Hot Christian Songs

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Hot Christian Songs is a music chart published weekly by Billboard magazine in the United States. It ranks the popularity of Christian songs using the same methodology developed for the Billboard Hot 100, the magazine's flagship songs chart, by incorporating data from the sales of downloads, streaming data, and airplay across all monitored radio stations.

From its inception in June 2003 through November 2013, the Hot Christian Songs chart ranked the top songs only by overall audience impressions of songs played on contemporary Christian music radio stations. Beginning with the chart dated December 7, 2013, the chart follows the same methodology used for the Hot 100 to compile its rankings.[1] The Christian Airplay chart was created in unison with the change to continue to monitor airplay of songs on Christian radio.

Song milestones[edit]

Most weeks at number one[edit]

  • 16 songs have spent fifteen weeks or longer at number one. These are:
Number of
weeks
Artist(s) Song Year(s) Ref.
107 Lauren Daigle "You Say" 2018–20 [2]
61 Hillsong United "Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)" 2013–14, 2015, 2016 [3]
37 Hillsong Worship "What a Beautiful Name" 2017–18 [4]
26 Carrie Underwood "Something in the Water" 2014–15 [5]
23 MercyMe "Word of God Speak" 2003 [6]
19 Needtobreathe "Brother" 2015 [7]
Casting Crowns "East to West" 2007 [8]
Brandon Heath "Give Me Your Eyes" 2008 [9]
18 Chris Tomlin "Made to Worship" 2006 [10]
Lauren Daigle "Trust in You" 2015 [11]
Cory Asbury "Reckless Love" 2018 [12]
17 Matthew West "Hello, My Name Is" 2013 [13]
15 Jeremy Camp "Take You Back" 2005 [14]
Building 429 "Where I Belong" 2012 [15]
Chris Tomlin "Whom Shall I Fear (God of Angel Armies)" 2013 [16]
Hillary Scott & The Scott Family "Thy Will" 2016 [17]

Source:[18][19]

Most total weeks on chart[edit]

  • 32 songs have spent 52 weeks or longer on the charts. These are:
"Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)" – Hillsong UNITED (191 weeks)[3]
"You Say" - Lauren Daigle (119 weeks)[20]
"What a Beautiful Name" - Hillsong Worship (81 weeks)[4]
"O Come to the Altar" - Elevation Worship (74 weeks)[21]
"Word of God Speak" – MercyMe (72 weeks)[6]
"Blessed Be Your Name" – tree63 (68 weeks)[22]
"Reckless Love" - Cory Asbury (68 weeks)[12]
"Where I Belong" – Building 429 (63 weeks)[15]
"You Are My King (Amazing Love)" – Newsboys (63 weeks)[23]
"God Only Knows" - for King & Country (62 weeks)[24]
"More" – Matthew West (60 weeks)[25]
"10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)" – Matt Redman (59 weeks)[26]
"By Your Side" – Tenth Avenue North (58 weeks)[27]
"Who You Say I Am" - Hillsong Worship (58 weeks)[28]
"Trust in You" - Lauren Daigle (57 weeks)[11]
"Who Am I" – Casting Crowns (56 weeks)[29]
"There Will Be a Day" – Jeremy Camp (55 weeks)[30]
"(There's Gotta Be) More to Life" – Stacie Orrico (55 weeks)[31]
"Redeemed" – Big Daddy Weave (54 weeks)[32]
"Rescue" - Lauren Daigle (54 weeks)[33]
"Lord, I Need You" – Matt Maher featuring Audrey Assad (52 weeks)[34]
"You Are I Am" – MercyMe (52 weeks)[35]
"God's Not Dead (Like a Lion)" – Newsboys (52 weeks)[36]
"One Thing Remains" – Passion featuring Kristian Stanfill (52 weeks)[37]
"Need You Now (How Many Times)" – Plumb (52 weeks)[38]
"Lead Me" – Sanctus Real (52 weeks)[39]
"My Hope Is in You" – Aaron Shust (52 weeks)[40]
"Whom Shall I Fear (God of Angel Armies)" – Chris Tomlin (52 weeks)[16]
"The Motions" – Matthew West (52 weeks)[41]
"Chain Breaker - Zach Williams (52 weeks)[42]
"Even If" - MercyMe (52 weeks)[43]
"So Will I (100 Billion X)" - Hillsong UNITED (52 weeks)[44]
"Resurrecting" - Elevation Worship (52 weeks)[45]

Number-one debuts[edit]

Fourteen songs have debuted at number one without having previously entered the chart. These are:

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
4 Lauren Daigle
3 Brandon Heath
Aaron Shust
Jordan Smith

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Most cumulative weeks at number one[edit]

  • 13 artists have spent thirty weeks or longer at number one. These are:
Weeks at number one Artist
126 Lauren Daigle
88 MercyMe
78 Casting Crowns
61 Hillsong United
51 Chris Tomlin
46 Matthew West
37 Hillsong Worship
37 Third Day
35 Jeremy Camp
33 Brandon Heath
31 tobyMac

Most top ten hits[edit]

Number of
singles
Artist
28 Chris Tomlin
27 Casting Crowns
MercyMe
23 tobyMac
Jeremy Camp
18 Matthew West
17 Big Daddy Weave
14 Steven Curtis Chapman
Third Day
13 Newsboys
Lauren Daigle
12 Mandisa

Source:[87][88][89]

Most charted hits[edit]

Songs Artist
73 Lecrae
48 Chris Tomlin
Needtobreathe
44 MercyMe
43 tobyMac
42 Hillsong United
41 Skillet
Hillsong Worship
39 Andy Mineo
Casting Crowns
36 Jeremy Camp
35 Lauren Daigle
Matthew West
34 Switchfoot
32 Newsboys

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)
Lauren Daigle (2010s, 2020s)
Kanye West (2010s, 2020s)

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 Hot Christian Songs 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 on the same title.
  • The record for the longest wait from an artist's Hot Christian Songs 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 and Lauren Daigle are the only artists to replace themselves at No. 1. Smith's cover of "Hallelujah" dethroned his cover of "Great Is Thy Faithfulness" on December 19, 2015. Daigle's cover of "The Christmas Song" dethroned "You Say" on January 5, 2019.
  • 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.

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