Cue the organ music.

Often in TheMusical, one character will get the ensemble to join in on a rousing gospel song. You know the one. It'll have powerful pipes behind it - not just that organ, but with the lead singers (often [[SassyBlackWoman Sassy Black Women]] who are [[BigBeautifulWoman big and beautiful]]). Usually held at a Baptist church, with a primarily black congregation. It'll make you want to get up and either clap and sing along, or put your hands in the air because it's all so ''true!'' This is the music that tells grand truths about life! This is the [[WhoopiEpiphanySpeech music of epiphanies]]! This is the music of the ''LORD'', so raise up a joyful ''noise''! HALLELUJAH! Tell it, sister!

Now largely a DeadHorseTrope, except in parody (although, of course, it's still very much alive in many African American and Pentecostal churches). Might be preceded with the stock phrase, "ThatRemindsMeOfASong...." Compare and contrast with GospelChoirsAreJustBetter, scenes when a Gospel Choir shows up to sing SuspiciouslyAproposMusic that underscores a pivotal plot or character development. Also compare to actual GospelMusic, which is still going strong.

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!!Examples, hallelujah!

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[[folder:Anime]]
* "Song of Tomorrow", the second ending theme from ''Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure''.
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[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* "Dig a Little Deeper" from ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog.''
* Most of the soundtrack for Disney's ''Disney/{{Hercules}},'' especially as provided by the Muses. "The Gospel Truth" is the most evident example - just look at the title!
* "He's Back" from ''WesternAnimation/OnceUponAForest'', which is a borderline BigLippedAlligatorMoment that only barely effects the plot.
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[[folder:Films -- Live Action]]
* "Get Happy", most famously used in the movie musical ''Summer Stock'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2U-rBZREQMw]], though written twenty years earlier.
* Both [[Film/TheBluesBrothers Blues Brothers]] movies -- first one having "The Old Landmark" (with Music/JamesBrown presiding!), second time around featuring John The Revelator (although we get a taste of the song during the opening credits too, with Taj Mahal singing solo. It's later on sung again at a Tent Revival by James Brown, Sam "The Supervoice" Moore, and Joe Morton.
* ''Film/AcrossTheUniverse'' covered "Music/LetItBe" as a GospelRevivalNumber - and a complete TearJerker as well.
* ''Film/SisterAct'', naturally.
* "Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive" from ''Here Come The Waves''.
* "Stand Up" from the made-for-TV film adaptation of ''Polly''. Partially justified, since they were actually in a church at the time, although they were in a church that very explicitly didn't do things like loud gospel numbers accompanied by SpontaneousChoreography.
* "Hold My Feeler" which comes at the end of the movie ''Film/JoesApartment.''
* ForrestGump attended the otherwise all-black church of Bayou La Batre while a shrimp fisherman, and a GospelRevivalNumber (with Forrest [[TokenWhite standing out like a sore thumb]] in the choir) served as the background music for a montage of the business slowly becoming a success.
* ''Say Amen, Somebody'': totally justified as it's a {{documentary}} on gospel music and church musicians, and also goes to show that GospelChoirsAreJustBetter.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* "He's Guilty, Judge, He's Guilty" from ''Series/CopRock''.
* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' did this for one of JD's fantasies in "My Own Personal Jesus".
** They did it AGAIN... "We're gonna miss you Carla!"
* Gospel, in addition to being a short-lived game similar to Hoedown, was one of the most frequent musical styles used in Song Styles on ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway''.
* ''Series/BabylonFive'': ''[[SoundtrackDissonance There's no hidin' place, down here]], [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown down here!]] There's no hidin' place, down here...''
