Lauren Daigle Makes History as ‘Hold on to Me’ Reaches No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Christian Songs Chart
By Movieguide® Staff
Lauren Daigle’s latest single, “Hold on to Me,” became the Christian artist’s fifth song to reach the top spot on Billboard’s Hot Christian Songs chart.
Although the two-time Grammy Award-winner released the single earlier this year, Daigle’s performance on THE VOICE propelled the song from fifth to first on Billboard’s list.
According to MRC Data, the song’s success erupted by 228% to 5,500 downloads sold after Daigle’s performance on May 25.
In the following week, the single reach 1.8 million streams in the U.S.
Movieguide® previously reported:
Although the famous Christian singer started writing the song in 2019, Daigle said she could not predict the timeliness of “Hold on to Me” in 2020.
“This song took on a new meaning, especially after 2020,” Daigle said of her new song. “We wrote this song in 2019. We were on the road and we performed it for the first time in Wichita, Kansas.”
Daigle continued: “I remember, in the moment, loving what the crowd brought to the song. I remember thinking, ‘Ah man, this is really exciting and beautiful,’ just to see their response. I also was like, ‘Wow this is a beautiful song but I wonder, you know what, I wonder when the depth of this lyric is going to hit me because each song kind of hits differently.'”
But after a year filled with uncertainty and a need for hope, Daigle said God answered her question.
“Fast forward, now we’re in 2021. And looking back, people need to feel like there’s somebody there next to them, needs to feel like ‘I have somebody I can lean on, I have an army, even when I’m not myself, even when I feel doubt or feel discouraged or feel angst, or feel uncertainty, there are people that can see beyond.’ Those are the people that I love to lean on.”
With five appearances on the Christian Billboard chart, Daigle has the most No. 1 songs in history.
The Christian Post reported:
The songs that have previously topped Hot Christian Songs include Dailge’s track “Trust in You,” which led for 18 weeks beginning in March 2016. Her duet with Reba McEntire, “Back to God,” landed at No. 1 for one week in 2017. Her record-breaking single, “You Say,” spent 129 weeks at the top of the chart beginning in July 2018. The song is still on the chart at No. 3.
The other single, “The Christmas Song” also spent a week at the top in 2019.