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The Best Contemporary Christian Artists of the 2000s

Updated June 14, 2019 414 votes 78 voters 6.6k views40 items

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

Lyrically focused on the Christian faith, contemporary Christian Music (CCM) music stands out from other modern Christian music, where the religious themes are often secondary to the style. Continuing its popularity from the 90s, in the 2000s contemporary Christian music's popularity continued its merge into the mainstream.

Millennials and even Gen Z added the best '00s CCM bands to mixtapes and playlists. Many songs from bands such as Chris Tomlin, Casting Crowns, and Tenth Avenue North fit right alongside the secular alt and indie bands of the time. From folk rock artists such as Joy Williams to CCM alt rock like the Newsboys, the best contemporary Christian music artists of the 2000s held their own within their genres while also following their faith.

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

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  • Third Day1
    26
    8

    Third Day

    Pop music, Christian alternative rock

    AlbumsChristmas Offerings, Third Day, Offerings: A Worship Album, Time, Come Together

    Third Day is a Christian rock band formed in Marietta, Georgia during the 1990s. The band was... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Newsboys2
    23
    11

    Newsboys

    Contemporary Christian music, Pop rock

    AlbumsGo, Thrive, Going Public, Not Ashamed, Take Me to Your Leader

    Newsboys (sometimes stylised as newsboys) are a Christian rock band founded in 1985 in... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Casting Crowns3
    18
    5

    Casting Crowns

    Pop music, Rock music

    AlbumsPeace on Earth, Until the Whole World Hears, Lifesong, Casting Crowns, The Altar and the Door

    Casting Crowns is a contemporary Christian and Christian rock band started in 1999 by youth... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • MercyMe4
    14
    1

    MercyMe

    Pop music, Grunge

    AlbumsThe Christmas Sessions, The Hurt & The Healer, Spoken For, Coming Up to Breathe, Undone

    MercyMe is an American contemporary Christian music band founded in Edmond, Oklahoma. The band... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Steven Curtis Chapman5
    15
    2

    Steven Curtis Chapman

    Christian music, Pop music

    AlbumsThe Music of Christmas, All I Really Want for Christmas, Christmas Is All in the Heart, This Moment, Signs of Life

    Steven Curtis Chapman (born November 21, 1962) is an American contemporary Christian music... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Big Daddy Weave6
    12
    2

    Big Daddy Weave

    Rock music, Contemporary Christian music

    AlbumsFields of Grace, What I Was Made For, Love Come to Life, One and Only, Every Time I Breathe

    Big Daddy Weave is a contemporary Christian band composed of Mike Weaver, Jay Weaver, Jeremy... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Caedmon's Call7
    10
    1

    Caedmon's Call

    Rock music, Folk music

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

    Caedmon's Call is a contemporary Christian band which fuses traditional folk with world music... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Jeremy Camp8
    12
    4

    Jeremy Camp

    Christian music, Contemporary Christian music

    AlbumsWe Cry Out: The Worship Project, Carried Me: The Worship Project, Live Unplugged, Restored, Beyond Measure

    Jeremy Thomas Camp (born January 12, 1978) is an American contemporary Christian music singer... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Chris Tomlin9
    14
    6

    Chris Tomlin

    Christian music, Contemporary worship music

    AlbumsArriving, Glory in the Highest: Christmas Songs of Worship, See the Morning, Not to Us, Burning Lights

    Christopher Dwayne Tomlin (born May 4, 1972) is an American contemporary Christian music... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Matthew West10
    11
    4

    Matthew West

    Indie pop, Adult contemporary music

    AlbumsSomething to Say, History, Happy, Into the Light, The Heart of Christmas

    Matthew Joseph West (born April 25, 1977) is an American contemporary Christian musician,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Tenth Avenue North11
    11
    5

    Tenth Avenue North

    Rock music, Contemporary Christian music

    AlbumsThe Struggle, Speaking of Silence, Over and Underneath, Don't Look Back, The Light Meets the Dark

    Tenth Avenue North (stylized as tenth avenue north) is an American contemporary Christian... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Michael W. Smith12
    9
    4

