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The Best '90s Christian Rock Bands & Artists  

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

Growing past the folksy Jesus Music of a couple decades earlier, in the '90s Christian rock took off. Charting on mainstream lists and becoming a key recruitment tool for churches looking to entice a younger congregation, Christian rock was a defining part of the music scene in the 1990s and some of the best Christian rock bands came from that era.

The formation of Christian rock record labels like Tooth & Nail in 1993 matched with bands like MxPx and P.O.D., while more contemporary Christian labels like ForeFront were homes to Audio Adrenaline and Skillet. The success of these labels pushed Christian rock out of a perceived niche and towards a mainstream audience. For Christian millennials, the wide range of Christian 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 poppy crossover appeal while 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 rock acts, but if we're missing one be sure to add it to the list and vote up the best Christian rock bands and artists of the 1990s.

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Tony Palacios is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best '90s Christian Rock Bands & Artists
Epic Tales of Whoa!
Tony Palacios is the lead guitarist of the Christian hard rock band, Guardian. Palacios joined the band in 1986 and has remained with them since, releasing nine studio albums, including three in ...more
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Legend Seven is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best '90s Christian Rock Bands & Artists
Blind Faith, Legend
Legend Seven was a Christian hard rock band formed in the early 1990s by three former members of Ruscha, another Christian band from the 1980s. The band made its debut in 1990 under the name ...more
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Ace Troubleshooter is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '90s Christian Rock Bands & Artists
Ace Troubleshooter, Back in the Shootin' Match, It's Never Enough
Ace Troubleshooter was a Christian pop punk band formed in December 1995, signed to Tooth & Nail Records. According to John Warne, he came up with the band's name after reading the phrase ...more
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Earthsuit is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '90s Christian Rock Bands & Artists
Kaleidoscope Superior, The Rise of Modern Simulation, Noise for Your Eyes
Earthsuit was a short-lived New Orleans-based Christian rock band formed in 1995. The band consisted of guitarist Dave Rumsey, keyboardist/vocalist Paul Meany, bassist Roy Mitchell, drummer ...more
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Glowin' Moses is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best '90s Christian Rock Bands & Artists
Glowin’ Moses was a popular Christian rock band formed in the late '90s. The band took their name from the Biblical story of Moses. The band released four albums during the eight years they were ...more
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The Waiting is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best '90s Christian Rock Bands & Artists
Blue Belly Sky, Wonderfully Made, Unfazed
The Waiting is a Christian alternative pop rock band, consisting of Brad Olsen, Todd Olsen, Clark Leake, and Brandon Thompson. Since the members focus time on other aspects of their lives and ...more
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The Prayer Chain is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '90s Christian Rock Bands & Artists
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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Skillet is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '90s Christian Rock Bands & Artists
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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Stryper is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '90s Christian Rock Bands & Artists
To Hell With the Devil, Soldiers Under Command, Against the Law
Stryper is a Christian glam metal band from Orange County, California. The group's lineup consists of Michael Sweet, Oz Fox, Tim Gaines, and Robert Sweet. In 2004, Gaines left the band and was ...more
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dc Talk is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '90s Christian Rock Bands & Artists
Jesus Freak, Jesus Freak, Solo
DC Talk, was a Christian rap and rock trio. The group was formed in Lynchburg, Virginia in 1987 by Toby McKeehan, Michael Tait, and Kevin Max Smith. They have released five major studio albums ...more
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Audio Adrenaline is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '90s Christian Rock Bands & Artists
Audio Adrenaline, Worldwide, Underdog
Audio Adrenaline is a Christian rock band that formed in the mid 1980s at Kentucky Christian University in Grayson, Kentucky. The band has received two Grammy Awards and multiple Dove Awards. ...more
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P.O.D. is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '90s Christian Rock Bands & Artists
Brown, Testify, P.O.D.
Payable on Death is an American Christian alternative metal band formed in 1992. The band's line-up consists of vocalist Sonny Sandoval, drummer Wuv Bernardo, guitarist Marcos Curiel, and ...more
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The Choir is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '90s Christian Rock Bands & Artists
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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Michael Wittig is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '90s Christian Rock Bands & Artists
Michael Richard Wittig is an American Christian musician who is best known as "Kalel", the former bass player for the Dove Awards winning and Grammy nominated Christian hard rock band ...more
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Jars of Clay is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '90s Christian Rock Bands & Artists
Jars of Clay, Christmas Songs, The Eleventh Hour
Jars of Clay is a Christian rock band from Nashville, Tennessee. They met at Greenville College in Greenville, Illinois. Jars of Clay consists of Dan Haseltine on vocals, Charlie Lowell on piano ...more
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Third Day is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '90s Christian Rock Bands & Artists
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) 17 on the list The Best '90s Christian Rock Bands & Artists
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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Newsboys is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best '90s Christian Rock Bands & Artists
Go, Thrive, Going Public
Newsboys are a Christian pop rock band founded in 1985 in Mooloolaba, Queensland, Australia, by Peter Furler and George Perdikis. They have released 16 studio albums, 6 of which have been ...more
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Resurrection Band is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '90s Christian Rock Bands & Artists
Civil Rites, Ampendectomy, Rainbow's End
Resurrection Band, also known as Rez Band or REZ, was a Christian rock band formed in 1972. They were part of the Jesus People USA Christian community in Chicago and most of its members have ...more
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Petra is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best '90s Christian Rock Bands & Artists
Jekyll and Hyde, War & Remembrance, Not of this World
Petra is a music group regarded as a pioneer of the Christian rock and contemporary Christian music genres. Formed in 1972, the band took its name from the Greek word for "rock". ...more
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The O.C. Supertones is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best '90s Christian Rock Bands & Artists
Hi-Fi Revival, Loud and Clear, Chase the Sun
The Orange County Supertones is a Christian ska band from Orange County, California. The band was signed to Tooth & Nail Records and its imprint, BEC Recordings, before becoming an ...more
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Pray For Rain (P.F.R.) is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best '90s Christian Rock Bands & Artists
lieguld added Pray For Rain (P.F.R.) Pray For Rain, Great Lengths, Amsterdam
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The Call is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best '90s Christian Rock Bands & Artists
Red Moon, Let the Day Begin, Reconciled
The Call was an American rock band from Santa Cruz, California active from 1980 to 2000.
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Disciple is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best '90s Christian Rock Bands & Artists
Scars Remain, Horseshoes & Handgrenades, By God
Disciple is a Christian metal / rock band from Knoxville, Tennessee, formed in 1992.
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Whitecross is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best '90s Christian Rock Bands & Artists
Unveiled, Hammer & Nail, Triumphant Return
Whitecross is a Christian metal band that formed in 1985 in Waukegan, IL releasing their first recording in 1987. Their early albums, which often invite comparisons to Ratt, are laced with fast, ...more