The Lighthouse is one of my favorites, an old one.
A favorite contemporary one is The Voice of Truth by Casting Crowns.
Anyone else want to mention or post theirs?
"How great thou art."
Sung by Paul Robeson from memory. A beautiful bass baritone/basso profundo voice..... perfect for the song.
Old Rugged Cross is a great one. Give me Jesus by Jeremy Camp is also a great one.
Did you ever hear Howard Morrison sing it Earnest -Maori entertainer (passed on last year) but he was awesome too.
This is a must listen, you will love it. Absolutely beautiful song. I cried the first time I heard it.
I Am Weary - Let Me Rest
Non of them is written by Jesus himself or approved by him.
I beg to differ. And maybe I'll tell you why sometime.
In the meantime, tell me why you said that. I'm....pretty sure, given your lack of Faith in Him, that He didn't tell you that.
So......do you like any of those songs?
You know this person is just trying to disrupt what has been a very nice thread, don't you?
I say we don't let that happen, and just ignore that post.
You may be right.
Hey, I was thinking of one of my favorites---He Reigns by the Newsboys. I can listen to that one over and over. Maybe I can find a link....
There are some really good specifically Christmas songs too. I think my favorite is It Came Upon A Midnight Clear. What's yours?
I would have to say that Go Tell It On The Mountain and Do You Hear What I Hear? have to be two of my most favorite Christmas songs.
I love them! And I'm lucky enough to be married to a husband who sings and plays guitar, so he took all my favorites and sang and recorded them himself for me...it's my favorite thing to listen to at Christmas!
Jesus did not sing them and did not teach them; it is sure.
And you know this because you know Jesus personally and know what He likes and doesn't like? To you, Jesus is dead. I know Him personally though. He is alive and behold, He's alive forevermore.
it's hard to pick The best gospel song. it depends on the state i'm in when i listen to the songs.
when i'm down, i find that kirk franklin's songs do not work for me. when i'm happy his songs work
check out one of my local church friends on youtube. he's brand new and undiscovered. the title of the song is PHASE BY MARCUS
they told him don't quit his day job. but tell me what you think
I think he has talent. It's not my favorite style of music or lyrics, but the message is about God and how He can change people, so it's cool!
It reminds me of the time my son "mixed" a tape for me when he was a teenager. He was into listening to some of the rap music and such, and he gave me a tape for my birthday. At first I wasn't sure about it, but I listened to the whole thing and the message was how much he loved me and was beautiful. Praise God for His gifts to everyone who tunes their ears toward Him!
“God Is Always Greater” by Dan Burgess this song is an awesome praise for the Greatness of God...Here are excerpts of the lyrics...
When we’ve gone as far as we can go.
When we’ve fought as hard as we can fight;
When we’ve climbed beyond our hopes and dreams
And still can’t make it right.
When we’ve spent all our will to believe,
When we’ve lost our desire to carry on;
When we’ve been through all we can endure,
There’s one hope we stand upon.
God is always greater,
God is always greater;
No matter how great we think Him to be,
His love is always greater.
God is always greater,
God is always greater;
No matter how deep or great the need,
God is always greater.
When we’ve won every race to be won,
When we’ve claimed every honor and prize;
When we have it all but still can’t keep
The tears from our eyes.
When we think we’ve seen all God can do,
When we’ve learned all He’s capable of;
We need to know we can never fully grasp
The measure of His love.
May Christ dwell in your hearts through faith,
And may love be the root of your life;
That you may grasp the breadth, the length, the height
And the depth of the love of Christ!
I would have to agree with Brenda on "The Lighthouse." One of the best songs, whether gospel or non-gospel written. Have played and performed the song with a couple of groups.
"I Can Only Imagine" and "Word of God Speak" by MercyMe are two I would add to the greatest songs category.
Steal away is a great song. I'm pretty sure Robeson recorded it too?
I remember hearing this song while growing up - Just A Closer Walk With Thee.
My dad used to sing, hum and whistle gospel songs while working around the house and yard. He loved the old hymns.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I6fgI50v … re=related
I am with Earnest. "How great thou art" with "On the wings of a dove" a close second.
