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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everyone! Here are the final CHH rankings for 2015. Since there were no December rankings, these rankings will be using data from the previous two months. We’ve also included the end of year rankings from Billboard as well.

(All data is up to date as of December 29, 2015)

 

 

25. Json – Lamp Mode Recordings

 

Listens Rank: 24
Most Recent Album/EP: No Filter (Mar. 2015)
Billboard 200 Peak: N/A
Rap Albums Chart Peak: 24
Christian Albums Chart Peak: 17
Last Month’s Rank: 24

 

 

24. Thi’sl – Independent

 

Listens Rank: 23
Most Recent Album/EP: Heavy is the Head (Aug. 2015)
Billboard 200 Peak: N/A
Rap Albums Chart Peak: N/A
Christian Albums Chart Peak: N/A
Last Month’s Rank: 18

 

 

23. Swoope – Collision Records

 

Listens Rank: 22
Most Recent Album/EP: Sinema (Aug. 2014)
Billboard 200 Peak: 55
Rap Albums Chart Peak: 4
Christian Albums Chart Peak: 3 (On chart for 2 weeks)
Last Month’s Rank: 22

 

 

22. Dee-1 – RCA Inspiration

 

Listens Rank: 20
Most Recent Album/EP: 3’s Up (Feb. 2015)
Billboard 200 Peak: N/A
Rap Albums Chart Peak: 9
Christian Albums Chart Peak: 6
Last Month’s Rank: 21

 

 

21. Canton Jones – CAJO Records

 

Listens Rank: 17
Most Recent Album/EP: God City USA (Jul. 2014)
Billboard 200 Peak: 105
Rap Albums Chart Peak: N/A
Christian Albums Chart Peak: 3 (On chart for 6 weeks)
Last Month’s Rank: 19

 

20. Dre Murray – Collision Records

 

Listens Rank: 19
Most Recent Album/EP: 34 (Dec. 2015)
Billboard 200 Peak: N/A
Rap Albums Chart Peak: N/A
Christian Albums Chart Peak: 38
Last Month’s Rank: 18

Dre Murray’s 34 album didn’t have the same success as his collaborative album with Alex Faith, Southern Lights: Overexposed, but it did manage to make it onto the Christian Albums Chart.

 

19. Alex Faith – Collision Records

 

Listens Rank: 21
Most Recent Album/EP: Bloodlines (Nov. 2015)
Billboard 200 Peak: N/A
Rap Albums Chart Peak: N/A
Christian Albums Chart Peak: 18
Last Month’s Rank: 20

Alex Faith’s solo album, Bloodlines, also didn’t beat out Southern Lights: Overexposed, but it did manage to do better on the Christian Albums chart than Dre Murray’s album. These two have constantly been connected because of the collab album, but it seems even the solo albums can’t separate them by much in the rankings.

 

18. FERN – Independent

 

Listens Rank: 18
Most Recent Album/EP: 68 & Douglas (Dec. 2015)
Billboard 200 Peak: N/A
Rap Albums Chart Peak: 19
Christian Albums Chart Peak: 15
Last Month’s Rank: N/A

Fern’s solo EP didn’t have the same success that his partner, Marty, had with his Marty for President EP, but it still made it onto the Rap Albums chart and a top 15 position on the Christian Albums chart. Both of these are significant accomplishments, especially for an independent.

 

17. Da’ T.R.U.T.H. – Mixed Bag Music Group

 

Listens Rank: 16
Most Recent Album/EP: Heartbeat (Apr. 2014)
Billboard 200 Peak: 84
Rap Albums Chart Peak: 8 (On chart for 2 weeks)
Christian Albums Chart Peak: 7 (On chart for 4 weeks)
Last Month’s Rank: 17

 

 

16. Propaganda – Humble Beast Records

 

Listens Rank: 14
Most Recent Album/EP: Crimson Cord (Apr. 2014)
Billboard 200 Peak: 55
Rap Albums Chart Peak: 8
Christian Albums Chart Peak: 5
Last Month’s Rank: 16

 

15. J. Givens – Humble Beast Records

 

Listens Rank: 15
Most Recent Album/EP: Fly Exam (Sep. 2015)
Billboard 200 Peak: N/A
Rap Albums Chart Peak: N/A
Christian Albums Chart Peak: N/A
Last Month’s Rank: 12

 

14. John Givez – Kings Dream Entertainment

 

Listens Rank: 13
Most Recent Album/EP: Soul Rebel (Aug. 2015)
Billboard 200 Peak: N/A
Rap Albums Chart Peak: 10
Christian Albums Chart Peak: 7
Last Month’s Rank: 15

 

14. Flame – Clear Sight Music

 

Listens Rank: N/A (Artist does not use Spotify)
Most Recent Album/EP: Forward (Jul. 2015)
Billboard 200 Peak: N/A
Rap Albums Chart Peak: 22
Christian Albums Chart Peak: 9 (On chart for 2 weeks)
Last Month’s Rank: 13

 

12. KJ-52 – TPC Music

 

Listens Rank: 11
Most Recent Album/EP: Mental (Oct. 2014)
Billboard 200 Peak: N/A
Rap Albums Chart Peak: 21
Christian Albums Chart Peak: 12 (On chart for 2 weeks)
Last Month’s Rank: 14

 

