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Top 100 Songs and Top 25 Most Played Artists of 2018

Karen Peck & New River to take the #1 Song of the Year for a second consecutive year. Even though the song only spent three weeks in the #1 spot over the coursse of the year, “Gotta Be Saved”‘s impressive 26 week run on the chart was enough to take the crown this year as well. The chart saw a total of 19 songs reach the #1 spot by 13 different artists. Only six artists shot multiple songs to the top spot – Karen Peck & New River (“Gotta Be Saved” and “I Know I’ll Be There”), Michael English (“Love Is the Golden Rule” and “Finally Coming Home”), Joseph Habedank (“Just When You Thought” and “Jailbreak”), Triumphant (“Thankful So Thankful” and “The Cross Is All the Proof I Need”), Kingdom Heirs (“The Last Big Thing” and “Heroes of Faith”) and 11th Hour (“Power In Prayer” and “Doin’ What’s Right”).

Top 100 Songs of 2018

Songs with an asterisk (*) denote #1 songs this year.
RANK
SONG ARTIST
1
Gotta Be Saved* Karen Peck & New River
2
Finally Coming Home* Michael English
3
If Church Pews Could Shout* Gold City
4
I Know I’ll Be There* Karen Peck & New River
5
Jailbreak* Joseph Habedank
6
Power In Prayer* 11th Hour
7
Lost* Jim Brady Trio
8
Washed By the Water Jason Crabb
9
The Cross Is All the Proof I Need* Triumphant
10
Jesus Messiah Gaither Vocal Band
11
God Doesn’t Care* Greater Vision
12
Daddy & Son Nelons
13
Clear Skies* Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
14
Sun’s Gonna Come Up* LeFevre Quartet
15
Rolled Back Stone Greater Vision
16
Faithful* Whisnants
17
Grab Your Umbrella Talleys
18
Just When You Thought* Joseph Habedank
19
Go Show John Mark Trammell Quartet
20
Doin’ What’s Right* 11th Hour
21
Watch & See Erwins
22
Anything Less Taylors
23
Broken People Like Me Old Paths
24
Little Is Much Michael English
25
I Believe He’s Alive Bowling Family
26
When the Prodigal Comes Home Tribute
27
Heroes of Faith* Kingdom Heirs
28
Treasures In Heaven Mark Trammell Quartet
29
Meeting In the Middle of the Air Tribute
30
He Can Take It* Brian Free & Assurance
31
Clouds Erwins
32
Thankful, So Thankful* Triumphant
33
Christ My Hope, My Glory HIGHROAD with Jason Crabb
34
Beat Up Bible Down East Boys
35
You Chose To Be My Friend Jason Crabb with Gary LeVox
36
Yours Amen Isaacs
37
Beyond Amazed Brian Free & Assurance
38
Run the Race Hyssongs
39
For What I Don’t Know Taylors
40
Running Martins
41
Every Moment, Every Mountain, Every Mile Williamsons
42
Woke Up This Morning Guardians
43
By a Show of Hands Carolina Boys
44
Sing It Again Jeff & Sheri Easter
45
Find Me Faithful Perrys
46
Be Brave McKameys
47
Be An Overcomer Hoppers
48
If That’s What It Takes Isaacs
49
God of the Storms Freemans
50
Good News Never Gets Old Three Bridges
51
I’ve Seen Enough Hoppers
52
I Trust the Cross Legacy Five
53
Living For Eternity McKameys
54
What An Anchor Mylon Hayes Family
55
Hallelujah Band Gaither Vocal Band
56
Love Love Love Gordon Mote
57
Cost of the Cross Kingsmen
58
Calvary’s Cross Jonathan Wilburn
59
He’s Never Moved Whisnants
60
That Day Is Coming Collingsworth Family
61
Living Water Steve Ladd
62
Longing For Home Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
63
Don’t Underestimate God’s Grace Kingsmen
64
A Little More Like You Ivan Parker
65
I Know Him Inspirations
66
Song of Moses Hoppers
67
The Coming of the Lord Mylon Hayes Family
68
Deep In My Heart Legacy Five
69
I Want to Praise Him 11th Hour
70
Love Is the Golden Rule* Michael English
71
Look Up Talleys
72
Heaven Just Got Sweeter For You Kingdom Heirs
73
Moses & Elijah Perrys
74
Asking, Seeking, Knocking Lore Family
75
Mercy & Love Collingsworth Family
76
Jesus What a Wonderful Name Williamsons
77
The Same Hands Cana’s Voice
78
The Thing About a Valley Steve Ladd
79
I’m Gonna Wish I Had Worried Less Mark Bishop
80
Present In the Presence of the Lord Guardians
81
Wayfaring Stranger Jeff & Sheri Easter
82
It Carried Him Perrys
83
I Tell Them Jesus Hyssongs
84
The Last Big Thing* Kingdom Heirs
85
The Sermon Misty Freeman
86
Somebody Here Wisecarvers
87
Never Changes Steeles
88
Let the Church Rise LeFevre Quartet
89
When God Speaks Misty Freeman
90
We Are Christians Inspirations
91
The Return Soul’d Out
92
Power In the Blood/Are You Washed In the Blood? Blackwood Brothers
93
Our Song Will Be Jesus Lauren Talley
94
The Man I Am Today Browders
95
Peace Is On the Way Old Paths
96
Let My Light So Shine Zane & Donna King
97
So Good to Me McKameys
98
All My Hope Gold City
99
Remember That He Loves You Doug Anderson
100
Revival LeFevre Quartet

Karen Peck & New River was also the most played artist of the year after taking two songs to the #1 spot. It was also a good year for soloists, as 3 out of the Top 5 most played artists were Michael EnglishJason Crabb, and Joseph Habedank.

Top 25 Most Played Artists of 2018

RANK
ARTIST
1
Karen Peck & New River
2
Jason Crabb
3
Michael English
4
11th Hour
5
Joseph Habedank
6
Greater Vision
7
Triumphant
8
Mark Trammell Quartet
9
The Erwins
10
Gold City
11
Tribute
12
The Taylors
13
Gaither Vocal Band
14
The Hyssongs
15
Brian Free & Assurance
16
Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
17
Kingdom Heirs
18
LeFevre Quartet
19
The Whisnants
20
The Talleys
21
The Isaacs
22
The McKameys
23
The Perrys
24
The Nelons
25
The Hoppers
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