37 weeks at number one.
That’s how long Hillsong United’s Oceans has been at number one on Billboard’s Christian Songs chart. It already has spent more than four months more than the previous record-holder, MercyMe’s Word of God Speak, which spent a mere 23 weeks at number one.
At 37 weeks, United is now tied with Third Day for fifth among Christian artists with the most cumulative weeks at No.1. MercyMe is number one with 81 weeks on top. Chris Tomlin is fourth with 43. The thought that United could literally surpass Chris Tomlin sends shivers down my spine. At this point, it appears Oceans is unstoppable.
Lecrae’s two new entries from last week, Nuthin’ and Fear, tumble out of the Top 10, resulting in a bit of a shakeup, with most songs now registering bullets. Still, nothing appears close to knocking Oceans out of the top spot. MercyMe’s Greater moves up 11-9 this week, the lone new entry to the Top 10 (if you don’t count Tomlin’s Waterfall, which peaked at number 8 earlier this year).
2. (3) Newsboys We Believe
3. (5) For King and Country Fix My Eyes
4. (7) Danny Gokey Hope in Front of Me
6. (8) Casting Crowns Thrive
7. (9) Needtobreathe Multiplied
8. (10) Unspoken Start a Fire
9. (11) MercyMe Greater
10. (12) Chris Tomlin Waterfall