Christian The Best Gospel Singers and Groups  

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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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1,930 500
Kirk Franklin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Christian hip hop, Urban contemporary gospel

2
1,750 444
CeCe Winans is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Pop music, Hymn, Contemporary worship music

3
2,201 586
Donnie McClurkin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Hymn, Contemporary worship music, Contemporary Christian music

4
1,244 287
Fred Hammond is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Contemporary worship music, Contemporary Christian music, Gospel music

5
1,167 264
Shirley Caesar is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Gospel music

6
1,633 411
Marvin Sapp is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Contemporary worship music, Contemporary Christian music, Gospel music

7
1,633 413
Yalonda Adams is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups

8
860 211
Mahalia Jackson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Gospel music

9
780 186
John P. Kee is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Christian music, Contemporary worship music, Gospel music

10
752 179
Andraé Crouch is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Contemporary Christian music, Gospel music

11
929 251
BeBe & CeCe Winans is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Pop music, Contemporary Christian music, Urban contemporary gospel

12
852 224
Marvin Winans is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Gospel music

13
770 207
Israel Houghton is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Christian music, Contemporary worship music, Contemporary Christian music

14
624 174
Karen Clark Sheard is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Contemporary Christian music, Urban contemporary gospel, Rhythm and blues

15
539 158
Kurt Carr is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Contemporary worship music, Gospel music

16
523 151
BeBe Winans is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rhythm and blues

17
470 129
Donald Lawrence & The Tri-City... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups

18
602 199
Chris Tomlin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Christian music, Contemporary worship music, Contemporary Christian music

19
641 221
Don Moen is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Christian music, Contemporary worship music, Contemporary Christian music

20
410 119
Youthful Praise is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Gospel music

21
629 228
Deitrick Haddon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Pop music, Electronic dance music, Urban contemporary gospel

22
312 77
Tasha Cobbs is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Jovanny Aponte added

23
559 209
Sinach is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups

24
468 165
Kim Burrell is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups

25
336 108
Twinkie Clark is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Gospel music

26
377 139
Dottie Peoples is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups

27
409 158
LeCrae is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Maduveko added Hip hop music, Christian hip hop, Gangsta rap

28
351 129
God's Property is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Gospel music

29
315 111
Albertina Walker is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Gospel music

30
380 160
Darlene Zschech is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Christian music, Contemporary Christian music

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201 53
William McDowell is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
cherie-pitts added

32
282 106
Five Blind Boys of Alabama is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Gospel music, Blues

33
296 116
Ron Kenoly is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Christian music, Contemporary Christian music, Gospel music

34
318 130
David Phelps is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Christian music, Southern Gospel, Gospel music

35
257 95
Daryl Coley is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Contemporary Christian music, Gospel music

36
321 147
Frank Edwards is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups

37
218 86
James Moore is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups

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234 116
Jason Crabb is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Christian music, Southern Gospel

39
156 59
Michael W. Smith is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
shin-fukui added Christian music, Pop music, Contemporary Christian music

40
252 131
Sandi Patty is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Christian music, Contemporary Christian music

41
182 94
Larnelle Harris is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Christian music, Contemporary worship music, Contemporary Christian music

42
199 112
The Crabb Family is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Christian music

43
181 106
Vestal Goodman is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Southern Gospel

44
131 76
Cathedral Quartet is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Christian music, Southern Gospel

45
155 99
Michael English is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Christian music, Pop music, Contemporary Christian music

46
60 15
Sohyang is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Jinsu Lee added

Contemporary Christian music

47
85 42
Kari Jobe is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Thabie added Contemporary worship music, Contemporary Christian music, Country

48
133 87
Jake Hess is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Southern Gospel

49
123 78
The Hoppers is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Southern Gospel

50
139 93
Keith Green is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Christian music, Contemporary Christian music, Rock and roll