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The Best Christian Alternative Rock Bands 

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Updated August 28, 2019 8.4k votes 1.8k voters 139.5k views 86 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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Christian Alternative Rock Bands
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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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Skillet is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Christian Alternative Rock Bands
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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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Thousand Foot Krutch is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Christian Alternative Rock Bands

Albums: Set It Off, The Art of Breaking, Phenomenon, The Flame in All of Us, That's What People Do, + more

Thousand Foot Krutch is a Canadian Christian rock band formed in 1995. They have released eight albums. They have also released one live album and two remix albums. Singer Trevor McNevan and ...more

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Needtobreathe is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Christian Alternative Rock Bands
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Albums: The Heat, Daylight, Rivers in the Wasteland, The Outsiders, Live Horses EP, + more

Needtobreathe is an American Christian rock band from Seneca, South Carolina. The band is composed of Bear Rinehart, Bo Rinehart, Seth Bolt and Josh Lovelace. They have released five studio ...more

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Lifehouse is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Christian Alternative Rock Bands

Albums: You And Me, Lifehouse, Who We Are, The Time Traveler's Wife, Stanley Climbfall, + more

Lifehouse is an American rock band from Los Angeles comprising Jason Wade (lead vocals, guitar), Rick Woolstenhulme Jr. (drums, percussion) and Bryce Soderberg (bass, vocals). The band came to ...more

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Third Day is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Christian Alternative Rock Bands

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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Flyleaf is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Christian Alternative Rock Bands
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Albums: Flyleaf, Memento Mori, New Horizons, Passerby, Family Values Tour 2006, + more

Flyleaf is an American heavy metal band, formed in the Belton and Temple, Texas regions in 2002. The band has charted on mainstream rock, Christian pop and Christian metal genres. They performed ...more

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Kutless is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Christian Alternative Rock Bands

Albums: Strong Tower, Hearts of the Innocent, Kutless, Sea of Faces, Believer, + more

Kutless is a Christian rock band from Portland, Oregon formed in 2001. Since their formation, they have released multiple studio albums and one live album, Live from Portland. They have sold ...more

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David Crowder Band is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Christian Alternative Rock Bands
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Albums: Illuminate, All I Can Say, Pour Over Me, Give Us Rest, Oh for Joy, + more

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. ...more
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The 77's is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Christian Alternative Rock Bands

Albums: Eighty Eight, All Fall Down, Sticks and Stones, 123, Drowning With Land in Sight, + more

The 77s (alternatively spelled the Seventy Sevens or the 77's) is an American rock band consisting of Michael Roe on vocals/guitar, Mark Harmon on bass guitar, and Bruce Spencer on drums.

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Sanctus Real is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Christian Alternative Rock Bands

Albums: Fight the Tide, The Face of Love, We Need Each Other, Run, Say It Loud, + more

Sanctus Real is an American Christian rock band formed in Toledo, Ohio, in 1996. The group is composed of Matt Hammitt, Chris Rohman, Dan Gartley, Pete Prevost, and Mark Graalman. The band is ...more
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Relient K is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Christian Alternative Rock Bands
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Albums: Let It Snow Baby ... Let It Reindeer, Deck the Halls, Bruise Your Hand, The Anatomy of the Tongue in Cheek, Mmhmm, + more

Relient K is an American rock band formed in 1998 in Canton, Ohio, by Matt Thiessen, Matt Hoopes, and Brian Pittman during the band members' third year in high school and their time at Malone ...more

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Plumb is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Christian Alternative Rock Bands
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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The Choir is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Christian Alternative Rock Bands

Albums: Wide-Eyed Wonder, Chase the Kangaroo, Circle Slide, Love Songs and Prayers: A Retrospective, Free Flying Soul, + more

The Choir is an atmospheric Christian alternative rock band, led by Derri Daugherty on guitar and vocals, Steve Hindalong on drums—who also writes most of the band's lyrics—along with Tim ...more
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Jesus Culture is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Christian Alternative Rock Bands
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Albums: Live From New York, Awakening (Live from Chicago), Your Love Never Fails, Consumed, Everything, + more

Jesus Culture In the summer of 1999, the youth group led by Banning Liebscher at Bethel Church in Redding, California, launched the first Jesus Culture conference. The heart of these gatherings ...more
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MUTEMATH is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Christian Alternative Rock Bands
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Albums: MUTEMATH, Reset EP, Armistice, Odd Soul, Flesh and Bones Electric Fun, + more

Mutemath (sometimes styled as MuteMath or MUTEMATH) is an American alternative rock band from New Orleans that formed in 2002. The band currently only consists of lead vocalist and keyboardist ...more
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Lifesavers Underground ... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Christian Alternative Rock Bands

Albums: This Is the Healing, Poplife, Shaded Pain, Us Kids, Finding Angel, + more

Lifesavers Underground was one of many Michael Knott projects. The band formed in 1986 and combined elements of an earlier Knott project called Idle Lovell and LSU's sunnier alter ego ...more
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12 Stones is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Christian Alternative Rock Bands

Albums: Potter's Field, 12 Stones, Anthem for the Underdog, Beneath the Scars, The Only Easy Day Was Yesterday, + more

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 ...more

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Altar Boys is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Christian Alternative Rock Bands

Albums: Forever Mercy, Altar Boys, Against The Grain, Gut Level Music, When You're a Rebel, + more

Altar Boys were a Christian punk rock band from California, formed in 1982. They are Mike Stand, Jeff Crandall, Steve Pannier, Mark Robertson, and Ric Alba.
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Adam Again is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Christian Alternative Rock Bands

Albums: Ten Songs by Adam Again, Perfecta, Dig, In a New World of Time, Adam Again Tribute Boxed Set, + more

Adam Again was a rock band founded and led by vocalist Gene Eugene, with Riki Michele on vocals, Paul Valadez on bass, Jon Knox on drums, Greg Lawless on guitar. Dan Michaels often played ...more
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The Prayer Chain is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Christian Alternative Rock Bands

Albums: Antarctica, Shawl, Mercury, Neverland Sessions, Whirlpool EP, + more

The Prayer Chain was a 1990s Christian alternative rock band. The band has been called "the epitome of the Christian underground". The Prayer Chain was known for producing moody, ...more
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Red is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Christian Alternative Rock Bands
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Albums: Release the Panic, End of Silence, Innocence & Instinct, Until We Have Faces, Who We Are: The Red Anthology, + more

Red (also stylized R3D or RED) is an American Christian rock band from Nashville, Tennessee, formed in 2002 by brothers guitarist Anthony Armstrong and bassist Randy Armstrong, with lead ...more

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The Almost is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Christian Alternative Rock Bands

Albums: Fear Inside Our Bones, Monster Monster EP, Monster Monster, No Gift to Bring, Southern Weather, + more

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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Brandon Heath is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Christian Alternative Rock Bands
Genre: Christian music, Pop music & Christian alternative rock; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Don't Get Comfortable, Christmas Is Here, What If We, Blue Mountain, Leaving Eden, + more

Brandon Heath Knell (born July 21, 1978) is an American contemporary Christian musician, singer, and songwriter from Nashville, Tennessee. He has released six studio albums: Don't Get ...more
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Starflyer 59 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Christian Alternative Rock Bands
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Albums: She's the Queen, Leave Here a Stranger, My Island, Gold, The Fashion Focus, + more

Starflyer 59 is an alternative rock band from Riverside, California that was founded in 1993 by Jason Martin, brother of Ronnie Martin of Joy Electric. While Jason Martin has written nearly all ...more

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