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The Best '90s Christian Bands & Artists

Updated March 30, 2020 13.8k votes 1.3k voters 69.9k views121 items

List RulesVote 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
    294
    84

    AlbumsGo, 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
  • 2

    dc Talk

    Hip hop music, Christian hip hop
    345
    110

    AlbumsJesus 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
  • 3

    Audio Adrenaline

    Contemporary Christian music, Alternative rock
    268
    74

    AlbumsAudio 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
  • 4

    Jars of Clay

    Rock music, Folk rock
    300
    89

    AlbumsJars 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
  • 5

    Third Day

    Pop music, Christian alternative rock
    255
    70

    AlbumsChristmas 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
  • 6

    Switchfoot

    Pop punk, Pop music
    257
    74

    AlbumsLearning to Breathe, Oh! Gravity., New Way to Be Human, Vice Verses, Best of Bootlegs Vol. 1

    Switchfoot is an American rock band from San Diego, California. The band's members are Jon Foreman (lead vocals, guitar), Tim Foreman (bass guitar, backing vocals), Chad Butler (drums, percussion),...  more
  • 7

    Rich Mullins

    Christian music, Contemporary Christian music
    243
    74

    AlbumsA Liturgy, a Legacy & a Ragamuffin Band, Never Picture Perfect, Songs, Pictures in the Sky

    Richard Wayne Mullins (October 21, 1955 – September 19, 1997) was an American contemporary Christian music singer and songwriter best known for his worship songs "Awesome God" and "Step by Step"....  more
  • 8

    Steven Curtis Chapman

    Christian music, Pop music
    226
    69

    AlbumsThe 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
  • 9

    Michael W. Smith

    Christian music, Pop music
    237
    84

    AlbumsChristmastime, 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
  • 10

    Petra

    Classic rock, Rock music
    218
    76

    AlbumsJekyll and Hyde, War & Remembrance, Not of this World, Farewell, The Early Years

    Petra is a music group regarded as a pioneer of the Christian rock and contemporary Christian music genres. Formed in 1972, the band took its name from the Greek word for "rock". Though they...  more
  • 11

    Skillet

    Nu metal, Rock music
    203
    73

    AlbumsStronger, Awake, Rise, Comatose, Alien Youth

    Skillet is a Christian rock band formed in Memphis, Tennessee in 1996 and based in the United States. The band currently consists of husband and wife John and Korey Cooper, along with Jen Ledger and...  more
  • 12

    The O.C. Supertones

    Christian punk, Ska punk
    162
    61

    AlbumsHi-Fi Revival, Loud and Clear, Chase the Sun, Unite, Revenge of the O.C. Supertones

    The Orange County Supertones (a.k.a. The O.C. Supertones, or simply The Supertones) were a Christian ska band from Orange County, California. The band was signed to Tooth & Nail Records and its...  more
  • 13

    P.O.D.

    Nu Metal, Christian Metal
    169
    65

    Payable on Death (abbreviated P.O.D.) is a Christian nu metal band formed in 1992 and based in San Diego, California. The band's name, Payable on Death (P.O.D.), derives itself from the banking term "Payable on Death". The band chose this name to be a direct tie in with the Christian theology that explains that since Jesus died on the Cross, Christians' debts to God have been paid for; in other words all believers, in their acceptance that Jesus was sacrificed for them on God's behalf, have inherited eternal life with no strings attached.

  • 14

    Sixpence None the Richer

    Adult album alternative, Pop music
    163
    62

    AlbumsThe Dawn of Grace, Sixpence None the Richer, Divine Discontent, This Beautiful Mess, The Fatherless and the Widow

    Sixpence None the Richer (also known as Sixpence) is an American Christian alternative rock band that formed in New Braunfels, Texas, eventually settling in Nashville, Tennessee. They are best known...  more
  • 15

    Caedmon's Call

    Rock music, Folk music
    147
    52

    AlbumsIn the Company of Angels 2: The World Will Sing, Caedmon's Call, Overdressed, 40 Acres, Share the Well

    Caedmon's Call is a contemporary Christian band which fuses traditional folk with world music and alternative rock. They are composed of Cliff Young, Danielle Young, Garett Buell, Jeff Miller, Todd...  more
  • 16

    Delirious?

