Best Christian Rock Bands


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The Top Ten

Skillet is the best of all best.
I mean, seriously?
They could rock this hard and still having real faith in Jesus Christ? I've been listening to them for years.
They're just the best!
A very difficult choice between Skillet and Red for the top spot. Red may have got a great singer but Skillet really has got something extra which makes them the top rock band...
Skillet is a great group that puts thought into every word they use, that's what makes them the best, it's not always about the singer its also about the lyrics.


Awesome band. Period end of discussion...
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Their songs, the majority of them so far, concerns the inner struggles of a christian, not only christians, which in reality all of us has. They contain our darkest sides, revealing how we struggle to contain it and in turn is the one that consumes us. Red's songs(on my opinion) helps realize that there is always that burden, that struggle, that fear, that choice, that we humans were given the capability of. Go RED. (Sorry for the long comment)
I listen to hardrock and post-grunge bands like Three Days Grace,
Breaking Benjamin, Smile Empty Soul, Rev Theory and Story of the Year.
None of these are christian. To be honest, I didn't think christian rock had much to offer for me. I was looking for emotional music, stuff about struggles and feelings and not the conventional hallelujah. When I hear that too often, I get the feeling it's... Empty. They don't mean what they're saying, they just shout it out and say what their audience want to hear. Going through a tough time myself, I preferred darker songs about misery. It was around this time that I came across Red. Starting off with Breathe Into Me and Death Of Me, I noticed their use of classic instruments such as the cello. I missed that in my usual music list, so I put them there.

After a while of increasing admiration ("wow! This siunds really good! ") I began to see their deepness, their honesty. Gradually I started to appreciate them not only for what they said, but for what they had to say. It is now my favourite band, I have a renewed interest in christian rock and seeing this large list of bands I only want more.

Red rocks the world, and they rock the world for God. That's why they are my number one.
Red gets my numero uno vote! I love how they should that we aren't just some shiny, happy being who, because we love Jesus, get away with whatever we want. We are horrible people for what we do to him daily and He deserves better. And he still takes us as we are; Praise the King!
Great band! 'enough said!
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3Thousand Foot Krutch
They're amazing musicaly wise and have catchy lyrics! They got me hooked on Christian rock. I love them!
When you think sheer rock with the Christian attitude that we wish to express sometimes, you think Thousand Foot Krutch. Love this band!
They have creative lyrics, making it addictive and you want to hear it everyday
I found out about TFK through Colton Dixon. TFK are so epic, even my 5yr old nephew loves them. Colton Dixon should be here as well. He's been on the charts since 2012. I totally love him and his music.
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4Relient K
The best of all christian bands, especially from "The Anatomy of the Tongue in Cheek" to "Mmhmm" albums. They have been my favorite band since I first heard them. The order on this list should be:

1. Relient K (Nothing can beat "More Than Useless" and "Be My Escape")
2. Thousand Foot Krutch (The only band that I like almost as much as Relient K. The album "The End is Where we Begin" made me really like this band. )
3. Hawk Nelson (I love there podcasts)
4. FM Static (Another great band from Trevor McNevan)
5. Petra (The band that started it all. )
6. Family Force 5 (Let me see you WOBBLE! )
7. TobyMac (Even after dc Talk he's still great. Acually better. )
8. Dc Talk ("Jesus Freak" is probably the most known christian rock song ever. )
9. Switchfoot (Everyone likes Switchfoot it seems. )
10. Skillet (A great band, but a little overrated)

Hope you all agree!
Relient K is my favorite band and has been for about 6 years now. Their songs are meaningful, witty, and musically interesting. No matter how many times I listen to them, I always enjoy it.
There The Best Ever... Been Listening to Them For About 4 years now... Haven't heard anything better!.
The greatest band of all time. MMHMM is just an amazing album. Forget and Not Slow Down and Five Score and Seven Years ago are close seconds.
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All of switchfoot's songs are very complex musical wise. Their lyrics also make you think about what they are trying to say. These guys should be at the top of this list.
Switchfoots songs are great I've listened to them since meant to live album! I don't understand why they are so down on this chart?
Sorry, but my opinion is that: Switchfoot is the best, they are #1.
They come first, or should, not only for their verses, but for their spirit, for the love they have and who sings it: God. After they give charitable donations facts and are poor.
Switch foot no doubt should be at the top of the list
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6Casting Crowns
Casting Crowns has got a good begining. Lyrics really help to grow a relationship with God which we always need. Songs like American dream, Voice of truth, Lifesong... Are some amongst their best. They do their best. God bless them...
Until the world hears rocked my world. If you are serious about god rock and Christianity. Give this guys a try
On this list of top ten Casting crowns is easily one of the most blatantly Christian bands on this list. If you are to scared to sing about your faith in a clear way it makes you seem less authentic

