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Published on February 6th, 2018 | by Inspirations with Liz Black

28 Days of Gospel History – The Popular Songs

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In the ever growing catalogue of Inspirational music in the form of gospel, there are songs that are powerful mainstays. There are songs that have deep roots in the American Christian churches and the hymns that have filled their walls. Then there are contemporary songs that rise to the top like the cream of the crop. All in all, these groups of songs are known in far reaching places around the world. The familiarity of these songs, many now defined as gospel classics, resonate in a variety of spaces and are known in the sacred and secular worlds. Many have been or are high on the music charts (and some have seen prominence in charts again).

Whether the songs found root in brush harbors, European hymnals, or contemporary recording studios, the songs in this list are indeed memorable.

“Mary, Don’t You Weep” – Aretha Franklin

“Oh Happy Day” -The Edwin Hawkins Singers

“How I Got Over” – Clara Ward Singers

“Stand” – Donnie McClurkin & Marvin Winans

“Peace Be Still” – Rev. James Cleveland

“Open My Heart” – Yolanda Adams

“Precious Lord, Take My Hand” – Rev. James Cleveland

“Down By the Riverside” – Sister Rosetta Tharpe

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