The Best '90s Christian Bands & Artists

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Vote up the best Christian bands and artists of the 90s.

Christian contemporary music saw a surge in the 1990s with the formation of Christian rock record labels like Tooth & Nail in 1993, along with a surge of new bands in genres like punk, nu metal, ska, and grunge. Popular '90s Christian artists charted on mainstream lists and found ways to spread the word while growing past the folksy family sound of a lot of their 1970s predecessors.

Even though some bands, like MxPx, no longer identify as Christian bands they still were a huge part of shaping what Christian music grew to be in the 1990s.

For Christian millennials, the wide range of Christian bands that emerged in the '90s allowed a freedom to explore subculture and identity with their friends who weren't in the church. Artists Audio Adrenaline and dc Talk had crossover appeal and probably a majority of slumber parties had Amy Grant on their mixtapes, even if it wasn't a youth group event.

We've put together a list of some of the best Christian '90s 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 1990s.

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  • Newsboys
    Contemporary Christian music, Pop rock, Alternative rock
    404 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
  • dc Talk
    Hip hop music, Christian hip hop, Rock music
    470 votes
    • Albums: Jesus Freak, Jesus Freak, Solo, Free at Last, Nu Thang
    DC Talk (stylized as dc Talk) is a Christian rap and rock trio. The group was formed at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia in 1987 by Toby McKeehan, Michael Tait, and Kevin Max Smith. They ...more
  • Third Day
    Pop music, Christian alternative rock, Rock music
    366 votes
    • Albums: Christmas Offerings, Third Day, Offerings: A Worship Album, Time, Come Together
    Third Day is a Christian rock band formed in Marietta, Georgia during the 1990s. The band was founded by lead singer Mac Powell, guitarist Mark Lee and former member Billy Wilkins. The other band ...more
  • Audio Adrenaline
    Contemporary Christian music, Alternative rock, Christian rock
    363 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
  • Steven Curtis Chapman
    Christian music, Pop music, Contemporary Christian music
    318 votes
    • Albums: The Music of Christmas, All I Really Want for Christmas, Christmas Is All in the Heart, This Moment, Signs of Life
    Steven Curtis Chapman (born November 21, 1962) is an American contemporary Christian music singer, songwriter, record producer, actor, author, and social activist. After starting his career in the ...more
  • Jars of Clay
    Rock music, Folk rock, Acoustic music
    397 votes
    • Albums: Jars of Clay, Christmas Songs, The Eleventh Hour, Much Afraid, If I Left the Zoo
    Jars of Clay is a Christian rock band from Nashville, Tennessee. They met at Greenville College in Greenville, Illinois.Jars of Clay consists of Dan Haseltine on vocals, Charlie Lowell on piano and ...more