90s The Best '90s Christian Bands & Artists  

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List Rules 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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best '90s Christian Bands & Artists
Contemporary Christian music, Pop rock, Alternative rock Newsboys are a Christian pop rock band founded in 1985 in Mooloolaba, Queensland, Australia, by Peter Furler and George Perdikis. They have released 16 studio albums, 6 of which have been ...more

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Michael W. Smith is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best '90s Christian Bands & Artists
Christian music, Pop music, Contemporary Christian music Michael Whitaker Smith is an American contemporary Christian musician, who has charted primarily in the contemporary Christian and occasionally in the mainstream charts. His biggest success in ...more

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Jars of Clay is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '90s Christian Bands & Artists
Rock music, Folk rock, Acoustic music 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 ...more

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Point of Grace is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '90s Christian Bands & Artists
Contemporary Christian music, Country Point of Grace is an all-female Contemporary Christian music group. The trio consists of Shelley Breen, Denise Jones, and Leigh Cappillino. The group started out as a quartet in 1991, with ...more

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dc Talk is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best '90s Christian Bands & Artists
Hip hop music, Christian hip hop, Rock music DC Talk, was a Christian rap and rock trio. The group was formed in Lynchburg, Virginia in 1987 by Toby McKeehan, Michael Tait, and Kevin Max Smith. They have released five major studio albums ...more

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Amy Grant is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best '90s Christian Bands & Artists
Adult contemporary music, Christian music, Pop music Amy Lee Grant is an American singer-songwriter, musician, author, media personality and actress, best known for performing Christian music. She has been referred to as "The Queen of ...more

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Audio Adrenaline is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '90s Christian Bands & Artists
Contemporary Christian music, Alternative rock, Christian rock 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. ...more

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Third Day is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '90s Christian Bands & Artists
Pop music, Christian alternative rock, Rock music 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 ...more

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Steven Curtis Chapman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '90s Christian Bands & Artists
Christian music, Pop music, Contemporary Christian music Steven Curtis Chapman is an American Christian music singer-songwriter, record producer, actor, author, and social activist. After starting his career in the late 1980s as a singer-songwriter of ...more

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Petra is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '90s Christian Bands & Artists
Classic rock, Rock music, Contemporary Christian music 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". ...more

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16 Horsepower is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '90s Christian Bands & Artists
Folk music, Neofolk, Alternative country 16 Horsepower was an American alternative country music group based in Denver, Colorado. Their music often invoked religious imagery dealing with conflict, redemption, punishment, and guilt ...more

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Switchfoot is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '90s Christian Bands & Artists
Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music Switchfoot is an American alternative rock band from San Diego, California. The band's members are Jon Foreman, Tim Foreman, Chad Butler, Jerome Fontamillas, and Drew Shirley. After early ...more

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Daniel Amos is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '90s Christian Bands & Artists
New Wave, Rock music, Country rock Daniel Amos is an American Christian rock band formed in 1974 by Terry Scott Taylor on guitars and vocals, Marty Dieckmeyer on bass guitar, Steve Baxter on guitars and Jerry Chamberlain on lead ...more

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Resurrection Band is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '90s Christian Bands & Artists
Blues-rock, New Wave, Rock music Resurrection Band, also known as Rez Band or REZ, was a Christian rock band formed in 1972. They were part of the Jesus People USA Christian community in Chicago and most of its members have ...more

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Sandi Patty is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '90s Christian Bands & Artists
Christian music, Contemporary Christian music Sandra Faye "Sandi" Patty is an American Christian music singer, known for her wide vocal range and expressive flexibility which has led music critics to dub her "The

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Pedro the Lion is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '90s Christian Bands & Artists
Emo, Indie rock, Slowcore Pedro the Lion was an indie rock band from Seattle, Washington. David Bazan formed the band in 1995 and represented its main creative force, backed by a varying rotation of collaborating ...more

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Damien Jurado is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best '90s Christian Bands & Artists
Americana, Rock music, Folk music Damien Jurado is an American indie rock singer/songwriter from Seattle, Washington. Over the years he has released albums on many labels; today, his primary label is Secretly Canadian.