Great topic, Brenda! I have a hard time choosing only a few, because this is what I do, and there are so many. Among the best IMO:
If We Are the Body (speaking of Casting Crowns ) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SExJ9od-0zQ -
awesome video, though not professional quality
Traditional type - Great Is Thy Faithfulness
My Faith Has Found a Resting Place
Contemporary hymn - How Deep the Father's Love for Us by Stuart Townend http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YV2zMZ-nZ7k
Not sure of the title, but think it is the same as the words in the chorus, "When jesus comes"
Well, I searched and found a whole bunch that this could be! These are the strongest candidates. [sung by / style / link / sample lyrics]
1) The Persuasions (a cappella group) - black gospel
Everything's gonna be all right, when Jesus comes
I won't have to cry no more, when Jesus comes
2) Lester Roloff - old-time gospel
When Jesus comes, The tempter's power is broken,
When Jesus comes, the tears are dried away
3) Heritage Singers - entertainment-style gospel - quartet with orchestra-band
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94pLd0rR … re=related
We can't remember all the blessings we share ...
We'll have only just begun when Jesus comes
There'll be rejoicing on every hand as we enter glory land.
4) The Cathedrals - Southern gospel
Oh what a shout will rise across the vaulted skies
when Jesus comes in the clouds
we'll leave all pain and care and in this glory share
when Jesus comes in the clouds
all sorrow will be past, eternal joy at last....
5) Elliott Kimmel - 70s folk-style gospel - solo with guitar
It's been a long, long time, I've been searching for my home.
At night I close my eyes, wonder which way I should roam.
When Jesus comes to relieve me, and I feel He's coming soon to receive me,
When Jesus comes, please remember, He's coming for you too.
Oh my goodness!! Well, I said there was a bunch.
I ended up discovering some new (to me) music, and that's almost always fun.
@Virgil, Petra sings some of my favorites too.
It's something I do enjoy, so it didn't feel like any effort at all. (But "you're welcome" anyway - )
If you think of any more snatches of the lyrics, who may have sung it, or when it may have been especially popular, I can look some more.
@ Virgil again - I was just listening to Petra, "Not of This World" (one commenter compared them to Pink Floyd) and "Coloring Song," where the songwriter had actually dropped a comment on YouTube. Petra's harmonies are incredible. Stellar. There's hardly a word powerful enough to describe them.
I am a Third Day fan also so "Thief" would have to be near the top of the list for me. Of course there is another I love called "Cry Out to Jesus."
Mighty to Save is right up there for me - it has been sung by various artists but I saw Michael W. Smith sing it live in concert and it was phenomenal!
Michael W. Smith's hometown is not too far from me. He is very good at praise and worship.
Kutless is another of my favorite groups. Many songs including, "Take me in to the Holy of Holies," originally done by Petra, if I am not mistaken. Kutless is more a Christian Rock genre.
Take me in to the Holy of Holies
Take me in by the blood of the lamb
Take me in to the Holy of Holies
Take the coal, touch my lips, here I am.
I am listening to a new Casting Crowns song titled, "Jesus, Friend of Sinners." I have no idea why I can listen to it as it is on a yet to be released CD titled, "Come to the Well." It is a great song.
I'm getting seriously sidetracked at YouTube. I don't always check there for music, and I should.
- - - Michael W. Smith leading a large group in You Are Holy (Prince of Peace);
- - - Ancient of Days sung by a black gospel choir; I couldn't find their name; both of these songs are way up there on my list.
You're right about genres. I took Brenda's title to be generic, rather than precisely the gospel genre(s). It's true that a whole lot of my favorites are Christian Rock.
About the Casting Crowns song: they have sung it in concert, even though the album has not been released yet.
I'm going to check the other new-to-me songs mentioned here, but I think I'm sort of hijacking this thread, so I'll hush for a while. Good night, all.
I just went to listen to that one. I don't know how I've missed it in the past! You're right, it really is great. Powerful.
Another terrific one by Casting Crowns - Who Am I?
Another wonderful traditional hymn - It Is Well with My Soul.
And Southern gospel - O What a Savior, especially sung by Ernie Haase and the Cathedrals.
Like Paul Robeson's profound bass, Ernie Haase's high, powerful, and sweet tenor does something awesome to this song. I've listened to three different versions tonight (different years), and each one is amazing and full of strong feeling. [Edit - Two of the versions are actually "Ernie Haase and Signature Sound."]
I LOVE the way Alison Krauss sings gospel, and she did a few songs on the movie soundtrack of "Oh, Brother, Where Art Thou?" with Gillian Welch and Emmylou Harris.
If you love old (or old style) gospel songs such as "Down in the River to Pray", "I'll Fly Away", and "I am Weary, Let Me Rest", plus several more, check out that soundtrack, or go to YouTube.
Or better yet--watch the movie, it's hilarious!
Here's the links to some of the songs from it:
I'll Fly Away-- http://youtu.be/sdRdqp4N3Jw
Down In the River to Pray-- http://youtu.be/pgVL-rBq9Fw
I Am Weary, Let Me Rest-- http://youtu.be/LeKnZnrGhLg
This is a clip from the movie where George Clooney "performs" Man of Constant Sorrow"... http://youtu.be/VxGMWCnyNzg
This is a terrific movie with wonderful old-time music in it!
