Hot Christian Songs

Hot Christian Songs is a music chart published weekly by Billboard magazine in the United States. It ranks the popularity of Christian songs using the same methodology developed for the Billboard Hot 100, the magazine's flagship songs chart, by incorporating data from the sales of downloads, streaming data, and airplay across all monitored radio stations.

From its inception in June 2003 through November 2013, the Hot Christian Songs chart ranked the top songs only by overall audience impressions of songs played on contemporary Christian music radio stations. Beginning with the chart dated December 7, 2013, the chart follows the same methodology used for the Hot 100 to compile its rankings.[1] The Christian Airplay chart was created in unison with the change to continue to monitor airplay of songs on Christian radio.

As of the issue dated May 8, 2021 the current number-one single is "You Say" by Lauren Daigle.[2]

Song milestones

Most weeks at number one

  • 16 songs have spent fifteen weeks or longer at number one. These are:

Source:[19][20]

Most total weeks on chart

  • 32 songs have spent 52 weeks or longer on the charts. These are:
" Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)" – Hillsong UNITED (191 weeks) [4]
" You Say" - Lauren Daigle (143 weeks) [21]
" What a Beautiful Name" - Hillsong Worship (81 weeks) [5]
" O Come to the Altar" - Elevation Worship (74 weeks) [22]
" Word of God Speak" – MercyMe (72 weeks) [7]
" Blessed Be Your Name" – tree63 (68 weeks) [23]
" Reckless Love" - Cory Asbury (68 weeks) [13]
" Where I Belong" – Building 429 (63 weeks) [16]
" You Are My King (Amazing Love)" – Newsboys (63 weeks) [24]
" God Only Knows" - for King & Country (62 weeks) [25]
" More" – Matthew West (60 weeks) [26]
" 10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)" – Matt Redman (59 weeks) [27]
" By Your Side" – Tenth Avenue North (58 weeks) [28]
" Who You Say I Am" - Hillsong Worship (58 weeks) [29]
" Trust in You" - Lauren Daigle (57 weeks) [12]
" Who Am I" – Casting Crowns (56 weeks) [30]
" There Will Be a Day" – Jeremy Camp (55 weeks) [31]
" (There's Gotta Be) More to Life" – Stacie Orrico (55 weeks) [32]
" Redeemed" – Big Daddy Weave (54 weeks) [33]
" Rescue" - Lauren Daigle (54 weeks) [34]
"Lord, I Need You" – Matt Maher featuring Audrey Assad (52 weeks) [35]
"You Are I Am" – MercyMe (52 weeks) [36]
" God's Not Dead (Like a Lion)" – Newsboys (52 weeks) [37]
" One Thing Remains" – Passion featuring Kristian Stanfill (52 weeks) [38]
" Need You Now (How Many Times)" – Plumb (52 weeks) [39]
" Lead Me" – Sanctus Real (52 weeks) [40]
" My Hope Is in You" – Aaron Shust (52 weeks) [41]
" Whom Shall I Fear (God of Angel Armies)" – Chris Tomlin (52 weeks) [17]
" The Motions" – Matthew West (52 weeks) [42]
" Chain Breaker - Zach Williams (52 weeks) [43]
" Even If" - MercyMe (52 weeks) [44]
"So Will I (100 Billion X)" - Hillsong UNITED (52 weeks) [45]
" Resurrecting" - Elevation Worship (52 weeks) [46]
" Graves into Gardens" - Elevation Worship featuring Brandon Lake (52 weeks) [47]

Number-one debuts

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

Biggest jump to number one

Longest climbs to number one

Biggest drop from number one

Artist achievements

Most number-one singles

Source:[87]

Most cumulative weeks at number one

  • 13 artists have spent thirty weeks or longer at number one. These are:

Most top ten hits

Source:[89][90][91]

Most charted hits

Artists who reached No. 1 in at least two decades

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)
Lauren Daigle (2010s, 2020s)
Kanye West (2010s, 2020s)
Carrie Underwood (2010s, 2020s)

Album achievements

Most number-one singles from one album

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
Carrie Underwood My Gift
2020

Other achievements

  • 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 on 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).
  • 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.
  • Danny Gokey has the most entries on the chart without achieving a number one hit (16).[92]
  • Jordan Smith became the first male artist to replace himself at number one on the chart; Smith's cover of "Hallelujah" dethroned his cover of "Great Is Thy Faithfulness" on December 19, 2015. Carrie Underwood became the first female artist.[93]

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