List of number-one Billboard Christian Songs of the 2000s

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MercyMe recorded seven number-one singles during the decade including "Word of God Speak", the longest-running number-one single of the decade.

The Christian Songs chart is a record chart compiled by Billboard magazine. Launched on June 21, 2003,[1] the chart is ranked by overall audience impressions (the approximate number of audience impressions made for each play, as determined by BDS data cross-referenced with Arbitron listener information).[2] While all Christian radio formats are covered by the Christian Songs chart, it is dominated by Christian adult contemporary (Christian AC) radio stations, which cater to a mostly adult audience. As opposed to Christian stations that cater to young audiences, Christian AC stations tend to play hits often and for long periods. As a result, number-one singles on the Christian Songs chart often have lengthy stays at the top position.[3]

During the 2000s, 44 singles reached the number one position on the Christian Songs chart. MercyMe was the most successful group, with seven of their singles topping the chart during the 2000s. MercyMe's "Word of God Speak" was the longest-running number one single of the 2000s, having spent a total of 23 non-consecutive weeks atop the chart. Casting Crowns spent the longest time atop the chart during the decade, as their six number one singles spent a combined total of 62 weeks at the summit. Out of the 44 singles that hit the number-one position during the 2000s, 15 singles spent two separate runs atop the chart. Three singles ("Word of God Speak", "My Savior My God", and "Cry Out to Jesus") returned to the top position for three distinct runs. Nineteen artists recorded number-one singles during the decade. The first number-one single of the 2000s on the chart was Third Day's "You Are So Good to Me", which led the chart's debut week of June 21, 2003, and seven consecutive weeks afterward;[4] the final number-one single was tobyMac's "City On Our Knees", which led the chart for the final eleven weeks of the 2000s,[5] and continued to lead into 2010.[6]

Number-one singles[edit]

