Top Southern Gospel Songs

By Karin Barga ; Updated September 15, 2017

Southern gospel music got its start over 100 years ago and since that time has touched lives by spreading God’s word. Like any genre, many Southern gospel songs become instant classics, such as “God on the Mountain” by The McKameys and “When He Was on the Cross” by The Florida Boys.

The Wallace Family

The Wallace Family, comprised of Sandra Miller’s tenor vocals, Matt Miller’s piano and lead tenor vocals, Tony Murray’s lead guitar, and Glenda Murray’s lead alto vocals have risen to the top of the Radioactive Airplay Southern Gospel Music Charts many times. They are self-described as “Singing for Jesus Southern gospel style” with songs like “He’s Always There," “If I Go Or Stay I Win" and “Miracle In Me."

Gaither Vocal Band

Gaither Vocal Band has been performing a unique blend of Southern gospel, adult contemporary and country music for nearly 20 years. According to Bill Gaither, their very best songs include “He Touched Me," “Let Freedom Ring," “I’ll Worship Only at the Feet of Jesus," “Alpha and Omega" and “I Bowed on My Knees." The complete list of members includes Bill Gaither, Lee Young, Steve Green, Gary McSpadden, Jon Mohr, Larnelle Harris, Michael English, Lemuel Miller, Jim Murray, Mark Lowry, Terry Franklin, Buddy Mullins, Jonathon Pierce, Guy Penrod, David Phelps, Russ Taff, Marshall Hall and Wes Hampton.

The Isaacs

For more than 30 years The Isaacs have been one of the most beloved Southern gospel groups around. Their sound is a mix of bluegrass and Southern gospel that reaches their audience and touches them with the heart of Christ. Current group members are Lily, Ben, Sonya and Rebecca Isaacs and Rebecca's husband John Bowman. The Isaacs received the Dove award in 1997 for their album “Bridges," which included songs “Stand Still” and “From the Depths of My Heart."

Top 20 Of The Century

The Top 20 Southern Gospel Songs of the Century audio CDs, volumes 1 and 2, were released in 2000 and 2002. These CDs included the following Southern gospel favorites: “This Old House," The Cathedrals “What a Savior," The Statesmen “Jesus is Coming Soon," The Oak Ridge Boys “Church in the Wildwood," Chuck Wagon Gang “When He Was on the Cross (I Was on His Mind)," Florida Boys
“I Never Shall Forget the Day, Speers
“Lighthouse," Hinsons
“Touring That City," Inspirations
“He Looked Beyond my Faults," The Rambos
“Without Him," Lefevres
“Midnight Cry," Gold City
“We Shall Wear a Robe and Crown," Rex Nelon Singers
“Sweet, Sweet Spirit," The Imperials
“Give the World a Smile," The Blackwood Brothers
“Who Am I," The Kingsmen “ Night Before Easter," The Stamps
“Gone," Teddy Huffman & Gems
“I Know," Blue Ridge Quartet
“Please Forgive Me," The Crabb Family “My Name Is Lazarus," Greater Vision “He’s Still Working on Me," The Hemphills “Looking for a City," Johnny Cook

About the Author

Karin Barga contributes to various online publications, specializing in topics related to canines, equines and business. She earned career diplomas in bridal consulting, business management and accounting essentials. Barga is a certified veterinary assistant, holds certification in natural health care for pets, and is a licensed realtor and property manager.