I don't often say this TamCor, but despite my computer dying in the middle of the clip, I went back and watched it again, and will see that movie!
Very fine all round, and funny as it gets,
The Man in the middle done by a good friend of mine.
I've heard most of those songs. I don't worry about the genre, I guess; I call 'em all Gospel songs. I especially like Mighty to Save and Holy of Holies (and it reminds me of Worthy is the Lamb, which I love) and I'll Fly Away (my Mom's favorite song) and Ain't No Grave (was my Dad's favorite song!). So cool that y'all posted those!
The Dearest Friend I ever Had by my friend Chuck Compton.
Here I Am, Lord
On Eagle's Wings
How Great Is Our God (agreeing with sofs )
I love when naysayers come and write that Jesus did not sing, shout, run, jump etc. . . When the children of Israel crossed the Red Sea, they sang and rejoiced. Those that Jesus healed shouted and leaped giving praise and glory to God.
Even the lame man who was sitting at the porch of the Temple leaped and praised God after his feet were healed.
When the prodigal son returned there was singing and rejoicing. Everyone was happy except for his older brother.
The point is not whether or not Jesus rejoiced, ran, leaped, sang, etc. . . Those He touched did those things. If He was to touch any of you today, would you do these things?
Glory to God is a great song.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XTzA1r14 … re=related
I like TamCor's suggestion above. I also like having this thread bumped occasionally.
How could I have omitted Blessed Assurance?!
(traditional) Once to Every Man and Nation
(contemporary) Let the River Flow
Thank You, Lord
(contemporary) Come Let Us Worship the King
Breath of Heaven (usually makes me cry)
(traditional) The First Noel
Joy to the World
I love Father Along
and Let The River Flow! (thanks Aficionada).
Where The Soul Never Dies
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GnMLM5t7 … re=related
I love Oh Happy Day!, and it always makes me feel more positive, even though I am not a Christian.
I like that song also though it is not one of my all time favorites.
The Conversation by The Paynes is another good one.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H05OugmZ … r_embedded
Neither am I , but I like that song too. It's bright and cheery, actually when I think about it I do quite like gospel.
The Christians have all the best songs - it's not fair. There should be an atheist gospel choir somewhere, singing songs like this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ryWVRS4a … re=related
My favorites are "He saw the best in me" by Marvin Sapp and another called "Rebuild me" by Jay Moss.. These songs do something to my soul! Maybe Ill listen to them now since I saw this post.
Jesus did not sing them and did not teach them; it is sure.
There are no songs in Bible which Jesus wrote, sang and acted upon.
Certainly not the broken record you keep playing.
Brenda you can be really witty and dry.
Yes, in responding to dry lifeless anti-Christian statements. ha.
But those good ol' Gospel songs bring tears to my eyes and softness to my heart!
That post really made me giggle I'm actually not a christian but I can really appreciate gospel music, I think it's quite beautiful and really uplifting.
Yeah it sure is.
I can't get through most of the songs without dancing (privately; I can't dance well); and in church I can barely get through 'em without crying. I turn into a ball of emotional mostly-happy mush....
I think it's awesome that they have a good effect on 'most everyone including non-Christians as you said.
"Power in the Blood"
"Crown Him With Many Crowns"
"Great, is Thy Faithfulness"
Top 3 that come to my mind...
im not sure if this is gospel or not.
but i think it is.
You are welcome, Eaglekiwi. He had a beautiful voice - a powerful rendition of the song.
While I was at YT, I looked up another favorite of mine: "I See the Lord."
I couldn't decide between versions, so here they all are -
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R2xLvQW59OI - shortest; no onscreen lyrics, but gorgeous, gorgeous nature pictures
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fCy_K2Pzd1I&NR=1 - with lyrics; beautiful solo and gospel choir
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KHMsCIk4 … re=related - with lyrics; done by a very good praise band in a church worship service
The last one is the best in my view, the voices are beautiful.
I liked that one a lot, too. In fact, I liked each one in different ways. I love the nature pictures in the first one - many of them seem almost like the temple that is mentioned in the song. They create a worshipful mood, to me.
But I agree that the voices in the last video are very beautiful. If I'm not watching the pictures, but only listening, that is the one I would choose for sure.
I have always loved singing that one too. When my former praise band would sing this, when we started the "Holy, holy..." part, we would begin almost in a whisper, drums very soft, and then just keep building throughout the refrain. It was very moving.
