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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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dc Talk is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best '90s Christian Rock Bands & Artists
Jesus Freak, Jesus Freak, Solo
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. ...more
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Third Day is listed (or ranked) 2 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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Skillet is listed (or ranked) 3 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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Newsboys is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '90s Christian Rock Bands & Artists
Go, Thrive, Going Public
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 ...more
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P.O.D. is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best '90s Christian Rock Bands & Artists
Brown, Testify, P.O.D.
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 ...more
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Jars of Clay is listed (or ranked) 6 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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Petra is listed (or ranked) 7 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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Audio Adrenaline is listed (or ranked) 8 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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The O.C. Supertones is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '90s Christian Rock Bands & Artists
Hi-Fi Revival, Loud and Clear, Chase the Sun
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 ...more
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Pray For Rain (P.F.R.) ... is listed (or ranked) 10 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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Stryper is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '90s Christian Rock Bands & Artists
To Hell With the Devil, Soldiers Under Command, Against the Law
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), ...more
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Switchfoot is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '90s Christian Rock Bands & Artists
Learning to Breathe, Oh! Gravity., New Way to Be Human
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, ...more
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Disciple is listed (or ranked) 13 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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Michael W. Smith is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '90s Christian Rock Bands & Artists
Christmastime, It's a Wonderful Christmas, Christmas
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 ...more
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Bleach is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '90s Christian Rock Bands & Artists
Again, for the First Time, Bleach
Bleach is an American Christian-rock band based in Nashville, Tennessee.
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Five Iron Frenzy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '90s Christian Rock Bands & Artists
Upbeats and Beatdowns, Our Newest Album Ever!, All the Hype That Money Can Buy
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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The Call is listed (or ranked) 17 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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Tourniquet is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best '90s Christian Rock Bands & Artists
Psycho Surgery, Pathogenic Ocular Dissonance, Crawl to China
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 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '90s Christian Rock Bands & Artists
Meltdown, Squint, I Predict 1990
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 ...more
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Whitecross is listed (or ranked) 20 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
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MxPx is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best '90s Christian Rock Bands & Artists
At the Show, Life in General, Punk Rawk Christmas
MxPx is an American punk rock band from Bremerton, Washington founded in 1992 as Magnified Plaid. The band has skate punk leanings, with connections to the pop punk and formerly the Christian ...more
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Sixpence None the Richer... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best '90s Christian Rock Bands & Artists
The Dawn of Grace, Sixpence None the Richer, Divine Discontent
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 ...more
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Tony Palacios is listed (or ranked) 23 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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Earthsuit is listed (or ranked) 24 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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Reality Check is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best '90s Christian Rock Bands & Artists
Reality Check
Reality Check
Reality Check was an Alternative Rock band that formed in the mid-1990s with the support of Michael Tait of dc Talk. Originally consisting of three members, Chris Blaney, Nathan Barlowe, and Rod ...more