Music Charts

#468: Dec 9 - 15, 2012

Chart At A Glance

  • Looks like 2012 is going out with a bang on my chart!
  • Closely following on the heels of Third Day’s rocket-fast rise to #1 with “I Need A Miracle”, is a most-unexpected surprise in this slowest ever year on my chart…a #1 debut!
  • Violinist and YouTube sensation Lindsey Stirling debuts at the top with her beautiful rendition of “What Child Is This”, setting and breaking a number of records on my chart in the process.
  • First, it is now the latest new #1 in a chart year, a record previously held by Disciple’s “Things Left Unsaid” for 5 years. It is also the first Christmas song to ever debut at #1, as well as only the second Christmas song to ever reach #1 at all (Joy Williams’ “Here With Us” was the first way back on Chart #122 in April 2006, oddly).
  • More importantly, it is the first instrumental song to ever debut on my Top 50, and it only debuted due to me relaxing a long-standing rule, that songs have to be current or recent radio singles. This song is officially a “digital single”, a category now eligible for entry onto my Top 50. Perhaps in 2013, we’ll see a slightly broader range of songs debut on my chart (and hopefully many more songs overall than this year’s dismal record-low number).
  • Lindsey Stirling may have the week’s biggest story, but she is not the only one! Further down, Erica Lane newly peaks at #14 with “Angels In The Snow”, the Jump Of The Week once again. And, even further down, 2 other Christmas songs come aboard, altogether making for 3 final debuts in 2012.
  • Mandisa debuts at #37 with “Somebody’s Angel”, while Francesca Battistelli enters at #48 with “Heaven Everywhere”. Another of her songs, “Christmas Is”, narrowly misses a Top 50 debut.
  • Finally, a couple songs reach special charting milestones. First, one-hit wonder “Like I Mean It”, by Stars Go Dim, reaches its 100th week charting this week. Second, and much more significantly, Josh Groban reaches the landmark 300-week milestone with “You Are Loved”, only the third song to do so in the history of my chart. If it can hang on for another year, it will come within striking distance of overtaking Jeremy Camp’s record for the longest-charting song (368 weeks with “Walk By Faith”).
  • Well, this about wraps up 2012 on my regular Top 50! Stay tuned for my Christmas Top 50 on next week’s chart, and my year-end Top 100 the week after. My regular weekly Top 50 will be frozen those last 2 weeks of the year.

Top 50

Rank This WeekRank Last WeekSong Title, by Artist
For visual browsers only, Bullets (e.g., ▲ and ▼) appear on songs seeing a gain or loss of interest, regardless of movement. Upward bullets show gains—white for slight gains, aqua for high, and gold for very high. Downward bullets show losses—grey for slight losses, purple for high, and black for very high. “Jump Of The Week” and “Fall Of The Week”, when present, indicate songs with the biggest change in interest. Finally, songs below #50 become recurrents after 25+ weeks charting, or after 40+ weeks if they never peaked above #26. For more details, see my chart methodology.
1What Child Is This [Instrumental], by Lindsey Stirling
  • Highest Debut This Week
21I Need A Miracle, by Third Day
32Blessings, by Laura Story
43We Fall Apart, by Bebo Norman
54Bruises And Scars, by Shake The Nation
65What Love Really Means, by JJ Heller
76Time (Spiral Galaxy Mix), by The Washington Projects
87Difference, by Bobby Tinsley
98If I Ever Needed Grace, by Jimmy Needham
1010Remind Me Who I Am, by Jason Gray
119Pieces, by RED
1211Lucy, by Skillet
1312Heaven, by Wakeup Starlight
1422Angels In The Snow, by Erica Lane
  • Jump Of The Week
1513Waiting For The Day, by Naomi Carroll
1614Growing Young, by Curt Collins
1716Lead Me (Acoustic Version), by Sanctus Real
1817Forgiveness, by Matthew West
1915Restless, by Switchfoot
2018Hole In The World, by Point Of Grace
2121Someone Worth Dying For, by MIKESCHAIR
2220Buried Beneath, by RED
2323Jesus In Disguise, by Brandon Heath
2419The Motions (Acoustic), by Matthew West
2524Where I Belong, by Building 429
2625Losing, by Tenth Avenue North
2727Scars, by Jonny Diaz
2826Ships In The Night, by Mat Kearney
2928Little Balloon, by Jenny & Tyler
3032Good To Be Alive, by Jason Gray
3129It’s Alright, by Json with MIKESCHAIR
3230Like I Mean It, by Stars Go Dim
3331Living The Dream, by downhere
3434Let It Go, by Mandy Gawley
3535Gold, by Britt Nicole
3636Walk On The Water (Acoustic), by Britt Nicole
37Somebody’s Angel, by Mandisa
  • New
3838Miracle, by Sara Groves
3937Simple Days, by B.Reith
4039You Are Loved (Don’t Give Up), by Josh Groban
4133Masquerade, by The Alumni
4241Save A Life, by Manic Drive
4340Part That Won’t Let Go, by Wavorly
4442The Broken, by Bebo Norman
4543He Said, by Group 1 Crew and Chris August
4645Should’ve Been Me, by Citizen Way
4746Drifting, by Plumb with Dan Haseltine
48Heaven Everywhere, by Francesca Battistelli
  • New
4947Somebody To Someone, by The Heyday
5048One Day Too Late, by Skillet
Recurrents & Closecalls
5149My One And Only, by Rachael Lampa
5244It’s Me Who Leaves, by Samuel Wilson
5350Broken Heart, by Evan Craft with Lauren Thurston and Qis Walker
54Dangerous, by KJ-52
55Life Is Beautiful, by The Afters
56We Should Run, by Sarah MacIntosh
57Me Without You, by tobyMac
58Get Well, by Icon For Hire
59Faceless, by RED
60Down, by Mat Kearney
61Stay Close, by Fireflight
62Busted Heart (Hold On To Me), by For King & Country
63The Hurt & The Healer, by MercyMe
64Show The People How To Love, by Ashley John-Baptiste
65Live Like That, by Sidewalk Prophets
66Together, by Ronnie Freeman
Songs Waiting In The Wings
67Christmas Is, by Francesca Battistelli
68Mercy, by Patrick Ryan Clark
69Sleigh Ride, by August Burns Red
70Spiral, by Andy Hunter with Beth Bullock
71What Child Is This, by Jason Bare
72Restore, by Miss Angie
73Deliverer, by Wayburn Dean