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The Best '90s Contemporary Christian Artists

Updated June 11, 2019 1.6k votes 147 voters 9.6k views88 items

List RulesVote up the best Contemporary Christian artists that were active and releasing albums in the 1990s.

Contemporary Christian music stands out from other modern Christian music by being lyrically focused on the Christian faith - unlike most Christian rock or Christian metal, where the religious themes are often secondary to the style. In the '90s contemporary Christian music's popularity surged right along with the other genres, moving into the notice of the mainstream.

With a multitude of bands across genres like grunge, alt-rock, country, and even rap, contemporary Christian music was a defining part of the music scene in the 1990s. For Christian millennials, that wide range of contemporary Christian artists and bands that emerged in the '90s provided a freedom to explore subculture and identity with their friends who weren't in the church. Artists Steven Curtis Chapman and Amy Grant made it onto a million slumber party mixtapes, while Petra offered a little more edge.

We've put together a list of some of the best '90s contemporary Christian bands, but if we're missing one be sure to add it to the list and vote up the best bands that played contemporary Christian music the 1990s.

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    Michael W. Smith is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best '90s Contemporary Christian Artists
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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... more on Wikipedia
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    Amy Grant is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best '90s Contemporary Christian Artists
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    Amy Grant

    A Christmas to Remember, Home for Christmas

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

    Amy Lee Grant (born November 25, 1960) is an American singer, songwriter, musician, author and... more on Wikipedia
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    Steven Curtis Chapman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '90s Contemporary Christian Artists
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    Steven Curtis Chapman

    The Music of Christmas, All I Really Want for Christmas

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

    Steven Curtis Chapman (born November 21, 1962) is an American contemporary Christian music... more on Wikipedia
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    Newsboys is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '90s Contemporary Christian Artists
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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... more on Wikipedia
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    Rich Mullins is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best '90s Contemporary Christian Artists
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    Rich Mullins

    A Liturgy, a Legacy & a Ragamuffin Band

    Genres (Music)Christian music, Contemporary Christian music

    Richard Wayne Mullins (October 21, 1955 – September 19, 1997) was an American contemporary... more on Wikipedia
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    Jars of Clay is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best '90s Contemporary Christian Artists
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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... more on Wikipedia
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    Petra is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '90s Contemporary Christian Artists
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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... more on Wikipedia
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    Third Day is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '90s Contemporary Christian Artists
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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... more on Wikipedia
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    Jaci Velasquez is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '90s Contemporary Christian Artists
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    Jaci Velasquez

    Christmas, Navidad

    Genres (Music)Indie pop, Christian music, Pop music, Rock music, Latin pop

    Jacquelyn "Jaci" Davette Velasquez (Spanish Jaci Velásquez, born October 15, 1979) is an... more on Wikipedia
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    MercyMe is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '90s Contemporary Christian Artists
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    MercyMe

    The Christmas Sessions, The Hurt & The Healer

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

    MercyMe is an American contemporary Christian music band founded in Edmond, Oklahoma. The band... more on Wikipedia
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    Point of Grace is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '90s Contemporary Christian Artists
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    Point of Grace

    A Christmas Story, Winter Wonderland

    Genres (Music)Contemporary Christian music, Country

    Point of Grace is an all-female Contemporary Christian music vocal group. The trio consists of... more on Wikipedia
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    Skillet is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '90s Contemporary Christian Artists
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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... more on Wikipedia
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    Chris Tomlin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '90s Contemporary Christian Artists
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    Chris Tomlin

    Arriving, Glory in the Highest: Christmas Songs of Worship

    Genres (Music)Christian music, Contemporary worship music, Contemporary Christian music

    Christopher Dwayne Tomlin (born May 4, 1972) is an American contemporary Christian music... more on Wikipedia
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    Crystal Lewis is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '90s Contemporary Christian Artists
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    Crystal Lewis

    Fearless, More

    Genres (Music)Christian music, Contemporary Christian music, Gospel music

    Crystal Lynn Lewis (born September 11, 1969) is an American contemporary Christian and gospel... more on Wikipedia
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    Geoff Moore is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '90s Contemporary Christian Artists
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    Geoff Moore

    Geoff Moore, A Beautiful Sound

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

    Geoff Moore (born February 22, 1961) is an American contemporary Christian music artist and... more on Wikipedia
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    Clay Crosse is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '90s Contemporary Christian Artists
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    Clay Crosse

    Stained Glass, Time to Believe

    Genres (Music)Christian music, Contemporary Christian music

    Clay Crosse (born Walter Clayton Crossnoe, February 11, 1967) is a contemporary Christian... more on Wikipedia
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    Phillips, Craig & Dean is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best '90s Contemporary Christian Artists
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    Phillips, Craig & Dean

    Phillips, Craig & Dean

    Genres (Music)Contemporary Christian music

    Phillips, Craig and Dean are a contemporary Christian music trio composed of Randy Phillips,... more on Wikipedia
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    4Him is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best '90s Contemporary Christian Artists
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    4Him

    The Basics of Life, The Ride

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

    4Him was a Contemporary Christian group founded in 1990 in Alabama, US. The group has ten Dove... more on Wikipedia
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    Twila Paris is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '90s Contemporary Christian Artists
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    Twila Paris

    Where I Stand, It's The Thought...

    Genres (Music)Christian music, Contemporary Christian music

    Twila Paris (born December 28, 1958) is a contemporary Christian music singer, songwriter,... more on Wikipedia
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    CeCe Winans is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best '90s Contemporary Christian Artists
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    CeCe Winans

    CeCe Winans, Purified

    Genres (Music)Pop music, Hymn, Contemporary worship music, Contemporary Christian music, Urban contemporary gospel

    Priscilla Marie Winans Love, known professionally as CeCe Winans, (born October 8, 1964) is... more on Wikipedia
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    Steve Camp is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best '90s Contemporary Christian Artists
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    Steve Camp

    The Steve Camp Collection: A Library of 32 Favorite Songs, Justice

    Genres (Music)Christian music, Contemporary Christian music

    Steven J. Camp (born April 13, 1955) is an American contemporary Christian music artist who... more on Wikipedia
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    Resurrection Band is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best '90s Contemporary Christian Artists
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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.... more on Wikipedia
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    Michael Tait is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best '90s Contemporary Christian Artists
    Michael DeWayne Tait (born May 18, 1966) is a contemporary Christian music artist. Michael... more on Wikipedia
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    Susan Ashton is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best '90s Contemporary Christian Artists
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    Susan Ashton

    Along the Road, Walk On

    Genres (Music)Christian music, Contemporary Christian music, Country

    Susan Ashton (born Susan Rae Hill, July 17, 1967) is an American contemporary Christian music... more on Wikipedia
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    Bryan Duncan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best '90s Contemporary Christian Artists
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    Bryan Duncan

    Joyride, Christmas Is Jesus

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

    Bryan Duncan (born March 16, 1953) is an American contemporary Christian music artist. He is... more on Wikipedia
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