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The Best Christian Rock Bands & Artists of the 2000s

Updated February 20, 2021 1.3k votes 120 voters 12.4k 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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    Anberlin

    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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    Emery

    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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    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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    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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    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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    mewithoutYou

    [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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    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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    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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    Superchick

    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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    Bleach

    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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    Leeland

    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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    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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    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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    Petra

    Jekyll and Hyde, War & Remembrance

    Genres (Music)Classic rock, Rock music, Contemporary Christian music, Country rock, Heavy metal

    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". Though they...  more
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    Earthsuit

    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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    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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    Ashes Remain

    What I've Become, Last Day Breathing
    Ashes Remain is an American Christian rock band. Band members include Josh Smith, Ben Kirk, Rob Tahan, Jon Hively, and Ryan Nalepa. They have released three albums, Lose the Alibis, Last Day...  more
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    We as Human

    We as Human, We as Human EP

    Genres (Music)Christian rock band

    We as Human is a Christian rock band from Sandpoint, Idaho formed in 2006. They were discovered by John Cooper, lead singer of the band Skillet, in 2010 who introduced them to Atlantic Records, their...  more
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    Stavesacre

    (stavz'a'ker), Friction

    Genres (Music)Rock music, Heavy metal, Christian rock, Post-hardcore, Hard rock

    Stavesacre was an American rock band from Huntington Beach, California formed in 1995. The band was composed of vocalist Mark Salomon, guitarists Jeff Bellew and Ryan Dennee, bassist Dirk Lemmenes...  more
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    White Heart

    Freedom, Tales of Wonder

    Genres (Music)Rock music, Contemporary Christian music, Pop rock, Christian rock, Hard rock

    White Heart, also listed as Whiteheart, is a Contemporary Christian Music pop-rock band which formed in 1982. White Heart's discography includes thirteen albums, the most recent of which was released...  more
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    38th Parallel

    Turn the Tides, Let Go

    Genres (Music)Rap rock, Rapcore, Alternative rock, Christian rock

    38th Parallel was a Christian rock/rapcore band formed in Ames, Iowa. Before being signed they received extensive airplay in Iowa markets alongside other CCM Artists. Unknown to them, they were...  more
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    As Cities Burn

    Son, I Loved You at Your Darkest

    Genres (Music)Christian hardcore, Metalcore, Christian rock, Progressive rock, Post-rock

    As Cities Burn is an American Christian hardcore band from Mandeville, Louisiana that formed in 2002 and broke up in 2009. The band has since been "resurrected", according to their Facebook fan page....  more
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    Nine Lashes

    Escape, World We View

    Genres (Music)Alternative rock, Christian rock, Alternative metal, Christian metal, Hard rock

    Nine Lashes is an American Christian rock band from Birmingham, Alabama formed in 2006. They independently released their first album, Escape, in 2009 before Trevor McNevan of Thousand Foot Krutch...  more
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    Ace Troubleshooter

    Ace Troubleshooter, Back in the Shootin' Match

    Genres (Music)Pop punk, Christian rock

    Ace Troubleshooter, often shortened to Ace, was an American pop punk band. Formed in December 1995 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, they released five albums through Tooth & Nail Records....  more
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