The 20 Best Selling Christian Songs of All Time

How Great Is Our God by Chris Tomlin

It seems like not too long ago that Christian music was not mainstream to sell a lot of albums. With the onset of digital media, however, that has all changed. Christian music is now extremely popular not only amongst churchgoers but those who just enjoy some inspirational music from time to time as well. You might be wondering what the best selling Christian songs of all time are. Most of them are from quite recent days. Continue reading to learn about the top 20.

Shout to the Lord by Hillsong Church

20. Shout to the Lord by Hillsong Church – 1.6 Million Copies Sold

This song was both written and produced back in 1993 by Darlene Zschech. She is the internationally famous worship leader at Hillsong Church in Australia. Since she produced the song, it has been sung multiple times by others around the world including Don Moen, Randy Travis, Sandi Patty, John Tesh, and more. It was also the closing song on the hit reality tv singing competition American Idol back in 2008. These are just some of the reasons that this song has turned into one of the 20 best selling Christian songs of all time.

Hosanna by Paul Baloche

19. Hosanna by Paul Baloche – 1.75 Million Copies Sold

This particular song is not credited to any one musician, but the 19th best selling Christian song of all time was sung by Paul Baloche. He is an American artist from New Jersey who used to be the worship pastor at Community Christian Fellowship in Texas. He has composed and produced numerous songs, with this best selling rendition of Hosanna being one of them. These are just some of the reasons that this song has turned into one of the 20 best selling Christian songs of all time.

The Stand by Hillsong United

18. The Stand by Hillsong United – 1.9 Million Copies Sold

Naturally, Hillsong United is associated with Hillsong Church in Australia. This particular song, The Stand, has sold millions of copies since it was first produced. It was written by Joel Houston and arranged by Dan Galbraith. Such by the youth worship band Hillsong Church has turned this one into an international hit that has been sung countless millions of times around the world. These are just some of the reasons that this song has turned into one of the 20 best selling Christian songs of all time.

Lead Me To the Cross by Hillsong United

17. Lead Me To the Cross by Hillsong United – 2.0 Million Copies Sold

It should come as no surprise by now that yet another song on this list has been produced by Hillsong Church. This one comes from the Youth Worship band Hillsong United. This one was written by Brooke Fraser and once again arranged by Dan Galbraith. It tells the story of Jesus on the cross and has formed the foundation for many a worship service around the world. These are just some of the reasons that this song has turned into one of the 20 best selling Christian songs of all time.

Joy To the World (Unspeakable Joy) by Chris Tomlin

16. Joy To the World (Unspeakable Joy) by Chris Tomlin – 2.1 Million Copies Sold

You have naturally heard of this song before, but have probably never heard it sung quite like this rendition from Chris Tomlin. He produced this song for his Glory in the Highest: Christmas Songs of Worship. This particular song would wind up hitting the top of the Christian charts and selling millions of copies around the world in doing so. These are just some of the reasons that this song has turned into one of the 20 best selling Christian songs of all time.

Jesus Paid It All by Kristian Stanfill and the Passion Band

15. Jesus Paid It All by Kristian Stanfill and the Passion Band – 2.2 Million Copies Sold

This is a worship song that once again has its roots at Hillsong Church in Australia. This one was originally written and sung by Kristian Stanfill, so he gets the credit for turning it into the 15th best selling song of all time. It is considered a must play song at worship churches around the world today. It was published by Capitol Christian Music. These are just some of the reasons that this song has turned into one of the 20 best selling Christian songs of all time.

I Can Only Imagine by Mercy Me

14. I Can Only Imagine by Mercy Me – 2.5 Million Copies Sold

This is the song that many people might have thought would be number one on this list. MercyMe is the Christian rock band that produced this song, originally in 1999 but it would become mainstream in 2001. It was on their debut album and actually hit it big on the contemporary music charts as well. It would rise to number 5 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart and the top 40 in country music. It continues to be wildly popular today. These are just some of the reasons that this song has turned into one of the 20 best selling Christian songs of all time.

Glorious Day (Living He Loved Me) by Casting Crowns

13. Glorious Day (Living He Loved Me) by Casting Crowns – 2.8 Million Copies Sold

Casting Crowns is a Christian band that makes an appearance on this list as well. It is difficult for a mainstream band to end up with a top selling song in this genre, but Glorious Day has sold an astounding 2.8 million copies since it was produced. Dan Galbraith arranged this song and it was published by Word Music. These are just some of the reasons that this song has turned into one of the 20 best selling Christian songs of all time.

Hosanna by Hillsong United

12. Hosanna by Hillsong United – 3.5 Million Copies Sold

It is quite unique that a song with the same title would appear twice on the same list, but that is exactly what we see happening with Hosanna. This one was, surprise, produced by Hillsong United. As with many Christian songs today, it was arranged by Dan Galbraith and appeared on the All of the Above album produced by the church. These are just some of the reasons that this song has turned into one of the 20 best selling Christian songs of all time.

