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The Top 5 Female CCM Artists – Finney’s Fast 5


Every year, Finney Media Research tests library songs from CCM artists with listeners across the USA. Listeners decide this ranking from research we’ve gathered across North America.

We thought it might spark new ideas for you to see the Top 5 Female Artists from our recent research. If you’re playing them, terrific! If you’re not, perhaps it’s time for a discussion about playing them:

  1. Lauren Daigle
  2. Francesca Battistelli
  3. Tasha Layton
  4. Kari Jobe
  5. Anne Wilson

We’ve seen a resurgence of top testing songs by women in the past few years, including Tasha Layton’s and Anne Wilson’s debuts. Francesca Battistelli and Kari Jobe continue to score well. But the real story in the Top Five is the dominance of Lauren Daigle. The way we do our Artist Scoring rewards artists with lots of high testing songs. Lauren scores are so much higher than the others that her score total – driven by a number of hit songs with high scores – is larger than the three artists right behind her.

Coming in March: The Top 5 Male Artists in nationwide CCM Music Research during 2022. Be sure you’re playing these artists to grow your listenership.


Chuck Finney’s had radio playing in his head since he was just a boy. Over the course of his career, he’s worked in programming, radio research, and audience connection. Chuck’s passion for words and communication is widely recognized and he’s won several industry awards.

If you ask Chuck how he’s doing, he’ll either say “Blessed, thank you,” or “I really get to do this for a living?!” He’s the President of Finney Media, a speaker and author who loves telling stories and helping you do the same.  Chuck is married and has two adult daughters. He lives with his wife, Lynda, in the Dallas area. For more information, read about Chuck at