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Casting Crowns recorded six number-one singles during the 2000s and spent the longest amount of time (62 weeks) atop the chart.
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Third Day's "You Are So Good to Me", the first number-one single in the chart's history, spent eight weeks atop the chart in 2003. The band recorded four other number-one singles during the decade.
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Jeremy Camp recorded five number-one singles during the 2000s including "Take You Back", which spent 15 weeks atop the chart in 2005.
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Brandon Heath recorded two number-one hits during the 2000s; his second, "Give Me Your Eyes", spent 19 weeks atop the chart in 2008 and 2009, tied for the second-longest stay atop the chart in the decade.
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tobyMac's single "City On Our Knees" was the final number-one single of the 2000s.
Key
No. nth single to top the chart
re Return of a single to number one
Number-one singles with artist, date, time spent, and references
No. Artist Single Reached number one Weeks at
number one
Ref.(s)
1 Third Day "You Are So Good to Me" June 21, 2003 8 [4]
2 MercyMe "Word of God Speak" August 16, 2003 18 [7]
3 Newsboys "You Are My King (Amazing Love)" December 20, 2003 4 [8]
re MercyMe "Word of God Speak" January 17, 2004 1 [9]
re Newsboys "You Are My King (Amazing Love)" January 24, 2004 3 [10]
re MercyMe "Word of God Speak" February 14, 2004 4 [11]
4 Third Day "Sing a Song" March 13, 2004 2 [12]
5 West, MatthewMatthew West "More" March 27, 2004 6 [13]
6 Building 429 "Glory Defined" May 8, 2004 4 [14]
7 Casting Crowns "Who Am I" June 5, 2004 6 [15]
8 MercyMe "Here with Me" July 17, 2004 11 [16]
9 Camp, JeremyJeremy Camp "Walk By Faith" October 2, 2004 2 [17]
re MercyMe "Here with Me" October 16, 2004 2 [18]
10 By the Tree "Beautiful One" October 30, 2004 4 [19]
11 Casting Crowns "Voice of Truth" November 27, 2004 14 [20]
12 Camp, JeremyJeremy Camp "Take You Back" March 5, 2005 15 [21]
13 Williams, JoyJoy Williams "Hide" June 18, 2005 7 [22]
14 Nordeman, NicholeNichole Nordeman "Brave" August 6, 2005 1 [23]
15 MercyMe "In the Blink of an Eye" August 13, 2005 5 [24]
16 Casting Crowns "Lifesong" September 17, 2005 9 [25]
17 Third Day "Cry Out to Jesus" November 19, 2005 4 [26]
re Casting Crowns "Lifesong" December 17, 2005 1 [27]
18 MercyMe "Joseph's Lullaby" December 24, 2005 3 [28]
re Third Day "Cry Out to Jesus" January 14, 2006 4 [29]
19 Camp, JeremyJeremy Camp "This Man" February 11, 2006 4 [30]
re Third Day "Cry Out to Jesus" March 11, 2006 2 [31]
20 Shust, AaronAaron Shust "My Savior My God" March 25, 2006 2 [32]
21 Tomlin, ChrisChris Tomlin "How Great Is Our God" April 8, 2006 1 [33]
re Shust, AaronAaron Shust "My Savior My God" April 15, 2006 6 [34]
22 Casting Crowns "Praise You In This Storm" May 27, 2006 7 [35]
23 MercyMe "So Long Self" July 15, 2006 4 [36]
24 Third Day "Mountain of God" August 12, 2006 1 [37]
re Shust, AaronAaron Shust "My Savior My God" August 19, 2006 3 [38]
re Third Day "Mountain of God" September 9, 2006 2 [39]
25 Tomlin, ChrisChris Tomlin "Made to Worship" September 23, 2006 14 [40]
26 tobyMac "Made to Love" December 30, 2006 1 [41]
27 Shust, AaronAaron Shust "O Come O Come Emmanuel" January 6, 2007 1 [42]
re Tomlin, ChrisChris Tomlin "Made to Worship" January 13, 2007 4 [43]
28 Casting Crowns "Does Anybody Hear Her" February 10, 2007 6 [44]
re tobyMac "Made to Love" March 24, 2007 8 [45]
29 Rush of Fools "Undo" May 19, 2007 4 [46]
30 Big Daddy Weave "Every Time I Breathe" June 16, 2007 4 [47]
31 Heath, BrandonBrandon Heath "I'm Not Who I Was" July 14, 2007 6 [48]
32 MercyMe "Bring the Rain" August 25, 2007 1 [49]
33 Casting Crowns "East to West" September 1, 2007 16 [50]
34 MercyMe "God with Us" December 22, 2007 3 [51]
re Casting Crowns "East to West" January 12, 2008 3 [52]
re MercyMe "God with Us" February 2, 2008 5 [53]
35 West, MatthewMatthew West "You Are Everything" March 8, 2008 8 [54]
36 Camp, JeremyJeremy Camp "Let It Fade" May 3, 2008 2 [55]
37 Needtobreathe "Washed by the Water" May 17, 2008 4 [56]
38 Third Day "Call My Name" June 14, 2008 13 [57]
39 Heath, BrandonBrandon Heath "Give Me Your Eyes" September 13, 2008 15 [58]
40 Camp, JeremyJeremy Camp "There Will Be a Day" December 27, 2008 1 [59]
re Heath, BrandonBrandon Heath "Give Me Your Eyes" January 3, 2009 4 [60]
re Camp, JeremyJeremy Camp "There Will Be a Day" January 31, 2009 9 [59]
41 Battistelli, FrancescaFrancesca Battistelli "Free to Be Me" April 4, 2009 3 [61]
42 West, MatthewMatthew West "The Motions" April 25, 2009 3 [62]
re Battistelli, FrancescaFrancesca Battistelli "Free to Be Me" May 16, 2009 1 [63]
re West, MatthewMatthew West "The Motions" May 23, 2009 11 [64]
43 Phillips, Craig and Dean "Revelation Song" August 8, 2009 11 [65]
44 tobyMac "City on Our Knees" October 17, 2009 11 [5]

Statistics[edit]

By artist[edit]

Five artists achieved three or more number-one singles during the 2000s.

Artists by most number-one singles
Artist Number-one singles
MercyMe[66] 7
Casting Crowns[67] 6
Camp, JeremyJeremy Camp[68] 5
Third Day[69] 5
West, MatthewMatthew West[70] 3

Six artists spent 25 or more weeks atop the chart in the 2000s.

Artists by most weeks at number-one
Artist Number-one singles
Casting Crowns 62
MercyMe 58
Third Day 36
Camp, JeremyJeremy Camp 33
West, MatthewMatthew West 28
Heath, BrandonBrandon Heath 25

Songs by total number of weeks at number one[edit]

Five songs spent at least ten weeks atop the chart in the 2000s.[1]

Number-one singles by amount of time spent at number-one
Song Weeks at number-one
"Word of God Speak" 23
"Give Me Your Eyes" 19
"East to West" 19
"Made to Worship" 18
"Take You Back" 15

