Like many, I also have a personal interest in music. Of course my favorite type of music is Contemporary Christian. I stumbled upon the website Billboard, a site that collects data from a variety of resources in figuring out what the top songs are, from a specific genre, on a weekly basis.
Billboard publishes a host of charts that are individually or collectively based on key fan interactions with music, including album sales and downloads, track downloads, radio airplay and touring as well as streaming and social interactions on Facebook, Twitter, Vevo, Youtube, Spotify and other popular online destinations for music. These measurements are tracked year-round by Billboard and its data partners, including Nielsen BDS, Nielsen SoundScan and Next Big Sound. In order for artists and title to chart in Billboard, they must be among the higher ranked performers among the specific metric used to compile the chart. Specific methodologies can be found on each chart page on billboard.com and on the Chart Legend reference page on billboard.biz.
After spotting their section on Christian music, I decided to share their results. For my fellow music enthusiasts, I may continue to share Billboard's weekly findings each Saturday. Their findings for the week of April 20 - 26 are as follows:
Hillsong UNITED's newest hit song "Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)" has been number ONE on the Billboard charts for the last several weeks in a row. The song comes from their album "Zion" which was released on February 22, 2013.
The Newsboys take the number two slot with their song "God's Not Dead (Like a Lion)" which was hanging out at number one for many weeks straight until Hillsong came around. The song is also known by the same album name on which it was released, "God's Not Dead" which came out on November 15, 2011.
At number three comes Phil Wickham's song "This is Amazing Grace." His powerful song comes from his album "The Ascension" which was released on September 24, 2013.
At number four the Newsboys are back again on the charts with another hit song "We Believe." This Newsboys song comes to us from their album "Restart" which was released on September 10, 2013.
Coming in at number five on the charts is Francesca Battistelli with her song "Write Your Story." One of my personal favorites. "Write Your Story" comes from her album "If We're Honest" which was just recently released this year on April 22.
MercyMe's newest hit single "Shake" comes in at number six on the charts. Shake is a very upbeat song that many can't help but dance to. "Shake" comes from MercyMe's album "Welcome To The New" was also recently released this year on April 8.
"Keep Making Me" by the Sidewalk Prophets takes the number seven spot this week on the charts. "Keep Making Me" comes from their album "Live Like That" which was released back on March 27, 2012.
Known now as just simply "Crowder" instead of his full name from the David Crowder Band, his newest single "I am" comes to us on the charts at number eight. Crowder's new single comes from his album "Neon Steeple" which is his first single album. This album has not yet been released, but will be available for purchase on May 27, 2014.
Jamie Grace's song "Beautiful Day" takes the number nine slot in the charts this week. This song comes from her second album known as "Ready to Fly" which was released on January 28, 2014.
Big Daddy Weave
Lastly at number ten, Big Daddy Weave comes to us with their song "The Only Name (Yours Will Be.)" Their song comes from their hit album "Love Comes to Life" which was released back on April 17, 2012.