Bands like Red and Skillet are great bands with great messages but you would be hard pressed to find more than a handful of songs that actually mention Jesus the Christ, God, the holy spirit or even the devil. Yes they have songs that you could interpret to be about god, but they never actually mention him ex. Hero by skillet, great song but ambiguous or skillet's "it's not me it's you" could be interpreted to be about the devil or an ex girlfriend.

Coincidently the higher ranked groups have more hardcore music than those in the middle or end, but they also have a significant lack of god in their lyrics. Their faith just doesn't seem as real. They may be Christian but it isn't evident in their music.

Sorry for any offenses caused
They've really helped me grow in strength. Its like they just always seem 2 no wot am going thru. Set me free.. Somwhere in the middle. Who am I. Wedding day. Just amazing
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kutless' promise of a lifetime meaning,... was very touching.. sea of faces, smile, and the others also do... they are given awesome talent and it's good to see them enhanced with GOD~@@!
Brilliant band, got all but one of their albums

Really inspiring, meaningful lyrics, tend to be what I need to hear when I put on my ipod

Recommended to anyone
Kutless has helped grow my faith they are so much better then 6 their lyrics are so much better then just the music because its the lyrics that touch you
Kutless helped me through hard times, but by listening to their music, it helped me through hard times and also helped me with my faith.
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Greatest Christian band heck any band of all time. Their new album horseshoes and Hand grenades is one of the greatest pieces of work. Are they lacking in their live performances? No not even close they are BETTER live than they are on the CD. All of their live performances on YouTube were given a 100. Lead by Kevin Young at the mic they truly seem like a genuine group of guys that are worshiping god through their music. You would be foolish to not put them in your top Christian bands and even more foolish to not give their music a chance. Go out and buy Horseshoes and Hand Grenades today.
Should be #1, no question. They have an impressive body of work and it all rocks! That's right, all of it rocks. I thought they were awesome before seeing them in concert. Then I saw them live. Incredible is about the best word to describe it. You never have to wonder where they stand with the Lord either. They are blatantly Christian and not ashamed of the Gospel. Rock on, Disciple!
Wow, I can't believe that Disciple not in the top five. They are one of the best bands ever. A great mix between songs that actually rock and some of the best worship songs out there. I have been listening to Disciple for 5 years now and I haven't found a band other than Skillet that I like as much.
Disciple is the very best Christian rock band in this era of the last 15 years whom are still active. In my opinion, no Christian rock albums have such a strong and powerful message for the Lord Jesus Christ, as well as great rock music as compared to Disciple's "The Scars Remain" and "O God Save Us Now." Disciple is my most favorite Christian rock band among active Christian bands. They consistently make great music that lifts up praise to God, and encourages Christians to walk and witness for the Lord.
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One of the most underrated bands. Simply one of the best. They are in touch with their fans from some of the footage I have seen on youtube. Powerful and driving their music artistry delivers clear positive messages to all ages. If you haven't heard Anberlin's music. Make a point to hear them today. You won't be disappointed!
They've got good instrumentals in every song, whether it's a solo or not. You can tell they know their instruments very well. The songs were deeply written, inspiring and rocking. The vocalist's voice is unlike any other and can easily be identified as an Anberlin song. They are in my Top 4, Skillet, Red, Thousand Foot Krutch, and then Anberlin. For me, their best work is Feel Good Drag. Just listen to this song then you be the judge.
My favorite band now, just love their music! Best thing to study to and to get my day to start looking up.
Anberlin is the best. That is all.
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Very deep and emotional with great healing spirtiual insight in todays youth
Flyleaf rock and all their songs have great meanings. Also you can relate to their songs and laceys voice is amazing. Flyleaf are awesome, epic and songs are relating to god in red sam the truth is jesus.
Every song is written from the heart, I love Laceys voice and this band is one of my all time favorites
Great message in the music, and great music, plus great vocalist (new vocalist Kristen May isn't as good as Sturm, but she'll do. )
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The Contenders

