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Karaoke is the time you get a chance to grab the spotlight for yourself and showcase your singing abilities. The best thing about karaoke is that any kind of song goes—punk, rock, country, metal, and even Christian music.
After all, who says you can’t praise and rejoice during karaoke? That’s why we’ve put together a list of gospel karaoke songs when you feel like lifting your voice to the heavens.
15. “How Great Thou Art” – Carrie Underwood
Second only to “Amazing Grace,” “How Great Thou Art,” which roots back to the late 1800s, is a powerful and intense worship ballad. Many renditions of this song has been made by various performers, including Jennifer Hudson and Pentatonix. Underwood’s version has pretty high notes, but it’s worth it for its sentimental melody and powerful lyrics.
14. “Who Am I” – Casting Crowns
A pop rock and contemporary ballad, “Who Am I” focuses on worshipping God. The song has won several awards and even gained success on the Christian radio. You don’t need serious pipes to pull this song off, but it does build up at the chorus, so make sure to prepare your vocal cords to belt that part out.
13. “In Christ Alone” – Keith and Kristyn Getty
Written by two Christian songwriters, Keith Getty and Stuart Townsend, “In Christ Alone” is a popular gospel song from 2001. Many covers in different translations were inspired by it. Though the song has a pretty high register, you won’t mess it up if you sing it with emotion.
12. “Glorious Day (Living He Loved Me)” – Casting Crowns
The contemporary Christian band, Casting Crowns, performed this song for their 2009 album, Until The Whole World Hears. “Glorious Day” celebrates the day Christ died for humanity’s sin and rose from the grave three days after. It’s a rock ballad that fills you with great rejoicing to praise Him with your heart and soul.
11. “Where I Belong” – Building 429
Released in 2012, “Where I Belong” is a reminder to followers of Christs that Heaven is their true home. This Christian rock song was recorded for the band’s album Listen to the Sound and is their most streamed song on Spotify ever. Give this song a go when you feel like the world is against you, and let joy flood your heart!
10. “Why We Sing” – Kirk Franklin
“Why We Sing” was originally sang by Dionne Warwick for her studio album. The song is an expression of gratitude to God because we are free in the presence of Him. While Warwick’s version is gentle and mellow, Franklin’s cover is powerful and energetic that goes pretty high toward the chorus part—perfect to get your audience pumped for the evening.
9. “His Eye Is on the Sparrow” – Mahalia Jackson
Just in case you wanted to flex your vocal talents, we’ve got “His Eye on the Sparrow” from one of the most legendary and influential gospel vocalists in history, Mahalia Jackson. Jackson’s moving cover was even honored with a Grammy Hall of Fame Award in 2010. The song is an intense one, with a high register and notes changing between verses, so make sure to do some vocal warm-ups before taking it on.
8. “Just a Closer Walk with Thee” – Patsy Cline
Like most Christian songs, “Just a Closer Walk with Thee” was a hymn before being turned into a traditional gospel ballad. The author of the song remains unknown, with its first recording done by the Selah Jubilee Singers in 1941. This ballad became more recognized in the 1930s when African-American churches held large conventions.
Cline’s cover of the song might be more subtle, but it’s great for casual sessions with its simple lyrics and laidback country music vibe.
7. “Oh Happy Day” – Ethan Hawkins
“Oh Happy Day” is a cheerful song about rejoicing in the grace of God and the gift of a new day. The energetic up-tempo track was a hit in 1969 and has since become a gospel music standard. The song also has been featured in several movies, like Sister Act II and License to Wed.
Perform “Oh Happy Days” during karaoke in front of your audience, and you’ll definitely put a smile on everyone’s faces.
6. “Above All” – Micheal W. Smith
Originally written by Paul Beloche and Lenny LeBlanc in 1995, “Above All” talks about the greatness and sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross. Smith covered the ballad for his 2001 album Worship. In the same year, he also performed “Above All” for President Bush’s inaugural prayer service.
From its sentimental melody to the repetitive lyrics of reverence, it’s a great song that’ll uplift your and your audience’s spirits.
5. “10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)” – Matt Redman
Inspired by “Psalms 103:1-5” from the Bible, “10,000 Reasons” speaks about the unending reasons to worship and praise God. It gained a lot of success and impact later, even winning two Grammy Awards in 2013. The success of the song even led to the creation of Redman’s book, which describes the influences and experiences the song generated on various individuals in their seasons of hardship.
4. “I’ll Take You There” – The Staple Singers
“I’ll Take You There” is an upbeat, funky track from the soul/gospel band The Staple Singers. It was a chart-topper, sampled and incorporated into many other modern songs across the decades. The song overall has a feel-good vibe and catchy melody that’ll make your audience dance and sing with you.
3. “How Great Is Our God” – Chris Tomlin
Another great track from Chris Tomlin, “How Great Is Our God” is one of the most well-known worship songs out there, sung in churches nationwide. This song has been covered by many artists in different languages across the globe.
It also has lyrics that are easy to remember and amazing instrumentals, so it’s hard to mess it up.
2. “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)” – Hillsong United
Featured in Hillsong United’s album Zion, “Oceans” is a reference to Peter walking on water to meet Jesus at the Galilee Sea. The main message of the song is about stepping into the unknown whilst trusting God in the midst of it.
With a simple melody and straightforward lyrics, “Oceans” is a pretty easy song to sing. It goes intense toward the chorus that you can’t help but sing with all your heart.
1. “Amazing Grace” – Chris Tomlin
Amazing Grace was originally a Christian hymn written by John Newman in 1772. Over the years it was turned into a worship song that became popular in the United States. In the present day, it’s one of the most recognizable gospel songs in the English-speaking world.
There are many covers of this song, but Tomlin’s version goes well with any range of voice. His version is slow and emotional, without any crazy high notes in between, making it appropriate for karaoke.