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The Best '90s Christian Alternative Rock Bands

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.

Ranked by
  • Switchfoot
    1
    Learning to Breathe, Oh! Gravity., New Way to Be Human
    • Poor Old Lu
      2
      The Waiting Room, Bows and Arrows, Mindsize
      • Common Children
        3
        Delicate Fade, The Inbetween Time, Skywire
        • The Prayer Chain
          4
          Antarctica, Shawl, Mercury
          • Altar Boys
            5
            Forever Mercy, Altar Boys, Against The Grain
            • Bleach
              6
              Again, for the First Time, Bleach
              • Third Day
                7
                Christmas Offerings, Third Day, Offerings: A Worship Album
                • Starflyer 59
                  8
                  She's the Queen, Leave Here a Stranger, My Island
                  • The Violet Burning
                    9
                    Strength, I Am a Stranger in This Place: An Experiment in Vibe, Demonstrates Plastic and Elastic
                    • David Crowder Band
                      10
                      Illuminate, All I Can Say, Pour Over Me
                      • Dakoda Motor Co.
                        11
                        Welcome Race Fans, Into the Son, Railroad
                        • The Choir
                          12
                          Wide-Eyed Wonder, Chase the Kangaroo, Circle Slide
                          • Plumb
                            13
                            Need You Now, Chaotic Resolve, Blink
                            • Thousand Foot Krutch
                              14
                              Set It Off, The Art of Breaking, Phenomenon
                              • Adam Again
                                15
                                Ten Songs by Adam Again, Perfecta, Dig
                                • Black Eyed Sceva
                                  16
                                  The Lean Years Tradition, Way Before The Flood, 5 Years
                                  • Sanctus Real
                                    17
                                    Fight the Tide, The Face of Love, We Need Each Other
                                    • Lifesavers Underground
                                      18
                                      This Is the Healing, Poplife, Shaded Pain
                                      • Skillet
                                        19
                                        Stronger, Awake, Rise
                                        • Vector
                                          20
                                          Mannequin Virtue / Please Stand By, Mannequin Virtue, Please Stand By
                                          • Undercover
                                            21
                                            Cornerstone 2000, I Rose Falling, Forum
                                            • Huntingtons
                                              22
                                              Plastic Surgery, The Good the Bad and the Ugly, Self-Titled Album
                                              • Danielson Famile
                                                23
                                                Brother Is to Son, A Prayer for Every Hour, Tell Another Joke at the Ol' Choppin Block
                                                • Johnny Q. Public
                                                  24
                                                  Extra-Ordinary, Welcome to Earth
                                                  • Rose Blossom Punch
                                                    25
                                                    Ephemere, Sorry to Disappoint You