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Out of Eden is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best '90s Christian Bands & Artists
Hip hop music, Contemporary Christian music, Urban contemporary gospel Out of Eden was an American Gospel music group often identified with R&B and contemporary Christian music. It featured sisters Lisa Kimmey, Andrea Kimmey-Baca, and Danielle Kimmey. The group ...more

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Creed is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '90s Christian Bands & Artists
Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal Creed is an American post-grunge and hard rock band, formed in 1993 in Tallahassee, Florida. The band's best-known line-up consists of lead vocalist Scott Stapp, guitarist and vocalist Mark ...more

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Skillet is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best '90s Christian Bands & Artists
Nu metal, Rock music, Grunge 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 ...more

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PAX 217 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best '90s Christian Bands & Artists
Hip hop music, Nu metal, Rap rock PAX217 was a Christian Alternative rock band from Orange County, California. The band's music was well known in the underground Christian scene at the time for its unique sound and optimistic ...more

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The Waiting is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best '90s Christian Bands & Artists
Pop rock The Waiting is a Christian alternative pop rock band, consisting of Brad Olsen, Todd Olsen, Clark Leake, and Brandon Thompson. Since the members focus time on other aspects of their lives and ...more

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Starflyer 59 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best '90s Christian Bands & Artists
Shoegazing, Dream pop, Alternative rock Starflyer 59 is an alternative rock band from Riverside, California that was founded in 1993 by Jason Martin, brother of Ronnie Martin of Joy Electric. While Jason Martin has written nearly all ...more

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Black Eyed Sceva is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best '90s Christian Bands & Artists
Black Eyed Sceva Model Engine was an alternative rock band based in Santa Barbara, California. Prior to 1997 the trio, consisting of Jeremy Post, Brad McCarter and Brent Nims were known as Black Eyed Sceva. ...more

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Caedmon's Call is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best '90s Christian Bands & Artists
Rock music, Folk music, Contemporary Christian music 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, ...more

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Sixpence None the Richer is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best '90s Christian Bands & Artists
Adult album alternative, Pop music, Rock music Sixpence None the Richer is an American Christian rock/pop band that formed in New Braunfels, Texas, eventually settling in Nashville, Tennessee. They are best known for their songs "Kiss ...more

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P.O.D. is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best '90s Christian Bands & Artists
P.O.D. Nu Metal, Christian Metal

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.

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MxPx is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best '90s Christian Bands & Artists
Pop punk, Christian punk, Skate punk MxPx is an American punk rock band from Bremerton, Washington founded in 1992 as Magnified Plaid. The band has skate punk and pop punk leanings, with connections to the pop punk scene. Current ...more

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Big Tent Revival is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best '90s Christian Bands & Artists
Contemporary Christian music, Christian rock Big Tent Revival is a Christian rock band that formed in 1991, toured extensively, disbanded in 2000, and reformed in 2012. They were featured at the Harvest Crusades. Their most popular songs ...more

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Dakoda Motor Co. is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best '90s Christian Bands & Artists
Christian music, Rock music, Alternative rock Dakoda Motor Co. is an American Christian rock band.

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Steve Taylor is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best '90s Christian Bands & Artists
Christian music, Christian alternative rock Roland Stephen "Steve" Taylor, is an American Christian rock singer, songwriter, record producer, and film director. A large figure in what has come to be known as Christian ...more

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Jennifer Knapp is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best '90s Christian Bands & Artists
Christian music, Folk rock, Christian rock Jennifer Lynn Knapp is an American-Australian folk rock, and formerly contemporary Christian musician. She is best known for her first single "Undo Me" from her debut album, Kansas, ...more

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Delirious? is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best '90s Christian Bands & Artists
Rock music, Contemporary Christian music, Alternative rock Delirious? were an English Contemporary Christian band. For the majority of their career, the lineup featured Martin Smith on vocals and guitar, Stu G on guitar and backing vocals, Jon Thatcher ...more

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Stryper is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best '90s Christian Bands & Artists
Glam metal, Nu metal, Rock music Stryper is a Christian glam metal band from Orange County, California. The group's lineup consists of Michael Sweet, Oz Fox, Tim Gaines, and Robert Sweet. In 2004, Gaines left the band and was ...more

