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 June 26, 2021 the current number-one album is Milk & Honey by Crowder.[5]


Artist milestones

Album milestones

Most weeks on the chart

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

No. Artist Wks. Album Ref.
1 Hillsong UNITED 389 Zion dagger [39]
2 Amy Grant 381 The Collection [40]
3 Skillet 364 Awake dagger [41]
4 Lauren Daigle 318 How Can It Be dagger [42]
5 NF 302 Mansion dagger [43]
6 for KING & COUNTRY 299 RUN WILD. LIVE FREE. LOVE STRONG. [44]
7 Elvis Presley 290 Elvis: Ulimate Gospel dagger [45]
8 Chris Tomlin 288 How Great Is Our God: The Essential Collection dagger [46]
9 Amy Grant 286 Age to Age [47]
10 Elevation Worship 273 Here as in Heaven dagger [48]
11 tobyMac 270 This Is Not a Test dagger [49]
12 NF 263 Therapy Session dagger [50]
13 Sandi Patty 257 More than Wonderful [51]
14 Skillet 248 Unleashed dagger [52]
15 Sandi Patty 237 Hymns Just For You [53]
16 Hillsong Worship 231 Let There Be Light dagger [54]
17 Zach Williams 228 Chain Breaker dagger [55]
18 Skillet 207 Comatose [56]
19 Alan Jackson 203 Precious Memories Collection dagger [57]
20 MercyMe 202 Lifer dagger [58]
Key
dagger Album currently charting, as of May 15, 2021[5]

Number ones

See also

References

  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 15, 2021. Retrieved June 22, 2021.
  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.
  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. ^ "Lauren Daigle Chart History: Christian Albums". Billboard. Retrieved June 15, 2021.
  20. ^ "Sandi Patty Chart History: Christian Albums". Billboard. Retrieved November 12, 2019.
  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. ^ "Lauren Daigle – Look Up Child". Billboard. Retrieved June 15, 2021.
  28. ^ "Amy Grant – Age to Age". Billboard. Retrieved November 11, 2019.
  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. ^ "Carman – 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. ^ "Hillsong United – Zion". Billboard. Retrieved November 11, 2019.
  40. ^ "Amy Grant – The Collection". Billboard. Retrieved November 19, 2019.
  41. ^ "Skillet – Awake". Billboard. Retrieved November 11, 2019.
  42. ^ "Lauren Daigle – How Can It Be". Billboard. Retrieved November 11, 2019.
  43. ^ "NF – Mansion". Billboard. Retrieved November 11, 2019.
  44. ^ "For King & Country – Run Wild. Live Free. Love Strong". Billboard. Retrieved November 11, 2019.
  45. ^ "Elvis Presley – Elvis: Ulimate Gospel". Billboard. Retrieved November 12, 2019.
  46. ^ "Chris Tomlin – How Great Is Our God: The Essential Collection". Billboard. Retrieved November 11, 2019.
  47. ^ "Amy Grant – Age to Age". Billboard. Retrieved December 4, 2019.
  48. ^ "Elevation Worship – Here As in Heaven". Billboard. Retrieved October 29, 2019.
  49. ^ "tobyMac – This Is Not a Test". Billboard. Retrieved November 11, 2019.
  50. ^ "NF – Therapy Session". Retrieved December 19, 2019.
  51. ^ "Sandi Patty – More than Wonderful". Billboard. Retrieved November 11, 2019.
  52. ^ "Skillet – Unleashed". Retrieved April 2, 2020.
  53. ^ "Sandi Patty – Hymns Just For You". Billboard. Retrieved November 11, 2019.
  54. ^ "Hillsong Worship – Let There Be Light". Retrieved July 14, 2020.
  55. ^ "Zach Williams – Chain Breaker". Retrieved August 20, 2020.
  56. ^ "Skillet – Comatose". Billboard. Retrieved November 11, 2019.
  57. ^ "Alan Jackson – Precious Memories Collection". Billboard. Retrieved May 11, 2021.
  58. ^ "MercyMe – Lifer". Billboard. Retrieved May 11, 2021.

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