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The Top 5 Testing Songs – Finney’s Fast 5


Every year, Finney Media Research tests library songs from CCM artists with listeners across the United States.

We thought it would be helpful and fun for you to see the Top 5 Tested Songs from our research recently…plus the next five songs! If you’re playing them, terrific! If you’re not, perhaps it’s time for a discussion about playing them.

  1. MercyMe – Even If 2016
  2. MercyMe – I Can Only Imagine 2001
  3. Anne Wilson – My Jesus 2021
  4. Newsboys – We Believe 2013
  5. Bethel Music – No Longer Slaves 2015

. . . and the next five 

6. Lauren Daigle – You Say 2018
7. Cory Asbury – Reckless Love 2018
8. Phil Wickham – This Is Amazing Grace 2013
9. For King & Country – God Only Knows 2018
10. (tie) MercyMe – Greater 2014
10. (tie) Josh Baldwin – Stand In Your Love 2018

MercyMe – Three songs in the Top 10! Including I Can Only Imagine. If you’ve continued to test it, you’ve likely seen similar top testing results.

And half of the Top 10 are from the past five years, including four songs from 2018. That also means half are from more than five years ago. For stations who continued to play these titles, they continue to perform very well.

Coming in February: The Top Five Artists in nationwide CCM Music Research during 2022. Be sure you’re playing these artists and 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