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The Best '90s Christian Rock Bands & Artists

Updated March 9, 2019 2.0k votes 214 voters 10.5k views55 items

List RulesVote 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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    dc Talk

    Jesus Freak, Jesus Freak

    Genres (Music)Hip hop music, Christian hip hop, Rock music, Rap rock, Rap music

    DC Talk (stylized as dc Talk) is a Christian rap and rock trio. The group was formed at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia in 1987 by Toby McKeehan, Michael Tait, and Kevin Max Smith. They...  more
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    Audio Adrenaline

    Audio Adrenaline, Worldwide

    Genres (Music)Contemporary Christian music, Alternative rock, Christian rock, Hard rock

    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. They...  more
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    Newsboys

    Go, Thrive

    Genres (Music)Contemporary Christian music, Pop rock, Alternative rock, Christian rock

    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 albums, 6...  more
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    Third Day

    Christmas Offerings, Third Day

    Genres (Music)Pop music, Christian alternative rock, Rock music, Grunge, Contemporary Christian music

    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 band...  more
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    Skillet

    Stronger, Awake

    Genres (Music)Nu metal, Rock music, Grunge, Industrial rock, Contemporary Christian music

    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 and...  more
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    Jars of Clay

    Jars of Clay, Christmas Songs

    Genres (Music)Rock music, Folk rock, Acoustic music, Pop rock, Alternative rock

    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 and...  more
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    Petra

    Jekyll and Hyde, War & Remembrance

    Genres (Music)Classic rock, Rock music, Contemporary Christian music, Country rock, Heavy metal

    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". Though they...  more
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    Switchfoot

    Learning to Breathe, Oh! Gravity.

    Genres (Music)Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music, Emo, Power pop

    Switchfoot is an American rock band from San Diego, California. The band's members are Jon Foreman (lead vocals, guitar), Tim Foreman (bass guitar, backing vocals), Chad Butler (drums, percussion),...  more
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    Stryper

    To Hell With the Devil, Soldiers Under Command

    Genres (Music)Glam metal, Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal, Christian metal

    Stryper is an American Christian metal band from Orange County, California. The group's lineup consists of Michael Sweet (lead vocals, guitar), Oz Fox (guitar), Perry Richardson (bass guitar), and...  more
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    Whitecross

    Unveiled, Hammer & Nail

    Genres (Music)Heavy metal, Christian metal, Hard rock

    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
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    The O.C. Supertones

    Hi-Fi Revival, Loud and Clear

    Genres (Music)Christian punk, Ska punk, Ska, Christian ska, Punk rock

    The Orange County Supertones (a.k.a. The O.C. Supertones, or simply The Supertones) were a Christian ska band from Orange County, California. The band was signed to Tooth & Nail Records and its...  more
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    Bride

    Show No Mercy, Snakes in the Playground

    Genres (Music)Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal, Christian rock

    Bride were an American Christian rock band formed in the 1980s, by brothers Dale and Troy Thompson. During the band's peak years it was known for covering a wide range of musical styles and remains...  more
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    Disciple

    Scars Remain, Horseshoes & Handgrenades

    Genres (Music)Nu metal, Christian hardcore, Groove metal, Rock music, Metalcore

    Disciple is a Christian metal / rock band from Knoxville, Tennessee, formed in 1992....  more
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    Michael W. Smith

    Christmastime, It's a Wonderful Christmas

    Genres (Music)Christian music, Pop music, Contemporary Christian music, Pop rock, Christian rock

    Michael Whitaker Smith (born October 7, 1957) is an American musician, who has charted in both contemporary Christian and mainstream charts. His biggest success in mainstream music was in 1991 when...  more
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    Pray For Rain (P.F.R.)

    Pray For Rain, Great Lengths

    Genres (Music)Christian Rock

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    Five Iron Frenzy

    Upbeats and Beatdowns, Our Newest Album Ever!

    Genres (Music)Christian punk, Ska punk, Third-wave of ska, Ska, Christian ska

    Five Iron Frenzy is a Christian ska band formed in Denver, Colorado in 1995, disbanded in 2003, then reunited again in 2011. The band released a new single and announced they were recording...  more
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    P.O.D.

    Brown, Testify

    Genres (Music)Nu metal, Thrash metal, Rock music, Reggae rock, Rapcore

    Payable on Death (abbreviated P.O.D.) is an American Christian nu metal band formed in 1992 and based in San Diego, California. The band's line-up consists of vocalist Sonny Sandoval, drummer and...  more
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    Plumb

    Need You Now, Chaotic Resolve

    Genres (Music)Christian music, Pop music, Christian alternative rock, Contemporary Christian music, Electronic dance music

    Tiffany Arbuckle Lee, better known by her stage name Plumb, is a songwriter, recording artist, performer and author. Plumb has sold more than 500,000 albums and over two million singles worldwide,...  more
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    Tourniquet

    Psycho Surgery, Pathogenic Ocular Dissonance

    Genres (Music)Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal, Neo-classical metal

    Tourniquet is a Christian metal band that was formed in 1989 by Ted Kirkpatrick, Guy Ritter and Gary Lenaire in Los Angeles, California, United States. The band primarily performs a mixture of...  more
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    Steve Taylor

    Meltdown, Squint

    Genres (Music)Christian music, Christian alternative rock

    Roland Stephen "Steve" Taylor (born December 9, 1957), is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, music executive, film maker, and actor. A figure in what has come to be known as Christian...  more
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    Project 86

    Songs to Burn Your Bridges By, Rival Factions

    Genres (Music)Nu metal, Christian hardcore, Christian rock, Neue Deutsche Härte, Post-hardcore

    Project 86 is an American rock band from Orange County, California, formed in 1996. The band has released eight albums, which have collectively sold nearly 500,000 units worldwide, two EPs, two DVDs,...  more
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    Blindside

    Blindside, Silence

    Genres (Music)Nu metal, Christian hardcore, Rock music, Experimental rock, Alternative rock

    Blindside is a rock band from Tumba, Sweden. They formed in the Christian metal scene in Stockholm in 1994 as Underfree and released the EP Empty Box with Day-Glo Records before changing their name...  more
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    Sixpence None the Richer

    The Dawn of Grace, Sixpence None the Richer

    Genres (Music)Adult album alternative, Pop music, Rock music, Contemporary Christian music, Pop rock

    Sixpence None the Richer (also known as Sixpence) is an American Christian alternative rock band that formed in New Braunfels, Texas, eventually settling in Nashville, Tennessee. They are best known...  more
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    Resurrection Band

    Civil Rites, Ampendectomy

    Genres (Music)Blues-rock, New Wave, Rock music, Heavy metal, Christian rock

    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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    Bleach

    Again, for the First Time

    Genres (Music)Christian rock

    Bleach is an American Christian-rock band based in Nashville, Tennessee....  more