Some good gospel songs include ﾓTake My Hand, Precious Lord,ﾔ ﾓMove On Up a Little Higherﾔ and ﾓTouch the Hem of His Garment.ﾔ These gospel hits are some of the most iconic in the genre.
ﾓTake My Hand, Precious Lordﾔ is one of the most enduring and influential gospel songs. Thomas A. Dorsey, a former blues musician, adapted the melody from a 19th century hymn, changing the lyrics to reflect his own sadness after the deaths of his wife and child. ﾓTake My Hand, Precious Lordﾔ is one of the most frequently covered gospel songs, performed by Nina Simone, Chaka Khan and Mahalia Jackson, who sang the song at the funeral service of Martin Luther King Jr.
ﾓMove On Up a Little Higherﾔ is another of the most influential gospel songs and also the genreﾒs first legitimate popular hit. Pastor W. Herbert Brewster wrote the song in 1947; it went on to sell over 8 million copies. ﾓMove On Up a Little Higherﾔ holds a place in both the National Recording Registry and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Vocalist and songwriter Sam Cooke wrote ﾓTouch the Hem of His Garmentﾔ on his way to a recording session; the tune became an enduring gospel favorite. The song tells the biblical story of a woman who wants to touch the hem of Jesusﾒ garment.