    Rock music, Contemporary Christian music
    147
    53

    AlbumsDeeper: The D:finitive Worship Experience, GLO, Now Is The Time: Live At Willow Creek, Kingdom of Comfort, Live & in the Can

    Delirious? (formerly known as The Cutting Edge Band) were an English contemporary Christian band. For the majority of their career, the lineup featured Martin Smith on vocals and guitar, Stu G (full...  more
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    Rebecca St. James

    Christian music, Contemporary Christian music
    87
    14

    AlbumsChristmas, Transform, Pray, God, Worship God

    Rebecca Jean Fink (née Smallbone; born 26 July 1977), known professionally as Rebecca Jean or Rebecca St. James, is an Australian Christian pop rock singer-songwriter and actress. She began...  more
  • 18

    Plumb

    Christian music, Pop music
    138
    53

    AlbumsNeed You Now, Chaotic Resolve, Blink, Plumb, candycoatedwaterdrops

    Tiffany Arbuckle Lee, better known by her stage name Plumb, is a songwriter, recording artist, performer and author. Plumb has sold more than 500,000 albums and over two million singles worldwide,...  more
  • 19

    Point of Grace

    Contemporary Christian music, Country
    139
    63

    AlbumsA Christmas Story, Winter Wonderland, Steady On, The Whole Truth, Girls of Grace

    Point of Grace is an all-female Contemporary Christian music vocal group. The trio consists of Shelley Breen, Denise Jones, and Leigh Cappillino. The group started out as a quartet in 1991, with...  more
  • 20

    Five Iron Frenzy

    Christian punk, Ska punk
    130
    58

    AlbumsUpbeats and Beatdowns, Our Newest Album Ever!, All the Hype That Money Can Buy, The End Is Near, The End Is Here

    Five Iron Frenzy is a Christian ska band formed in Denver, Colorado in 1995, disbanded in 2003, then reunited again in 2011. The band released a new single and announced they were recording...  more
  • 21

    Sonicflood

    Contemporary worship music, Contemporary Christian music
    120
    52

    AlbumsGlimpse, Resonate, Cry Holy, SonicPraise, Sonicflood

    Sonicflood (sometimes stylized as SONICFLOOd) is an American contemporary worship music band from Nashville, Tennessee, that has been touted as "The Fathers of the Modern Worship Movement." The group...  more
  • 22

    PFR

    Christian rock
    122
    54

    AlbumsGreat Lengths, Them, Disappear, Goldie's Last Day, Very Best of PFR

    PFR is a Christian rock group from Minnesota. Although the group disbanded in 1997, they reunited in 2000 and have since recorded two albums. Their name was originally "Pray for Rain", but was...  more
  • 23

    Smalltown Poets

    Rock music, Christian rock
    98
    36

    AlbumsSmalltown Poets, Listen Closely, It's Later Than It's Ever Been, Third Verse

    Smalltown Poets is a Christian rock band formed in 1996. It was formed in Tifton, Georgia by high school friends Michael Johnston, Danny Stephens, and Byron Goggin, along with Nashville musicians...  more
  • 24

    MxPx

    Pop punk, Christian punk
    120
    56

    AlbumsAt the Show, Life in General, Punk Rawk Christmas, Ten Years and Running, The Ever Passing Moment

    MxPx is an American punk rock band from Bremerton, Washington founded in 1992 as Magnified Plaid. The band has skate punk leanings, with connections to the pop punk and formerly the Christian punk...  more
  • 25

    Amy Grant

    Adult contemporary music, Christian music
    166
    93

    AlbumsA Christmas to Remember, Home for Christmas, My Best Christmas, A Christmas Album, The Christmas Collection

    Amy Lee Grant (born November 25, 1960) is an American singer, songwriter, musician, author and media personality. She is known for performing contemporary Christian music (CCM) and for a successful...  more