The Top 5 Testing CCM Songs By Artists Who First Charted In The Past Five Years – Finney’s Fast 5


 A big part of our work at Finney Media is doing representative sample music testing – online testing and auditorium testing – all over North America. Part of what we research is favorite Christian songs. In the past few years, we’ve seen a number of new, big-testing artists. Here are the Top Five Testing Songs by artists who are new to Christian music, having their first chart song since the beginning of 2014.

  1. You Say – Lauren Daigle
  2. Old Church Choir – Zach Williams
  3. Even Then – Micah Tyler
  4. Build My Life – Pat Barrett
  5. Trust In You – Lauren Daigle. . . and the next five:
  6. Chainbreaker – Zach Williams
  7. Eye Of The Storm – Ryan Stevenson
  8. Thy Will – Hillary Scott
  9. O’Lord – Lauren Daigle
  10. How Can It Be – Lauren Daigle

We still see strong numbers on Chris Tomlin, Casting Crowns, Jeremy Camp, Mercy Me and others, but in more testing, we’re seeing songs from artists who started in the format in just the past few years. We Are Messengers and I Am They are also artists who had songs that almost made this list.

Coming in November . . . It’s been about a year since the release of the Finney Media Why Listen? Survey. We review the Top Five Reasons Christian Music Radio listeners listen.


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


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Wise, Weird & Welcome: Learning and Leading with the Lepers and the Locust Eaters

We’ve all read the same books about teamwork, leadership, communication, and culture that everybody reads. We’ve mastered Maxwell, studied Sanborn, Sinek, and Sun Tzu, and liberally cribbed Collins in aborted attempts to go from good to great, but…

How’s that working out for you? 

What if you left St. Louis with an entirely new lens through which to view and act upon improvements in:

Let’s examine how this all connects together, but approach it from an entirely different angle. Don’t just think outside the box. Kick the box to the curb and start at zero.