What’s A Classic Christian Hit?

In Uncategorized on February 12, 2011 at 12:15 pm

In the early days of CCM, there weren’t what we know now as traditional music ratings. CCM Magazine was the first to try to compile radio popularity of Contemporary Christian Music. They had select stations they used and derived their totals from those stations. Unfortunately, there weren’t many “all music” CCM stations – so some of the song popularity came from music shows or the limited times when music was played (like at night). The other programming of those stations often was Bible teaching and possibly other forms of Christian Music (i.e. The Gaither’s).

Billboard magazine eventually started to survey CCM stations – but many of those were also “part time” CCM stations and music shows.

To compound the problem, there wasn’t the amount of Christian music that there is now. Radio stations who wanted to be full-time playing CCM, often had trouble finding enough music to play. That resulted in stations adding music a lot faster than the labels would release the songs (or selecting album cuts that were never officially released). Because of this, the labels didn’t have complete control on when a song (or what song) was “released”. That also impacted the charts because while the same songs may have been played off an album, they were played on different radio stations at different times of the year.

Any compiled list of charts that we find now for early CCM (70’s and 80’s), isn’t entirely accurate. But, it’s the best we have.

What kind of Christian music radio station did you have in your area when growing up? I’d love to hear your stories.


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