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The Best '90s Christian Alternative Rock Bands  

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List Rules Vote up the best Christian alternative rock bands that were active and releasing albums in the 1990s.

In the '90s Christian alternative rock took off right along with mainstream music. With a surge of bands in genres like grunge, indie, and progressive rock, Christian alternative rock was a defining part of the music scene in the 1990s thanks to the formation of Christian rock record labels gave Christian alt-rock bands like Starflyer 59, The Prayer Chain, and Third Day the ability to reach a mainstream audience.

For Christian millennials, the wide range of Christian alt-rock bands that emerged in the '90s allowed a freedom to explore subculture and identity with their friends who weren't in the church. Artists Newsboys and dc Talk had an approachable, pop, crossover appeal that meant your parents wouldn't mind if you listened to them, and neither would your non-church friend. Meanwhile, bands like Underoath let '90s kids enjoy heavy rock and Jesus at the same time.

We've put together a list of some of the best '90s Christian alternative rock acts, but if we're missing one be sure to add it to the list and vote up the best Christian alt-rock bands and artists of the 1990s.

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Dig Hay Zoose is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best '90s Christian Alternative Rock Bands
Dig Hay Zoose MagentaMantaLoveTree, Ascension 7: Rocketship To Heaven, Struggle Fish
DigHayZoose was a Christian funk and modern rock band from Kansas City, Missouri. The Encyclopedia of Contemporary Christian Music describes them as "One of the first Christian alternative ...more
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Starflyer 59 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best '90s Christian Alternative Rock Bands
She's the Queen, Leave Here a Stranger, My Island
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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The Choir is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '90s Christian Alternative Rock Bands
Wide-Eyed Wonder, Chase the Kangaroo, Circle Slide
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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Poor Old Lu is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '90s Christian Alternative Rock Bands
The Waiting Room, Bows and Arrows, Mindsize
Poor Old Lu was a pioneering alternative Christian band based in the American Northwest. The band experimented with a variety of sounds and genres, particularly grunge, funk and psychedelic ...more
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Skillet is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best '90s Christian Alternative Rock Bands
Stronger, Awake, Rise
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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Danielson Famile is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best '90s Christian Alternative Rock Bands
Brother Is to Son, A Prayer for Every Hour, Tell Another Joke at the Ol' Choppin Block
Danielson is an American rock band from Clarksboro in East Greenwich Township, New Jersey, that plays indie pop gospel music. The group consists of frontman Daniel Smith and a number of various ...more
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Adam Again is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '90s Christian Alternative Rock Bands
Ten Songs by Adam Again, Perfecta, Dig
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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Lifehouse is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '90s Christian Alternative Rock Bands
You And Me, Lifehouse, Who We Are
Lifehouse is an American rock band from Los Angeles comprising Jason Wade, Bryce Soderberg and Rick Woolstenhulme, Jr. The band came to mainstream prominence in 2001 with the hit single ...more
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Dakoda Motor Co. is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '90s Christian Alternative Rock Bands
Welcome Race Fans, Into the Son, Railroad
Dakoda Motor Co. is an American Christian rock band.
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Third Day is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '90s Christian Alternative Rock Bands
Christmas Offerings, Third Day, Offerings: A Worship Album
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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Switchfoot is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '90s Christian Alternative Rock Bands
Learning to Breathe, Oh! Gravity., New Way to Be Human
Switchfoot is an American alternative rock band from San Diego, California. The band's members are Jon Foreman, Tim Foreman, Chad Butler, Jerome Fontamillas, and Drew Shirley. After early ...more
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The Prayer Chain is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '90s Christian Alternative Rock Bands
Antarctica, Shawl, Mercury
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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Thousand Foot Krutch is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '90s Christian Alternative Rock Bands
Set It Off, The Art of Breaking, Phenomenon
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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No Laughing Matter is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '90s Christian Alternative Rock Bands
No Laughing Matter 120db; Monstor; Discernment; It Bites K-Mart Shoppers
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David Eugene Edwards is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '90s Christian Alternative Rock Bands
David Eugene Edwards is an American musician. He is the lead singer of Wovenhand, and also the main songwriter and the principal musician on the recordings of the band. He is the former lead ...more
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Lifesavers Underground is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '90s Christian Alternative Rock Bands
This Is the Healing, Poplife, Shaded Pain
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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Spoken is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best '90s Christian Alternative Rock Bands
A Moment of Imperfect Clarity, On Your Feet, What Remains
Spoken is a Christian metalcore band from Fayetteville, Arkansas, U.S., they have released four studio albums on Tooth & Nail Records and E1 Music.
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Altar Boys is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best '90s Christian Alternative Rock Bands
Forever Mercy, Altar Boys, Against The Grain
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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Lost and Found is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '90s Christian Alternative Rock Bands
Something Different, This, Something
Lost and Found is a band formed in Niagara Falls, New York in 1986. The duo consists of two members: Michael Bridges and George Baum. They have released eleven major studio albums through Limb ...more
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The Violet Burning is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best '90s Christian Alternative Rock Bands
Strength, I Am a Stranger in This Place: An Experiment in Vibe, Demonstrates Plastic and Elastic
The Violet Burning is an independent American rock band based in Boston, Massachusetts. The band was formed in 1989 in Orange County, California by Michael J. Pritzl. The band is the project of ...more
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Bleach is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best '90s Christian Alternative Rock Bands
Again, for the First Time, Bleach
Bleach is an American Christian-rock band based in Nashville, Tennessee.
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Rose Blossom Punch is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best '90s Christian Alternative Rock Bands
Ephemere, Sorry to Disappoint You
Rose Blossom Punch is a post-grunge/alternative rock band from Seattle, Washington. It was formed in 1995 by Aaron Sprinkle and Paul Mumaw, with Poor Old Lu bassist Nick Barber and guitarist ...more
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Huntingtons is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best '90s Christian Alternative Rock Bands
Plastic Surgery, The Good the Bad and the Ugly, Self-Titled Album
The Huntingtons are a punk band from Baltimore, Maryland which formed in 1993-1994 in the Maryland/Delaware area by Cliff Powell, Mike Holt and Mike Pierce. The band is heavily influenced by The ...more
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Black Eyed Sceva is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best '90s Christian Alternative Rock Bands
The Lean Years Tradition, Way Before The Flood, 5 Years
Model Engine was an alternative rock band based in Santa Barbara, California. Prior to 1997 the trio, consisting of Jeremy Post, Brad McCarter and Brent Nims were known as Black Eyed Sceva. ...more
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Sanctus Real is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best '90s Christian Alternative Rock Bands
Fight the Tide, The Face of Love, We Need Each Other
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