1:47 am - 03/02/2013

10 Great Songs with Gospel Choirs

Admit it. We’ve all felt the chills when hearing the awe-inspiring roar of a gospel choir join into the melody of a song. When reaching the crescendo into hand-clapping, feet-stomping choir vocals, it’s hard to resist belting out right along with them.

To honor this musical trend, we complied a list of 10 great songs that use gospel choirs.

10. “O Children” by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds kick off our list with their hauntingly beautiful “O Children.” Backing Cave’s hypnotic vocals, a choir of gospel singers provide soulful harmonies to the hymn-like song. “O Children” is also featured as the soundtrack to Harry Potter and Hermione Granger’s (awkward) dance scene in 2010’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1.

8. “Like a Prayer” by Madonna

Widely known for its overwhelmingly controversial music video, “Like a Prayer” by Madonna fused elements of gospel music with the music icon’s singnature pop-rock sound. Inspired by Madge’s youth as a Catholic school girl, the 1989 single keeps gaining momentum, finishing with the gospel-backed chorus complete with hand-clapping and high-note wailing.

6. “All These Things That I’ve Done” by The Killers

“All These Things That I’ve Done” was the third single from from The Killer’s hit debut album Hot Fuss. The anthem blends Brandon Flowers’ croons with harmonies from The Sweet Inspirations when reaching its peak when both belt the lyrics “I’ve got soul, but I’m not a solider.”

4. “Tender” by Blur

Blur combined their alternative rock percussions with the London Community Gospel choir’s gospel vocals in “Tender.” In February 2012, Blur was awarded the Outstanding Contribution to Music Award at the BRIT Awards. The English rockers performed a five song set that reunited Blur with the London Community Gospel choir to perform their 1999 hit.

1. Man in the Mirror by Michael Jackson

The King of Pop’s critically acclaimed 1988 hit “Man in the Mirror” was written by Siedah Garrett and Glen Ballard. Along with Garrett, gospel quartet The Winans and the Andrae Crouch Choir provided the distinct and powerful backing vocals for Jackson’s classic track. Through the empowering message of the song, the choir assists Michael in advising us all to make that change.

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crucified 1st-Mar-2013 11:54 pm (UTC)
I love All These Things That I've Done so much. Hot Fuss is probably my fave album of all time.
ellie_andrews 1st-Mar-2013 11:56 pm (UTC)
It's SUCH a fun sing-a-long song.
untxi 1st-Mar-2013 11:57 pm (UTC)
I love that song sfm. Not my fave album of all time by any means but it sure as hell is a fantastic album.
flyingpigs_live 1st-Mar-2013 11:57 pm (UTC)
sexy icon
crucified 2nd-Mar-2013 12:08 am (UTC)
ty! :D
plugmebaby 2nd-Mar-2013 08:19 am (UTC)
lawd i thought that was phil dunphy in your icon
beck_rocks 1st-Mar-2013 11:59 pm (UTC)
goldengal1193 1st-Mar-2013 11:59 pm (UTC)
That song makes me feel on top of the world, and yet so vulnerable.
deseti_prsten 2nd-Mar-2013 12:03 am (UTC)
The one time I got to see the Killers evvvvvveryone sang along to that song (even the assholes who pretended they didn't pay for the tickets and choose to stand at the back wall for hours without moving an inch). Goosebumps for hours, I swear.
burn_a_miracle 2nd-Mar-2013 12:03 am (UTC)
The entire album is flawless
endingonfire 2nd-Mar-2013 12:03 am (UTC)
same. It's such an epic song.
v_x_2 2nd-Mar-2013 12:04 am (UTC)
it is even better in live.
muzicnem 2nd-Mar-2013 12:53 am (UTC)
ATTTID is one of my all-time favorite songs in general, it's so epic and just makes me go "FUCK YEAH" every time I hear it.
mac00374 2nd-Mar-2013 01:39 am (UTC)
yass. that album is flawless <3
ticklemepink127 2nd-Mar-2013 03:09 am (UTC)
Such a fantastic song!!
marmar627 2nd-Mar-2013 03:59 am (UTC)
This more or less. I finally saw them live in December and it was perfect.
lovetheepacey 3rd-Mar-2013 12:59 am (UTC)
perhapsimmyself 1st-Mar-2013 11:55 pm (UTC)
Missing Spiritualized.
sviibwhapp 2nd-Mar-2013 12:51 am (UTC)
I love them so much.
radarhorse 1st-Mar-2013 11:55 pm (UTC)
sofiascarlett 2nd-Mar-2013 12:24 am (UTC)
perfection <3
satya 2nd-Mar-2013 01:36 am (UTC)
Favorite song.
sometimes_mbv 2nd-Mar-2013 12:12 pm (UTC)
this song is so much <3 i cant handle it. still 'like a prayer' should be no1.
stoneheart 2nd-Mar-2013 04:10 pm (UTC)
came here to post it. <3
keyko101 1st-Mar-2013 11:56 pm (UTC)
That entire album by Nick Cave was brilliant ngl
vivisexion 2nd-Mar-2013 12:18 am (UTC)
it really is. a lot of his fans seem to dislike that album/think it's his weakest, which is so weird to me b/c it has so many amazing songs on it (o children, the lyre of orpheus, get ready for love, hiding all away etc.)
britneyspears 1st-Mar-2013 11:57 pm (UTC)
omg yaas i love a good gospel choir

