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The Best Gospel Singers and Groups 

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Updated June 14, 2019 49.8k votes 13k voters 947.1k views 109 items

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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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Donnie McClurkin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
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Kirk Franklin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
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CeCe Winans is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
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Marvin Sapp is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
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Yalonda Adams is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
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Fred Hammond is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
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Shirley Caesar is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
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Mahalia Jackson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
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BeBe & CeCe Winans ... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
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John P. Kee is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
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Marvin Winans is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
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Andraé Crouch is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
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Israel Houghton is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
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Karen Clark Sheard is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
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BeBe Winans is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
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Kurt Carr is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
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Deitrick Haddon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
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Don Moen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
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Donald Lawrence & Th... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
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Chris Tomlin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
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Tasha Cobbs is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
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Sinach is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
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Kim Burrell is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
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Youthful Praise is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups
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Twinkie Clark is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Gospel Singers and Groups