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The Best '90s Contemporary Christian Artists

Updated June 11, 2019 1.9k votes 198 voters 13.0k 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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  • Newsboys1
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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
  • Michael W. Smith2
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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
  • Rich Mullins3
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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
  • Steven Curtis Chapman4
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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
  • Amy Grant5
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    18

    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
  • Jars of Clay6
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    12

    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
  • Petra7
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    13

    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
  • Jaci Velasquez8
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    10

    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
  • Point of Grace9
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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
  • Skillet10
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    12

    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
  • Geoff Moore11
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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
  • MercyMe12
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    10

    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
  • Chris Tomlin13
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    9

    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
  • Crystal Lewis14
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    11

    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
  • Carman15
    27
    12

    Carman

    Mission 3:16, Yo Kidz 2

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

    Carmen Domenic Licciardello (born January 19, 1956) known by his stage name, Carman, is a...  more
  • Phillips, Craig & Dean16
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    12

    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
  • Third Day17
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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
  • Twila Paris18
    27
    14

    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
  • The Imperials19
    23
    12

    The Imperials

    Free the Fire, One More Song for You

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

    The Imperials are an American Christian music group that has been active for over 55 years....  more
  • 4Him20
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    10

    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
  • Cindy Morgan21
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    Cindy Morgan

    Under the Waterfall, Listen

    Genres (Music)Christian music, Contemporary Christian music

    Cindy Lavonne Morgan (born June 4, 1968) is a contemporary Christian music singer and...  more
  • Clay Crosse22
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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
  • Delirious?23
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    Delirious?

    Deeper: The D:finitive Worship Experience, GLO

    Genres (Music)Rock music, Contemporary Christian music, Alternative rock, Christian rock

    Delirious? (formerly known as The Cutting Edge Band) were an English contemporary Christian...  more
  • Steve Camp24
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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
  • Sonicflood25
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    Sonicflood

    Glimpse, Resonate

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

    Sonicflood (sometimes stylized as SONICFLOOd) is an American contemporary worship music band...  more