    Michael W. Smith

    Christian music, Pop music

    AlbumsChristmastime, It's a Wonderful Christmas, Christmas, The Big Picture, Healing Rain

    Michael Whitaker Smith (born October 7, 1957) is an American musician, who has charted in both... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Needtobreathe13
    9
    5

    Needtobreathe

    Christian alternative rock, Rock music

    AlbumsThe Heat, Daylight, Rivers in the Wasteland, The Outsiders, Live Horses EP

    Needtobreathe is an American Christian rock band from Seneca, South Carolina. The band is... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Francesca Battistelli14
    12
    9

    Francesca Battistelli

    Christian music, Pop music

    AlbumsIf We're Honest, Christmas, My Paper Heart, Hundred More Years, Lead Me To The Cross

    Francesca Battistelli (born May 18, 1985) is an American Christian singer and songwriter from... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Brandon Heath15
    7
    4

    Brandon Heath

    Christian music, Pop music

    AlbumsDon't Get Comfortable, Christmas Is Here, What If We, Blue Mountain, Leaving Eden

    Brandon Heath Knell (born July 21, 1978) is an American contemporary Christian musician,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Nichole Nordeman16
    5
    2

    Nichole Nordeman

    Christian music, Pop music

    AlbumsBrave, Wide Eyed, This Mystery, The Ultimate Collection, Woven & Spun

    Nichole Ellyse Nordeman (born January 3, 1972) is an American contemporary Christian singer... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Building 42917
    7
    5

    Building 429

    Pop music, Rock music

    AlbumsSpace in Between Us, Flight, Iris to Iris, Rise, Building 429

    Building 429 is a Christian rock band. They were the Gospel Music Association 2005 New Artist... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Leeland18
    5
    4

    Leeland

    Contemporary Christian music, Christian rock

    AlbumsSound of Melodies, Opposite Way, Love Is on the Move, The Great Awakening, Majesty: The Worship EP

    Leeland may refer to: Leeland (band), an American Christian rock band Leeland,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Aaron Shust19
    4
    2

    Aaron Shust

    Christian music, Contemporary worship music

    AlbumsAnything Worth Saying, Whispered And Shouted, Take Over, Christmas EP, This Is What We Believe

    Aaron Michael Shust (born October 31, 1975) is an American contemporary Christian music artist... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Addison Road20
    4
    0

    Addison Road

    Adult contemporary music, Rock music

    AlbumsBreaking Beautifully, Some Kind of Spark, Not What You Think, Addison Road, Stories

    Addison Road was a Christian alternative pop/rock band from Dallas, Texas. The band was signed... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • BarlowGirl21
    4
    2

    BarlowGirl

    Adult contemporary music, Rock music

    AlbumsAnother Journal Entry, BarlowGirl, Love & War, How Can We Be Silent, Home for Christmas

    BarlowGirl was an American Christian rock–CCM all-female band from Chicago, Illinois. The band... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Mat Kearney22
    4
    2

    Mat Kearney

    Hip hop music, Christian music

    AlbumsCity of Black & White, Bullet, Nothing Left to Lose, The Chicago EP, Young Love

    Mathew William Kearney (; born December 1, 1978) is an American musician born in Eugene,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Mylon LeFevre23
    4
    2

    Mylon LeFevre

    Christian music, Rock music

    AlbumsOn the Road to Freedom

    Mylon R. LeFevre (born October 6, 1944) is an American Christian rock singer best known for... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Joy Williams24
    4
    1

    Joy Williams

    Christian music, Pop music

    AlbumsBarton Hollow, By Surprise, Genesis, Joy Williams, We Mapped the World

    Joy Elizabeth Williams (born November 14, 1982) is an American singer-songwriter. The winner... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Phillips, Craig & Dean25
    4
    1

    Phillips, Craig & Dean

    Contemporary Christian music

    AlbumsPhillips, Craig & Dean, Top Of My Lungs, Breathe In, Where Strength Begins

    Phillips, Craig and Dean are a contemporary Christian music trio composed of Randy Phillips,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button