Top Christian Albums

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Top Christian Albums is a weekly chart published in Billboard magazine that ranks the best-performing Christian albums in the United States. Like the Billboard 200, the data is compiled by Nielsen Soundscan based on each album's weekly physical and digital sales, as well as on-demand streaming and digital sales of its individual tracks.[1] The chart was introduced on the magazine issue dated March 29, 1980, under the title "Best Selling Inspirational LPs".[2] The current name was adopted on August 16, 2003, in an effort to "streamline" chart titles.[3] The first number-one album was Candle's Music Machine.[2] Amy Grant's Age to Age, released in 1982, topped the chart for 85 consecutive weeks , the longest for any album on the chart.[4]

As of the issue dated July 2, 2022, the current number-one album is Donda by Kanye West.[5]

Artist milestones[edit]

Album milestones[edit]

Most weeks on the chart[edit]

The following albums have spent at least 200 weeks on the chart:

Key
Album currently charting, as of July 2, 2022[5]
No. Artist Wks. Album Ref.
1 Skillet 423 Awake dagger [42]
2 Hillsong United 419 Zion dagger [43]
3 Amy Grant 381 The Collection [44]
4 Lauren Daigle 377 How Can It Be dagger [45]
5 NF 361 Mansion dagger [46]
6 Chris Tomlin 342 How Great Is Our God: The Essential Collection dagger [47]
7 Elevation Worship 330 Here as in Heaven dagger [48]
8 NF 322 Therapy Session dagger [49]
9 For King & Country 307 Run Wild. Live Free. Love Strong. [50]
10 Skillet 307 Unleashed dagger [51]
11 Elvis Presley 303 Elvis: Ultimate Gospel [52]
12 Amy Grant 286 Age to Age [53]
13 Zach Williams 287 Chain Breaker dagger [54]
14 Hillsong Worship 285 Let There Be Light dagger [55]
15 tobyMac 284 This Is Not a Test [56]
16 Alan Jackson 262 Precious Memories Collection dagger [57]
17 Sandi Patty 257 More than Wonderful [58]
18 Sandi Patty 237 Hymns Just for You [59]
19 MercyMe 228 Lifer dagger [60]
20 MercyMe 226 I Can Only Imagine: The Very Best of MercyMe [61]
21 Hillsong Worship 211 There Is More [62]
22 Tauren Wells 208 Hills and Valleys [63]
23 Skillet 207 Comatose [64]

