Gospel Soundcheck

Radio and Records released their 2008 Year End Charts, and here’s a peek at the most played songs on Christian radio formats:
Top 5 Gospel songs:
1) Never Would Have Made It, Marvin Sapp
2) Work It Out, Troy Sneed Presents Bonafide Praisers
3) I Trust You, James Fortune & FIYA Black
4) He’s Done Enough, Beverly Crawford
5) Jesus, Shekinah Glory Ministry
Top 5 Christian AC songs:
1) You Are Everything, Matthew West
2) Let It Fade, Jeremy Camp
3) Call My Name, Third Day
4) God With us, MercyMe
5) You Reigh, Mercy Me

Top 5 Christian CHR songs:
1) Never Going Back To OK, The Afters
2) Give Me Your Eyes, Brandon Heath
3) Those Nights, Skillet
4) No Matter What It Takes, Jeremy Camp
5) Call My Name, Third Day
Top 5 Christian Rock songs:
1) Whispers In The Dark, Skillet
2) Hello Alone, Anberlin
3) Crash, Decyfer Down
4) Devastation And Reform, Relient K
5) The Flame In All Of Us, Thousand Foot Krutch
Top 5 Soft AC/Inspirational songs:
1) Jesus Messiah, Chris Tomlin
2) You Reign, MercyMe
3) You’re Not Along, Meredith Andrews
4) What Life Would Be Like, Big Daddy Weave
5) Mighty To Save, Laura Story
To put some of this into perspective, the Gospel song “Never Would Have Made It,” by Marvin Sapp, got 50,503 plays in 2008. It was the most played song of the charts listed above. Matthew West’s “You Are Everything” was next with 47,006 plays. In contrast, Skillet’s “Whispers In The Dark” had 4,505 plays.
If you’re curious about how those numbers compare to mainstream charts, the mainstream AC top song, “Love Song,” by Sara Bareilles, had 73,537 plays. Active Rock’s “Addicted,” by Saving Abel, had 44,269 plays and Alternative Rock “Let It Die” by Foo Fighters had 41,414 plays. The number one song of all formats was the Rhythmic song “Low,” by Flo Rida Featuring T-Pain Poe, with 128,224 plays.
You can check out all of the Radio and Records year end charts on the R&R website.
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