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Contemporary Christian music charts in the 1980’s were dominated by the likes of Sandi PattiAmy GrantTwila Paris and the Imperials.  In the 1990’s, Point Of GraceDC TalkSteven Curtis Chapman and Michael W. Smith led the way.  But what the 2000s?  A look at the chart data reveals an interesting landscape in contemporary Christian music from the years 2000 to 2009.  The following information was compiled from the CCM Update and Radio & Records Christian AC airplay charts: 


MercyMeThird Day and Casting Crowns each reached the #1 spot nine times during this decade.  Steven Curtis Chapman and Mark Schultz have all charted seven number one songs in the 2000s.   Avalon and Jeremy Camp were right behind with six number one songs apiece.  Chris Tomlin scored 5 number one songs while Rachel Lampa and the Newsboys round out the top ten artists with four number ones each.

Phillips, Craig & Dean scored the longest running number one song of the decade with "Revelation Song”.  It spent a remarkable 17 weeks at number one back in the summer of 2009. In the spring of 2005 "Take Me Back" placed Jeremy Camp in the #1 spot for 15 weeks.  "Give Me Your Eyes" by Brandon Heath perched atop the charts for 14 weeks in 2008.  Chris Tomlin’s “Made To Worship” also topped the charts for 14 weeks in the fall of 2006.   "The Motions" by Matthew West and “Voice of Truth” by Casting Crowns both held the top spot for 13 weeks.  In the fall of 2007, Casting Crowns had another huge hit, "East To West".  It spent 12 weeks in the top spot.  "Call My Name" by Third Day had an 11 week run at #1 in the summer of 2008.  “Praise You In This Storm” and “Lifesong” both by Casting Crowns, “Walk By Faith” and "Let It Fade" by Jeremy Camp, “Word Of God Speak” and God Is With Us" by MercyMe, and “Mountain Of God” by Third Day each enjoyed a 10 week run at number one.

 

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