Best 10 Southern Gospel Songs of All Time

Updated on April 23, 2020

It was hard to limit the list to 10

There have been so many great southern gospel songs written in the last 70 plus years that it can be very hard to limit the top list to just ten. These are what I believe to be not only the most popular songs in the southern gospel music industry but also the most powerful songs written as well.

I picked a few old songs along with a few new ones as well, so if you have been listening to southern gospel music for a long time, you will recognize some of the older classics from when they could only be heard on vinyl records and the radio.

I could not possibly list of all of the best songs in this list

There are so many other southern gospel songs that could have easily been added to the list, and trying to limit the number to 10 was difficult. There were tens of other songs buzzing through my head when I tried to make this list but I tried to narrow down the criterion to a combination of the most popular southern gospel songs and the most powerful ones as well. Hope you enjoy.

#1: The Lighthouse - sung by Ronnie Hinson

"The Lighthouse" is an old southern gospel song that is still popular today because so many people can associate with it. I don't think this song will ever "get old" because it has such a powerful message about what God has done for us.

#2: Midnight Cry - Ivan Parker

Gold City made this song popular and Ivan Parker is still known for singing this today. In fact, it is rare for you to be able to go to one of his concerts where he does not sing this. It's a very encouraging song about the Lord coming back and Ivan Parker and Gold City do a wonderful job bringing us the classic song "The Midnight Cry".

#3: Champion of Love - The Cathedrals

One of the most popular southern gospel groups of all time is the Cathedrals. They had an awesome group with Glen Payne, George Younce, Scott Fowler, Roger Bennett, and Ernie Haase. Only Scott and Ernie are still with us on this earth today, but their songs still make a huge impact in lives around the world because of their testimonies through southern gospel music. "Champion of Love" was one of the Cathedral's most requested songs and Scott still sings it today with Legacy Five.

#4: Because He Lives

This is an old song by Bill Gaither, but it's probably the most well known southern gospel song every written. Bill Gaither has probably had more influence on southern gospel music than any other singer./song writer in the world and he still sees a lot of success with the group "Gaither Vocal Band". He still has homecomings all over the place and is the main attraction at the National Quartet Convention in Ohio every year. Listen to this old classic song about the living Saviour, "Because He Lives".

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#5 What a Savior

Here is another song made popular by the Cathedral Quartet and Ernie Haas takes the lead. It's actually an old song but southern gospel music has really launched it into the 21st century and made it a favorite among churches across the country. This is actually one of the first songs I ever sang in public as a child. Watch the video below as the Cathedral's sing "What a Savior".

#6: Alpha and Omega - Gaither Vocal Band

I absolutely love this song. It is purely based in scripture from the book of the Revelation and the Gaither Vocal Band has such tight harmony that makes this song one of the most popular southern gospel songs in the last 10 years. It is a commonly requested song but you can listen to it here anytime you want. Enjoy.

#7: We Shall See Jesus - by Legacy Five

It's no surprise that we have another song from the Cathedrals. They seemed to hog all of the great southern gospel songs. This is a great song that goes through 4 key changes and builds as it goes until we finally get to the part of the song where we finally see Jesus face to face. Talk about a powerful song.

Enjoy this classic southern gospel song, "We Shall See Jesus".

#8: Boundless Love - The Cathedrals (reunion)

Do you like songs that have like 10 key changes in them and just keep building and building? Boundless love is another great Cathedral song that is still popular in southern gospel music circles, and is often requested to be sung by Legacy Five. But here we have the originals singing Boundless Love in the video clip below. You are going to enjoy this one.

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#9: There Rose a Lamb - Gold City

This is a great resurrection song and is very popular around Easter time, but why not listen to it all the time and be encouraged. Gold City and Ivan Parker made this song popular, so check out the video below to see why. And don't forget to see video #10 which is my personal favorite southern gospel song of all time.

#10: It is Finished - Gaither Vocal Band

The Gaither Vocal Band sings this powerful song called "It is Finished". It also makes a wonderful choir song. Bill Gaither is actually the author of this song and so who better to sing it than his group. Thank God it is Finished and the battle is over. Enjoy this video below. And don't forget to leave a comment or vote on your favorite southern gospel song on this page.

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You can also leave a comment below to let me know why you love that favorite song or why you think another song should be on this list. Hey, I know there are many more songs that I could have listed to let's get it out there. Don't be bashful.

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        3 months ago

        Can’t believe Elvis didn’t come in he was the greatest gospel singer I ever heard

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        Angela Brandt 

        4 years ago

        I would have added other songs only because I could never have narrowed it down to ten. The author did a beautiful job in the list though. Also I'm not sure what a previous commenter meant by true southern gospel because the groups and people in the list are true southern gospel singers. I personally would have added Vestal Goodman, Lily Fern Weatherford, and a few others, but lol that's because they are my all time favorite singers. Thank you for the article.

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        6 years ago

        @anonymous: Lisa, while I love the groups you mentioned and grew up on their music, I must point out that this was a list of SONGS, not GROUPS. And although a couple of my favs weren't on the list, I must agree that the author pretty much nailed it with this list. What songs would you have added? Also something you said puzzled me. What did you mean by "TRUE SOUTHERN GOSPEL"? You don't think the Cathedrals and Gold City are representative of Southern Gospel? Southern Gospel is a "style", not something that is simply old. To me, all the groups you mentioned AND the people on this list ARE Southern Gospel.

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        7 years ago

        I love Southern Gospel music because it is "Real" praise and worship music. When Amazing Grace or How Great Thou Art was written, where do you think the writer's mind was at? You got it, PRAISING THE LORD?? The songs, OH! What a Savior, What a Lovely Name, and I Know A Man Who Cam all praise the power, mercy, grace and love of God. You want real praise and worship, then get into these songs and what the Lord honor you with His presence.

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        7 years ago

        i love southern gospel...but you do not show the true southern gospel.. there was no stamps quartet, no statesman quartet, no plainsman, no blackwood brothers, no florida boys... you did NOT represent TRUE SOUTHERN GOSPEL!!! :i

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        Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

        8 years ago from United States

        You have listed some really wonderful songs! It is truly impossible for me to select an all time favorite because different songs touch my heart and soul at different times and for very different reasons :)

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        8 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

        That was hard picking a favorite, I like so many of them. Thanks for sharing this inspirational music! =D


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