Number ones[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Billboard Charts Legend". Billboard. Retrieved November 10, 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Best Selling Inspirational LPs" (PDF). Billboard. March 29, 1980. Retrieved November 11, 2019 – via AmericanRadioHistory.
  3. ^ "Bad Boys" (PDF). Billboard. August 16, 2003. p. 58. Retrieved November 11, 2019 – via AmericanRadioHistory. Note that we have streamlined the name of the latter album list, dropping the word 'Contemporary.'
  4. ^ Ruhlmann, William. "Amy Grant | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved November 11, 2019.
  5. ^ a b "Top Christian Albums". Billboard. June 29, 2022. Retrieved June 29, 2022.
  6. ^ a b Asker, Jim (February 15, 2018). "Michael W. Smith Returns to Hot Christian Songs Chart: Music Can 'Transform a Life on Every Level'". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Archived from the original on July 3, 2019.
  7. ^ a b "Michael W. Smith Chart History: Christian Albums". Billboard. Retrieved November 12, 2019.
  8. ^ a b "MercyMe Chart History: Christian Albums". Billboard. Retrieved November 12, 2019.
  9. ^ a b "Steven Curtis Chapman Chart History: Christian Albums". Billboard. Retrieved November 12, 2019.
  10. ^ "Passion Conferences Chapman Chart History: Christian Albums". Billboard. Retrieved November 12, 2019.
  11. ^ "LeCrae Chart History: Christian Albums". Billboard. Retrieved September 2, 2020.
  12. ^ "Hilsong United Chapman Chart History: Christian Albums". Billboard. Retrieved November 11, 2019.[dead link]
  13. ^ "Chris Tomlin Chart History: Christian Albums". Billboard. Retrieved August 12, 2020.
  14. ^ a b "Casting Crowns Chart History: Christian Albums". Billboard. Retrieved November 12, 2019.
  15. ^ "Third Day Chart History: Christian Albums". Billboard. Retrieved November 12, 2019.
  16. ^ "Newsboys Chart History: Christian Albums". Billboard. Retrieved November 12, 2019.
  17. ^ "Jeremy Camp Chart History: Christian Albums". Billboard. Retrieved November 12, 2019.
  18. ^ "Hillsong Worship Chart History: Christian Albums". Billboard. Retrieved November 12, 2019.
  19. ^ "Needtobreathe Chart History: Christian Albums". Billboard. Retrieved August 11, 2021.
  20. ^ "Lauren Daigle Chart History: Christian Albums". Billboard. Retrieved August 25, 2021.
  21. ^ "Sandi Patty Chart History: Christian Albums". Billboard. Retrieved November 12, 2019.
  22. ^ "Kirk Franklin Chart History: Christian Albums". Billboard. Retrieved November 12, 2019.
  23. ^ "Carmen Chart History: Christian Albums". Billboard. Archived from the original on November 12, 2019. Retrieved November 12, 2019.
  24. ^ "P.O.D. Chart History: Christian Albums". Billboard. Archived from the original on November 9, 2019. Retrieved November 12, 2019.
  25. ^ "dc Talk Chart History: Christian Albums". Billboard. Archived from the original on November 12, 2019. Retrieved November 12, 2019.
  26. ^ "Switchfoot Chart History: Christian Albums". Billboard. Retrieved November 12, 2019.
  27. ^ "Kanye West Chart History: Christian Albums". Billboard. Retrieved June 29, 2022.
  28. ^ "Petra Chart History: Christian Albums". Billboard. Archived from the original on October 17, 2019. Retrieved November 12, 2019.
  29. ^ "Lauren Daigle – Look Up Child". Billboard. Retrieved August 25, 2021.
  30. ^ "Amy Grant – Age to Age". Billboard. Retrieved November 11, 2019.
  31. ^ "Sandi Patty – Morning Like This". Billboard. Retrieved November 11, 2019.
  32. ^ "Amy Grant – Straight Ahead". Billboard. Retrieved November 11, 2019.
  33. ^ "dc Talk – Free at Last". Billboard. Archived from the original on November 11, 2019. Retrieved November 11, 2019.
  34. ^ "Switchfoot – The Beautiful Letdown". Billboard. Retrieved November 11, 2019.
  35. ^ "Kanye West – Donda". Billboard. Retrieved June 29, 2022.
  36. ^ "Amy Grant – Unguarded". Billboard. Retrieved November 11, 2019.
  37. ^ "Amy Grant – Lead Me On". Billboard. Retrieved November 11, 2019.
  38. ^ "LeAnn Rimes – You Light Up My Life: Inspirational Songs". Billboard. Retrieved November 11, 2019.
  39. ^ "P.O.D. – Satellite". Billboard. Archived from the original on November 9, 2019. Retrieved November 11, 2019.
  40. ^ "Carman – Revival In the Land". Billboard. Archived from the original on November 11, 2019. Retrieved November 11, 2019.
  41. ^ Darden, Bob. "Amy Grant's Phenomenal Success" (PDF). Billboard. p. 37. Retrieved November 11, 2019 – via AmericanRadioHistory.
  42. ^ "Skillet – Awake". Billboard. Retrieved June 29, 2022.
  43. ^ "Hillsong United – Zion". Billboard. Retrieved December 7, 2021.
  44. ^ "Amy Grant – The Collection". Billboard. Retrieved November 19, 2019.
  45. ^ "Lauren Daigle – How Can It Be". Billboard. Retrieved June 29, 2022.
  46. ^ "NF – Mansion". Billboard. Retrieved June 29, 2022.
  47. ^ "Chris Tomlin – How Great Is Our God: The Essential Collection". Billboard. Retrieved June 29, 2022.
  48. ^ "Elevation Worship – Here As in Heaven". Billboard. Retrieved June 29, 2022.
  49. ^ "NF – Therapy Session". Retrieved June 29, 2022.
  50. ^ "For King & Country – Run Wild. Live Free. Love Strong". Billboard. Retrieved June 8, 2022.
  51. ^ "Skillet – Unleashed". Retrieved June 29, 2022.
  52. ^ "Elvis Presley – Elvis: Ulimate Gospel". Billboard. Retrieved June 29, 2022.
  53. ^ "Amy Grant – Age to Age". Billboard. Retrieved December 4, 2019.
  54. ^ "Zach Williams – Chain Breaker". Retrieved June 29, 2022.
  55. ^ "Hillsong Worship – Let There Be Light". Retrieved June 29, 2022.
  56. ^ "tobyMac – This Is Not a Test". Billboard. Retrieved November 11, 2019.
  57. ^ "Alan Jackson – Precious Memories Collection". Billboard. Retrieved June 29, 2022.
  58. ^ "Sandi Patty – More than Wonderful". Billboard. Retrieved November 11, 2019.
  59. ^ "Sandi Patty – Hymns Just For You". Billboard. Retrieved November 11, 2019.
  60. ^ "MercyMe – Lifer". Billboard. Retrieved June 15, 2022.
  61. ^ "MercyMe – I Can Only Imagine: The Very Best of MercyMe". Billboard. Retrieved June 29, 2022.
  62. ^ "Hillsong Worship – There Is More". Retrieved June 29, 2022.
  63. ^ "Tauren Wells – Hills and Valleys". Retrieved June 29, 2022.
  64. ^ "Skillet – Comatose". Billboard. Retrieved November 11, 2019.

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