Listen to "In Wonder", "Born Again", "One shot", "In Christ Alone", "It Is You" and many others and surely you will agree with me they really rock.
Something Beautiful! That song says it all for me. Every time I hear that song my Spirit takes flight, I mean it puts me right in the zone%I guess you could say "It's calling out my name! "
Might be a generation thing, but between Newsboys and Delirious, the only question would be which of these two are number one and two. The rest all pale in comparison to the best Praise band and the best Contemporary band of all time. Those of you who were at the 90's Acquire The Fire's can attest to this.
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While I am not pleased with Stryper's recent release, hands down this is the #1 Christian band of all time, bar none. To deny Stryper this honor is to ignore what it took for Christian Rock to be accepted. After all, how many Christian Rock Bands these days have to deal with both the secular world, and the Churches picketing their concerts.

While it is not an excuse, it is hard to be overly critical of Stryper when the churches shut their doors to them, and the Christian bookstores refused to carry them.

No, there is none greater than Stryper in quality, and the road they had to travel.
This was a great band with a future going for them, but the glory of it all got to their heads. If you think they are christian, look at their later lyrics. They become more and more shocking. If you ask me, Thousand Foot Krutch deserves this honor
There is zero doubt that A) Stryper is a Christian band (look at their later lyrics? I have - check out their latest release - Murder By Pride... If you don't think this is Christian, you can't read).. And B) Stryper is the ONLY band that should be tops in this list.. They did it on the world stage first, they opened the door for the rest of these acts, and are still out their today touring the world 20-25 years after their "hey day".
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13Hawk Nelson
Hawk Nelson should be much higher on this list then 9th (and so should Thousand Foot Krutch). The top ten on this list should be

1. Relient K
2. Hawk Nelson
3. Thousand Foot Krutch
4. Petra
5. Switchfoot
6. Skillet
7. FM Static (I don't know why they are not even on this list. )
8. Newsboys
9. Family Force Five
10. Kutless
I just love this band, deep, meaningful lyrics... beautiful tone, amazing voice that makes you feel! their amazing, why doesn't any 1 listen 2 em these days! their awesome! love you guys!
Just bought their songs thanks for the Idea they are awesome. To often good Christian bands are passed over for half decent bands like one direction.
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14Disciple Thirteen
The songs 'One Day at a time', "Lord Find me' and The Face of God really have great messages in the music and lyrics, Most of their music is influenced by Celebrate Recovery and Twelve steps programs. They found a way to make it Rock and show Victory.
Be sure to visit their website at and their Facebook page at Fresno and check back often as their new CD is coming out soon! This band really Rocks for the Lord!
This band mixes classic rock with Christian rock. Really a fun band live.
They have a cd coming out in october. It was recorded at Big Fish Studios in Southern California. The same studio that switchfoot and P.O.D. records at.
Wow! Just saw them today at Northpointe church! Powerful Annointing! Everyone on their feet! Rock On for Jesus!
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Wow, some people don't agree with UnderOath because they don't "sound Christian"? That's absurd to me. Read your Bible and quit being so legalistic.

To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law. (1 Corinthians 9:20 NIV)

UnderOath reaches a demographic that Casting Crowns and Jeremy Camp don't. If all Christian bands were to "sound Christian" then some people might never have that message reach them. Step out of your safe little Christian bubble and be grateful that Jesus is spreading through the ENTIRE music industry, not just Christian Contemporary. I'm proud that my God can be found everywhere.
I do not agree with this band. They may have some songs that appear to be Christian but the Bible teaches you to not be luke-warm. An interview with the band told me that they would not admit to being Christian.
I just want to know... where are the Christian metal fans in all this? There's no August Burns Red, no As I Lay Dying, no The Devil Wears Prada... Also Demon Hunter's no. 33... Saddening.
"Maybe we, why don't we sit right here for half an hour?
We'll speak of what a waste I am, and how we missed your beat again... "
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They are amazing they're song Unbreakable is beyond cool I have it as my ringtone! So yea yall should listen to them!
I can't believe they were not on the list. They deserve a top 3 spot.


