Many classic gospel songs feature repeatedly on most-popular lists; these include "Amazing Grace," "It’s a Me Oh Lord (Standing in the Need of Prayer)," "We Shall Overcome" and "Down by the Riverside." Modern additions to the list of favorites include "Thank U."
There are many sites that provide lists of favorite Gospel songs, the creators of the site usually choose these. Some lists feature only certain types of Gospel music, such as Southern Gospel, while others are broader in their choices. There is no definitive list of all-time favorite Gospel songs. Classic Soul Radio's 100 Must-Have Gospel Recordings list is a good starting point, however, and it is arranged alphabetically rather than with any attempt at ranking, allowing readers to make up their own minds about the relative merit of the songs.
Gospel is a living art form, and while many of the classic tunes will always be on the favorites list, new tunes and artists are springing up to compete for places all the time. The Root featured 20 of the best recent songs in its roundup of 2014, and those who are looking to broaden their repertoires of Gospel music are likely to find several sparks of inspiration there. It even features an embedded Spotify playlist so that interested people can listen to the songs straight away.