The Best '90s Christian Rock Bands & Artists

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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.

Ranked by
  • dc Talk
    1
    Jesus Freak, Jesus Freak, Solo
    • Newsboys
      2
      Go, Thrive, Going Public
      • Skillet
        3
        Stronger, Awake, Rise
        • Audio Adrenaline
          4
          Audio Adrenaline, Worldwide, Underdog
          • Jars of Clay
            5
            Jars of Clay, Christmas Songs, The Eleventh Hour
            • Switchfoot
              6
              Learning to Breathe, Oh! Gravity., New Way to Be Human
              • Third Day
                7
                Christmas Offerings, Third Day, Offerings: A Worship Album
                • Petra
                  8
                  Jekyll and Hyde, War & Remembrance, Not of this World
                  • P.O.D.
                    9
                    Brown, Testify, P.O.D.
                    • The O.C. Supertones
                      10
                      Hi-Fi Revival, Loud and Clear, Chase the Sun
                      • Five Iron Frenzy
                        11
                        Upbeats and Beatdowns, Our Newest Album Ever!, All the Hype That Money Can Buy
                        • Pray For Rain (P.F.R.)
                          12

                          Pray For Rain (P.F.R.)

                          Pray For Rain, Great Lengths, Amsterdam
                          • Bleach
                            13
                            Again, for the First Time, Bleach
                            • Sixpence None the Richer
                              14
                              The Dawn of Grace, Sixpence None the Richer, Divine Discontent
                              • Disciple
                                15
                                Scars Remain, Horseshoes & Handgrenades, By God
                                • Blindside
                                  16
                                  Blindside, Silence, With Shivering Hearts We Wait
                                  • Plumb
                                    17
                                    Need You Now, Chaotic Resolve, Blink
                                    • Stryper
                                      18
                                      To Hell With the Devil, Soldiers Under Command, Against the Law
                                      • MxPx
                                        19
                                        At the Show, Life in General, Punk Rawk Christmas
                                        • Project 86
                                          20
                                          Songs to Burn Your Bridges By, Rival Factions, Drawing Black Lines
                                          • Smalltown Poets
                                            21
                                            Smalltown Poets, Listen Closely, It's Later Than It's Ever Been
                                            • Michael W. Smith
                                              22
                                              Christmastime, It's a Wonderful Christmas, Christmas
                                              • The Waiting
                                                23
                                                Blue Belly Sky, Wonderfully Made, Unfazed
                                                • Whitecross
                                                  24
                                                  Unveiled, Hammer & Nail, Triumphant Return
                                                  • Bride
                                                    25
                                                    Show No Mercy, Snakes in the Playground, Oddities