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The Best Contemporary Christian Artists 

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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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MercyMe is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Contemporary Christian Artists
MercyMe is an American contemporary Christian music band founded in Edmond, Oklahoma. The band consists of lead vocalist Bart Millard, percussionist Robby Shaffer, bassist Nathan Cochran and ...more

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Casting Crowns is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Contemporary Christian Artists
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Casting Crowns is a contemporary Christian and Christian rock band started in 1999 by youth pastor Mark Hall, who serves as the band's lead vocalist, as part of a youth group at First Baptist ...more

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Steven Curtis Chapman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Contemporary Christian Artists
Steven Curtis Chapman (born November 21, 1962) is an American contemporary Christian music singer, songwriter, record producer, actor, author, and social activist. After starting his career in ...more

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Newsboys is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Contemporary Christian Artists
Newsboys (sometimes stylised as newsboys) are a Christian rock band founded in 1985 in Mooloolaba, Queensland, Australia by Peter Furler and George Perdikis. The band has released 17 studio ...more

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For King & Country ... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Contemporary Christian Artists
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For King & Country, stylized as for KING & COUNTRY and formerly known as Joel & Luke, is a Christian pop duo composed of Australian-American brothers Joel & Luke Smallbone. The ...more

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Chris Tomlin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Contemporary Christian Artists
Christopher Dwayne Tomlin (born May 4, 1972) is an American contemporary Christian music artist, worship leader, and songwriter from Grand Saline, Texas, United States who has sold over 7 ...more

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Tobymac is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Contemporary Christian Artists
Toby McKeehan (born Kevin Michael McKeehan; October 22, 1964), better known by his stage name TobyMac (styled tobyMac or TOBYMAC), is a Christian hip hop recording artist, music producer, ...more

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Hillsong United is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Contemporary Christian Artists
Hillsong United (stylised as Hillsong UNITED or UNITED) is a worship band that originated as a part of Hillsong Church. Formed in 1998 as part of Hillsong's youth ministry, the band consists of ...more

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Jeremy Camp is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Contemporary Christian Artists
Jeremy Thomas Camp (born January 12, 1978) is an American contemporary Christian music singer and songwriter from Lafayette, Indiana. Camp has released eleven albums, four of them RIAA-certified ...more

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Natalie Grant is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Contemporary Christian Artists
Natalie Diane Grant (born December 21, 1971) is a singer and songwriter of contemporary Christian music. She received the Gospel Music Association's Dove Award for Female Vocalist of the Year ...more
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Third Day is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Contemporary Christian Artists
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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Amy Grant is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Contemporary Christian Artists
Amy Lee Grant (born November 25, 1960) is an American singer, songwriter, musician, author and media personality. She is known for performing contemporary Christian music (CCM) and for a ...more

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Tenth Avenue North is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Contemporary Christian Artists
Tenth Avenue North (stylized as tenth avenue north) is an American contemporary Christian music (CCM) band from West Palm Beach, Florida that takes its name from an east-west road in Palm Beach ...more

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Kari Jobe is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Contemporary Christian Artists
Kari Brooke Jobe (born April 6, 1981) is an American contemporary Christian music singer and songwriter. Since her first album in 2009, she has received one Grammy Award nomination and nine Dove ...more

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Francesca Battistelli is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Contemporary Christian Artists
Francesca Battistelli (born May 18, 1985) is an American Christian singer and songwriter from New York City. She was originally an independent artist and had released an independent album, Just ...more
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Needtobreathe is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Contemporary Christian Artists
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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#15 of 101 The Best Musical Artists From South Carolina #15 of 510 The Very Best Christian Bands & Artists #4 of 86 The Best Christian Alternative Rock Bands

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Skillet is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Contemporary Christian Artists
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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Jamie Grace is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Contemporary Christian Artists
Jamie Grace Harper (born November 25, 1991) is an American contemporary Christian musician, singer, rapper, and songwriter from Atlanta, Georgia. In 2010, TobyMac found her songs on YouTube and ...more

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Big Daddy Weave is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Contemporary Christian Artists
Big Daddy Weave is a contemporary Christian band composed of Mike Weaver, Jay Weaver, Jeremy Redmon, Joe Shirk, and Brian Beihl. Their popular songs include: "Every Time I Breathe", ...more

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David Crowder is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Contemporary Christian Artists
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David Wallace Crowder, known by his mononymous stage name Crowder, is an American folktronica musician. He was the lead singer in the now defunct David Crowder Band. As of 2012, Crowder is ...more
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Danny Gokey is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Contemporary Christian Artists
Daniel Jay Gokey (born April 24, 1980) is an American singer and former church music director from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He was the third-place finalist on the eighth season of American Idol. ...more

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Building 429 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Contemporary Christian Artists
Building 429 is a Christian rock band. They were the Gospel Music Association 2005 New Artist of the Year. Their name is derived from a Biblical passage known as Ephesians 4:29, which, in the ...more

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Lauren Daigle is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Contemporary Christian Artists
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Lauren Ashley Daigle (born September 9, 1991) is an American contemporary Christian music singer and songwriter. After being signed to the label Centricity Music, she released her debut album, ...more

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Brandon Heath is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Contemporary Christian Artists
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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Phillips, Craig & De... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Contemporary Christian Artists
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Phillips, Craig and Dean are a contemporary Christian music trio composed of Randy Phillips, Shawn Craig, and Dan Dean. Since forming in 1991, they have released 12 albums and earned 18 No. 1 ...more