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The Best '90s Christian Rock Bands & Artists

Updated March 9, 2019 1.9k votes 193 voters 9.1k 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
    DC Talk (stylized as dc Talk) is a Christian rap and rock trio. The group was formed at...  more
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    21

    Newsboys

    Go, Thrive
    Newsboys (sometimes stylised as newsboys) are a Christian rock band founded in 1985 in...  more
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    Audio Adrenaline

    Audio Adrenaline, Worldwide
    Audio Adrenaline is a Christian rock band that formed in the mid 1980s at Kentucky Christian...  more
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    24

    Petra

    Jekyll and Hyde, War & Remembrance
    Petra is a music group regarded as a pioneer of the Christian rock and contemporary Christian...  more
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    24

    Third Day

    Christmas Offerings, Third Day
    Third Day is a Christian rock band formed in Marietta, Georgia during the 1990s. The band was...  more
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    Skillet

    Stronger, Awake
    Skillet is a Christian rock band formed in Memphis, Tennessee in 1996 and based in the United...  more
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    24

    Jars of Clay

    Jars of Clay, Christmas Songs
    Jars of Clay is a Christian rock band from Nashville, Tennessee. They met at Greenville...  more
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    Stryper

    To Hell With the Devil, Soldiers Under Command
    Stryper is an American Christian metal band from Orange County, California. The group's lineup...  more
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    Switchfoot

    Learning to Breathe, Oh! Gravity.
    Switchfoot is an American rock band from San Diego, California. The band's members are Jon...  more
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    Michael W. Smith

    Christmastime, It's a Wonderful Christmas
    Michael Whitaker Smith (born October 7, 1957) is an American musician, who has charted in both...  more
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    The O.C. Supertones

    Hi-Fi Revival, Loud and Clear
    The Orange County Supertones (a.k.a. The O.C. Supertones, or simply The Supertones) were a...  more
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    Plumb

    Need You Now, Chaotic Resolve
    Tiffany Arbuckle Lee, better known by her stage name Plumb, is a songwriter, recording artist,...  more
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    24
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    Disciple

    Scars Remain, Horseshoes & Handgrenades
    Disciple is a Christian metal / rock band from Knoxville, Tennessee, formed in 1992....  more
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    Bride

    Show No Mercy, Snakes in the Playground
    Bride were an American Christian rock band formed in the 1980s, by brothers Dale and Troy...  more
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    P.O.D.

    Brown, Testify
    Payable on Death (abbreviated P.O.D.) is an American Christian nu metal band formed in 1992...  more
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    Whitecross

    Unveiled, Hammer & Nail
    Whitecross is a Christian metal band that formed in 1985 in Waukegan, IL releasing their first...  more
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    26
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    Pray For Rain (P.F.R.)

    Pray For Rain, Great Lengths
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    24
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    Tourniquet

    Psycho Surgery, Pathogenic Ocular Dissonance
    Tourniquet is a Christian metal band that was formed in 1989 by Ted Kirkpatrick, Guy Ritter...  more
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    20
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    Steve Taylor

    Meltdown, Squint
    Roland Stephen "Steve" Taylor (born December 9, 1957), is an American singer, songwriter,...  more
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    20
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    Five Iron Frenzy

    Upbeats and Beatdowns, Our Newest Album Ever!
    Five Iron Frenzy is a Christian ska band formed in Denver, Colorado in 1995, disbanded in...  more
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    19
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    Project 86

    Songs to Burn Your Bridges By, Rival Factions
    Project 86 is an American rock band from Orange County, California, formed in 1996. The band...  more
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    17
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    Resurrection Band

    Civil Rites, Ampendectomy
    Resurrection Band, also known as Rez Band or REZ, was a Christian rock band formed in 1972....  more
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    15
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    Blindside

    Blindside, Silence
    Blindside is a rock band from Tumba, Sweden. They formed in the Christian metal scene in...  more
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    20
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    Sixpence None the Richer

    The Dawn of Grace, Sixpence None the Richer
    Sixpence None the Richer (also known as Sixpence) is an American Christian alternative rock...  more
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    Stavesacre

    (stavz'a'ker), Friction
    Stavesacre was an American rock band from Huntington Beach, California formed in 1995. The...  more