Why is a band like this long way from the first plac!?
This is my favorite band from years ago, I can't believe they are in 16th place
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17Hillsong United
This is a real christian worship and christian rock band.. This band is the only band who can make me pray while singing.. By the way I like Joel Houston, one of the worship leader.. He has a really good voice and always composes nice songs for hillsong
Hillsong lyrics really help to grow relationship with god
the best christian band ever I had seen... singing spiritually moving christian songs with rocking touch too without breaking the spiritual bounds...
The first Christian band I listened and loved since then till today. I used to listen their Praise & Worship most of the time. I come across many other band but none has such a great impact like them! Yeah... They rock
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18Demon Hunter
Demon Hunter should not be rated so low. They are one of the best Christian Metalcore bands out there.
This is a phenomenal band. They create a tapestry of sound that includes harmonies and melodies with both vocals and instrumentation. Their music includes many layers of sound. The instrumentation is fantastic. They are incredibly skilled musicians and their music runs the range from heavy, intricate and fast to deeply melodic and thoughtful. In my opinion this is a highly unconventional band that does their own thing for God, without being pigeonholed into genres.
Demon Hunter is my absolute Favourite band. I have been a fan since 2009 and am still continuing to adore their work. Their work is beautiful, and is an excellent tribute to God, and to Christian music as a whole. Not all Christian music needs to be "church" music (not that there is anything wrong with contemporary music). Demon hunter is an awesome band that anybody could learn to love.
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Without P.O.D. , you wouldn't have heard of barely any other band on this list. Aside from that, there is this little album called Satellite that is the best Christian Rock album of all time in my opinion and in HM magazine's it's number 2. POD not only had more number 1 hits on MTV then any other Christian Artist, they had the most #1 songs on MTV of any rock band, Christian OR secular! Set it off!
How is this band not rated higher?!? P.O.D. rocks! THey should at least have the #4 spot on this list. This band is so much better than pillar and august burns red (although august burns red rocks also)
Solid commercial success, one of the premiere rapcore / tribalcore / whatever you want to call it bands, really solid Faith, the lyrics are intense, and the band puts on some great live shows.
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20Tenth Avenue North
These guys are awesome. I can not believe how low they are rated. I love their album light meets the dark. My favorite songs on this album healing begins and all the pretty things.
Tenth Avenue North should totally be up near the top! Their songs are both inspiring and great for worship! Also if you are feeling bad!
Tenth Avenue North showed that we are more, where to start healing and there's the love... Marvellous... Also showed that god is by our side, he is strong enough to save... Inspired me... Wow...
Tenth Avenue North got me into rock music, I love this band!
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21Decyfer Down
Hard rocking stuff from Tennessee. 3-2-1! Play it Loud.
Decyfer Down is awesome. Trust me you will not be disappointed.
It's like it's not even a Christian band cause it's such good rock
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22Third Day
Third Day doesn't even get 1 percent of the votes? That's completely wrong! Listen to Agnus Dei, Surrender, Make Your Move, and the Live Wire version of Blackbird and you'll agree that they rock. They're the perfect blend of rock, southern rock, pop, worship, guitar solos and good old Georgia goodness.
Third day should be at the top 10's here's what the list should be like
1. red
2. skillet
3. third day
4. casting crowns
5. big daddy weave

Even though big daddy weave should be on here
I've been listening to them since I was 4. They are my favorite band

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I love this group becaus I have always listened to them when I was going through tough times... my opinion though... :)

No other band in Christian contemporary music blends lyrics and musicianship with the ability to put on an amazing live show as well as MercyMe. I've seen a lot of bands in my lifetime. I've heard a lot of music. Their solid lyrical base is strongly supported by music that doesn't get in the way of the song as a whole. If I had to give one criticism it would be that I would like them to harmonize a little more but it really doesn't detract from the finished work at all. Solid on all fronts.
The best band of any music category.! You can relate to every song..
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I really LOVE Pillar! "Secrets and regrets" is my favourite song, I'm listening to it everyday when I go to university... I wish Pillar was an Italian group, Italy hasn't got good rock groups (and christian bands! )
Pillar has been a leading frontrunner in Christian music for 12 years. There best two albums Fireproof and WDWGFH beat out many albums from many bands ahead of them. Pillar is set to release a new album in 2013, and it is going to be sick! Pillar is at least in the top ten and anybody who says differently is just plain terrible in choosing good music
Best Band ever ♥♥♥ love their music, play it every day everywhere I go! The band evolved through the years, but I still love each and every song.
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25Nine Lashes
A band that started in 2010( I think), in my opinion, has been the best, by just listening their songs... From the lyrics to the genre! Is gonna like you 4 sure
This band is Awesome! They have become one of my all time favorite band. With a great lead singer as well as great quality music and lyrics.

