Editors’ Notes Purists are right: Tradition is vital for gospel music. Aretha Franklin’s iconic “Amazing Grace” contains many of the same qualities that would’ve been heard in African-American services in the 19th century. On top of the age-old handclaps and backing choir, Franklin engages in a classic call-and-response with the congregation, filling them with the Holy Spirit with each spiraling cry. Yet even purists must admit that gospel has also proved to be a hotbed for innovation. Mahalia Jackson, the Queen of Gospel, incorporated jazz into her performance, and The Staple Singers featured Delta blues guitar. This trend has only accelerated in the 21st century, with urban contemporary stars like Kirk Franklin and Erica Campbell embracing hip-hop and R&B. By paying respect to the old ways while at the same time consistently renewing itself, gospel has found a way to remain a powerful form of worship music for successive generations of Christians.

SONG
ALBUM
Shackles (Praise You)
3:16
 
Thank You for It All
4:24
 
Amazing Grace
10:48
 
Soon and Very Soon
4:50
 
We Fall Down
4:53
 
Lost Without You
4:15
 
Do It Again / Blessed Medley (Live)
4:23
 
5:52
 
Gotta Serve Somebody
5:07
 
Rejoice With Me! (feat. Faith Evans)
4:24
 
Psalms 18 (I Will Call on the Name)
7:28
 
5:06
 
Can't Nobody Do Me Like Jesus
3:53
 
Victory Is Mine
5:08
 
Rough Side of the Mountain
5:24
 
Open My Heart
5:40
 
God's Grace
4:21
 
If You're Ready (Come Go With Me)
4:30
 
Since He Came (Live)
6:03
 
Change Me
6:06
 
Oh It Is Jesus (feat. Blanche McAllister-Dykes)
3:54
 
Father Jesus Spirit (Live)
6:25
 
I See Miracles
4:20
 
Strong God
4:05
 
Break Every Chain (Live)
8:18
 
Miracle Worker (feat. Rich Tolbert Jr. & Jahana Jones) [Live]
6:42
 
My Tribute
3:39
 
Trust in You (Radio Edit)
4:44
 
Balm in Gilead
6:34
 
Never Would Have Made It
6:55
 
More Than Anything
6:53
 
Every Praise
7:21
 
Walking
3:23
 
I Can't Breathe
4:08
 
Never Gonna Break My Faith (feat. The Boys Choir of Harlem)
4:10
 
War (Radio Version/Live)
3:37
 
4:08
 
3:47
 
Rewritten (Edit) [feat. Lejuene Thompson & Jason Nelson]
3:52
 
I Won't Leave You Anymore
5:44
 
Thank You Jesus (That's What He's Done)
4:38
 
I Give You Praise
4:10
 
Alabaster Box
5:32
 
Bless Somebody Else (Dorothy's Song)
5:43
 
I'm Still Here
4:39
 
4:40
 
I'll Take You There
4:33
 
Deliver Me (feat. Brandy)
5:43
 
4:14
 
Something Has to Break (Live) [feat. Tasha Cobbs Leonard]
6:42
 
Brighter Day
5:40
 
Take My Hand, Precious Lord
4:12
 
I Believe
7:54
 
The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power
2:46
 
Give Him Praise (Live)
4:39
 
Kept by His Grace (Radio Edit)
3:30
 
I've Got the Victory (Live)
5:46
 
When I Rose This Morning
6:46
 
Worth (Full Version)
5:46
 
Faithful to Believe
5:58
 
I'm In Love (More Than a Conqueror)
6:52
 
Gracefully Broken
6:16
 
Precious Lord, Pt. One
3:23
 
Celebrate (He Lives)
4:05
 
Fill This House
6:12
 
I'm Gonna Be Ready
5:38
 
Yesterday
5:20
 
5:20
 
Closet Religion
4:54
 
Blessed and Highly Favored
5:14
 
4:37
 
6:36
 
Afraid
3:46
 
He Wants It All
3:27
 
4:36
 
Made a Way
9:52
 
Joy (feat. Wendell Parker, Leah Leach & Stevia Hunes) [Reprise/Live]
3:42
 
Work It Out (Live)
5:21
 
A Billion People (Radio Edit)
4:29
 
Arise (You Are Good)
5:48
 
Worth Fighting For (Live)
6:46
 
5:59
 
Let Go
4:55
 
Fill Me Up (Radio Version)
7:45
 
4:54
 
A God Like You
6:18
 
I'll Take You There
4:19
 
I Forgive Me
4:35
 
I Will Bless the Lord
5:17
 
In The Middle
3:46
 
I Need You Now
4:11
 
9:49
 
Your Best Days Yet
5:07
 
Glorious
5:58
 
My God Is Real (Yes, God Is Real)
3:39
 
5:18
 
King of Glory
5:57
 

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