Hezekiah Walker’s ‘Every Praise’ ranked as number one gospel song of the decade by Billboard
Billboard has rounded up on top hit gospel songs of the decade and not surprising, Hezekiah Walker’s all-time hit song “Every Praise” occupies the number one spot and Tamela Mann’s “Best Days” leads as the decade’s top gospel album.
As the 2010s come to a close, Billboard has compiled 30 charts encompassing the decade, including the all-genre Billboard Hot 100, Billboard 200 and those covering Christian and gospel; all-genre streaming, radio airplay, and song sales; all-genre social and touring activity; and the top songs and albums in country, rock, Latin, and dance/electronic.
“Every Praise” became Walker’s second of three Hot Gospel Songs leaders to date, topping the tally for 26 weeks beginning in August 2013. Overall, it spent 102 weeks on the survey, its longevity on the list helping spark its No. 1 ranking for the decade.
“Won’t He Do It” by Koryn Hawthorne, a finalist on NBC’s The Voice in 2015, is the decade’s No. 2 track on Hot Gospel Songs. It hit No. 1 for its first of 41 weeks on top in March 2018 and stands as the longest-leading hit by a female act in the chart’s history, which dates to 2005.
Also, J.J. Hairston & Youthful Praise’s “You Deserve It” places at No. 3 on Hot Gospel Songs for the decade, having led the list for 26 weeks starting in February 2017.
Mann’s “Take Me to the King” ranks at No. 4 for the past 10 years on Hot Gospel Songs, after it ruled for 25 weeks starting in September 2012, while Kirk Franklin’s “Wanna Be Happy?” wraps at No. 5. “Happy” dominated for 45 weeks beginning in September 2015, a No. 1 residence second only to Marvin Sapp’s “Never Would Have Made It” (46 weeks, 2007-08) in the chart’s archives.