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The Best '90s Christian Bands & Artists 

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Updated March 30, 2020 8.4k votes 831 voters 45.4k views 121 items

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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dc Talk is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best '90s Christian Bands & Artists

Albums: Jesus Freak, Jesus Freak, Solo, Free at Last, Nu Thang, + more

DC 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. ...more
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Newsboys is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best '90s Christian Bands & Artists

Albums: Go, Thrive, Going Public, Not Ashamed, Take Me to Your Leader, + more

Newsboys (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 ...more
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Jars of Clay is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '90s Christian Bands & Artists

Albums: Jars of Clay, Christmas Songs, The Eleventh Hour, Much Afraid, If I Left the Zoo, + more

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

Albums: Audio Adrenaline, Worldwide, Underdog, Don't Censor Me, Some Kind of Zombie, + more

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) 5 on the list The Best '90s Christian Bands & Artists

Albums: Christmas Offerings, Third Day, Offerings: A Worship Album, Time, Come Together, + more

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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Rich Mullins is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best '90s Christian Bands & Artists
Genre: Christian music and Contemporary Christian music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: A Liturgy, a Legacy & a Ragamuffin Band, Never Picture Perfect, Songs, Pictures in the Sky, + more

Richard 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 ...more
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Michael W. Smith is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '90s Christian Bands & Artists
Genre: Christian music, Pop music & Contemporary Christian music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Christmastime, It's a Wonderful Christmas, Christmas, The Big Picture, Healing Rain, + more

Michael 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 ...more
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Steven Curtis Chapman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '90s Christian Bands & Artists
Genre: Christian music, Pop music & Contemporary Christian music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: The Music of Christmas, All I Really Want for Christmas, Christmas Is All in the Heart, This Moment, Signs of Life, + more

Steven 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 ...more
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Switchfoot is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '90s Christian Bands & Artists

Albums: Learning to Breathe, Oh! Gravity., New Way to Be Human, Vice Verses, Best of Bootlegs Vol. 1, + more

Switchfoot 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, ...more
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Petra is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '90s Christian Bands & Artists

Albums: Jekyll and Hyde, War & Remembrance, Not of this World, Farewell, The Early Years, + more

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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Skillet is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '90s Christian Bands & Artists

Albums: Stronger, Awake, Rise, Comatose, Alien Youth, + more

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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Sixpence None the Richer... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '90s Christian Bands & Artists

Albums: The Dawn of Grace, Sixpence None the Richer, Divine Discontent, This Beautiful Mess, The Fatherless and the Widow, + more

Sixpence 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 ...more
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P.O.D. is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '90s Christian Bands & Artists

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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Delirious? is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '90s Christian Bands & Artists

Albums: Deeper: The D:finitive Worship Experience, GLO, Now Is The Time: Live At Willow Creek, Kingdom of Comfort, Live & in the Can, + more

Delirious? (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 ...more
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Caedmon's Call is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '90s Christian Bands & Artists

Albums: In the Company of Angels 2: The World Will Sing, Caedmon's Call, Overdressed, 40 Acres, Share the Well, + more

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 O.C. Supertones is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '90s Christian Bands & Artists

Albums: Hi-Fi Revival, Loud and Clear, Chase the Sun, Unite, Revenge of the O.C. Supertones, + more

The 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 ...more
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PFR is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best '90s Christian Bands & Artists

Albums: Great Lengths, Them, Disappear, Goldie's Last Day, Very Best of PFR, + more

PFR 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", ...more
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Plumb is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best '90s Christian Bands & Artists
Genre: Christian music, Pop music & Christian alternative rock; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Need You Now, Chaotic Resolve, Blink, Plumb, candycoatedwaterdrops, + more

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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Five Iron Frenzy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '90s Christian Bands & Artists

Albums: Upbeats and Beatdowns, Our Newest Album Ever!, All the Hype That Money Can Buy, The End Is Near, The End Is Here, + more

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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Amy Grant is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best '90s Christian Bands & Artists
Genre: Adult contemporary music, Christian music & Pop music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: A Christmas to Remember, Home for Christmas, My Best Christmas, A Christmas Album, The Christmas Collection, + more

Amy 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 ...more
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MxPx is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best '90s Christian Bands & Artists

Albums: At the Show, Life in General, Punk Rawk Christmas, Ten Years and Running, The Ever Passing Moment, + more

MxPx 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 ...more
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Point of Grace is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best '90s Christian Bands & Artists

Albums: A Christmas Story, Winter Wonderland, Steady On, The Whole Truth, Girls of Grace, + more

Point 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
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Sonicflood is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best '90s Christian Bands & Artists

Albums: Glimpse, Resonate, Cry Holy, SonicPraise, Sonicflood, + more

Sonicflood (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 ...more
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Steve Taylor is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best '90s Christian Bands & Artists
Genre: Christian music and Christian alternative rock; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Meltdown, Squint, I Predict 1990, On the Fritz, The Best We Could Find + 3 That Never Escaped, + more

Roland 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 ...more
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Geoff Moore & The Di... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best '90s Christian Bands & Artists

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.