* [[Series/TheDailyShow "I guess what I'm sayin' is this..." "GO..."]] [[CrowningMomentOfFunny "If 'Fair and Balanced' is how you want to sell yourself..." "FUCK..."]] [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/tue-april-20-2010/bernie-goldberg-fires-back "Guess what I'm sayin' is this..." "YOURSELVES!"]]
** "Revolution Muslim and that kind of hate, that's the enemy. [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-april-22-2010/south-park-death-threats And so... I say to you..." "GO..." "And I KNOWS ya get cable..." "FUCK..." "And I say this to anyone who's threatening death in the name of religion or politics..." "YOURSELF!"]]
* In ''Series/EliStone'', one of Eli's hallucinations involved a gospel choir that included his black female receptionist. When he asked her if she was a member of a gospel choir, she wasn't impressed. "Yes, most black people are in gospel choirs, especially women."
* ''Series/{{Glee}}'' has done this to [[Music/{{Madonna}} "Like a Prayer"]], "Stereo Hearts", and "I Want To Know What Love Is".
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[[folder:Theatre]]
* "Clap Yo' Hands" from ''Oh, Kay!''.
* "Hallelujah" from ''Hit the Deck''.
* "Great Day," one of several {{Breakaway Pop Hit}}s from an obscure musical of the same name.
* "Blow, Gabriel, Blow" from ''Theatre/AnythingGoes''.
* "Overflow" and "Leavin' for the Promise' Lan'" from ''Theatre/PorgyAndBess''. These two songs do a lot to enliven the funeral scene.
* "The Lord Done Fixed Up My Soul" from ''Louisiana Purchase'' (recycled in the movie ''There's No Business Like Show Business'').
* "On That Great Come-And-Get-It Day" from ''Theatre/FiniansRainbow''.
* "Sit Down, You're Rockin' The Boat" from ''Theatre/GuysAndDolls''.
* "Brotherhood of Man" from ''Theatre/HowToSucceedInBusinessWithoutReallyTrying''.
* "Run, Freedom Run" from ''Theatre/{{Urinetown}}'', a slight parody example.
* "Ain't It Good" from Creator/StephenSchwartz's ''Theatre/ChildrenOfEden''.
* "The Gods Love Nubia" and "Dance of the Robe" from ''Aida''.
* As you may have guessed, ''{{Theatre/Godspell}}'' has a few of these - "Day By Day", "Bless the Lord", "Light of the World", "Beautiful City" and "We Beseech Thee".
* "Miracle Song" from ''Theatre/AnyoneCanWhistle''.
* "In Mysterious Ways," the opening number of the musical adaptation ''Literature/TheColorPurple.'' Subject to [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation Alternate Song Interpretation]]: on the surface it's a powerful and assertive tune of faith - but on the other hand, the church is full of GossipyHens who are commenting on the horrendous abuse going on in the house of their neighbor - and doing flat ''[[SocialServicesDoesNotExist nothing]]'' about it.
* "Simon Zealotes" from ''Music/JesusChristSuperstar''.
* "I Feel So Happy" from [[Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet RJ]]
* "Random Black Girl" from Homemade Fusion parodies this trope through the eyes of a "random black girl singing the soul". It's also an amazing song [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PbbewRSc-C0]].
* "Faith" from ''I Had A Ball''.
* "Prayer of the Comfort Counselor" from ''Theatre/{{The Twenty Fifth Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee}}'' turns into this.
* "Are You Sure?" from ''Theatre/TheUnsinkableMollyBrown''.
* "A Big Black Lady Stops The Show" [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b0-eXSDA02g]] from Martin Short's Fame Becomes Me parodies the trope.
* "If You Believe" from ''Face the Music''.
* "I Got Religion" from ''Take a Chance''.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* "Heaven on Earth" from ''Theatre/MeAndMyDick'', lampshaded in the chorus:
-->Ooh, hallelujah
-->Oooh, here we go
-->Everything feels
-->Like a gospel song
* Jon and Al Kaplan's musical adaptation of ''{{Film/The Help}}'', [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K8LkUIKBIHc "Eat My Shit"]].
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In the ''{{Reboot}}'' movie ''Daemon Rising'' Mike the TV performs a gospel song on the glory of being infected by the virus Daemon.
* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', Sweetie Belle manages to turn a ''lullaby'' into one of these.
* The musical number "Mr. Booze" from ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', complete with backflips and testimonies.
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