Johnson; Joel Paterson; The song has been popular with other jazz musicians, and among noted cover versions are those by Harry James and, more recently, Dr. John, in his tribute album to Satchmo.  How Music You have Kirk Franklin and no Andre Crouch, James Cleveland, Bishop Paul Morton? ‘Feeling Good’: Nina Simone’s Joyous Emancipation Anthem, ‘Beautiful Day’: The Dawn Of A New Era For U2, Best Chet Baker Pieces: 20 Jazz Essentials, Best Pat Benatar Songs: 15 Power Ballads and Pop-Rock Bangers, About Us • Contributors • Terms of Service • Privacy Policy • © 2020 uDiscoverMusic, Mahalia Jackson; Photo: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images. Gospel songs are composed and performed for the specific purpose worship and praise to God. A list with the likes is Springsteen, Cooder, Nelson, but no James Cleveland? In gospel music circles, artists purposely try to avoid calling a certain singer “the best” because the nature and purpose of gospel music is to worship God in song. While you’re reading, check out our Gospel Hits playlist here. This hit song is from the Album Staple Singers Greatest Hits, Juanita Bynum’s rendition of an aged gospel tune from the Album More Passion, The Clark Sisters are gospel music royalty. Proving that the best gospel songs truly span genres, in 1994, country singer Alison Krauss teamed up with The Cox Family (who later appeared in the Coen Brothers’ film O Brother, Where Art Thou?) Among the range of fine songs on the album is the gorgeous “I’d Rather Have Jesus,” written by the gospel star George Beverly Shea. The soaring words and melody, describing profound religious joy, strike a chord around the world, and “Amazing Grace” is estimated to have appeared on more than 11,000 albums, including one featuring a version by Ray Charles with the London Symphony Orchestra. Michael Rowed the Boat Ashore. The Gold Standard  2nd Ed. Clay Evans & The Fellowship Choir from the Album What He’s Done For Me, Ricky Dillard & New G from the Album Unplugged… The Way Church Used To Be, Rev. H./Traditional; REC: Mahalia Required fields are marked *. The Best Gospel Songs Of All Time. Great List, This Gospel Group List Is True. One of the best, one!  2nd Ed. REC: Mahalia Jackson; The Cooke; The Soul Stirrers;  Song List is a Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Carter, A. P./Traditional; REC: Each list is sorted alphabetically by SONG TITLE. "@type": "Answer", Willie/Traditional; REC: Blind Aretha Franklin was only 14 when she recorded the 1956 album Songs Of Faith (later reissued in 1983 as Aretha Gospel) at the New Bethel Baptist Church, where her father was the reverend. } Johnny Cash; Kris Cockburn; David Jacobs-Strain; Monte Montgomery, Hall, Vera; REC; REC: Vera Patterson. Gill, Vince; REC: Vince Gill; Karen Peck; Charlotte Ritchie The Gold Standard Song List is a companion to How Music REALLY Works!, 2nd Ed. Lucky Millinder; Toshi Reagon, Johnson, Blind Willie; REC: Jones; Joseph Spence; "@type": "Question", Robert Plant and Randy Travis have both sung versions of this traditional spiritual, but the finest version is the tour-de-force live one by Ry Cooder And The Chicken Skin Band. Mahalia Jackson sings Thomas A. Dorsey’s gospel classic from the Album Gospel Music Anthology (It Was Jesus)eval(ez_write_tag([[580,400],'gospelchops_com-leader-3','ezslot_24',125,'0','0'])); Clara Ward and The Clara Ward Singers from the Album Somebody Bigger Than You & I, Mahalia Jackson from the Album Gospel Music Anthology (Peace in the Valley), The amazing James Moore from the Album Live In Detroit (Live), A great gospel choir song by Kurt Carr & The Kurt Carr Singers from the Album Setlist: The Very Best Of Kurt Carr & The Kurt Carr Singers, Legendary gospel song by Inez Andrews from the Album The Soul Of Gospel, Rev.  companion to I don’t know where you got your information about Patty Griffin making her “Downtown Church” album with the Staple Singers but it is wrong. Talented on so many levels, Gurrumul resonates deep with music lovers the world over. Listen to KD LANG’S version as well as the young talented KAYLEE RODGERS’S. In June 2017, an all-star charity version was released to raise money for the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire disaster in London. A haunting example of roots music gospel. I had it long ago on an 8-track & it is the most magnificent version I’ve ever heard. elvis was the biggest gospel singer of all times, who recorded greatest gospel songs of all times. ‘Every Time I Feel The Spirit’ by The Spirit Of Memphis Quartet Karen Peck; Charlotte Ritchie, The Gold Standard Soul Stirrers; Solomon Burke; In gospel music circles, artists purposely try to avoid calling a certain singer “the best” because the nature and purpose of gospel music is to worship God in song. Sister Rosetta shreds guitar while singing in amongst the faithful. MacLellan; Anne Murray; JEFF BUCKLEY’S version of HALLELUJAH is considered by many to be the best. A gospel favorite by Albertina Walker.eval(ez_write_tag([[300,250],'gospelchops_com-large-mobile-banner-2','ezslot_22',122,'0','0'])); Colorado Mass Choir’s classic gospel song from the Album Watch God Move, Pastor Shirley Caesar sings this stirring gospel song from the Album The Ultimate Collection, Aretha Franklin performs a traditional gospel song from the Album Amazing Grace: The Complete Recordings, Gospel veteran, Al Green, sings his signature silky vocals over this gospel song from the Album Testify: The Best Of The A&M Years, A timeless classic gospel song by Aretha Franklin from the Album One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism.