Singer-songwriter Colton Dixon scores his first No. 1 in Billboard’s Hot Christian Songs survey based on streaming, airplay and sales, as well as Christian AC Airplay (both rankings are from Nov. 5) .
The 31-year-old Murfreesboro, Tennessee native’s latest single, “Build a Boat,” goes up 2-1 on both lists. The song topped Hot Christian Songs as it drew 1.2 million US streams and sold 1,000 downloads during the tracking week of Oct. 21-27, according to Luminate.
“Boat” rebounds 2-1 over Christian Digital Song Sales for a sixth frame at No. 1 after peaking on September 17, becoming its third leader.
On Christian Airplay “Boat” floats 4-2 for a new record. It grew less than 1% to 6.6 million impressions in the week ending October 30. On Christian AC Airplay, the single climbs 2-1 with a 3% increase in plays. Dixon earns his first No. 1 on Hot Christian Songs and Christian AC Airplay. It is his 14th Hot Christian Songs entry which includes two additional top 10s. His debut appearance “You Are” reached No. 10 in 2013, and “More of You” in 2014 reached No. 9 in September. On Christian AC Airplay, “Boat” follows “Miracles” which reached No. 8 in October 2020, giving Dixon his third of four top 10s.
“Boat” was co-written by Dixon, Pete Becker, Mikey Gormley, Johan Linbrandt and Seth Mosley.
“To everyone who had anything to do with this song, thank you,” Dixon said. Billboard. “Besides having my No. 1 in these formats, I’m so grateful that so many people have applied the meaning of this song to their own stories. Faith sometimes seems crazy, but the reward that awaits on the other side far exceeds the sacrifice.
Dixon, who appeared on season 11 of american idol in 2012, performed “Build a Boat” in her first Grand Ole Opry appearance on October 24.