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The Best Christian Rock Bands & Artists of the 2000s

Updated February 20, 2021 1.6k votes 143 voters 14k views80 items

List RulesVote up the best Christian rock bands that were active and releasing albums between 2000 and 2009.

As rock music evolved in the 2000s to encompass indie and alt styles, so did Christian rock. Delivering serious style along with faithful themes, the best Christian rock bands of the 2000s continued the genre's popularity from the 90s as they became more mainstream.

As the 2000s went on, a few of the best Christian Rock bands may have distanced themselves some from their religious roots but the Millennials and even Gen Z who added them to mixtapes and playlists will never forget. This list of great Christian rock artists of the 2000s includes Sixpence None The Richer, Petra and Audio Adrenaline.  Some 2000s Christian rock even included pop rock bands like Watashi Wa or ska and piano rock artists like The Wedding.

We've put together a list of some of the best '00s Christian rock acts, but if we're missing one be sure to add it to the list and vote up the best Christian rock bands and artists the 2000s.

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    Audio Adrenaline

    Audio Adrenaline, Worldwide

    Genres (Music)Contemporary Christian music, Alternative rock, Christian rock, Hard 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. They...  more
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    Cities, Never Take Friendship Personal

    Genres (Music)Rock music, Emo, Alternative rock, Christian rock, Indie rock

    Anberlin was an American alternative rock band formed in Winter Haven, Florida in 2002, disbanded in 2014, and reunited in 2018. Since the beginning of 2007, the band consisted of lead vocalist...  more
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    I'm Only a Man, The Question

    Genres (Music)Synthpop, Rock music, Emo, Melodic hardcore, Alternative rock

    Emery is an American post-hardcore band from Seattle, Washington currently signed to BadChristian Music. Emery was founded in Rock Hill, South Carolina by Toby Morrell, Devin Shelton, Matt Carter,...  more
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    For King & Country

    For King & Country — The EP, Crave

    Genres (Music)Contemporary Christian music, Soft rock, Alternative rock, Christian rock

    For King & Country, stylized as for KING & COUNTRY and formerly known as Joel & Luke, is a Christian pop duo composed of Australian-American brothers Joel & Luke Smallbone. The Nashville-based...  more
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    Family Force 5

    Business Up Front, Party in the Back

    Genres (Music)Hip hop music, Rock music, Rap metal, Crunkcore, Post-hardcore

    FF5 (formerly known as Family Force 5, The Phamily, Ground Noise and The Brothers) is an American Christian rock band from Atlanta, Georgia. The band formed in 2005 by brothers Solomon "Soul Glow...  more
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    David Crowder Band

    Illuminate, All I Can Say

    Genres (Music)Electronic music, Contemporary worship music, Folk rock, Alternative rock, Bluegrass

    David Crowder Band was a six-piece Christian rock and modern worship band from Waco, Texas. Their final album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Christian and No. 2 on the Billboard 200 charts. They...  more
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    Beauty From Pain, Karaoke Superstars

    Genres (Music)Pop punk, Christian punk, Christian hip hop, Garage rock, Contemporary Christian music

    Superchick, originally known as Superchic[k], was an American Christian alternative pop/rock band. Their music incorporated various styles such as pop, punk, rock, rap, and R&B. Their sound has been...  more
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    Sound of Melodies, Opposite Way

    Genres (Music)Contemporary Christian music, Christian rock, Progressive rock

    Leeland may refer to: Leeland (band), an American Christian rock band Leeland, Virginia Leeland, Maryland Leeland, Nevada...  more
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    East West

    Hope in Anguish, The Light in Guinevere's Garden

    Genres (Music)Nu metal, Rock music, Rapcore, Heavy metal, Alternative metal

    East West was a Christian metal band from Irvine, California, who later re-located to Corona, California. The band takes its name from the Bible verse Psalms 103:12. While many members were replaced...  more
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    [A→B] Life, Brother

    Genres (Music)Rock music, Spiritual, Emo, Acoustic music, Screamo

    MewithoutYou, stylized as mewithoutYou, is an American band from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The band consists of vocalist Aaron Weiss, guitarists Michael Weiss and Brandon Beaver, bassist Greg...  more
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    Wolves at the Gate

