Amy Grant is probably the first contemporary Christian artist who made the successful crossover to the pop chart. So far she has scored 16 albums that went to number one: My Father’s Eyes, Never Alone, In Concert, Age to Age, Straight Ahead, Unguarded, The Collection, Lead Me On, Heart in Motion, Home for Christmas, House of Love, A Christmas to Remember, Legacy… Hymns and Faith, Simple Things, Rock of Ages… Hymns and Faith, and How Mercy Looks from Here.
Michael W. Smith has also had 16 albums that have gone to number one on the contemporary Christian album chart: I 2 EYE, Go West Young Man, Change Your World, The First Decade (1983-1993), I’ll Lead You Home, Live the Life, This Is Your Time, Worship, Worship Again, The Second Decade (1993-2003), Healing Rain, Stand, A New Hallelujah, Hymns, Sovereign, and The Spirit of Christmas.
Steven Curtis Chapman has nine albums that have gone to number one on the contemporary Christian album chart: For the Sake of the Call, The Great Adventure, Heaven in the Real World, Signs of Life, Speechless, All About Love, All Things New, This Moment and Beauty Will Rise.
Christian rock band MercyMe has seven albums that have gone to number one: Almost There, Undone, Coming Up to Breathe, All That Is Within Me, 10, The Generous Mr. Lovewell and The Hurt and the Healer.
Christian artist Carman has six number one albums so far: Revival in the Land, Addicted to Jesus, The Standard, R.I.O.T., I Surrender All: 30 Classic Hymns and Heart of a Champion
Contemporary Christian music group Casting Crowns has six number one albums so far: Lifesong, The Altar and the Door, Peace on Earth, Until the World Hears, Come to the Well and Thrive.
Gospel artist Kirk Franklin has six number one albums so far: Kirk Franklin & The Family, Whatcha Lookin’ 4, The Nu Nation Project, The Rebirth of Kirk Franklin, Hero, and The Fight of My Life
Contemporary Christian rock music group Newsboys have so far scored six number one albums: Take Me to Your Leader, Step Up to the Microphone, Adoration: The Worship Album, Born Again, God’s Not Dead and Restart.
Christian rock/nu-metal group P.O.D. (Payable on Death) has six number one albums: The Fundamental Elements of Southtown, Satellite, Payable on Death, Testify, When Angels and Serpents Dance and Murdered Love.
Christian rock group Third Day has six number one albums: Time, Wire, Wherever You Are, Revelation, Move, and Miracle.
Contemporary Christian singer-songwriter Jeremy Camp has released five albums that traveled to the number one spot: Restored, Beyond Measure, Speaking Louder Than Before, We Cry Out: The Worship Project and Reckless.
Hillsong United has five number one albums: All of the Above, A Cross: The Earth, A Beautiful Exchange, Live in Miami: Welcome to the Aftermath, Live: Cornerstone and Zion.
Another Christian rock group, Switchfoot has had five number albums thus far: The Beautiful Letdown, Nothing Is Sound, Oh! Gravity, Vice Verses, and Fading West.
Contemporary Christian rock and worship group David Crowder Band has had four number albums to this point: A Collision, Remedy, Church Music and Give Us Rest.
So far, Christian alternative rock band Jars of Clay has had four number one albums: Jars of Clay, If I Left the Zoo, Redemption Songs and The Long Fall Back to Earth.
Christian hip-hop artist Lecrae has scored four number one albums so far: Rehab, Rehab: The Overdose, Gravity, and Anomaly.
Contemporary gospel duo Mary Mary has had four number one albums so far: Thankful, Incredible, Mary Mary and The Sound.
Passion Conferences, a Christian organization, has released four albums that went to number one: Passion: Awakening, Passion: Here for You, Passion: White Flag, and Passion: Take It All.
Sandi Patty has had four albums that went to number one: Morning Like This, Make His Praise Glorious, Sandi Patty and the Friendship Company and LeVoyage.
Contemporary Christian all-girl trio Point of Grace has released four albums that went to number one so far: Life Love & Other Mysteries, Steady On, A Christmas Story, and Free to Fly.
Christian rock band Relient K has four number one albums, as of yet: Mmhmm, MMHMM, Five Score and Seven Years Ago, The Bird and the Bee Sides, and Forget and Not Slow Down.
So far, popular contemporary Christian artist Chris Tomlin has four number one albums under his belt: See the Morning, Hello Love, And If Our God Is for Us…, and Burning Lights.
Christian alternative rock band Anberlin has four number one albums so far; New Surrender, Dark Is a Way Light is Is the Place, Vital and Lowborn.