Christian Songs

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Hot Christian Songs (also known as National Christian Audience) is a Billboard chart published weekly by Billboard magazine in the United States.

From its inception in June 2003 through November 2013, the Christian Songs chart ranked the top songs by calculating overall audience impressions of songs played on contemporary Christian music radio stations. Sales from digital downloads were not factored in. With the Billboard issue dated December 7, 2013, the Christian Songs chart began utilizing the same methodology used for the Hot 100 chart to compile its rankings; that is, measuring the airplay of Christian songs across all radio formats, while incorporating data from digital sales and streaming activity.[1]

The current number-one song, as of the chart dated for August 4, 2018, is "You Say" by Lauren Daigle.

Song milestones[edit]

Most weeks at number one[edit]

  • 24 songs have spent ten weeks or longer at number one. These are:
Number of
weeks
Artist(s) Song Year(s)
61 Hillsong United "Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)" 2013–14, 2015, 2016
38 Hillsong Worship "What a Beautiful Name" 2017–18
26 Carrie Underwood "Something in the Water" 2014–2015
23 MercyMe "Word of God Speak" 2003
19 Needtobreathe "Brother" 2015
Casting Crowns "East to West" 2007
Brandon Heath "Give Me Your Eyes" 2008
18 Chris Tomlin "Made to Worship" 2006
Cory Asbury "Reckless Love" 2018
17 Matthew West "Hello, My Name Is" 2013
15 Jeremy Camp "Take You Back" 2005
Building 429 "Where I Belong" 2012
Chris Tomlin "Whom Shall I Fear (God of Angel Armies)" 2013
14 Casting Crowns "Voice of Truth" 2004–05
Matthew West "The Motions" 2008
tobyMac "City on Our Knees" 2009
13 Matt Redman "10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)" 2012
Third Day "Call My Name" 2008
MercyMe "Here with Me" 2004
11 Phillips, Craig & Dean "Revelation Song" 2009
Aaron Shust "My Savior My God" 2006
10 Mandisa "Overcomer" 2013
MercyMe "All of Creation" 2010
Jeremy Camp "There Will Be a Day" 2009
Casting Crowns "Lifesong" 2005
Third Day "Cry Out to Jesus"

Source:[2]

Most total weeks[edit]

  • 27 songs have spent 52 weeks or longer on the charts. These are:
"Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)" – Hillsong United (191 weeks)
"What a Beautiful Name" - Hillsong Worship (81 weeks)
"Something in the Water" – Carrie Underwood (79 weeks)
"O Come to the Altar" - Elevation Worship (74 weeks)
"Word of God Speak" – MercyMe (72 weeks)
"Blessed Be Your Name" – tree63 (68 weeks)
"Where I Belong" – Building 429 (63 weeks)
"You Are My King (Amazing Love)" – Newsboys (63 weeks)
"More" – Matthew West (60 weeks)
"10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)" – Matt Redman (59 weeks)
"By Your Side" – Tenth Avenue North (58 weeks)
"Trust in You" - Lauren Daigle (57 weeks)
"Who Am I" – Casting Crowns (56 weeks)
"There Will Be a Day" – Jeremy Camp (55 weeks)
"(There's Gotta Be) More to Life" – Stacie Orrico (55 weeks)
"Redeemed" – Big Daddy Weave (54 weeks)
"Lord I Need You" – Matt Maher (52 weeks)
"You Are I Am" – MercyMe (52 weeks)
"God's Not Dead (Like a Lion)" – Newsboys (52 weeks)
"One Thing Remains" – Passion featuring Kristian Stanfill (52 weeks)
"Need You Now (How Many Times)" – Plumb (52 weeks)
"Lead Me" – Sanctus Real (52 weeks)
"My Hope Is in You" – Aaron Shust (52 weeks)
"Whom Shall I Fear (God of Angel Armies)" – Chris Tomlin (52 weeks)
"The Motions" – Matthew West (52 weeks)
"Chain Breaker - Zach Williams (52 weeks)
"Even If" - MercyMe (52 weeks)
"So Will I (100 Billion X)" - Hillsong United (52 weeks)

Number-one debuts[edit]

Biggest jump to number one[edit]

Biggest drop from number one[edit]

Artist achievements[edit]

Most number-one singles[edit]

Number of singles Artist
13 MercyMe
9 Casting Crowns
6 Chris Tomlin
Jeremy Camp
Third Day
tobyMac
5 Matthew West
3 Brandon Heath
Aaron Shust
Jordan Smith
Lauren Daigle

Source:[37]

Most cumulative weeks at number one[edit]

  • 13 artists have spent twenty weeks or longer at number one. These are:
Weeks at number one Artist
88 MercyMe
78 Casting Crowns
61 Hillsong United
51 Chris Tomlin
46 Matthew West
38 Hillsong Worship
37 Third Day
35 Jeremy Camp
33 Brandon Heath
31 tobyMac
26 Carrie Underwood
23 Needtobreathe
Lauren Daigle
21 Aaron Shust

Most top ten hits[edit]

Number of
singles
Artist
27 Chris Tomlin
25 Casting Crowns
MercyMe
21 Jeremy Camp
20 tobyMac
16 Matthew West
15 Big Daddy Weave
14 Steven Curtis Chapman
Third Day
12 Newsboys

Source:[38][39][40]

Most charted hits[edit]

Songs Artist
64 Lecrae
41 MercyMe
39 Chris Tomlin
36 tobyMac
NEEDTOBREATHE
35 Casting Crowns
34 Andy Mineo
33 Hillsong Worship
32 Jeremy Camp
30 Newsboys
Steven Curtis Chapman
29 Hillsong United
Matthew West
28 Francesca Battistelli
27 Third Day
Switchfoot
NF
25 Big Daddy Weave
24 Kutless
Natalie Grant

Most cumulative weeks in the top ten[edit]

Weeks Artist
417 MercyMe
378 Chris Tomlin
375 Casting Crowns
325 Jeremy Camp
279 Matthew West
241 Newsboys
tobyMac
240 Third Day

Most cumulative weeks on the chart[edit]

Weeks Artist
660 Jeremy Camp
633 Casting Crowns
632 MercyMe
611 Chris Tomlin
584 Newsboys
519 tobyMac
510 Matthew West
483 Third Day
430 Kutless
429 Big Daddy Weave
404 Steven Curtis Chapman

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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