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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51 15
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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Audio Adrenaline is listed (or ranked) 4 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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Michael W. Smith is listed (or ranked) 5 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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Third Day is listed (or ranked) 6 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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Skillet is listed (or ranked) 7 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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42 14
Rich Mullins is listed (or ranked) 8 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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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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40 15
Switchfoot is listed (or ranked) 10 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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Petra is listed (or ranked) 11 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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P.O.D. is listed (or ranked) 12 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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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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PFR is listed (or ranked) 14 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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Delirious? is listed (or ranked) 15 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) 16 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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Steve Taylor is listed (or ranked) 17 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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Five Iron Frenzy is listed (or ranked) 18 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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24 11
Caedmon's Call is listed (or ranked) 19 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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Plumb is listed (or ranked) 20 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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MxPx is listed (or ranked) 21 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) 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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Point of Grace is listed (or ranked) 23 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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Sonicflood is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best '90s Christian Bands & Artists
Contemporary worship music, Contemporary Christian music, Christian rock
Sonicflood is an American contemporary worship music band from Nashville, Tennessee. The band originally formed in 1997 under the name Zilch. The group took the name Sonicflood, a reference to a ...more

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Geoff Moore & The Distance is listed (or ranked) 25 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.