"Swing Low Sweet Chariot," "Go Down, Moses" and "We Shall Overcome" are three of the best old black gospel songs, according to WhatChristiansWantToKnow.com. Old black gospel songs are commonly referred to as Negro Spirituals and most of the writers are not known.
"Swing Low Sweet Chariot" may have been written by Wallis Willis. The first known recording was in 1909 by the Fisk Jubilee Singers from Fisk University. "Go Down, Moses" is based on a passage from the book of Exodus. "We Shall Overcome" became famous during the U.S. Civil Rights Movement during the 1960s. The original lyrics were "I shall overcome."