Christian The Best '90s Christian Bands & Artists  

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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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dc Talk is listed (or ranked) 1 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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Newsboys is listed (or ranked) 2 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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Audio Adrenaline is listed (or ranked) 3 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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Jars of Clay is listed (or ranked) 4 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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Third Day is listed (or ranked) 5 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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MxPx is listed (or ranked) 6 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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Rich Mullins is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '90s Christian Bands & Artists
Christian music, Contemporary Christian music Richard Wayne "Rich" Mullins was an American contemporary Christian music singer and songwriter born in Richmond, Indiana. Mullins was best known for his worship songs "Awesome ...more

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Switchfoot is listed (or ranked) 8 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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Five Iron Frenzy is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '90s Christian Bands & Artists
Christian punk, Ska punk, Third-wave of ska 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

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Steve Taylor is listed (or ranked) 10 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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Skillet is listed (or ranked) 11 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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Michael W. Smith is listed (or ranked) 12 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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Sixpence None the Richer is listed (or ranked) 13 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) 14 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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Poor Old Lu is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '90s Christian Bands & Artists
Pop punk, Alternative rock, Christian rock Poor Old Lu was a pioneering alternative Christian band based in the American Northwest. The band experimented with a variety of sounds and genres, particularly grunge, funk and psychedelic ...more

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PlankEye is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '90s Christian Bands & Artists
PlankEye Plankeye was a Christian alternative rock band and one of Tooth & Nail Records' greatest successes during the 1990s and early 2000s. Plankeye's style could be defined as melodic post-grunge ...more

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Delirious? is listed (or ranked) 17 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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The O.C. Supertones is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best '90s Christian Bands & Artists
Christian punk, Ska punk, Ska The Orange County Supertones is a Christian ska band from Orange County, California. The band was signed to Tooth & Nail Records and its imprint, BEC Recordings, before becoming an ...more

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Steven Curtis Chapman is listed (or ranked) 19 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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Amy Grant is listed (or ranked) 20 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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Bleach is listed (or ranked) 21 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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Big Tent Revival is listed (or ranked) 22 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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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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Caedmon's Call is listed (or ranked) 24 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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The Prayer Chain is listed (or ranked) 25 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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Seven Day Jesus is listed (or ranked) 26 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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Charlie Peacock is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best '90s Christian Bands & Artists
Jazz Charles William Ashworth better known by the stage name Charlie Peacock is an American singer-songwriter, pianist, record producer, session musician and author. His albums include the ...more

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Grammatrain is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best '90s Christian Bands & Artists
Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge Grammatrain is a alternative rock band from Seattle, Washington who were active in the Christian rock industry in the 1990s. After disbanding in 1998, the group reunited as a mainstream act in ...more

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The Waiting is listed (or ranked) 29 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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PAX 217 is listed (or ranked) 30 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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Pedro the Lion is listed (or ranked) 31 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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Point of Grace is listed (or ranked) 32 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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Dakoda Motor Co. is listed (or ranked) 33 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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All Star United is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best '90s Christian Bands & Artists
Rock music, Alternative rock, Christian rock All Star United is a Christian rock band that was formed by solo artist Ian Eskelin in 1996. The band is known for clever and sometimes sarcastic lyrics, as they frequently use their songs as ...more

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Daniel Amos is listed (or ranked) 35 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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The 77's is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best '90s Christian Bands & Artists
New Wave, Christian punk, Rock music The 77s are an American rock band consisting of Michael Roe on vocals/guitar, Mark Harmon on bass, and Bruce Spencer on drums.

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Adam Again is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best '90s Christian Bands & Artists
Rock music, Alternative rock, Soul music Adam Again was a rock band founded and led by vocalist Gene Eugene, with Riki Michele on vocals, Paul Valadez on bass, Jon Knox on drums, Greg Lawless on guitar. Dan Michaels often played ...more

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Burlap to Cashmere is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best '90s Christian Bands & Artists
Contemporary Christian music, World music, Acoustic music Burlap to Cashmere is a contemporary Christian world music band formed in the 1990s by John Philippidis and Steven Delopoulos. Their music draws heavily on folk and world music influences, ...more

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Petra is listed (or ranked) 39 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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Geoff Moore & The Distance is listed (or ranked) 40 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 Insyderz is listed (or ranked) 41 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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Out of Eden is listed (or ranked) 42 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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Plumb is listed (or ranked) 43 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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Mark Heard is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best '90s Christian Bands & Artists
Christian music, Folk rock John Mark Heard was an American record producer, folk rock singer, and songwriter originally from Macon, Georgia, United States. Heard released 16 albums, and produced and performed with many ...more

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PFR is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best '90s Christian Bands & Artists
Christian rock PFR is a Christian rock group from Nashville, Tennessee. Although the group disbanded in 1997, they reunited in 2000 and have since recorded two albums.

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Jennifer Knapp is listed (or ranked) 46 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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Johnny Q. Public is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best '90s Christian Bands & Artists
Christian alternative rock, Rock music Johnny Q. Public was a Christian alternative rock band from Springfield, Missouri. Although their sound was wholly modern, it was influenced by bands such as Led Zeppelin and Cream. In addition ...more

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Vigilantes of Love is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best '90s Christian Bands & Artists
Rock music, Christian rock Vigilantes of Love is a rock band fronted by Bill Mallonee with a large number of secondary players drawn from the musician pool in and around Athens, Georgia. In its later manifestations in the ...more

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The Violet Burning is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best '90s Christian Bands & Artists
Rock music, Alternative rock, Christian rock The Violet Burning is an independent American rock band based in Boston, Massachusetts. The band was formed in 1989 in Orange County, California by Michael J. Pritzl. The band is the project of ...more

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Lost Dogs is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best '90s Christian Bands & Artists
Traditional music, Rock music, Folk music Lost Dogs are an American musical supergroup formed in 1991, comprising vocalists, songwriters, and guitarists from multiple Christian alternative rock bands. Their current lineup includes Terry ...more