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 using 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 November 10, 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
21 Lauren Daigle "You Say" 2018
19 Needtobreathe "Brother" 2015
Casting Crowns "East to West" 2007
Brandon Heath "Give Me Your Eyes" 2008
18 Chris Tomlin "Made to Worship" 2006
Lauren Daigle "Trust in You" 2015
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
Hillary Scott & The Scott Family "Thy Will" 2016
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 weeks at number two (without hitting number one)[edit]

Number of
weeks
Artist(s) Song Year(s) Kept off of number-one by
16
Elevation Worship "O Come to the Altar" 2017 "I'll Find You" (Lecrae), "What a Beautiful Name" (Hillsong Worship)
15
MercyMe "You Reign" 2008 "Call My Name" (Third Day), "Give Me Your Eyes" (Brandon Heath)
14
Salvador "Heaven" 2004-05 "Voice of Truth" (Casting Crowns), "Take You Back" (Jeremy Camp)
Newsboys "We Believe" 2014 "Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)" (Hillsong United)
13
Tenth Avenue North "By Your Side" 2009 "There Will Be A Day" (Jeremy Camp), "The Motions" (Matthew West)

Most total weeks in the top ten[edit]

The following songs have spent 40 or more weeks in the top ten.

Number of
weeks
Artist(s) Song Year(s)
181
Hillsong United "Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)" 2013-17
66
Hillsong Worship "What a Beautiful Name" 2017-18
51
Tenth Avenue North "By Your Side" 2008-09
50
Matt Redman "10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)" 2012–13
MercyMe "Even If" 2017-18
45
Building 429 "Where I Belong" 2012
Carrie Underwood "Something in the Water" 2014-15
Aaron Shust "My Savior My God" 2006
44
Tree63 "Blessed Be Your Name" 2004-05
43
MercyMe "Word of God Speak" 2003-04
Cory Asbury "Reckless Love" 2018
42
Jeremy Camp "There Will Be a Day" 2008-09
Matthew West "The Motions" 2009
41
Zach Williams "Chain Breaker" 2016-17

Most total weeks[edit]

  • 28 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)
"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)
"Reckless Love" - Cory Asbury (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]

Longest climbs 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:[45]

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
40 Lauren Daigle
38 Hillsong Worship
37 Third Day
35 Jeremy Camp
33 Brandon Heath
31 tobyMac
26 Carrie Underwood
23 Needtobreathe
21 Aaron Shust

Most top ten hits[edit]

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

Source:[46][47][48]

Most charted hits[edit]

Songs Artist
64 Lecrae
41 MercyMe
40 Chris Tomlin
39 tobyMac
38 NEEDTOBREATHE
37 Andy Mineo
Casting Crowns
34 Lauren Daigle
33 Hillsong Worship
32 Jeremy Camp
30 Newsboys
Steven Curtis Chapman

Artists who reached No. 1 in at least two decades[edit]

Aaron Shust (2000s, 2010s)
Big Daddy Weave (2000s, 2010s)
Brandon Heath (2000s, 2010s)
Building 429 (2000s, 2010s)
Casting Crowns (2000s, 2010s)
Chris Tomlin (2000s, 2010s)
Jeremy Camp (2000s, 2010s)
Matthew West (2000s, 2010s)
MercyMe (2000s, 2010s)
Needtobreathe (2000s, 2010s)
Third Day (2000s, 2010s)
TobyMac (2000s, 2010s)

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

Album achievements[edit]

Most number-one singles from one album[edit]

Number of
Singles
Artist Album Year
3
Casting Crowns Lifesong
2004
MercyMe The Generous Mr. Lovewell
2010
2
Third Day Offerings II: All I Have to Give
2003
Casting Crowns Casting Crowns
MercyMe Undone
2004
Jeremy Camp Restored
Third Day Wherever You Are
2005
MercyMe Coming Up to Breathe
2006
Matthew West Something to Say
2008
Casting Crowns Until the Whole World Hears
2009
tobyMac Tonight
2010
Chris Tomlin And If Our God Is for Us...
Tenth Avenue North The Light Meets the Dark
Zach Williams Chain Breaker
2017

Other achievements[edit]

  • The longest gap between No. 1 hits on the Hot 100 for an artist is 7 years, 10 months, 2 days by Building 429. Their single "Where I Belong" hit No. 1 on March 10, 2012, their first time on top since "Glory Defined" on May 8, 2004.
  • MercyMe holds the record gap between first and most recent No. 1 on the Hot Christian Songs over the longest period of time: 14 years, 7 months, and 22 days. The first of twenty-three weeks at No. 1 for "Word of God Speak" by MercyMe was August 16, 2003. The last week at No. 1 for "I Can Only Imagine" was April 7, 2018, after it re-entered the charts to coincide with the release of the film based of the same title.
  • The record for the longest wait from an artist's Hot 100 debut entry to its first No. 1 belongs to Skillet, with 10 years, 2 months, 10 days between the time they first cracked the Hot Christian Songs chart with "Rebirthing" (October 28, 2006) and the first of one week at No. 1 with "Feel Invincible," (January 7, 2017).
  • Jordan Smith is the only artist to replace himself at No. 1 with his cover of "Hallelujah" dethroning his cover of "Great Is Thy Faithfulness" on December 19, 2015.
  • Reba McEntire (age 60 years) is the oldest artist to top the chart. Her cover of "Back to God" topped the chart on February 18, 2017.
  • Christian Cuevas (age 20 years) is the youngest artist to top the chart. His cover of "To Worship You I Live (Away)" topped the chart on December 24, 2016.

See also[edit]

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