Christian hip hop, Urban contemporary gospel

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1,134 250
Fred Hammond is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Fred Hammond Contemporary worship music, Contemporary Christian music, Gospel music

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1,660 417
CeCe Winans is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
CeCe Winans Pop music, Hymn, Contemporary worship music

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1,539 380
Yalonda Adams is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups

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1,064 244
Shirley Caesar is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Shirley Caesar Gospel music

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776 196
Mahalia Jackson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Mahalia Jackson Gospel music

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720 175
John P. Kee is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
John P. Kee Christian music, Contemporary worship music, Gospel music

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698 168
AndraƩ Crouch is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
AndraƩ Crouch Contemporary Christian music, Gospel music

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804 209
Marvin Winans is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Marvin Winans Gospel music

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879 239
BeBe & CeCe Winans is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
BeBe & CeCe Winans Pop music, Contemporary Christian music, Urban contemporary gospel

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730 190
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

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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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BeBe Winans is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
BeBe Winans Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rhythm and blues

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442 116
Donald Lawrence & The Tri-City... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups

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509 148
Kurt Carr is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Kurt Carr Contemporary worship music, Gospel music

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566 181
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

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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

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598 208
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

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Youthful Praise is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Youthful Praise Gospel music

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

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Sinach is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups

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262 60
Tasha Cobbs is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Jovanny Aponte added Tasha Cobbs

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

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392 151
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

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

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

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

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275 110
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

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259 101
Five Blind Boys of Alabama is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Five Blind Boys of Alabama Gospel music, Blues

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William McDowell is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
cherie-pitts added William McDowell

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239 90
Daryl Coley is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Daryl Coley Contemporary Christian music, Gospel music

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Frank Edwards is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups

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

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238 119
Sandi Patty is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Sandi Patty Christian music, Contemporary Christian music

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220 108
Jason Crabb is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Jason Crabb Christian music, Southern Gospel

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Michael W. Smith is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
shin-fukui added Michael W. Smith Christian music, Pop music, Contemporary Christian music

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The Crabb Family is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
The Crabb Family Christian music

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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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Sohyang is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Jinsu Lee added Sohyang Contemporary Christian music

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167 98
Vestal Goodman is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Vestal Goodman Southern Gospel

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Cathedral Quartet is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Cathedral Quartet Christian music, Southern Gospel

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136 86
Trip Lee is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Maduveko added Trip Lee Christian hip hop, Southern hip hop, Crunk

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141 93
Michael English is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Michael English Christian music, Pop music, Contemporary Christian music

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130 85
Keith Green is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Keith Green Christian music, Contemporary Christian music, Rock and roll

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124 80
Jake Hess is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Jake Hess Southern Gospel

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The Hoppers is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
The Hoppers Southern Gospel