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Contemporary Christian bands don't always sing about their faith, but they do have Christian themes in their music. This list of the top contemporary Christian music bands in the world includes all musicians who are making some of the best Christian songs of 2018, have released recordings that have gotten distribution, and is an up-to-date list. Contemporary Christian artists are shown below along with any additional genres in which their music belongs. If available, you can also see information about where all contemporary Christian music bands on this list got started. These are truly the greatest contemporary Christian music bands of all time, since the most famous contemporary Christian music artists ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best contemporary Christian music.

Christian singers on the list even include major pop stars like Katy Perry and Carrie Underwood. Make sure to rock the vote by voting up the greatest artists on this list (according to you). What will come out on top in the end? TobyMac? Newsboys? All important, significant, and iconic names in contemporary Christian music history deserve your votes, so make sure you vote for all the Christian band names you recognize and love.

The list includes all new contemporary Christian music bands, and if there are any missing on the list, you can always add them yourself. Just make sure they aren't already on the list and check your spelling, because this is already an accurate compilation of the best examples of contemporary Christian music, as well as a good place to start if you're asking yourself, or friends, exactly how to get into contemporary Christian music music. Especially since the bands at the top of the list will at the very least be the best choices if you're looking for a list of good contemporary Christian music bands with which to start out. 

This list answers the questions "who are the best contemporary Christian music bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest contemporary Christian music musician ever?"

Whether you’re a pious and dedicated follower of contemporary Christian or you recently joined the flock, please vote for the best contemporary Christian groups and artists - not just the most popular contemporary Christian bands that you never actually listened to. We won’t know you’re lying, but God will. 

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For King & Country is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Contemporary Christian Artists
unashamedjfreak116 added For King & Country Contemporary Christian music, Soft rock, Alternative rock

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Tobymac is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Contemporary Christian Artists
Tobymac Christian music, Christian hip hop, Christian hardcore

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MercyMe is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Contemporary Christian Artists
MercyMe Pop music, Grunge, Contemporary worship music

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Newsboys is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Contemporary Christian Artists
Newsboys Contemporary Christian music, Pop rock, Alternative rock

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Casting Crowns is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Contemporary Christian Artists
Danny Marks added Casting Crowns Pop music, Rock music, Contemporary Christian music

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Chris Tomlin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Contemporary Christian Artists
Chris Tomlin Christian music, Contemporary worship music, Contemporary Christian music

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Third Day is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Contemporary Christian Artists
Third Day Pop music, Christian alternative rock, Rock music

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David Crowder is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Contemporary Christian Artists
jimmy-ward added David Crowder

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Hillsong United is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Contemporary Christian Artists
Hillsong United Pop punk, Indie, Contemporary worship music

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Steven Curtis Chapman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Contemporary Christian Artists
Steven Curtis Chapman Christian music, Pop music, Contemporary Christian music

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Needtobreathe is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Contemporary Christian Artists
Needtobreathe Christian alternative rock, Rock music, Contemporary Christian music

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Jeremy Camp is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Contemporary Christian Artists
Jeremy Camp Christian music, Contemporary Christian music, Christian rock

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Tenth Avenue North is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Contemporary Christian Artists
Tenth Avenue North Rock music, Contemporary Christian music, Acoustic music

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Francesca Battistelli is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Contemporary Christian Artists
Francesca Battistelli Christian music, Pop music, Contemporary Christian music

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Michael W. Smith is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Contemporary Christian Artists
Michael W. Smith Christian music, Pop music, Contemporary Christian music

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Skillet is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Contemporary Christian Artists
Skillet Nu metal, Rock music, Grunge

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Big Daddy Weave is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Contemporary Christian Artists
Big Daddy Weave Rock music, Contemporary Christian music, Christian rock

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Natalie Grant is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Contemporary Christian Artists
Natalie Grant Christian music, Contemporary Christian music

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Kari Jobe is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Contemporary Christian Artists
Kari Jobe Contemporary worship music, Contemporary Christian music, Country

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Building 429 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Contemporary Christian Artists
Building 429 Pop music, Rock music, Contemporary Christian music

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Matt Redman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Contemporary Christian Artists
Matt Redman Christian music, Pop music, Contemporary worship music

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Matthew West is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Contemporary Christian Artists
Matthew West Indie pop, Adult contemporary music, Christian music

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Danny Gokey is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Contemporary Christian Artists
Danny Gokey Blue-eyed soul, Country pop, Contemporary Christian music

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Jamie Grace is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Contemporary Christian Artists
Jamie Grace Christian hip hop, Folk music, Contemporary Christian music

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Sidewalk Prophets is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Contemporary Christian Artists
Sidewalk Prophets Christian alternative rock, Contemporary Christian music, Pop rock

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Lauren Daigle is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Contemporary Christian Artists
starwarssuperfan added Lauren Daigle

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Britt Nicole is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Contemporary Christian Artists
Britt Nicole Christian music, Pop music, Christian hip hop

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Owl City is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Contemporary Christian Artists
jimmy-ward added Owl City Synthpop, New Wave, New Age

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Amy Grant is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Contemporary Christian Artists
Amy Grant Adult contemporary music, Christian music, Pop music

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Brandon Heath is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Contemporary Christian Artists
Brandon Heath Christian music, Pop music, Christian alternative rock

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Plumb is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Contemporary Christian Artists
Plumb Christian music, Pop music, Christian alternative rock

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The Afters is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Contemporary Christian Artists
The Afters Pop music, Rock music, Contemporary Christian music

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Phil Wickham is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Contemporary Christian Artists
Phil Wickham Christian music, Pop music, Christian alternative rock

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Petra is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Contemporary Christian Artists
Petra Classic rock, Rock music, Contemporary Christian music

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Rich Mullins is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Contemporary Christian Artists
Rich Mullins Christian music, Contemporary Christian music

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Laura Story is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Contemporary Christian Artists
Laura Story Contemporary Christian music

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Unspoken is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Contemporary Christian Artists
pam-hubbard added Unspoken Pop rock, Soul music

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Phillips, Craig & Dean is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Contemporary Christian Artists
Danny Marks added Phillips, Craig & Dean Contemporary Christian music

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Jars of Clay is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Contemporary Christian Artists
poemblaze added Jars of Clay Rock music, Folk rock, Acoustic music

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Sanctus Real is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Contemporary Christian Artists
Sanctus Real Christian alternative rock, Experimental rock, Contemporary Christian music

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LeCrae is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Contemporary Christian Artists
amandanday23 added LeCrae Hip hop music, Christian hip hop, Gangsta rap

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Jaci Velasquez is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Contemporary Christian Artists
Jaci Velasquez Indie pop, Christian music, Pop music

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Tauren Wells is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Contemporary Christian Artists
starwarssuperfan added Tauren Wells

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CeCe Winans is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Contemporary Christian Artists
CeCe Winans Pop music, Hymn, Contemporary worship music

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Point of Grace is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Contemporary Christian Artists
Point of Grace Contemporary Christian music, Country

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Carman is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Contemporary Christian Artists
Carman Christian music, Contemporary worship music, Contemporary Christian music

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Keith Green is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Contemporary Christian Artists
poemblaze added Keith Green Christian music, Contemporary Christian music, Rock and roll

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Nichole Nordeman is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Contemporary Christian Artists
Bradley Olson added Nichole Nordeman Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

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Rebecca St. James is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Contemporary Christian Artists
Rebecca St. James Christian music, Contemporary Christian music, Christian rock

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David Crowder Band is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Contemporary Christian Artists
starwarssuperfan added David Crowder Band Electronic music, Contemporary worship music, Folk rock