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The Best Christian Alternative Rock Bands

Updated August 28, 2019 9.0k votes 2.0k voters 144.1k views86 items

This Christian alternative bands list ranks the best Christian alternative music artists making some of the best Christian songs of 2018. This list of top Christian alternative rock groups let’s you see who fans think are the best in Christian alternative. As alternative rock rose to prominence during the late 1980s and 1990s, an offshoot of that with religious overtones began to become popular. Thus alternative Christian music was born. Over the years, Christian alternative rock has grown and Christian alternative rock bands have captured the hearts and minds of fans of Christian music fans. Though Christian alternative rock bands may not get as much press as other genres of Christian music, that doesn't mean they're any less popular or important. Some of the best Christian alternative rock bands are widely respected and highly influential in both Christian music and rock music as a whole.

So, that said, what are the best Christian rock bands? Any list of Christian rock bands has to include the likes of Lifehouse, Flyleaf, Third Day, Plumb, and Kutless. These bands are widely considered some of the best in Christian alternative rock and with good reason. Their songs have resonated with fans and whenever they tour and play live, their shows are often sold out. They've brought Christian alternative rock into many Christian rock fans' homes and have proven that Christian alternative rock can be as good as Christian rock.

That said, it's up to you to determine who are the best Christian alt rock bands. If you like good Christian alternative bands, then you'll know who to vote for on this list. If you notice that a new band isn't on this list and should be, feel free to add them. This list answers the questions "who are the best Christian alternative rock bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest Christian alternative rock musician ever?" Vote your favorites up to the heavens and damn the rest to fiery bottom of the list. 

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    Switchfoot

    Pop punk, Pop music
    Switchfoot is an American rock band from San Diego, California. The band's members are Jon...  more

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    Skillet

    Nu metal, Rock music
    Skillet is a Christian rock band formed in Memphis, Tennessee in 1996 and based in the United...  more

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    Needtobreathe

    Christian alternative rock, Rock music
    Needtobreathe is an American Christian rock band from Seneca, South Carolina. The band is...  more

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    Thousand Foot Krutch

    Nu metal, Christian alternative rock
    Thousand Foot Krutch is a Canadian Christian rock band formed in 1995. They have released...  more

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    Relient K

    Pop punk, Synthpop
    Relient K is an American rock band formed in 1998 in Canton, Ohio, by Matt Thiessen, Matt...  more

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    Kutless

    Nu metal, Christian alternative rock
    Kutless is a Christian rock band from Portland, Oregon formed in 2001. Since their formation,...  more
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    The 77's

    New Wave, Christian punk
    The 77s (alternatively spelled the Seventy Sevens or the 77's) is an American rock band...  more
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    Third Day

    Pop music, Christian alternative rock
    Third Day is a Christian rock band formed in Marietta, Georgia during the 1990s. The band was...  more

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    Flyleaf

    Nu metal, Rock music
    Flyleaf is an American heavy metal band, formed in the Belton and Temple, Texas regions in...  more

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    Lifehouse

    Pop music, Christian alternative rock
    Lifehouse is an American rock band from Los Angeles comprising Jason Wade (lead vocals,...  more

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    David Crowder Band

    Electronic music, Contemporary worship music
    David Crowder Band was a six-piece Christian rock and modern worship band from Waco, Texas....  more

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    Sanctus Real

    Christian alternative rock, Experimental rock
    Sanctus Real is an American Christian rock band formed in Toledo, Ohio, in 1996. The group is...  more
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    The Choir

    Christian alternative rock, Rock music
    The Choir is an atmospheric Christian alternative rock band, led by Derri Daugherty on guitar...  more

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    Plumb

    Christian music, Pop music
    Tiffany Arbuckle Lee, better known by her stage name Plumb, is a songwriter, recording artist,...  more

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    Red

    Dark ambient, Nu metal
    Red (also stylized R3D or RED) is an American Christian rock band from Nashville, Tennessee,...  more

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    Mute Math

    Psychedelic soul, Trip hop
    Mutemath (sometimes styled as MuteMath or MUTEMATH) is an American alternative rock band from...  more
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    Tenth Avenue North

    Rock music, Contemporary Christian music
    Tenth Avenue North (stylized as tenth avenue north) is an American contemporary Christian...  more
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    Lifesavers Underground

    New Wave, Gothic rock
    Lifesavers Underground was one of many Michael Knott projects. The band formed in 1986 and...  more
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    Altar Boys

    Christian punk, Punk rock
    Altar Boys were a Christian punk rock band from California, formed in 1982. They are Mike...  more
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    Disciple

    Nu metal, Christian hardcore
    Disciple is a Christian metal / rock band from Knoxville, Tennessee, formed in 1992....  more

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    Anberlin

    Rock music, Emo
    Anberlin was an American alternative rock band formed in Winter Haven, Florida in 2002,...  more
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    Fireflight

    Post-metal, Rock music
    Fireflight is an American Christian rock band formed in Eustis, Florida in 1999. The band is...  more

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    The Violet Burning

    Rock music, Alternative rock
    The Violet Burning is an independent American rock band based in Boston, Massachusetts. The...  more
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    Poor Old Lu

    Pop punk, Alternative rock
    Poor Old Lu was a pioneering alternative Christian band based in the American Northwest. The...  more