Cory Asbury’s ‘Reckless Love’ Among Top 5 Christian Songs of Decade
REDDING, Calif.—Capping off a year of unprecedented growth and impact for Bethel Music, Billboard magazine includes a number of the label’s songs, albums and artists among the top releases of 2019—and the decade—in their recently published year-end charts. Cory Asbury’s “Reckless Love,” a mainstay on Christian radio in 2018 and 2019, is ranked #4 on Billboard’s decade-ending Hot Christian Songs (2010s) chart.
Four Bethel Music artists land in the Top 30 on Billboard’s year-end Top Christian Artists chart: Bethel Music (#10); Cory Asbury (#17); Jonathan David & Melissa Helser (#24); and 2019 breakout artist Josh Baldwin (#27). Bethel Music also has four albums in the Top 30 on the publication’s 2019 Top Christian Albums chart: VICTORY: Live (#14); Cory Asbury’s Reckless Love (#28); We Will Not Be Shaken: Live (#43); and You Make Me Brave: Live at the Civic (#44). In addition, Bethel Music is ranked #6 on Billboard’s year-end Top Christian Labels chart.
Highlighting the label’s major presence at Christian radio, “Raise A Hallelujah,” by Bethel Music, Jonathan David & Melissa Helser, is #5 on Billboard’s year-end Christian Airplay Songs chart, while Josh Baldwin’s “Stand In Your Love” comes in at #8. Billboard’s 2019 Christian Digital Song Sales chart includes three Bethel Music songs in the Top 20: “Raise A Hallelujah” (#3); “Reckless Love” (#7); and “Stand In Your Love” (#18).
“We are humbled to see how God has used the ministry of Bethel Music to impact lives around the world—both this year and throughout the decade,” said Joel Taylor, CEO of Bethel Music. “From its inception, Bethel’s vision has been to love and serve our community well. As we begin this next decade, we are grateful for what God has done through this local mission to reach people across the globe.”
Bethel Music has released 14 corporate worship albums, seven of which reached Billboard’s Top Christian Albums chart, each carrying a unique expression of worship to inspire and unite the global church. Along with their 11 Dove awards, “This is Amazing Grace” was named ASCAP’s Christian Music Song of the Year in 2015, with Cory Asbury’s “Reckless Love” earning the same honor in 2019. “Reckless Love” was also nominated for a 2019 GRAMMY® Award and topped Billboard’s Christian chart, garnering over 60 million streams on Spotify. Bethel Music’s 14th compilation album, VICTORY, reached #2 on Billboard’s Top Christian Albums chart earlier this year and kicked off their accompanying 2019 VICTORY tour, consisting of 31 stops in three months. The album features Josh Baldwin’s single, “Stand in Your Love,” which peaked at #2 on Billboard’s Christian chart.
In addition to touring and ministering globally, Bethel Music hosts the biannual “Heaven Come Conference”; a two-week worship school, WorshipU, held on the campus of Bethel Church; and songwriting retreats in a personal setting with experienced writers. WorshipU, Bethel Music’s online school of worship, offers ongoing teaching and training programs at worshipu.com.