The Best '90s Contemporary Christian Artists

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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.

Ranked by
  • Steven Curtis Chapman
    1
    The Music of Christmas, All I Really Want for Christmas, Christmas Is All in the Heart
    • Michael W. Smith
      2
      Christmastime, It's a Wonderful Christmas, Christmas
      • MercyMe
        3
        The Christmas Sessions, The Hurt & The Healer, Spoken For
        • Jars of Clay
          4
          Jars of Clay, Christmas Songs, The Eleventh Hour
          • Newsboys
            5
            Go, Thrive, Going Public
            • Rich Mullins
              6
              A Liturgy, a Legacy & a Ragamuffin Band, Never Picture Perfect
              • Third Day
                7
                Christmas Offerings, Third Day, Offerings: A Worship Album
                • Petra
                  8
                  Jekyll and Hyde, War & Remembrance, Not of this World
                  • Carman
                    9
                    Mission 3:16, Yo Kidz 2, the Armor of God
                    • Amy Grant
                      10
                      A Christmas to Remember, Home for Christmas, My Best Christmas
                      • Jaci Velasquez
                        11
                        Christmas, Navidad, Unspoken
                        • Chris Tomlin
                          12
                          Arriving, Glory in the Highest: Christmas Songs of Worship, See the Morning
                          • Point of Grace
                            13
                            A Christmas Story, Winter Wonderland, Steady On
                            • 4Him
                              14
                              The Basics of Life, The Ride, The Season of Love
                              • Skillet
                                15
                                Stronger, Awake, Rise
                                • FFH
                                  16
                                  Have I Ever Told You, I Want to Be Like You, Still the Cross
                                  • David Crowder Band
                                    17
                                    Illuminate, All I Can Say, Pour Over Me
                                    • Phillips, Craig & Dean
                                      18
                                      Phillips, Craig & Dean, Top Of My Lungs
                                      • Crystal Lewis
                                        19
                                        Fearless, More, Gold
                                        • Dallas Holm
                                          20
                                          Completely Taken In, The Early Works, Against the Wind
                                          • Sanctus Real
                                            21
                                            Fight the Tide, The Face of Love, We Need Each Other
                                            • Geoff Moore
                                              22
                                              Geoff Moore, A Beautiful Sound, Saying Grace
                                              • NewSong
                                                23
                                                The Christmas Shoes, More Life, Swallow the Ocean
                                                • Twila Paris
                                                  24
                                                  Where I Stand, It's The Thought..., Time and Again: Greatest Hits
                                                  • Delirious?
                                                    25
                                                    Deeper: The D:finitive Worship Experience, GLO, Now Is The Time: Live At Willow Creek