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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1,858 477
Kirk Franklin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Christian hip hop, Urban contemporary gospel

2
1,197 272
Fred Hammond is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Contemporary worship music, Contemporary Christian music, Gospel music

3
2,155 573
Donnie McClurkin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Hymn, Contemporary worship music, Contemporary Christian music

4
1,709 435
CeCe Winans is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Pop music, Hymn, Contemporary worship music

5
1,595 400
Yalonda Adams is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups

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1,595 400
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
1,129 254
Shirley Caesar is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Gospel music

8
827 204
Mahalia Jackson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Gospel music

9
751 183
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
732 176
Andraé Crouch is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Contemporary Christian music, Gospel music

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833 217
Marvin Winans is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Gospel music

12
909 246
BeBe & CeCe Winans is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Pop music, Contemporary Christian music, Urban contemporary gospel

13
754 200
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
607 167
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

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458 123
Donald Lawrence & The Tri-City... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups

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508 148
BeBe Winans is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rhythm and blues

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521 155
Kurt Carr is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Contemporary worship music, Gospel music

18
588 192
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
623 216
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
613 219
Deitrick Haddon is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Pop music, Electronic dance music, Urban contemporary gospel

21
398 116
Youthful Praise is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Gospel music

22
547 203
Sinach is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups

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455 158
Kim Burrell is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups

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285 71
Tasha Cobbs is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Jovanny Aponte added

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326 104
Twinkie Clark is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Gospel music

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364 134
Dottie Peoples is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups

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399 155
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

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338 124
God's Property is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Gospel music

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301 108
Albertina Walker is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Gospel music

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374 154
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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307 123
David Phelps is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Christian music, Southern Gospel, Gospel music

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287 113
Ron Kenoly is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Christian music, Contemporary Christian music, Gospel music

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271 103
Five Blind Boys of Alabama is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Gospel music, Blues

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252 92
Daryl Coley is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Contemporary Christian music, Gospel music

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186 51
William McDowell is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
cherie-pitts added

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313 143
Frank Edwards is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups

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213 83
James Moore is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups

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230 112
Jason Crabb is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Christian music, Southern Gospel

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246 124
Sandi Patty is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Christian music, Contemporary Christian music

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141 52
Michael W. Smith is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
shin-fukui added Christian music, Pop music, Contemporary Christian music

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177 89
Larnelle Harris is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Christian music, Contemporary worship music, Contemporary Christian music

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195 107
The Crabb Family is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Christian music

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175 101
Vestal Goodman is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Southern Gospel

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56 9
Sohyang is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Jinsu Lee added

Contemporary Christian music

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125 72
Cathedral Quartet is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Christian music, Southern Gospel

46
147 96
Michael English is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Christian music, Pop music, Contemporary Christian music

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81 37
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

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119 74
The Hoppers is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Southern Gospel

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135 89
Keith Green is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Christian music, Contemporary Christian music, Rock and roll

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127 83
Jake Hess is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
Southern Gospel