Music
3.6k voters

The Best Contemporary Christian Artists

Updated January 2, 2020 31.9k votes 3.6k voters 157.4k views408 items

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. 

Photo:
...more
  • 1
    For King & Country, stylized as for KING & COUNTRY and formerly known as Joel & Luke, is a...  more

    More For King & Country 

    #101 of 200 The Best Male Country Singers of All Time#1 of 24 The Best Christian Music Duos Of All-Time

  • 2
    Casting Crowns is a contemporary Christian and Christian rock band started in 1999 by youth...  more

    More Casting Crowns 

    The Best Casting Crowns Albums of All Time#33 of 109 The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time

  • 3
    660
    214
    MercyMe is an American contemporary Christian music band founded in Edmond, Oklahoma. The band...  more

    More MercyMe 

    #44 of 73 The Best Grunge Bands#3 of 10 The Top Christian Songs on YouTube

  • 4
    557
    170
    Newsboys (sometimes stylised as newsboys) are a Christian rock band founded in 1985 in...  more

    More Newsboys 

    #1 of 121 The Best '90s Christian Bands & Artists#2 of 55 The Best '90s Christian Rock Bands & Artists

  • 5
    Christopher Dwayne Tomlin (born May 4, 1972) is an American contemporary Christian music...  more

    More Chris Tomlin 

    #1052 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time#22 of 86 Celebrities Born On Star Wars Day

  • 6
    698
    173
    Toby McKeehan (born Kevin Michael McKeehan; October 22, 1964), better known by his stage name...  more

    More Tobymac 

    #107 of 156 The Greatest White Rappers of All Time#7 of 41 The Best Gospel Rappers

  • 7
    Hillsong United (stylised as Hillsong UNITED or UNITED) is a worship band that originated as a...  more
  • 8
    Steven Curtis Chapman (born November 21, 1962) is an American contemporary Christian music...  more
  • 9
    Lauren Ashley Daigle (born September 9, 1991) is an American contemporary Christian music...  more

    More Lauren Daigle 

    #82 of 101 The Best Current Female Singers#62 of 96 The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers

  • 10
    Tenth Avenue North (stylized as tenth avenue north) is an American contemporary Christian...  more
  • 11
    Jeremy Thomas Camp (born January 12, 1978) is an American contemporary Christian music singer...  more
  • 12
    446
    133
    Third Day is a Christian rock band formed in Marietta, Georgia during the 1990s. The band was...  more

    More Third Day 

    The Best Third Day Albums of All Time#18 of 32 The Best Bands Named After Things from the Bible

  • 13
    234
    108
    Kari Brooke Jobe (born April 6, 1981) is an American contemporary Christian music singer and...  more

    More Kari Jobe 

    #29 of 43 The Greatest Female Gospel Singers#49 of 108 The Best Gospel Singers and Groups

  • 14
    311
    125
    Skillet is a Christian rock band formed in Memphis, Tennessee in 1996 and based in the United...  more

    More Skillet 

    #883 of 1,728 The Best Rock Bands of All Time#171 of 392 The Greatest Heavy Metal Bands Of All Time

  • 15
    Needtobreathe is an American Christian rock band from Seneca, South Carolina. The band is...  more

    More Needtobreathe 

    #8 of 101 The Best Musical Artists From South Carolina#9 of 36 The Best Christian Artists Of 2019, Ranked

  • 16
    Daniel Jay Gokey (born April 24, 1980) is an American singer and former church music director...  more

    More Danny Gokey 

    #71 of 135 The Best American Idol Contestants Ever#58 of 68 The Best Country Pop Singers/Bands

  • 17
    Natalie Diane Grant (born December 21, 1971) is a singer and songwriter of contemporary...  more
  • 18
    Francesca Battistelli (born May 18, 1985) is an American Christian singer and songwriter from...  more
  • 19
    Big Daddy Weave is a contemporary Christian band composed of Mike Weaver, Jay Weaver, Jeremy...  more

    More Big Daddy Weave 

    #54 of 103 The Best Musical Artists From Alabama#45 of 243 The Best Christian Rock Bands & Artists

  • 20
    Phillips, Craig and Dean are a contemporary Christian music trio composed of Randy Phillips,...  more

    More Phillips, Craig & Dean 

    #21 of 510 The Very Best Christian Bands & Artists#57 of 109 The Best Contemporary Worship Bands/Artists

  • 21
    David Wallace Crowder, known by his mononymous stage name Crowder, is an American folktronica...  more
  • 22
    Tauren Gabriel Wells is an American Christian rock and pop artist and the former frontman for...  more
  • 23
    Unspoken is a Christian Soulful-Pop-Rock band. The band is composed of Mike Gomez, Jon Lowry,...  more
  • 24
    David Crowder Band was a six-piece Christian rock and modern worship band from Waco, Texas....  more

    More David Crowder Band 

    #23 of 88 The Best '90s Contemporary Christian Artists#27 of 35 The Best '90s Christian Alternative Rock Bands

  • 25
    140
    25
    DC Talk (stylized as dc Talk) is a Christian rap and rock trio. The group was formed at...  more

    More dc Talk 

    #42 of 54 The Best Bands Named After Cities#36 of 62 The Best Bands Named After Real Places