Give them a listen!
Really amazing,
Specially write it down as well as afterglow.
It really reminds of something, or someone existing up in the sky up in high.
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26Before Their Eyes
Amazing band. check out their album Redemption
Finding a way is very nice from this band

27Sanctus Real
Sanctus real should be much higher on this list. Their music is moving and reaches deep down. Lyrically they are amazing, their songs are just so well written. I'm Not Alright is an awesome song and Promises is the best album ever, but pretty much anything they've ever done is awesome.
Sanctus Real has some of the most touching, inspirational music out there. I'm surprised it's not in the top 25, let alone the top 50. If you enjoy meaningful Christian music, check out Lead Me by Sanctus Real.
Music doesn't get better than this! The voice of lead singer Matt Hammit is incredible. This bands best songs are in my point of view Lead me (acoustic), We need each other and Where will they go. Listen those and prepare to be amazed!
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28We As Human
Even though skillet definitely has my top spot, we as human are by far better than any of the popular bands at the moment. They have this unique sound and aren't afraid to express who they are and their album is just amazing and I can never get enough if it. These guys and skillet should be way more famous even if they do it for the music and the fans instead of the fame.
We As Human just came out 2013 with help from Skillet. They are truly an amazing hard rock band with brilliant lyrics and really strong music. Red has always been my favorite, but this band is amazing and I am hoping will make more material and grow in popularity.
The order, is:

We As Human
Thousand Foot Krutch
12 Stones

We As Human outs everything they have into every song they write. Here is where I would normally share they're best song for you to check out, but I can't. Every song they have written is perfect.
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29Project 86
Project 86 is one of those bands that mixes truly epic and engaging hard rock and metal with incredibly self-reflective and deep lyrics. Add that to the fact that they've been around forever, and that they only keep getting better and better, and there is no reason why Project 86 deserves anything lower than the #1 spot.
Crazy band with great lyrics. It isn't often when secular stations play multiple hits and this band did just that!
They're the simply the best, hands down. You can't beat the way they push themselves sonically on each new record (while still retaining their signature sound) combined with frontman Andrew Schwab's deep, thought-provoking songwriting. They've kept their sound so fresh from album to album that you can listen through their entire discography back to back and never grow bored via repetition, which is an incredible accomplishment.
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TobyMac should be in the top 10's
TobyMac Rocks

I concur; TobyMac should be in the top 10 bands.
At least in the top 25 come on
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31Seventh Day Slumber
Listen to their Finally Awake album really wonderful...... this is one of the best Christian Rock band.


