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The Best '90s Contemporary Christian Artists  

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List Rules Vote 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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Rich Mullins is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best '90s Contemporary Christian Artists
A Liturgy, a Legacy & a Ragamuffin Band, Never Picture Perfect
Richard Wayne "Rich" Mullins was an American contemporary Christian music singer and songwriter born in Richmond, Indiana. Mullins was best known for his worship songs "Awesome ...more
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Steven Curtis Chapman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best '90s Contemporary Christian Artists
The Music of Christmas, All I Really Want for Christmas, Christmas Is All in the Heart
Steven Curtis Chapman is an American Christian music singer-songwriter, record producer, actor, author, and social activist. After starting his career in the late 1980s as a singer-songwriter of ...more
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Amy Grant is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '90s Contemporary Christian Artists
A Christmas to Remember, Home for Christmas, My Best Christmas
Amy Lee Grant is an American singer-songwriter, musician, author, media personality and actress, best known for performing Christian music. She has been referred to as "The Queen of ...more
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Michael W. Smith is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '90s Contemporary Christian Artists
Christmastime, It's a Wonderful Christmas, Christmas
Michael Whitaker Smith is an American contemporary Christian musician, who has charted primarily in the contemporary Christian and occasionally in the mainstream charts. His biggest success in ...more
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Newsboys is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best '90s Contemporary Christian Artists
Go, Thrive, Going Public
Newsboys are a Christian pop rock band founded in 1985 in Mooloolaba, Queensland, Australia, by Peter Furler and George Perdikis. They have released 16 studio albums, 6 of which have been ...more
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Phillips, Craig & Dean is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best '90s Contemporary Christian Artists
Phillips, Craig & Dean, Top Of My Lungs
Phillips, Craig and Dean are a contemporary Christian music trio composed of Randy Phillips, Shawn Craig, and Dan Dean. Since forming in 1991, they have released 12 albums and earned 18 No. 1 ...more
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The Imperials is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '90s Contemporary Christian Artists
Free the Fire, One More Song for You, Stand by the Power
The Imperials are an American Christian music group that has been around for over 50 years. Originating as a southern gospel quartet, the innovative group would become pioneers of contemporary ...more
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Russ Taff is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '90s Contemporary Christian Artists
A Christmas Song, Right Here, Right Now
Russell Taff is an American gospel singer and songwriter. He has sung a variety of musical styles throughout his career including: pop rock, traditional southern gospel, contemporary country ...more
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Steve Camp is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '90s Contemporary Christian Artists
The Steve Camp Collection: A Library of 32 Favorite Songs, Justice, Mercy In The Wilderness
Steven J. Camp is an American contemporary Christian music artist with an adult contemporary pop sound. He sold more than a million albums. He also has written or co-written 21 number one ...more
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Jars of Clay is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '90s Contemporary Christian 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) 11 on the list The Best '90s Contemporary Christian 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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Third Day is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '90s Contemporary Christian 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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CeCe Winans is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '90s Contemporary Christian Artists
CeCe Winans, Purified, Thy Kingdom Come
Priscilla "CeCe" Marie Winans Love is an American gospel singer, who has won numerous awards, including ten Grammy Awards and seven Stellar Awards. She has sold twelve million records ...more
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Susan Ashton is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '90s Contemporary Christian Artists
Along the Road, Walk On, Angels of Mercy
Susan Ashton is an American contemporary Christian Music and country music artist who topped the Christian charts throughout the 1990s. In 1991 she began using her mother's maiden name, Ashton, ...more
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Crystal Lewis is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '90s Contemporary Christian Artists
Fearless, More, Gold
Crystal Lynn Lewis is an American contemporary Christian/gospel vocalist, songwriter and author.
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Cynthia Clawson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '90s Contemporary Christian Artists
Hymnsinger, Immortal, The Lord's Prayer
Cynthia Clawson is a Grammy Award-winning American gospel singer. She has been called "The most awesome voice in gospel music" by Billboard Magazine, and has received five Dove Awards, ...more
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Rick Florian is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best '90s Contemporary Christian Artists
Rick Florian
Rick Florian is a musician, songwriter and producer, most known for being the lead singer of Contemporary Christian Music rock band Whiteheart since 1986. He currently lives in Franklin, ...more
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Ray Boltz is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best '90s Contemporary Christian Artists
A Christmas Album, Moments for the Heart, The Concert Of A Lifetime
Raymond H. "Ray" Boltz is a singer-songwriter who first came to wide notice in contemporary Christian music. Many of his songs tell stories of faith and inspiration. Raised by his ...more
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Geoff Moore is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '90s Contemporary Christian Artists
Geoff Moore, A Beautiful Sound, Saying Grace
Geoff Moore is a contemporary Christian music artist and songwriter. He started recording as a solo artist in 1984. In 1987, he formed Geoff Moore and the Distance, who released eight albums and ...more
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Bryan Duncan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best '90s Contemporary Christian Artists
Joyride, Christmas Is Jesus, Love Takes Time
Bryan Duncan is an American contemporary Christian music artist. He is known for being lead singer of the group Sweet Comfort Band and subsequent solo career, which spanned more than 25 years. ...more
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Jaci Velasquez is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best '90s Contemporary Christian Artists
Christmas, Navidad, Unspoken
Jacquelyn "Jaci" Davette Velasquez is an American actress and Contemporary Christian and Latin pop singer, performing in both English and Spanish. Velasquez has sold almost five ...more
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Michael English is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best '90s Contemporary Christian Artists
Gospel, Michael English, Hope
Michael English is an American Christian singer and record producer. Initially, he was a member of his family's singing group, and later a member of The Gaither Vocal Band. During his solo ...more
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Point of Grace is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best '90s Contemporary Christian Artists
A Christmas Story, Winter Wonderland, Steady On
Point of Grace is an all-female Contemporary Christian music group. The trio consists of Shelley Breen, Denise Jones, and Leigh Cappillino. The group started out as a quartet in 1991, with ...more
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Plumb is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best '90s Contemporary Christian Artists
Need You Now, Chaotic Resolve, Blink
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 ...more
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NewSong is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best '90s Contemporary Christian Artists
The Christmas Shoes, More Life, Swallow the Ocean
NewSong is an American contemporary Christian music group that was founded in 1981, at Morningside Baptist Church in Valdosta, Georgia. They have had eight GMA Dove Award nominations. They are ...more