Skip to main content

For King & Country Notches 11th Christian Airplay No. 1 With ‘For God Is With Us’

Plus, Ricky Dillard tops Gospel Airplay with "All of My Help."

For King & Country, the duo of siblings Joel and Luke Smallbone, notches its 11th leader on Billboard‘s Christian Airplay chart (dated July 2) as “For God Is With Us” ascends to the summit.

The twosome also extends its record streak to eight consecutive Christian Airplay No. 1s (encompassing songs in lead roles promoted as proper, non-holiday radio singles, unless seasonal songs contribute to that run).

In the tracking week ending June 26, the song gained by 3% to 9.5 million impressions, according to Luminate.

Related

The pair co-penned the single with Josh Kerr and Jordan Reynolds. It’s from for King & Country’s LP What Are We Waiting For, which opened as its second No. 1 on Top Christian Albums in March. On the all-genre Billboard 200, the set entered at No. 7, awarding the duo its second top 10.

“For God Is With Us” follows the act’s seven most recent Christian Airplay No. 1s: “Relate,” which dominated for three weeks starting in December 2021; “Amen” (one, July 2021); “O Come O Come Emmanuel,” featuring NEEDTOBREATHE (two, starting December 2020); “Together,” with Kirk Franklin and Tori Kelly (five, beginning in August 2020); “Burn the Ships” (five, starting in January 2020); “God Only Knows” (10, beginning in April 2019); and “joy.” (four, starting in August 2018).

Amid that stretch, the tandem’s holiday track “Heavenly Hosts” reached No. 2 this January. Plus, the duo is featured on older sister Rebecca St. James’ “Kingdom Come,” which ranks at No. 37 (752,000 impressions), after reaching No. 26 in May.

With 11 Christian Airplay No. 1s, for King & Country ties Jeremy Camp, Casting Crowns and Matthew West for the second-most since the chart launched in 2003. MercyMe leads with 17 No. 1s.

‘All’ the Way to No. 1

Elsewhere on Billboard‘s faith-based radio charts, Ricky Dillard banks his third Gospel Airplay No. 1 with “All of My Help.”

Dillard (and New G) reigned for the first time with “Amazing Light,” for 30 weeks starting in July 2014, the chart’s second-longest command, after Marvin Sapp’s “Never Would Have Made It” (46 weeks starting in August 2007). Dillard led again with “Release,” featuring Tiff Joy, for a week in August 2020.