Brilliant. Like many good Christian bands why are these so low? I listen to these guys all the time now. Their music really speaks to me. God bless you all
Seventh Day Slumber is just the band! Their lyrics are really awesome.
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3212 Stones
Come on people 85th really. 12 Stones is one of the best Christian rock bands in the world. "Broken" is just flat out awesome. There sound is similar to that of the band Creed. Good guitar player, great singer, and solid bass player and drummer.
Best Band listed, The have moved me beyond all others! Their music is life changing, life enhancing and down right epic! They have always been an under rated band, but you know that;s because most of the mindless masses follow the commercial glam. 12 stones has real heart and that's just to real for most... It's a same...
WHAT? This is insane, obviously people aren't considering them Christian for some reason. But they are easily top 3, up there with skillet, red, and thousand foot krutch.
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33Jars of Clay
I love "ead man (carry me". It talks about how when you know you messed up and how you want Him to carry you and make you a "new man, out with the old plan". Love it so much it's the best song by themn and I think jars of clay deserves a higher spot then most of the bands. Like no offense to skillet or anything, but some people rnt in the mood for people who like heavy metal. Like me, I LOVE Christian rock but only to a point. Once it gets to skillet, I stop. I think skillet is too heavy. But that's just my opinion, everyone's entitled to one. God Bless!
"Good Monsters" and "Much Afraid" are the greatest christian albums of all time! Love their lyrics.
The long fall back to earth is one of the greatest albums of all time. They also have dozens of great other songs, but the long fall can't be beat
GOOD GRACIOUS PEOPLE. How is this band not numero uno with all they've done?
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34Ashes Remain
Such an awesome band! Listen to the their album called "What I've Become". The song song "Right Here", "On My Own", and "Unbroken", amazing songs. The lead singer has a very distinct voice, a mix between Daughtry and Hinder if you'll ask me. But his christian!
Ashes Remain are absolutely amazing! Should be way higher than 98.. Look for these guys in the future! They are going to be big!
Obviously most of those voting has never heard this band, they should be looking at the list and listening to all of them, and then vote. A band that has a lead guitarist on a Hendrix level would almost always be at the top of any charting in the music world! A rocking, clearly Christian lyrics that even us older guys can still hear and understand! TGBTG
I was shocked to hear how good this guys sound.
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35Icon for Hire
This band is beast! Everyone should have their music on their IPod.. No joke bro. They rock. Icon for hire should definitely be top 5.
Icon for hire is christian and its rock! I can't believe they weren't on the list! My 3rd favorite band is icon for hire
Icon for Hire is awesome! Its a shame its so low on the list it deserves much more! To me its the second best christian band after skillet! Shame they don't have that much songs... I want to listen to more!
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36DC Talk
DC Talk revolutionized the Christian music genre. They really should be put higher on this list. Their songs are still fantastic and without them Christian music would not have gone as far as it has. They penetrated the secular world more than most others and isn't that the point of the genre?
DC Talk helped shaped the Christian music market into what it is today. They continuous pumped out hit after hit, never compromising in either music or lyrical content. They were also probably one of the most unashamedly Christian artists, there song Jesus Freak being a great example. Not to mention that, as of now, all members are still currently active within Christian music over twenty years later. All three of these guys (Toby, Michael, and Kevin) are truly gifted and may God continue to bless them in all they do.
DC Talk is a classic band, and their song Jesus Freak should be like a Christian Anthem. These three great guys can't be beat! Man these guys are just so awesome!
DC Talk is classic.
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John Schlitt and Petra helped pioneer what we have today. Stayed true to who they are, ministry all the way through. John started as the lead of Head East, to leading one of the greatest rock bands I feel the Church has seen. Keep your ears open, John is preparing a solo release called The Greater Cause.
Wow, no doubt Petra should be #1 here and we have some very young voters. Petra is easily the greatest Christian rock band of all time, do many great albums and songs. Petra had an amazing guitarist and song writer in Bob Hartman, an amazing drummer in Louie Weaver, two unreal vocalists in Greg X Volz and John Schlitt, great keyboardist in Lawry and Slick, great bassists in Kelly and Cates. They always put on a phenomenal love performance as well, I seen them live 5 times. However, above all that they always boldly shared the gospel of Christ with everyone, the best band ever!
Petra should be number one on this list without any doubt! It's a shame to see them at number 13 but it's obvious that most of the voters are a young crowd. Petra has countless albums and songs that are unreal material. The band also puts Christ first which is something not too common these days. Great guitarist in Bob Hartman, great drummer in Louie Weaver, great vocalists in Volz and Schlitt, not to mention the talents of guys like Kelly, Lawry, Cates, Slick, etc. Number one Christian Rock Band of all time no question!
Lots of people believe Stryper started Christian Rock, I believe being a seventy generation person, that Petra did. Or if you want to go further back Larry Norman. By the way why is Larry Norman not listed Actually I believe Stryper and a lot of Christian rock bands, are what I classify as Heavy Metal bands. Oh by the way I like Styper. Just not their last album.
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38House of Heroes
Awesome. This band has great melodies, and really catchy lyrics. Journey into space and code name raven are some of the best songs out there!
This band provides phenomenal music, challenging listeners to consider their worldview without being too "religious. "
Great Christian Alternative Rock Band! Check out these songs :
- In The Valley Of The Dying Sun
- If
- Dangerous
- Elevator
- Relentless
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Needtobreathe should definitely be in the top 10! As soon as I heard them I fell in love with them. They have amazing songs like something beautiful, washed by the water, and lay em down. They're awesome! Taylor swift even had them as her opening act for her speak now tour. They're one of the best christian bands I've heard you guys should listen to them. Their lead singer reminds me of caleb from kings of leon their voices are similar.
By far one of the best Christian Song writers Ever. This band will dominate both secular and Christian charts for years to come.
Just heard it for first time and it s me who need to take a deep breath, because this is absolutely breathtaking!
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Best rock band ever! Why isn't in top 10 at least?
Love it, connects me directly with Gog! Leeland Moring is an amazing author and all of them amazing musicians! There is no way to listen leeland and continue being the same after that
Check out the song "Enter this temple"... Its bound to change the rank of Leeland... Good vocal work and great songs which touches the heaven...
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41Love and Death
Authentic rock sound, refreshing to see a band with deep real life lyrics. Brian Head Welch has a raw approach, which in my opinion has yet to be seen in Christian Rock. This band is amazing and by far one of the best out there in lyrical content and talent. Also check out Brian Head Welche's self released album, it has some truly amazing music on it.
Musically, Brian Health Welch is incredibly creative and is ahead of most bands. His lyrics are right there with Red, Thousand Foot Krutch and Skillet, and he actually does mention God unlike other popular bands on this list. For that reason alone they should be ranked higher...
Way to low this band is amazing great music with great meaning
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I feel that JESUS sent BRIDE to us to send the his message in music. I've been listening to BRIDE since the 80's and was hooked. When I've seen these guys live I was majorly blown away. Dale with his vocals and message is heart felting and troy with his guitar playing is memorizing. I also had the chance to meet these 2 great guys and talked with them about everyday life and the LORD. I couldn't believe in how down to earth they are. Not that this band kicks butt but are determined to send the message of the HOLY ONE... I LOVE THESE GUYS. Every time I put a BRIDE cd in Dale's voice always sends my blood boiling and chills all at the same time and message in every song I hear is the GOD is talking to me. If your likes are Judas Priest, Metallica, AC/DC you will not be disappointed I promise. A HUGH THANKS to the guys of BRIDE and never stop sends us the GREAT WORD and hope that you do what you do best for a very, very long time. Thanks again.
A legendary Christian rock band responsible for the birth of modern Christian rock and metal. Bride has always been upfront and forward with their message about Jesus Christ and has never failed to put on a fantastic show.
Bride! That is all that needs to be said. Never afraid to be real and share the truth with others. The music is ALWAYS original, ALWAYS heavy and ALWAYS a cut above the rest in creativity and art.
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43Building 429
They are the BEST and I mean BEST christian rock band EVER! I can't believe they aren't on here yet! They're songs are so amazing! Best song by them is "Made for You". Its on the radio 99.7 all the time! "Take me as I am. I've got nothing left to lose. I am lifting empty hands 'cause I was made for You. Take me as I am.

