Well I can imagine folks know what today’s spotlight is shining on 😉 Yes, a look back at not only this past year’s HB favorites, but also the decade of best Christian music.
There’s no way I’m going to be able to fit it all in here, but we’ll definitely have lots of room in the comments for folks to add their top loved song (s) from 2019 and this past 10 years.
So who were the best of the 2010’s according to popular charts?
In 2010, ten songs by ten artists achieved a No. 1 single, either as a leading artist or featured artist. TobyMac recorded two No. 1s and Amy Grant achieved one as a featured artist with Matthew West with their song, Give this Christmas Away. MercyMe’s All of Creation, Chris Tomlin’s Our God, and Sanctus Real’s Lead Me tied for the longest-running No. 1 single with all three spending a total of nine weeks atop the chart. “All of Creation” was the top ranked song on the year-end chart.
2011 brought seventeen songs by thirteen No. 1 singles by either a leading artist or featured artist. MercyMe, Casting Crowns, and Tenth Avenue North recorded two No. 1s each. MercyMe and Casting Crowns also tied for the longest-running No. 1 single of 2011, with Move and Glorious Day (Living He Loved Me), each spending a total of nine weeks atop the chart. Tenth Avenue North’s You Are More was the top-ranked song on the year-end chart. Aaron Shust’s My Hope Is in You first reached the top in late 2011.
In 2012, there were nine No. 1 on the Christian Songs chart by ten artists. Building 429’s Where I Belong spent 15 consecutive weeks at No. 1, the longest-running No. 1 single of the year, and was ranked as the top Christian song of 2012. Matt Redman’s 10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord) had three separate stints at No. 1 for a total of 13 weeks.
In 2013 songs by Big Daddy Weave with Redeemed spent three weeks in 2013, seven weeks in total (4 being late 2012) and One Thing Remains (three separate stints at No. 1, two weeks in 2013, four weeks in total), respectively, first reached the top in 2012.
Chris Tomlin’s Whom Shall I Fear (God of Angel Armies) was ranked as the top Christian Song of 2013, with a cumulative total of 15 weeks on top of the chart. Matthew West’s Hello My Name Is, however, spent more time at No. 1, with 17 weeks. In September 2013, Hillsong United’s Oceans (Where Feet May Fail) knocked Mandisa’s Overcomer out of top spot, starting a record 57-week run at No. 1.
In 2014, only two artists went to No. 1 on the Billboard Christian Songs chart: Hillsong United and Carrie Underwood. Hillsong United’s Oceans (Where Feet May Fail) continued its run from 2013 and was ranked as the top Christian Song of 2013. In mid-October, Underwood’s Something in the Water went to No. 1, and maintained its top position until the end of 2014 leading into the first quarter of 2015.
In April 2015, Needtobreathe then went to No.1 with a re-recorded version of their single, Brother, featuring Gavin DeGraw. The song topped the charts for 19 weeks before Hillsong United’s Oceans returned to No.1 in October 2015, almost a year after losing the top spot to Underwood’s “Something in the Water.” Upon its return to the top in October 2015, it became the first song since Matt Redman’s 10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord) in 2012 to top the chart on three separate occasions.
In 2018, only six artists topped the Christian Songs chart. Brooke Simpson’s cover of “O Holy Night spent a week at the top. Hillsong Worship’s What a Beautiful Name spent its last eight weeks at No. 1. TobyMac’s I Need U debuted at the top of the chart for one week. Cory Asbury’s Reckless Love spent eighteen weeks on top, being ranked as the top Christian Song of 2018. Other hits include Zach William’s Live from Harding Prison, with my favorite live version of,
MercyMe’s I Can Only Imagine was sent to the top of the chart with renewed passion from a release of the hit film inspired by the song. For the rest of the year, Lauren Daigle’s You Say spent twenty-three consecutive weeks, becoming the fifth longest running song in the chart’s history.
It’s no surprise that Lauren Daigle wins hands down for this decade, with her top selling album How Can it Be which was in the top spot for 12 weeks, and 240 weeks on the chart (still is in the top 100). Three singles, “First,” “Trust in You” and “O’ Lord” hit #1 spot on Billboard as well.
The No. 2 title on Hot Christian Songs for the decade is Daigle’s 2018 crossover hit “You Say,” which broke the record for the most weeks at No. 1, 66 to date. It also hit No. 1 on Adult Contemporary and, this past March, No. 29 on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100.
2019 has brought hits such as Raise a Hallelujah by Melissa and Jonathan Helser, Phil Wickham’s album Great Things featuring Living Hope, Burn the Ships by for King and Country, and newcomer (in band form) We the Kingdom with Holy Water. Zach Williams with his hit album Rescue Story and Mercy Me’s latest single, Almost Home rounds out another year of amazing music.
So there y’all have it, at least according to the charts. As for the HB, we have varying tastes and favorites- what are some of your favorite artists and/or songs we’ve posted on the porch?
Have a blessed and beauty Sunday all!