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Trust, Gary (April 9, 2010). "Ask Billboard: Ushering in Another No. 1". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. p. 1. Retrieved June 1, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Billboard Charts Legend". Billboard.biz. Billboard. Retrieved June 1, 2012. 
  3. ^ Trust, Gary (April 23, 2010). "Ask Billboard: Which Carrie Songs To 'Play'?". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved June 1, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Chart dates for "You Are So Good to Me":
  5. ^ a b Chart dates for "City on Our Knees":
  6. ^ "Christian Songs (January 2, 2010)". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved June 10, 2012. 
  7. ^ Chart dates for the first run of "Word of God Speak":
  8. ^ Chart dates for the first run of "You Are My King (Amazing Love)"
  9. ^ Chart dates for the second run of "Word of God Speak":
  10. ^ Chart dates for the second run of "You Are My King (Amazing Love)":
  11. ^ Chart dates for the third run of "Word of God Speak":
  12. ^ Chart dates for the third run of "Sing a Song":}
  13. ^ Chart dates for "More": April 24: "Christian Songs (April 24, 2004)". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved June 1, 2012. 
  14. ^ Chart dates for "Glory Defined":
  15. ^ Chart dates for "Who Am I":
  16. ^ Chart dates for the first run of "Here with Me":
  17. ^ Chart dates for "Walk By Faith":
  18. ^ Chart dates for the second run of "Here with Me":
  19. ^ Chart dates for "Beautiful One":
  20. ^ Chart dates for "Voice of Truth":
  21. ^ Chart dates for "Take You Back":
  22. ^ Chart dates for "Hide":
  23. ^ Chart date for "Brave":
  24. ^ Chart dates for the first run of "Lifesong":
  25. ^ Chart dates for the first run of "Cry Out to Jesus":
  26. ^ Chart date for the second run of "Lifesong":
  27. ^ Chart dates for "Joseph's Lullaby":
  28. ^ Chart dates for the second run of "Cry Out to Jesus":
  29. ^ Chart dates for "This Man":
  30. ^ Chart dates for the third run of "Cry Out to Jesus":
  31. ^ Chart dates for the first run on "My Savior My God":
  32. ^ Chart date for "How Great Is Our God":
  33. ^ Chart dates for the second run on "My Savior My God":
  34. ^ Chart dates for "Praise You In This Storm":
  35. ^ Chart dates for "So Long Self":
  36. ^ Chart date for the first run of "Mountain of God":
  37. ^ Chart dates for the third run of "My Savior My God":
  38. ^ Chart dates for the second run of "Mountain of God":
  39. ^ Chart dates for the first run of "Made to Worship":
  40. ^ Chart date for the first run of "Made to Love":
  41. ^ Chart date for "O Come O Come Emmanuel":
  42. ^ Chart dates for the second run of "Made to Worship":
  43. ^ Chart dates for "Does Anybody Hear Her?":
  44. ^ Chart dates for the second run of "Made to Love":
  45. ^ Chart dates for "Undo":
  46. ^ Chart dates for "Every Time I Breathe":
  47. ^ Chart dates for "I'm Not Who I Was":
  48. ^ Chart date for "Bring the Rain":
  49. ^ Chart dates for the first run of "East to West":
  50. ^ Chart dates for the first run of "God with Us":
  51. ^ Chart dates for the second run of "East to West":
  52. ^ Chart dates for the second run of "God with Us":
  53. ^ Chart dates for "You Are Everything":
  54. ^ Chart dates for "Let It Fade":
  55. ^ Chart dates for "Washed By the Water":
  56. ^ Chart dates for "Call My Name":
  57. ^ Chart dates for the first run of "Give Me Your Eyes":
  58. ^ a b Chart date for the first run of "There Will Be a Day":
  59. ^ Chart date for the second run of "Give Me Your Eyes":
  60. ^ Chart dates for the first run of "Free to Be Me":
  61. ^ Chart dates for the first run of "The Motions":
  62. ^ Chart dates for the second run of "Free to Be Me":
  63. ^ Chart dates for the second run of "The Motions":
  64. ^ Chart dates for "Revelation Song":
  65. ^ "MercyMe Albums & Song Chart History — Christian Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved September 11, 2012. 
  66. ^ "Casting Crowns Albums & Song Chart History — Christian Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved September 11, 2012. 
  67. ^ "Jeremy Camp Albums & Song Chart History — Christian Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved September 11, 2012. 
  68. ^ "Third Day Albums & Song Chart History — Christian Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved September 11, 2012. 
  69. ^ "Matthew West Albums & Song Chart History — Christian Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved September 11, 2012.