The Best Christian Bands & Artists of the 2000s

Voting Rules
Vote up the best Christian musicians and bands that were active and releasing albums between 2000 and 2009.

As a new millennium began, the popularity of Christian music continued. In the 2000s, the best Christian music built on its popularity in the '90s. Though not as many popular '00s Christian artists charted on mainstream lists as they did the decade before, the genre kept its foothold in popular music.

Even though some bands, like Evanescence, no longer identify as Christian bands they still were a huge part of shaping what Christian music was in the 2000s. From contemporary Christian music that wouldn't be surprising to hear during a youth service to Christian rock that still got a raised eyebrow in stricter homes, the best 2000s Christian music proved it was here to stay.

We've put together a list of some of the best Christian '00s bands, but if we're missing one be sure to add it to the list and vote up the best Christian band or artist of the 2000s.

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  • Newsboys
    Contemporary Christian music, Pop rock, Alternative rock
    41 votes
    • Albums: Go, Thrive, Going Public, Not Ashamed, Take Me to Your Leader
    Newsboys (sometimes stylised as newsboys) are a Christian rock band founded in 1985 in Mooloolaba, Queensland, Australia by Peter Furler and George Perdikis. The band has released 17 studio albums, 6 ...more
  • Tobymac
    Christian music, Christian hip hop, Christian hardcore
    41 votes
    • Albums: Welcome to Diverse City, Momentum, Portable Sounds, Tonight, Renovating->Diverse City
    Toby McKeehan (born Kevin Michael McKeehan; October 22, 1964), better known by his stage name TobyMac (styled tobyMac or TOBYMAC), is a Christian hip hop recording artist, music producer, songwriter ...more
  • MercyMe
    Pop music, Grunge, Contemporary worship music
    38 votes
    • Albums: The Christmas Sessions, The Hurt & The Healer, Spoken For, Coming Up to Breathe, Undone
    MercyMe is an American contemporary Christian music band founded in Edmond, Oklahoma. The band consists of lead vocalist Bart Millard, percussionist Robby Shaffer, bassist Nathan Cochran and ...more
  • Audio Adrenaline
    Contemporary Christian music, Alternative rock, Christian rock
    19 votes
    • Albums: Audio Adrenaline, Worldwide, Underdog, Don't Censor Me, Some Kind of Zombie
    Audio Adrenaline is a Christian rock band that formed in the mid 1980s at Kentucky Christian University in Grayson, Kentucky. The band has received two Grammy Awards and multiple Dove Awards. They ...more
  • Francesca Battistelli
    Christian music, Pop music, Contemporary Christian music
    19 votes
    • Albums: If We're Honest, Christmas, My Paper Heart, Hundred More Years, Lead Me To The Cross
    Francesca Battistelli (born May 18, 1985) is an American Christian singer and songwriter from New York City. She was originally an independent artist and had released an independent album, Just a ...more
  • Michael W. Smith
    Christian music, Pop music, Contemporary Christian music
    28 votes
    • Albums: Christmastime, It's a Wonderful Christmas, Christmas, The Big Picture, Healing Rain
    Michael Whitaker Smith (born October 7, 1957) is an American musician, who has charted in both contemporary Christian and mainstream charts. His biggest success in mainstream music was in 1991 when ...more