Top 11 Black Contemporary Gospel Songs Of All-Time Vol.2

| October 13, 2013 | 1 Comment

What are the ten best-selling black gospel songs of all time? According to “Uncloudy Days: the Gospel Music Encyclopedia”, the one song at the top of the list is “Oh Happy Day,” released by The Edwin Hawkins Singers in 1969. The other nine are up for debate, depending on how you define black gospel music.

The definition of black gospel varies greatly according to culture and society, but the common theme is worship and praise to God. With the rhythm and beat of urban contemporary music, black gospel expresses Christianity in a way no other music can. A good gospel song can break the chains of tradition and even cross over to styles and genres never before reached in traditional gospel music.These Songs was played not only on Sunday for the praise and worship experience but enjoyed on any day.

11. Sounds of Blackness – Keep Your Head to the sky (Optimistic)
Sounds of Blackness is a Grammy Award-winning vocal and instrumental ensemble from Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota who perform music from several genres music including gospel, R&B, soul, and jazz. The group scored several hits on the Billboard R&B chart and Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart in the 1990s. Cynthia Johnson of Lipps Inc. fame and Grammy winner Ann Nesby are the group’s most prominent alumni.

10. Jesus Is Love – Commodores

JESUS IS LOVE Was written by: Lionel Richie and released on the Commodores 1980 album entitled:HEROES . Back in the 1980 contemporary radio stations stayed away from playing gospel songs except on Sundays but this song by the Commodores became a hit on the r&b charts, going all the way up the charts to break within the top 40.

9. HIS EYE ON THE SPARROW – Lauryn Hill And Tanya Blount
Although this was a classic long before the song was featured in the movie Sister Act 2 these girl made everybody and their cousin want to sing this song in church.

The full version

8. Mary Mary – Go Get It
This song is so gangsta! In Your face! Go Get Your BESSINGS! In a hardcore feel telling people that your blessings are already their for the taking. ITS YOUR TIME!

7. Donnie McClurkin- “We Fall Down” (Live) In London

6.Kurt Carr – I Almost Let Go

I am a witness: I Almost let go I felt like I just couldn’t take life any more
My problems had me bound Depression weighed me down
But God held me close So I wouldn’t let go God’s mercy kept me
So I wouldn’t let go

5.The Winans – Tomorrow

The Winans Family sing Tomorrow at Whitney Houston’s funeral

4. Marvin Sapp – Never Would Have Made It
“Never Would Have Made ItNever Would Have Made It” is a single by American gospel singer Marvin Sapp from his seventh studio album Thirsty. Sapp wrote this song as a tribute after the death of his father, Henry Lewis Sapp, Jr. He testifies that it was created by divine inspiration the Sunday after his father’s burial.The song is Sapp’s biggest success so far on American music charts. The song peaked at #82 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the U.S. It also topped the Billboard Hot Gospel Songs chart and reached the top twenty on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs listing. The song was also certified platinum by the RIAA.

3. Kirk Franklin – Smile
Kirk Franklin is considered the most popular and successful gospel artist of our time in this song Franklin says “I dedicate this song to recession,
Depression and unemployment. This song’s for you. Today’s a new day”

2.Tamela Mann – Take me to the king
Tamela Mann has done it all in the entertainment field. She is a Broadway actress who has done shows with Tyler Perry’s stage productions. Currently she can be seen regularly on the TBS comedy sitcom with her husband “Meet The Browns”.

1. Tasha Cobb – Break Every Chain


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Darnell Moore has extensively studied music and urban culture both academically and professionally for over 20 years. His writings and posts have appeared in many major urban publications. Moore is the founder and creator of Memoirs of an Urban Gentleman. Contact him , or

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