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The Insyderz is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best '90s Christian Bands & Artists
Ska punk, Ska, Christian ska The Insyderz are a Christian ska-punk band from Detroit, Michigan. They formed in 1996 and disbanded in 2005, but reformed in 2009. The Insyderz are one of the "big three" bands which ...more

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Tonéx is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best '90s Christian Bands & Artists
Tonéx Gospel,

Anthony Charles Williams II, best known by his stage name B.Slade, and formerly known under the gospel moniker Tonéx, is an American multi-level musician and activist from San Diego, CA. He has gone by various names and aliases and in 2010 he began using the stage name B.Slade in order to rebrand himself, though his primary stage name of choice had for years been "Tonéx".

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White Cross is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best '90s Christian Bands & Artists
Hardcore punk White Cross is a hardcore/thrashcore band from Richmond, Virginia. The most enduring line-up was; Mikey Rodriguez, Richard "Crispy" Kranmer, Rob Mosby and Dewey Rowell. They released ...more

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Geoff Moore & The Distance is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best '90s Christian Bands & Artists
Geoff Moore & The Distance Contemporary

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.

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The Appleseed Cast is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best '90s Christian Bands & Artists
Shoegazing, Rock music, Emo The Appleseed Cast is an American indie rock band based in Lawrence, Kansas, composed of singer/guitarist Christopher Crisci, bassist Nathan Whitman, guitarist Taylor Holenbeck and drummer ...more

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Stavesacre is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best '90s Christian Bands & Artists
Rock music, Heavy metal, Christian rock Stavesacre was an American rock band from Huntington Beach, California formed in 1995. The band was composed of vocalist Mark Salomon, guitarists Jeff Bellew and Ryan Dennee, bassist Dirk ...more

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Breakfast With Amy is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best '90s Christian Bands & Artists
Christian alternative rock Breakfast with Amy was an Alternative Christian rock band that formed in 1986 in La Habra, California at the La Habra Four-Square church. At that time, the band consisted of vocalist David ...more

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Plumb is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best '90s Christian Bands & Artists
Christian music, Pop music, Christian alternative rock 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 ...more

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Blaster the Rocket Man is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best '90s Christian Bands & Artists
Horror punk, Surf rock, Punk rock Blaster the Rocket Man was a Christian horror punk band from Indianapolis, Indiana. It formed in the early 1990s as Blaster the Rocketboy and signed with Boot to Head Records in 1994. It ...more

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Bride is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best '90s Christian Bands & Artists
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Rock music Bride were an American Christian rock band formed in the 1980s, by brothers Dale and Troy Thompson. During the band's peak years it was known for covering a wide range of musical styles and ...more

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Waterdeep is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best '90s Christian Bands & Artists
Waterdeep Waterdeep is a Christian folk music band from Kansas City, Missouri that is now based in Nashville, Tennessee. It is made up of husband and wife songwriters Don and Lori Chaffer.

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The Prayer Chain is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best '90s Christian Bands & Artists
Christian alternative rock The Prayer Chain was a 1990s Christian alternative rock band. The band has been called "the epitome of the Christian underground". The Prayer Chain was known for producing moody, ...more

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Dogwood is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best '90s Christian Bands & Artists
Christian punk, Christian hardcore, Skate punk Dogwood is a punk rock band from Escondido, California founded in 1993. Their music has been compared to that of The Offspring, and they list Bad Religion, NOFX and Lagwagon as musical

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Seven Day Jesus is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best '90s Christian Bands & Artists
Seven Day Jesus Rock music, Christian rock Seven Day Jesus was a Christian rock band formed in Huntington, West Virginia in 1994. The group disbanded in 1998, and reunited for one concert in 2004.

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Bleach is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best '90s Christian Bands & Artists
Christian rock Bleach is an American Christian-rock band based in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Ninety Pound Wuss is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best '90s Christian Bands & Artists
Crossover thrash, Gothic rock, Christian punk Ninety Pound Wuss was an American punk rock band formed in Port Angeles, Washington in 1994. They signed to Tooth & Nail Records in 1995 and released three studio albums over the next five ...more