    VxV, Captors

    Genres (Music)Metalcore, Alternative rock, Screamo, Christian rock, Post-hardcore

    Wolves at the Gate also known as WATG is a Christian metal and post-hardcore band from Cedarville, Ohio, United States. Formed in 2009, they're currently signed to Solid State Records, where the band...  more
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    The Almost

    Fear Inside Our Bones, Monster Monster EP

    Genres (Music)Pop punk, Christian punk, Christian alternative rock, Emo, Contemporary Christian music

    The Almost is an American Christian rock band from Clearwater, Florida, best known for being fronted by former Underoath drummer and vocalist Aaron Gillespie. Formed in 2005, the band's current...  more
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    Shotgun, Killing Time

    Genres (Music)Shoegazing, Indie rock

    Bleach were an indie rock band from Ipswich, England, usually considered part of the shoegazing genre. The band was formed in 1989 by brothers Neil and Nick Singleton together with drummer Steve...  more
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    Go, Thrive

    Genres (Music)Contemporary Christian music, Pop rock, Alternative rock, Christian rock

    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 albums, 6...  more
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    Kaleidoscope Superior, The Rise of Modern Simulation

    Genres (Music)Rock music, Reggae rock, Experimental rock, Rapcore, Contemporary Christian music

    Earthsuit was a short-lived New Orleans-based Christian rock band formed in 1995. The band consisted of guitarist Dave Rumsey, keyboardist/vocalist Paul Meany, bassist Roy Mitchell, drummer David...  more
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    Dressed Up & In Line, In Motion

    Genres (Music)Indie pop, Emo, Acoustic music, Pop rock, Alternative rock

    Copeland is an American indie rock band formed in 2001 by singer Aaron Marsh with his friend, bassist and backing vocalist James Likeness, in Lakeland, Florida....  more
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    Slingshot 57

    Stay the Course

    Genres (Music)Christian rock

    Slingshot 57 was a Christian rock band from Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, USA, which was formed in 1999. They played 450 shows in 23 states. The name was inspired by the Biblical story of David and...  more
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    Everman was a Christian rock band signed to BEC Recordings. According to Brad Miles, he came up with the band's name while driving through the city of Everman, Texas. When Glen Kimberlin and Chris...  more
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    Sing, but Keep Going

    Genres (Music)Rock music, Emo, Pop rock, Alternative rock, Indie rock

    Sherwood was an indie rock band from San Luis Obispo, California, specializing in upbeat pop rock. The band released 2 EP's and 3 full length records in their time together. The members of the band...  more
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    12 Stones

    Potter's Field, 12 Stones

    Genres (Music)Nu metal, Christian alternative rock, Post-grunge, Alternative rock, Christian rock

    12 Stones is an American Christian post-grunge band that was formed in 2000 in Mandeville, Louisiana. As of January 1, 2015, 12 Stones band members consist of Paul McCoy, Eric Weaver, Sean Dunaway...  more
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    Sixpence None the Richer

    The Dawn of Grace, Sixpence None the Richer

    Genres (Music)Adult album alternative, Pop music, Rock music, Contemporary Christian music, Pop rock

    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 known...  more
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    'Til We See the Shore, Let Me Go On

    Genres (Music)Pop music, Pop rock, Alternative rock, Christian rock, Indie rock

    Seabird is an American alternative rock band from Independence, Kentucky. The band formed when Aaron Morgan, Micah Landers, and Aaron Hunt began playing songs with each other in 2004. The band soon...  more
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    Watashi Wa

    The Love of Life, Eager Seas

    Genres (Music)Christian pop rock

    Watashi Wa was a Christian pop rock band from San Luis Obispo, California on Tooth & Nail Records. "Watashi wa" in Japanese means I am . The band formed in 2000 when most of the members were still in...  more
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    Genres (Music)New Wave, Rock music, Progressive rock

    After the Fire (or ATF) were a British rock band that transitioned from playing progressive rock to new wave over their initial 12-year career, while having only one hit in the United States ("Der...  more
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    Widdlesworth was a Christian indie rock band from Akron, Ohio. Widdlesworth was formed in November 2003 by Ryland Raus as an acoustic solo project. Soon he added drummer Jesse Trillet and bassist...  more
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List Rules: Vote up the best Christian rock bands that were active and releasing albums between 2000 and 2009.