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Top Artists Of The 1980's

Times sure have changed in the Christian music scene.  With new artists like Brandon Heath, Rush of Fools, and Lincoln Brewster topping the Christian Adult Contemporary charts recently, it may be easy to forget artists like 2nd Chapter Of Acts, White Heart, and Leslie Phillips.  In an effort to keep the past alive, here is an objective look back at the Christian music artists of the 1980’s. 


Of the 254 artists who charted songs in the 1980’s, Amy Grant came out on top.  Fueled by 21 top tens (5 of which went to #1), Grant ended the decade with 1488 points.  The Imperials charted 25 songs during the 80’s and finished in second place.  Sandi Patti’s five #1 songs helped position her in third.  Twila Paris reached the top spot 6 times during the decade, placing her fourth.  To the surprise of some, Wayne Watson finished in fifth.  Michael Card edged out Michael W. Smith by a point for the #6 spot.   Dallas Holm came in eighth.  Steve Camp, whose song “He Covers Me” was the top song of 1987, finished the decade in ninth.  Petra, with their five #1’s, rounded out the top ten.
 

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Top 100 Artists 1980-1989

Rank

Artist

Points

1

Amy Grant

1488

2

Imperials

1398

3

Sandi Patti

1152

4

Twila Paris

1051

5

Wayne Watson

984

6

Michael Card

959

7

Michael W. Smith

958

8

Dallas Holm

937

9

Steve Camp

710

10

Petra

685

11

David Meece

677

12

Scott Wesley Brown

671

13

Russ Taff

633

14

Harvest

623

15

White Heart

612

16

Leon Patillo

582

17

Paul Smith

573

18

DeGarmo & Key

572

19

Leslie Phillips

556

20

2nd Chapter Of Acts

523

21

Benny Hester

523

22

Farrell & Farrell

522

23

Dion

514

24

Sheila Walsh

505

25

Andrus & Blackwood

502

26

Larnelle Harris

494

27

Glad

461

28

B.J. Thomas

459

29

Debby Boone

451

30

Rich Mullins

437

31

Mylon & Broken Heart

436

32

Steven Curtis Chapman

433

33

Kim Boyce

423

34

Michele Pillar

422

35

Joe English

398

36

First Call

390

37

Steve Archer

378

38

Deniece Williams

375

39

Randy Stonehill

374

40

Billy Sprague

369

41

Cruse

361

42

Gaither Vocal Band

358

43

Prism

357

44

Bryan Duncan

356

45

Steve Green

353

46

Chris Christian

347

47

Don Francisco

344

48

Matthew Ward

342

49

Margaret Becker

341

50

BeBe & CeCe Winans

340

51

Kelly Willard

330

52

Geoff Moore & The Distance

321

53

Phil Keaggy

316

54

Renee Garcia

311

55

Carman

310

56

Silverwind

309

57

Philip Bailey

307

58

Billy & Sarah Gaines

290

59

Jon Gibson 

288

60

Phil Driscoll

283

61

David & The Giants

282

62

Kathy Troccoli

273

63

Teri DeSario

271

64

Dan Peek

268

65

Bill Gaither Trio

264

66

Kim Hill

251

67

Terry Talbot

250

68

Michael James

249

69

Kenny Marks

242

70

David Martin

240

71

Morgan Cryar

237

72

Billy Crockett

237

73

Allies

234

74

Trace Balin

225

75

Stephanie Boosahda

212

76

Phillip Sandifer

211

77

Andrae Crouch

210

78

Bob Bennett

199

79

Cynthia Clawson

199

80

Tim Miner

197

81

Newsong

182

82

Tim Sheppard

180

83

Roby Duke

174

84

John Fischer

171

85

Brent Lamb

170

86

Connie Scott

168

87

Pam Mark Hall

168

88

Crumbacher

168

89

Keith Green

166

90

Glenn Garrett

162

91

Greg X. Volz

161

92

Servant

159

93

Nancy Honeytree

158

94

John Michael Talbot 

157

95

Lenny LeBlanc

151

96

Will McFarlane

150

97

David Baroni

149

98

Steve And Annie Chapman

148

99

Bruce Carroll

146

100

Jim Murray

145

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