11. Bizzle – God Over Money Records

 

Listens Rank: 12
Most Recent Album/EP: Surrender (Oct. 2015)
Billboard 200 Peak: 165
Rap Albums Chart Peak: 13
Christian Albums Chart Peak: 8 (On chart for 2 weeks)
Last Month’s Rank: 11

 

10. Social Club – Independent

 

Listens Rank: 10
Most Recent Album/EP: US (Mar. 2015)
Billboard 200 Peak: 103
Rap Albums Chart Peak: 9
Christian Albums Chart Peak: 3
Last Month’s Rank: 9

 

9. Marty – Independent

 

Listens Rank: 9
Most Recent Album/EP: Marty For President (Sep. 2015)
Billboard 200 Peak: 64
Rap Albums Chart Peak: 7
Christian Albums Chart Peak: 1
Last Month’s Rank: 8

 

8. Canon – Reflection Music Group

 

Listens Rank: 8
Most Recent Album/EP: Loose Canon Vol. 2 (Oct. 2014)
Billboard 200 Peak: 101
Rap Albums Chart Peak: 9
Christian Albums Chart Peak: 6 (On chart for 2 weeks)
Last Month’s Rank: 10

 

7. Derek Minor – Reflection Music Group

 

Listens Rank: 7
Most Recent Album/EP: Empire (Jan. 2015)
Billboard 200 Peak: 54
Rap Albums Chart Peak: 6
Christian Albums Chart Peak: 2 (On chart for 6 weeks)
Last Month’s Rank: 7

 

 

6. Tedashii – Reach Records

 

Listens Rank: 6
Most Recent Album/EP: Below Paradise (May 2014)
Billboard 200 Peak: 17 (On chart for 2 weeks)
Rap Albums Chart Peak: 2 (On chart for 5 weeks)
Christian Albums Chart Peak: 2 (On chart for 11 weeks)
Last Month’s Rank: 6

 

 

5. Trip Lee – Reach Records

 

Listens Rank: 5
Most Recent Album/EP: Rise (Oct. 2014)
Billboard 200 Peak: 16 (On chart for 3 weeks)
Rap Albums Chart Peak: 2 (On chart for 6 weeks)
Christian Albums Chart Peak: 2 (On chart for 21 weeks)
Last Month’s Rank: 5

 

 

4. KB – Reach Records

 

Listens Rank: 4
Most Recent Album/EP: Tomorrow We Live (Apr. 2015)
Billboard 200 Peak: 18
Rap Albums Chart Peak: 4 (On chart for 2 weeks)
Christian Albums Chart Peak: 1 (On chart for 18 weeks)
Last Month’s Rank: 4

KB ranked 44th on Billboard’s top Christian artists of the year, and Tomorrow We Live was ranked as the 38th top Christian album of the year.

 

3. Andy Mineo – Reach Records

 

Listens Rank: 3
Most Recent Album/EP: Uncomfortable (Sep. 2015)
Billboard 200 Peak: 10 (On chart for 3 weeks)
Rap Albums Chart Peak: 3 (On chart for 7 weeks)
Christian Albums Chart Peak: 1 (Currently on chart for its 14th week)
Last Month’s Rank: 1

Andy Mineo falls from his number one spot a few months after releasing Uncomfortable while still remaining on the Christian Albums chart after 14 weeks. Andy was ranked as the 29th top Christian artist of the year by Billboard and Uncomfortable was ranked as the 30th top Christian album of the year.

 

2. Lecrae – Reach Records

 

Listens Rank: 2
Most Recent Album/EP: Anomaly (Oct. 2014)
Billboard 200 Peak: 1 (On chart for 27 weeks)
Rap Albums Chart Peak: 1 (On chart for 47 weeks)
Christian Albums Chart Peak: 1 (Currently on chart for its 67th week)
Last Month’s Rank: 3

Lecrae manages to move up to 2nd place follow Andy Mineo’s slight drop. Lecrae’s Anomaly was the only CHH album to be on the Billboard end of the year top Rap albums chart, ranking 21st. Anomaly was also ranked 5th on the end of the year Christian albums chart, and Lecrae was ranked 15th on the Christian artists chart.

 

1. NF – Capitol Christian Music Group

 

Listens Rank: 1
Most Recent Album/EP: Mansion (Mar. 2015)
Billboard 200 Peak: 62
Rap Albums Chart Peak: 9 (On chart for 16 weeks)
Christian Albums Chart Peak: 1 (Currently on chart for its 39th week)
Last Month’s Rank: 2

NF pulls off number 1 by having a huge jump in listens compared to Lecrae and Andy Mineo. He also was ranked as the 24th top Christian artist by Billboard’s end of the year rankings, and Mansion was ranked as the 25th top Christian album of the year.

 

Methodology

These rankings are compiled using data from a variety of sources. Spotify’s public numbers provide the backbone of the rankings. We use these numbers to see the number of listeners per month. We also factor in data from the Billboard rankings as well as how recently the artist released their album. The more recent the album release, the larger the bonus in the rankings they receive. The goal from this is to provide an objective set of rankings based off of available data. An artist’s top 5 songs are given a bonus and the next 5 are used in a less weighted way to compile the backbone of the data. Features and tracks released before 2012 are also considered, but they are given much less weight. If you have any further questions feel free to comment below.

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