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Hot Christian Songs 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 June 29, 2019, is "You Say" by Lauren Daigle.[2]

Song milestonesEdit

Most weeks at number oneEdit

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

Source:[19][20]

Most weeks at number two (without hitting number one)Edit

Number of
weeks
Artist(s) Song Year(s) Kept off of number-one by Ref.
23
for KING & COUNTRY "God Only Knows" 2019 "You Say" (Lauren Daigle) [21]
16
Elevation Worship "O Come to the Altar" 2017 "I'll Find You" (Lecrae), "What a Beautiful Name" (Hillsong Worship) [22]
15
MercyMe "You Reign" 2008 "Call My Name" (Third Day), "Give Me Your Eyes" (Brandon Heath) [23]
14
Salvador "Heaven" 2004-05 "Voice of Truth" (Casting Crowns), "Take You Back" (Jeremy Camp) [24]
Newsboys "We Believe" 2014 "Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)" (Hillsong United) [25]
Hillsong Worship "Who You Say I Am" 2018-19 "You Say" (Lauren Daigle) [26]
13
Tenth Avenue North "By Your Side" 2009 "There Will Be A Day" (Jeremy Camp), "The Motions" (Matthew West) [27]

Most total weeksEdit

  • 32 songs have spent 52 weeks or longer on the charts. These are:
"Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)" – Hillsong United (191 weeks)[4]
"What a Beautiful Name" - Hillsong Worship (81 weeks)[5]
"O Come to the Altar" - Elevation Worship (74 weeks)[28]
"Word of God Speak" – MercyMe (72 weeks)[7]
"Blessed Be Your Name" – tree63 (68 weeks)[29]
"Reckless Love" - Cory Asbury (68 weeks)[13]
"You Say" - Lauren Daigle (66 weeks)[30]
"Where I Belong" – Building 429 (63 weeks)[16]
"You Are My King (Amazing Love)" – Newsboys (63 weeks)[31]
"More" – Matthew West (60 weeks)[32]
"10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)" – Matt Redman (59 weeks)[33]
"God Only Knows" - for King & Country (59 weeks)[34]
"By Your Side" – Tenth Avenue North (58 weeks)[35]
"Who You Say I Am" - Hillsong Worship (58 weeks)[36]
"Trust in You" - Lauren Daigle (57 weeks)[12]
"Who Am I" – Casting Crowns (56 weeks)[37]
"There Will Be a Day" – Jeremy Camp (55 weeks)[38]
"(There's Gotta Be) More to Life" – Stacie Orrico (55 weeks)[39]
"Redeemed" – Big Daddy Weave (54 weeks)[40]
"Lord, I Need You" – Matt Maher featuring Audrey Assad (52 weeks)[41]
"You Are I Am" – MercyMe (52 weeks)[42]
"God's Not Dead (Like a Lion)" – Newsboys (52 weeks)[43]
"One Thing Remains" – Passion featuring Kristian Stanfill (52 weeks)[44]
"Need You Now (How Many Times)" – Plumb (52 weeks)[45]
"Lead Me" – Sanctus Real (52 weeks)[46]
"My Hope Is in You" – Aaron Shust (52 weeks)[47]
"Whom Shall I Fear (God of Angel Armies)" – Chris Tomlin (52 weeks)[17]
"The Motions" – Matthew West (52 weeks)[48]
"Chain Breaker - Zach Williams (52 weeks)[49]
"Even If" - MercyMe (52 weeks)[50]
"So Will I (100 Billion X)" - Hillsong UNITED (52 weeks)[51]
"Resurrecting" - Elevation Worship (52 weeks)[52]

Number-one debutsEdit

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

Biggest jump to number oneEdit

Longest climbs to number oneEdit

Biggest drop from number oneEdit

Artist achievementsEdit

Most number-one singlesEdit

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

Source:[95]

Most cumulative weeks at number oneEdit

  • 13 artists have spent thirty weeks or longer at number one. These are:
Weeks at number one Artist
88 MercyMe
84 Lauren Daigle
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 hitsEdit

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

Source:[96][97][98]

Most charted hitsEdit

Songs Artist
67 Lecrae
42 MercyMe
41 Chris Tomlin
Skillet
40 Hillsong United
tobyMac
39 Andy Mineo
38 Needtobreathe
37 Casting Crowns
35 Lauren Daigle
34 Jeremy Camp
33 Hillsong Worship
32 Newsboys

Artists who reached No. 1 in at least two decadesEdit

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)

Album achievementsEdit

Most number-one singles from one albumEdit

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 achievementsEdit

  • 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 of 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.

See alsoEdit

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