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The best Southern gospel songs are among the most beloved and enduring tunes in all of gospel music. But what, exactly, is Southern gospel music? The genre is hard to define, but you know it when you hear it – and you can hear it on this list of notable Southern gospel songs, which includes videos by some of the gosepl’s most popular artists. Listen closely, and you'll pick up elements of traditional gospel, country, and even bluegrass music in these songs.

Some aficionados of Southern gospel call it “quartet music," because years ago, a vast majority of this style of music was performed by harmony quartets. But not all famous Southern gospel songs were performed by quartets – there are plenty of trios and duos represented here as well, along with soloists. Today, Southern gospel still features a lot of harmonies. Some top Southern gospel songs have been recorded over and over by multiple artists, speaking to the timelessness of the music itself. From Southern gospel versions of classic Christian hymns like “Amazing Grace” to the soaring spirituality of the Southern gospel interpretation of “I’ll Fly Away,” this list contains a variety of excellent examples of the genre.

Vote for your favorites among these good Southern gospel songs, and enjoy the music.

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I’ll Fly Away The Chuck Wagon Gang

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The Old Rugged Cross Bill Gaither

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How Great Thou Art Blackwood Brothers

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Oh What a Savior Cathedral Quartet

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Amazing Grace Dolly Parton

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Sweet Beulah Land Gaither Vocal Band

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I Surrender All Ruben Studdard

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Victory in Jesus Bill & Gloria Gaither

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Because He Lives - Gaither Voc... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Great Southern Gospel Songs

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Blessed Assurance Harpeth Gospel Choir

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Pass Me Not Gold City

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It Is Well With My Soul Mahalia Jackson

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Jesus Is Coming Soon The Oak Ridge Boys

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The Lighthouse The Happy Goodmans

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'til the Storm Passes By Bill & Gloria Gaither and their Homecoming Friends

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Midnight Cry Gold City

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We Shall See Jesus Cathedral Quartet

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Sweet Sweet Spirit Gaither Vocal Band & Bill Gaither Trio, Bill Gaither Trio

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I’ll Meet You in the Morning The Chuck Wagon Gang

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Through The Fire The Crabb Fam... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Great Southern Gospel Songs
yourmomchoselife added Through The Fire The Crabb Family

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He Hideth My Soul Charles Johnson & The Revivers

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When They Ring Those Golden Bells The Hee Haw Gospel Quartet

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He Looked Beyond My Faults Bill & Gloria Gaither

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Tell Me the Story of Jesus Bill & Gloria Gaither

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How Big Is God? Ray Price

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Your First Day in Heaven Bill & Gloria Gaither

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Give The World A Smile Cathedral Quartet

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There Rose A Lamb by Gold City is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Great Southern Gospel Songs