The Very Best Christian Bands & Artists

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Over the past few decades, Christian music has caught on as an important genre in the music world. Initially, when people would think of Christian music, they'd think of traditional worship - like gospel music - instead of rock, punk and even rap music. Nowadays, Christian bands are among the most popular musicians, making some of the best Christian songs currently. Their music may not get widespread acclaim or even praise, but that doesn't mean Christian artists aren't great in their own right. In fact, many may argue that Christian music artists are among the best bands out there right now. Christian musicians are widely known for preaching the word of the good book or at least having an uplifting message in their lyrics, which is why Christian music has grown in the manner it has.

So, who are the best Christian music artists? That's a tough question to answer, but for starters, and the purpose of this list of Christian bands, you have to include the likes of Amy Grant, Jars of Clay, Chris Tomlin, Lauren Daigle, Casting Crowns, and NEEDTOBREATHE to name a few. So, with those Christian music artists as a benchmark, you can vote up (or down) the Christian musicians whom you believe should be at or near the top of this list. 

That said, ultimately, it's your call to determine who the best Christian bands are. This list answers the questions "who are the best Christian music bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest Christian music artist ever?" If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular Christian music bands that you might've heard of.

Most divisive: Hillsong Music
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    1,684 votes

    As a Southern rock band with strong Christian roots, this talented group has been captivating audiences since 2001 with their infectious melodies and emotionally charged lyrics. Their unique blend of rock, Americana, and gospel influences has earned them a diverse fan base and critical acclaim, including several Dove Awards and a Grammy nomination. With each new release, they continue to push creative boundaries and solidify their status as a powerhouse in the world of faith-based music.

  • Skillet
    1,086 votes

    Known for their high-octane performances and genre-blending sound, this Christian rock band has been captivating audiences worldwide since 1996. Their fusion of hard rock, electronic, and symphonic elements, combined with powerful lyrics that touch on themes of faith and spirituality, have garnered them a loyal following in both Christian and mainstream music circles. With numerous chart-topping hits and gold-certified albums, they continue to be a force to be reckoned with in the music industry.

  • With a career spanning over four decades, this legendary singer-songwriter has profoundly influenced the scope of contemporary Christian music through his heartfelt lyrics and masterful piano playing. His repertoire encompasses elements of pop, rock, and gospel, which has earned him a diverse fan base and numerous accolades, including multiple Grammy and Dove Awards. As one of the most respected figures in Christian music, he remains an inspiration to artists and listeners alike.

  • For King & Country

    This dynamic sibling duo hails from Australia and has been making waves in the contemporary Christian scene since 2011. Their anthemic, uplifting songs showcase their exceptional musical sensibilities, while their powerful lyrics tackle themes of faith, love, and personal struggle. With multiple Grammy and Dove Awards to their name, their growing influence in both Christian and mainstream music circles remains undeniable.

  • dc Talk
    1,442 votes

    This revolutionary trio played a vital role in shaping the landscape of Christian music during the 1990s, blending elements of rock, rap, and pop to create a genre-defying sound that resonated with a wide audience. Their commitment to tackling tough issues and fostering open dialogue around faith and spirituality helped pave the way for future generations of Christian artists. With multiple Grammy Awards and millions of albums sold, they remain a seminal act within the world of faith-based music.

  • Switchfoot
    2,248 votes

    Initially formed in 1996, this alternative rock band's thought-provoking lyrics and anthemic sound have made them one of the most celebrated acts in the Christian music scene. Their willingness to grapple with complex themes, such as faith, doubt, and human suffering, has resonated with listeners from all walks of life. With multiple Grammy Awards and millions of record sales to their credit, they have cemented their place among the upper echelon of Christian artists.