Whether you’re version of Easter weekend involves coloring eggs, going to brunch, a church service or all of the above, it should also involve music. There’s so much great gospel music out there to listen to that narrowing down to just 10 songs for this playlist would have been impossible if not for the fact that many of my favorite tracks aren’t available on Spotify to share with you.
If you’re interested in making a deeper exploration of gospel music, these compilations of black gospel songs are a great place to start. As far as I can tell, none of them are currently available to stream:
- When I Reach That Heavenly Shore: Unearthly Black Gospel, 1926-1936.
- Fire In My Bones : Raw + Rare + Otherworldly African-American Gospel, 1944-2007.
- This May Be My Last Time Singing: Raw African-American Gospel On 45 RPM, 1957-1982.
- I Heard the Angels Singing: Electrifying Black Gospel From the Nashboro Label, 1951-1983.
Fortunately, there is plenty of great gospel music that is available on YouTube and Spotify. I’ve tried to create a mix of classic gospel numbers and newer, nontraditional songs.
I hope you enjoy. Happy Good Friday to you.
1. How Great – Chance the Rapper
2. When the Saints Go Marching In – Lighting Hopkins
3. It’s Me O Lord, Standing in the Need of Prayer – Charlie Haden and Hank Jones
4. The Lord’s Prayer – The Abyssinian Baptist Gospel Choir
5. Must Jesus Bear This Cross Alone – Sam Cooke and the Soul Stirrers
6. He Decided to Die – Rev. James Cleveland
7. Oh Mary Don’t You Weep – The Swan Silvertones
8. The Cross – Prince
9. The Violinaires – What He Done for Me
10. How Great Thou Art – Elvis Presley