As of 2015, some of the most popular gospel hits of all time include the songs "Brighter Day" by Kirk Franklin, "Shackles" by Mary Mary, "No, Never" by Kiki Sheard and "Set Me Free" by Myron Butler and Levi, according to the AllMusic website. All of these songs are on a compilation album entitled "Wow Gospel #1s."
Gospel music is a type of Christian music that grew out of old African-American spirituals and classic Christian hymns. The music started in the South of the United States, and started evolving and being popular through the Pentecostal movement in the early 1900s. Today, gospel music is a very popular type of music both in churches and on the radio, and many popular artists, such as Aretha Franklin, had gospel hits before they became mainstream artists.
There are a number of lists and compilation albums that contain some of the top gospel music songs of all time. Some titles that are repeatedly found on these lists include "A Change is Gonna Come" by Aaron Neville, "A Song for Mama" by Boyz II Men, "Devotion" by Earth, Wind and Fire, "He Saw the Best in Me" by Marvin Sapp and "I Love the Lord" by Whitney Houston, according to the AllMusic and Classic Soul Radio websites.