What are the most popular classic gospel songs?


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"Swing Low Sweet Chariot," "Deep River," "Oh Happy Day," "Amazing Grace" and "Go Down Moses" are popular classic gospel songs. The lyrics for these songs can be found at AllTheLyrics.com.

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"Swing Low Sweet Chariot" was written by Wallis Willis. He was a Choctaw freedman who lived in the old Indian Territory. His inspiration for the song came from the Red River, which reminded him of the River Jordan and Prophet Elijah being taken to heaven in a chariot.

"Deep River" is of African-American origin. It has been sung in films like "The Proud Valley," "Show Boat" and "National Lampoon's Vacation." It has been suggested that the song offered slaves motivation and advice on how to run away.

"Oh Happy Day" is derived from an 18th century hymn. It was recorded by the Edwin Hawkins Singers. It became an international hit, reaching number four in the United States and number two in both the UK and Irish singles charts.

"Amazing Grace" is a hymn written by the English poet and clergyman, John Newton. It was published in 1779. The author got the inspiration for the hymn when his slave-trade vessel was battered by a storm, which provoked him to call out to God for mercy. He wrote the first verse of the hymn when his boat was being repaired. Later in life, Newton began studying Christian theology.

"Go Down Moses" describes events in the Old Testament of the Bible, specifically Exodus 8:1, in which God commands Moses to tell the pharaoh to release the Israelites from enslavement.

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