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.
Albums: Jesus Freak, Jesus Freak, Solo, Free at Last, Nu Thang, + more
Albums: Go, Thrive, Going Public, Not Ashamed, Take Me to Your Leader, + more
Albums: Jars of Clay, Christmas Songs, The Eleventh Hour, Much Afraid, If I Left the Zoo, + more
Albums: Audio Adrenaline, Worldwide, Underdog, Don't Censor Me, Some Kind of Zombie, + more
Albums: Christmas Offerings, Third Day, Offerings: A Worship Album, Time, Come Together, + more
Albums: A Liturgy, a Legacy & a Ragamuffin Band, Never Picture Perfect, Songs, Pictures in the Sky, + more
Albums: Learning to Breathe, Oh! Gravity., New Way to Be Human, Vice Verses, Best of Bootlegs Vol. 1, + more
Albums: Christmastime, It's a Wonderful Christmas, Christmas, The Big Picture, Healing Rain, + more
Albums: The Music of Christmas, All I Really Want for Christmas, Christmas Is All in the Heart, This Moment, Signs of Life, + more
Albums: Jekyll and Hyde, War & Remembrance, Not of this World, Farewell, The Early Years, + more
Albums: Stronger, Awake, Rise, Comatose, Alien Youth, + more
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.
Albums: The Dawn of Grace, Sixpence None the Richer, Divine Discontent, This Beautiful Mess, The Fatherless and the Widow, + more
Albums: Deeper: The D:finitive Worship Experience, GLO, Now Is The Time: Live At Willow Creek, Kingdom of Comfort, Live & in the Can, + more
Albums: Hi-Fi Revival, Loud and Clear, Chase the Sun, Unite, Revenge of the O.C. Supertones, + more
Albums: In the Company of Angels 2: The World Will Sing, Caedmon's Call, Overdressed, 40 Acres, Share the Well, + more
Albums: Great Lengths, Them, Disappear, Goldie's Last Day, Very Best of PFR, + more
Albums: Need You Now, Chaotic Resolve, Blink, Plumb, candycoatedwaterdrops, + more
Albums: Upbeats and Beatdowns, Our Newest Album Ever!, All the Hype That Money Can Buy, The End Is Near, The End Is Here, + more
Albums: Glimpse, Resonate, Cry Holy, SonicPraise, Sonicflood, + more
Albums: A Christmas to Remember, Home for Christmas, My Best Christmas, A Christmas Album, The Christmas Collection, + more
Albums: A Christmas Story, Winter Wonderland, Steady On, The Whole Truth, Girls of Grace, + more
Albums: At the Show, Life in General, Punk Rawk Christmas, Ten Years and Running, The Ever Passing Moment, + more
Albums: Home Run!, Threads, A Place to Stand, Evolution, A Friend Like U, + more
Geoff Moore is a contemporary Christian music artist and songwriter. He began recording as a solo artist in 1984. In 1987, he formed Geoff Moore and The Distance, his touring band. In 1988, they released their first official album together, entitled A Place to Stand. They also recorded Foundations in 1989 for Sparrow Records. After a year of touring, they jumped to Forefront Records and recorded Pure and Simple in 1990. They ended up releasing released eight albums that generated a string of radio hits throughout their decade-long tenure.
Albums: This Is Your Life, Lovin' the Day, More Than You Know, Love, Peace & Happiness, + more