Gospel music is very moving, even when you do not believe the lyrics.
I may join a choir myself. Some of our churches here have room for non-believers in the choir. My son was a chorister for many years, until his voice broke.
Sounds good to me! I don't know where they are located, but a great amount of wonderful contemporary praise music is under copyright to Hillsongs Australia. I don't know if there is any one mega-church that produces a lot of it, or if it's many different churches. But they are wonderful songs, in any case.
And I think Darlene Zschech (sp? somebody help!) is from Australia - I'm pretty sure. She wrote and performed one of the best-loved: Shout to the Lord.
I would welcome non-believers in my choirs (I'm not leading one right now, but anyway... ). I hope you do join one. It can be very uplifting in a lot of ways.
I agree - very moving, regardless of overall belief!
Higher and Higher and Oh Happy Day are two of my favourites. I can't decide between The Statler Brothers' version or Aretha Franklin with Mavis Staples version of Oh Happy Day...
Found this while browsing YT, Daddy Sang Bass: http://youtu.be/K4nPiPsS9CQ
There are some amazing versions of Oh Happy Day - Ladysmith Black Mombaza; Choeur Gospel Celebration de Quebec; Soweto Gospel Choir.
If you like gospel quartet music, you might like Kenny Rogers and the Oak Ridge Boys - Love Lifted Me.
One of the greatest I think:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B7gAkjaq … re=related
Oh, I love that song! Definitely one of the greatest.
PS - When I went to view that video, I did some rummaging around while there and found some more music by Buddy Greene, an absolutely amazing musician. This is not a Gospel song, but a great performance absolutely worth watching: Buddy Greene, Harmonica Master
Yes, I saw that. He is an awesome musician! But I really like his voice even better I think. I think he's as good as Mark Lowry (who is awesome!) Buddy's has a softness as well as the deeper tones; he reminds me of the guy who sings that really good patriotic song.....oh shoot...I can't think of his name OR the song right now, lol, but I think it's also Green....
OH oh oh I got it. Lee Greenwood is who he reminds me of.
None of these songs were sung by Jesus or Mary; so none of these presents what Jesus believed in or acted upon.
Not the point as far as I'm concerned. Gospel music is amongst the best music we have.
Just exchange the word allah for god and it will be fine.
Not that I suspect to ever get a straight answer from our on board Islamobot, but how do you know that?
If you think Jesus ever played any music; what is your source of information; please quote it.
What? YOU SAID: "Jesus never played any music. "
That is YOUR claim. Tell us how you know that?
He was a carpentar,wow bet he made at least one instrument.
Jesus was also a Jew who love to sing and dance.
"Lord ,make me an instrument ,an instrument of worship,
I life up MY VOICE" TO to you la la la
Did Muhamed ever play music Paar? Do you think he had a sense of humour? Was he a fun guy to hang out with, full of joy and laughter?
Jesus never played any music. Oh, why do I disagree with that.
Music, is a way to any heart.
Get out of that box.
Ah, paar, always nice to see you, buddy. I was wondering when you would make another appearance.
I guess we need to post a link to the Magnificat (sung by Mary). Or songs derived from the hymn to Jesus in Philippians. Or the Psalms - many of which Jesus would almost certainly have sung at the synagogue. Or Moses' song from Exodus 15 - a great group song even today.
Even if we don't know the tunes they used, we can enjoy singing these words from the Bible along with new tunes; and we can sing new words too, because we are following the Biblical injunction, "Sing unto the Lord a new song." And, from the letter to the Ephesians, "be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord."
It's a wonderful way to overflow with the joy of the Lord.
Peace in the Valley
Love it. Loved almost everything Elvis did too.....I say "almost" because he did some....ahem....pretty suggestive shows and provocative songs too. I remember when I was a teenager, I bought an Elvis album. It contained, of course, the song Hunk of Burning Love. My parents let me listen to it a few times, but I took the hint when I heard Mom kinda quietly say something like Well huh burnin' love, that doesn't sound so nice. My Mom kept me in check by showing me both the Love of God and by appealing to my sense of right and wrong during my teen years. Guess that's why I kept returning to the right way after so many years, that verse about training up a child in the way they should go, and when they're old they won't depart from it.
Praise God and Amen for Godly parents!
I think Elvis kinda missed his true calling; he got sidetracked during his adult years for a while. And I hope he's in Heaven, 'cause I think he must've Loved the Lord, at least at some point in his life, and I hope he called out to Him before he died. Elvis rocked! But God is the One who's totally awesome!!!
I am very fond of any song sung by Vestal Goodman of the Happy Goodman Family. God rest her soul.
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