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 August 13, 2022, the current number-one album is Donda by Kanye West.[5]

Artist milestonesEdit

Album milestonesEdit

Most weeks on the chartEdit

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

Key
Album currently charting, as of August 13, 2022[5]
No. Artist Wks. Album Ref.
1 Skillet 429 Awake   [42]
2 Hillsong United 421 Zion   [43]
3 Lauren Daigle 383 How Can It Be   [44]
4 Amy Grant 381 The Collection [45]
5 NF 367 Mansion   [46]
6 Chris Tomlin 348 How Great Is Our God: The Essential Collection   [47]
7 Elevation Worship 336 Here as in Heaven   [48]
8 NF 328 Therapy Session   [49]
9 Skillet 313 Unleashed   [50]
10 Elvis Presley 309 Elvis: Ultimate Gospel [51]
11 For King & Country 308 Run Wild. Live Free. Love Strong. [52]
12 Zach Williams 293 Chain Breaker   [53]
13 Hillsong Worship 291 Let There Be Light   [54]
14 Amy Grant 286 Age to Age [55]
15 tobyMac 284 This Is Not a Test [56]
16 Alan Jackson 268 Precious Memories Collection   [57]
17 Sandi Patty 257 More than Wonderful [58]
18 Sandi Patty 237 Hymns Just for You [59]
19 MercyMe 232 I Can Only Imagine: The Very Best of MercyMe [60]
20 MercyMe 228 Lifer   [61]
21 Hillsong Worship 217 There Is More [62]
22 Tauren Wells 209 Hills and Valleys [63]
23 Skillet 207 Comatose [64]
24 Lauren Daigle 204 Look Up Child [65]
25 For King & Country 200 Burn the Ships [66]

Number onesEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  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. August 10, 2022. Retrieved August 10, 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. ^ "Kanye West Chart History: Christian Albums". Billboard. Retrieved August 10, 2022.
  27. ^ "Switchfoot Chart History: Christian Albums". Billboard. Retrieved November 12, 2019.
  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. ^ "Kanye West – Donda". Billboard. Retrieved August 10, 2022.
  34. ^ "dc Talk – Free at Last". Billboard. Archived from the original on November 11, 2019. Retrieved November 11, 2019.
  35. ^ "Switchfoot – The Beautiful Letdown". Billboard. Retrieved November 11, 2019.
  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 August 10, 2022.
  43. ^ "Hillsong United – Zion". Billboard. Retrieved July 20, 2022.
  44. ^ "Lauren Daigle – How Can It Be". Billboard. Retrieved August 10, 2022.
  45. ^ "Amy Grant – The Collection". Billboard. Retrieved November 19, 2019.
  46. ^ "NF – Mansion". Billboard. Retrieved August 10, 2022.
  47. ^ "Chris Tomlin – How Great Is Our God: The Essential Collection". Billboard. Retrieved August 10, 2022.
  48. ^ "Elevation Worship – Here As in Heaven". Billboard. Retrieved August 10, 2022.
  49. ^ "NF – Therapy Session". Retrieved August 10, 2022.
  50. ^ "Skillet – Unleashed". Retrieved August 10, 2022.
  51. ^ "Elvis Presley – Elvis: Ulimate Gospel". Billboard. Retrieved August 10, 2022.
  52. ^ "For King & Country – Run Wild. Live Free. Love Strong". Billboard. Retrieved July 20, 2022.
  53. ^ "Zach Williams – Chain Breaker". Retrieved August 10, 2022.
  54. ^ "Hillsong Worship – Let There Be Light". Retrieved August 10, 2022.
  55. ^ "Amy Grant – Age to Age". Billboard. Retrieved December 4, 2019.
  56. ^ "tobyMac – This Is Not a Test". Billboard. Retrieved November 11, 2019.
  57. ^ "Alan Jackson – Precious Memories Collection". Billboard. Retrieved August 10, 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 – I Can Only Imagine: The Very Best of MercyMe". Billboard. Retrieved August 10, 2022.
  61. ^ "MercyMe – Lifer". Billboard. Retrieved June 15, 2022.
  62. ^ "Hillsong Worship – There Is More". Retrieved August 10, 2022.
  63. ^ "Tauren Wells – Hills and Valleys". Retrieved July 7, 2022.
  64. ^ "Skillet – Comatose". Billboard. Retrieved November 11, 2019.
  65. ^ "Lauren Daigle – Look Up Child". Billboard. Retrieved August 10, 2022.
  66. ^ "For King & Country – Burn the Ships". Retrieved August 10, 2022.

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