In Christ Alone (with The Solid Rock) by Travis Cottrell

11. In Christ Alone (with The Solid Rock) by Travis Cottrell – 3.75 Million Copies Sold

Selling 3.75 million copies of any song is no small feat, but the vocals that Travis Cottrell belted out with In Christ Alone has inspired millions around the world. It is a song that speaks to the loving power of the Christian God, and it is a song that is played almost weekly in churches across the globe. These are just some of the reasons that this song has turned into one of the 20 best selling Christian songs of all time.

I Will Rise by Chris Tomlin

10. I Will Rise by Chris Tomlin – 3.9 Million Copies Sold

Worship leaders across the globe are familiar with Chris Tomlin. He sells mainstream albums along with a great deal of worship music. I Will Rise actually appeared on his album titled Hello Love. It talks about finding peace through Jesus. It has sold more 3.9 million copies since it first came out, so it is quite the power song to be sure. These are just some of the reasons that this song has turned into one of the 20 best selling Christian songs of all time.

From the Inside Out by Hillsong Church

9. From the Inside Out by Hillsong Church – 4.2 Million Copies Sold

Hillsong produced this song to use in its worship services in Australia. It became an instant hit when they placed it on their album Might to Save and the single alone sold more than 4.2 million copies. Naturally, most of these have been digital downloads. The song was again arranged by Dan Galbraith and was written by Joel Houston. These are just some of the reasons that this song has turned into one of the 20 best selling Christian songs of all time.

Jesus Messiah by Chris Tomlin

8. Jesus Messiah by Chris Tomlin – 4.5 Million Copies Sold

Chris Tomlin has several songs on this list, speaking to his international popularity as one of the top Christian musicians of the modern era. Jesus Messiah is a power song that evokes feelings of love and pride in the savior. Many churches will be playing this around Christmas and Easter time every year, so it continues to sell big. These are just some of the reasons that this song has turned into one of the 20 best selling Christian songs of all time.

Your Grace is Enough by Chris Tomlin

7. Your Grace is Enough by Chris Tomlin – 4.8 Million Copies Sold

Another Chris Tomlin song is on this list with Your Grace is Enough. This one is on his album titled Arriving. The single has been sold or downloaded more than 4.8 million times since it first came out. It continues to be popular with worship artists across the globe. These are just some of the reasons that this song has turned into one of the 20 best selling Christian songs of all time.

Our God by Chris Tomlin and the Passion Band

6. Our God by Chris Tomlin and the Passion Band – 5.5 Million Copies Sold

For this one, Chris Tomlin actually teams up with the Passion Band. The result is a song that has sold more than five a half million copies. It is a song that was popularized by the Passion movement, which is a college based revival that began in the U.S. and has continued elsewhere. These are just some of the reasons that this song has turned into one of the 20 best selling Christian songs of all time.

Revelation Song by Gateway Church

5. Revelation Song by Gateway Church – 5.9 Million Copies Sold

Gateway Church is another mega church that has produced some wildly popular Christian music in recent years. The Revelation song is on their album titled Living for You and has sold more than 5.9 million copies since it first came out as a single. It was written by Jennie Riddle and continues to be sung at churches all over the world. These are just some of the reasons that this song has turned into one of the 20 best selling Christian songs of all time.

10000 Reasons (Bless the Lord) by Matt Redman and The Passion Band

4. 10000 Reasons (Bless the Lord) by Matt Redman and The Passion Band – 6.3 Million Copies Sold

Another song that was produced in conjunction with the Passion movement comes from Matt Redman. This song was on his Bless the Lord album and has sold more than 6.3 million copies. Matt Redman actually wrote the song, while Dan Galbraith and Brad Henderson arranged it and Capital Christian Music published it.

How Great Is Our God by Chris Tomlin

3. How Great Is Our God by Chris Tomlin – 6.8 Million Copies Sold

This is another hit single from Chris Tomlin’s Arriving album. Selling more than 6.8 million copies, it is obvious that it has a bit of staying power. These are just some of the reasons that this song has turned into one of the 20 best selling Christian songs of all time.

Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone) by Chris Tomlin

2. Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone) by Chris Tomlin – 7.2 Million Copies Sold

As one of the most well known songs of any genre, it should not be surprising that a rendition of Amazing Grace would appear on this list. Keep in mind that the song has been sung by thousands of artists over time, so selling millions on your own is no small feat. Chris Tomlin has created a special version of the song that sold more than 7.2 million copies and is still going strong. These are just some of the reasons that this song has turned into one of the 20 best selling Christian songs of all time.

Mighty To Save by Hillsong Church

1. Mighty To Save by Hillsong Church – 8.5 Million Copies Sold

The number one song on this list is Mighty to Save by Hillsong Church. It has sold more than 8.5 million copies. It is obviously a wildly popular worship song. Enough said.

So, that is the list of the 20 best selling Christian songs of all-time. If you are surprised that all of these appear to modern and contemporary songs, keep in mind that digital downloads have made it possible for Christian artists to really ply their trade in recent years. Whereas in the past, Christian songs may have typically been purchased only by churches and worship pastors, they are now much more widely available. Hence, this list of the 20 best selling Christian songs of all time.


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