Top Christian Albums

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 8, 2020, the current number-one album is Look Up Child by Lauren Daigle.[5]

Artist milestonesEdit

Album milestonesEdit

Most weeks on the chartEdit

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

No. Artist Wks. Album Ref.
1 Amy Grant 381 The Collection [39]
2 Hillsong UNITED 350 Zion   [40]
3 Skillet 324 Awake   [41]
4 for KING & COUNTRY 296 Run Wild. Live Free. Love Strong.   [42]
5 Amy Grant 286 Age to Age [43]
6 Lauren Daigle 278 How Can It Be   [44]
7 NF 262 Mansion   [45]
8 Elvis Presley 258 Elvis: Ulimate Gospel   [46]
9 Sandi Patty 257 More than Wonderful [47]
10 Chris Tomlin 253 How Great Is Our God: The Essential Collection   [48]
11 tobyMac 245 This Is Not a Test   [49]
12 Sandi Patty 237 Hymns Just For You [50]
13 Elevation Worship 234 Here as in Heaven   [51]
14 NF 223 Therapy Session   [52]
15 Skillet 208 Unleashed   [53]
16 Skillet 207 Comatose   [54]
Key
  Album currently charting, as of August 8, 2020[5]

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 5, 2020. Retrieved August 5, 2020.
  6. ^ a b Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. February 15, 2018 https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/chart-beat/8099914/michael-w-smith-returns-hot-christian-songs. Archived from the original on July 3, 2019. Retrieved July 19, 2019. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  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 November 12, 2019.
  12. ^ "Hilsong United Chapman Chart History: Christian Albums". Billboard. Retrieved November 11, 2019.
  13. ^ a b "Casting Crowns Chart History: Christian Albums". Billboard. Retrieved November 12, 2019.
  14. ^ "Third Day Chart History: Christian Albums". Billboard. Retrieved November 12, 2019.
  15. ^ "Newsboys Chart History: Christian Albums". Billboard. Retrieved November 12, 2019.
  16. ^ "Chris Tomlin 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. ^ "Sandi Patty Chart History: Christian Albums". Billboard. Retrieved November 12, 2019.
  20. ^ "Lauren Daigle Chart History: Christian Albums". Billboard. Retrieved August 5, 2020.
  21. ^ "Kirk Franklin Chart History: Christian Albums". Billboard. Retrieved November 12, 2019.
  22. ^ "Carmen Chart History: Christian Albums". Billboard. Retrieved November 12, 2019.
  23. ^ "P.O.D. Chart History: Christian Albums". Billboard. Retrieved November 12, 2019.
  24. ^ "dc Talk Chart History: Christian Albums". Billboard. Retrieved November 12, 2019.
  25. ^ "Switchfoot Chart History: Christian Albums". Billboard. Retrieved November 12, 2019.
  26. ^ "Petra Chart History: Christian Albums". Billboard. Retrieved November 12, 2019.
  27. ^ "Amy Grant – Age to Age". Billboard. Retrieved November 11, 2019.
  28. ^ "Lauren Daigle – Look Up Child". Billboard. Retrieved August 5, 2020.
  29. ^ "Sandi Patty – Morning Like This". Billboard. Retrieved November 11, 2019.
  30. ^ "Amy Grant – Straight Ahead". Billboard. Retrieved November 11, 2019.
  31. ^ "dc Talk – Free at Last". Billboard. Retrieved November 11, 2019.
  32. ^ "Switchfoot – The Beautiful Letdown". Billboard. Retrieved November 11, 2019.
  33. ^ "Amy Grant – Unguarded". Billboard. Retrieved November 11, 2019.
  34. ^ "Amy Grant – Lead Me On". Billboard. Retrieved November 11, 2019.
  35. ^ "LeAnn Rimes – You Light Up My Life: Inspirational Songs". Billboard. Retrieved November 11, 2019.
  36. ^ "P.O.D. – Satellite". Billboard. Retrieved November 11, 2019.
  37. ^ "Carmen – Revival In the Land". Billboard. Retrieved November 11, 2019.
  38. ^ Darden, Bob. "Amy Grant's Phenomenal Success" (PDF). Billboard. p. 37. Retrieved November 11, 2019 – via AmericanRadioHistory.
  39. ^ "Amy Grant – The Collection". Billboard. Retrieved November 19, 2019.
  40. ^ "Hillsong United – Zion". Billboard. Retrieved November 11, 2019.
  41. ^ "Skillet – Awake". Billboard. Retrieved November 11, 2019.
  42. ^ "For King & Country – Run Wild. Live Free. Love Strong". Billboard. Retrieved November 11, 2019.
  43. ^ "Amy Grant – Age to Age". Billboard. Retrieved December 4, 2019.
  44. ^ "Lauren Daigle – How Can It Be". Billboard. Retrieved November 11, 2019.
  45. ^ "NF – Mansion". Billboard. Retrieved November 11, 2019.
  46. ^ "Elvis Presley – Elvis: Ulimate Gospel". Billboard. Retrieved November 12, 2019.
  47. ^ "Sandi Patty – More than Wonderful". Billboard. Retrieved November 11, 2019.
  48. ^ "Chris Tomlin – How Great Is Our God: The Essential Collection". Billboard. Retrieved November 11, 2019.
  49. ^ "tobyMac – This Is Not A Test". Billboard. Retrieved November 11, 2019.
  50. ^ "Sandi Patty – Hymns Just For You". Billboard. Retrieved November 11, 2019.
  51. ^ "Elevation Worship – Here As in Heaven". Billboard. Retrieved October 29, 2019.
  52. ^ "NF – Therapy Session". Retrieved December 19, 2019.
  53. ^ "Skillet – Unleashed". Retrieved April 2, 2020.
  54. ^ "Skillet – Comatose". Billboard. Retrieved November 11, 2019.

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