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 ThangDC 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
Albums: Jars of Clay, Christmas Songs, The Eleventh Hour, Much Afraid, If I Left the ZooJars 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
Albums: Christmas Offerings, Third Day, Offerings: A Worship Album, Time, Come TogetherThird 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
Albums: Audio Adrenaline, Worldwide, Underdog, Don't Censor Me, Some Kind of ZombieAudio 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
Albums: Go, Thrive, Going Public, Not Ashamed, Take Me to Your LeaderNewsboys (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
Albums: Learning to Breathe, Oh! Gravity., New Way to Be Human, Vice Verses, Best of Bootlegs Vol. 1Switchfoot 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
Albums: The Music of Christmas, All I Really Want for Christmas, Christmas Is All in the Heart, This Moment, Signs of LifeSteven 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
Albums: A Liturgy, a Legacy & a Ragamuffin Band, Never Picture Perfect, Songs, Pictures in the SkyRichard 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
Albums: Jekyll and Hyde, War & Remembrance, Not of this World, Farewell, The Early YearsPetra 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
Albums: Christmastime, It's a Wonderful Christmas, Christmas, The Big Picture, Healing RainMichael 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
Albums: Stronger, Awake, Rise, Comatose, Alien YouthSkillet 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
Albums: In the Company of Angels 2: The World Will Sing, Caedmon's Call, Overdressed, 40 Acres, Share the WellCaedmon'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
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 WidowSixpence 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
Albums: Hi-Fi Revival, Loud and Clear, Chase the Sun, Unite, Revenge of the O.C. SupertonesThe 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
Albums: Deeper: The D:finitive Worship Experience, GLO, Now Is The Time: Live At Willow Creek, Kingdom of Comfort, Live & in the CanDelirious? (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
Albums: Need You Now, Chaotic Resolve, Blink, Plumb, candycoatedwaterdropsTiffany 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
Albums: Christmas, Transform, Pray, God, Worship GodRebecca 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
Albums: A Christmas Story, Winter Wonderland, Steady On, The Whole Truth, Girls of GracePoint 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
Albums: Upbeats and Beatdowns, Our Newest Album Ever!, All the Hype That Money Can Buy, The End Is Near, The End Is HereFive 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
Albums: Great Lengths, Them, Disappear, Goldie's Last Day, Very Best of PFRPFR 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
Albums: Glimpse, Resonate, Cry Holy, SonicPraise, SonicfloodSonicflood (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
Albums: At the Show, Life in General, Punk Rawk Christmas, Ten Years and Running, The Ever Passing MomentMxPx 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
Albums: Meltdown, Squint, I Predict 1990, On the Fritz, The Best We Could Find + 3 That Never EscapedRoland Stephen "Steve" Taylor (born December 9, 1957), is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, music executive, film maker, and actor. A figure in what has come to be known as Christian... more
Albums: A Christmas to Remember, Home for Christmas, My Best Christmas, A Christmas Album, The Christmas CollectionAmy 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