ohsnapohsnap 1st-Mar-2013 11:57 pm (UTC)



britneyspears 1st-Mar-2013 11:59 pm (UTC)
LOL omg great taste
brucelynn 1st-Mar-2013 11:59 pm (UTC)
Me too
deltabean 2nd-Mar-2013 01:20 am (UTC)
moddchicc 1st-Mar-2013 11:58 pm (UTC)
stormer1_1 2nd-Mar-2013 12:02 am (UTC)
whiskybars 2nd-Mar-2013 12:02 am (UTC)
ashtraysoul 2nd-Mar-2013 12:03 am (UTC)
love it
iowacricket 2nd-Mar-2013 12:09 am (UTC)
Thank you!
hippie_chick 2nd-Mar-2013 12:20 am (UTC)
My favorite Stones song, but that's not a gospel choir. It's a boys choir. :)
sofiascarlett 2nd-Mar-2013 12:25 am (UTC)
love <3
sweet_honesty 2nd-Mar-2013 01:38 am (UTC)
Yes! <3
abbie 1st-Mar-2013 11:58 pm (UTC)
but wheres toxic by britney spears????????
radarhorse 2nd-Mar-2013 12:37 am (UTC)
By definition should be I Got That (Boom Boom), a couple of black people praising god i mean:

"She got a little body that I can't forget
I ain't met a young lady that outdid her yet
Britney Spears and the Ying Yang Twins”
-The Ying Yang Twins
beck_rocks 1st-Mar-2013 11:58 pm (UTC)
love tender and jesus walks
knockin on heaven's door the original dylan version (obviously) is brillo pad
vivisexion 2nd-Mar-2013 12:06 am (UTC)
ia w/knocking on heaven's door sfm
beck_rocks 2nd-Mar-2013 11:32 am (UTC)
yes, born and bred dubliner!
hockeygrl125 1st-Mar-2013 11:58 pm (UTC)
i got soul, but i'm not a soldier..

love that song!
brucelynn 1st-Mar-2013 11:59 pm (UTC)
I came to make sure Man In The Mirror was on this list
skonka 2nd-Mar-2013 12:06 am (UTC)
brucelynn 2nd-Mar-2013 12:08 am (UTC)
hi skonka
radarhorse 1st-Mar-2013 11:59 pm (UTC)
if_musicbe 2nd-Mar-2013 12:02 am (UTC)
I love this song so much! Still waiting for him to get to my state lol
inknot 2nd-Mar-2013 01:53 am (UTC)
i think he's done with the state albums, unfortunately

o well, at least he did my state before he stopped
untxi 2nd-Mar-2013 12:02 am (UTC)
Not a Sufjan fan but I love this song.
just444 2nd-Mar-2013 12:10 am (UTC)
i LOVE this song
marmar627 2nd-Mar-2013 04:00 am (UTC)
thetxbelle 1st-Mar-2013 11:59 pm (UTC)
One of my dreams in life is to see a gospel choir do Kush. Dr. Dre can lead the choir and everything, it would be amazing.

also, Tender is an amazing song.

Edited at 2013-03-02 12:00 am (UTC)
ohsnapohsnap 1st-Mar-2013 11:59 pm (UTC)

eh kidna
ohsnapohsnap 2nd-Mar-2013 12:00 am (UTC)
queen_norleans 2nd-Mar-2013 01:42 am (UTC)
A+ for effort!
redaodai 2nd-Mar-2013 12:00 am (UTC)
phillymademe 2nd-Mar-2013 12:35 am (UTC)
love this song.
love this movie.
deseti_prsten 2nd-Mar-2013 12:00 am (UTC)
1, 5, and 6 will forever be my favorite.

It's funny because I don't like actual gospel music's message (though I sing along whenever I watch Sister Act I & II), but love when gospel choirs back for different artists.
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