It’s an eventful week on Billboard’s Top Christian charts. First off, British worship leader Matt Redman scores the biggest hit of his career as 10000 Reasons (Bless the Lord) knocks MercyMe’s The Hurt and the Healer off the number one slot this week after five weeks on top. Redman, whose career has spanned almost a decade and is responsible for some of Christian music’s most enduring classics, has finally earned top chart ink, and I’m so happy for him.
New to the Top 10 is Matthew West’s Forgiveness. The track, which previews West’s upcoming CD, is only in its sixth week on the chart. In contrast, fellow songwriter and Dove Award winner Chris August’s comeback single, Center of It, is at #16 in its ninth week; worship leader Kari Jobe’s Steady My Heart is in its fourth week, but at #22. While this doesn’t necessary imply anything about the bright future of West’s latest single, it is indeed very promising. The next-youngest song to West’s in the Top 10 is rapper tobyMac’s single, Me Without You, now peaking at an equally impressive number four in its ninth week on the chart.
Finally, a host of new debuts come into the chart, led by Israel Houghton’s Your Presence is Heaven, new at #29. Moriah Peters debuts a notch behind him with Well Done, then Christian journeyman Mark Schultz – I love this man’s music! Welcome back, Mark! – with his comeback single, All Things Possible, at #42, and Remedy Drive’s Better Than Life at #49.
What an exciting time to be alive, in love with God, and crazy about Christian music!
1. (2) Matt Redman 10000 Reasons
2. (1) MercyMe The Hurt and the Healer
3. (5) Sidewalk Prophets Live Like That
4. (6) tobyMac Me Without You
5. (3) Building 429 Where I Belong
6. (4) Newsboys God’s Not Dead (Like A Lion)
7. (7) Casting Crowns Jesus Friend of Sinners
8. (10) Tenth Avenue North Losing
9. (9) Jeremy Camp Overcome
10. (14) Matthew West Forgiveness
29. (new) Israel Houghton Your Presence is Heaven