I am Yours to use. I am lifting empty hands 'cause I was made for You". The lyrics kinda say it all.

And if your more of a softer rock person, then listen to "No One Else Knows" by them. Its about how no one knows what your going through or how you feel but the Lord Almighty. "When no one else knows how I feel, Your love for me is proven real. When no one else cares where I've been, You run to me with outstretched hands and You hold me in your arms again". Its the best for anyone and I think even heavy christian rock lovers will love this song!

Sorry guys for making the message so long but I really AM super surprised that they aren't up here! Or maybe they are and I missed them? Sorry. Laugh out loud. Well actually I'm not but ill just say I am. God Bless y'all!
"BUILDING 429"?... They are one of my favourites... And the song " WHERE I BELONG" it broke my heart into pieces, I really love the song and the band... They are incredible..., I'll vote for them forever!
Saw them live at Winterjam 2012 in Cincinatti! I gotta say, I had never listened to them before but I was very impressed with them and bought their album after that. I'm very happy with it! Any Christian Rock band from Stryper to Skillet, should like these guys!
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Michael smith has lead this band for Glorifying the GOD Almighty, JESUS CHRIST. Smith never took pride in him but pointed towards the Living GOD JESUS. As I saw some one quoting that jimmy is "god" this is quite ignorance and foolishness, none in this world is eligible to be called god Except JESUS who Conquered the death, risen and still alive.

If you still disagree go and find HIS Tomb Empty where as you find jimmy tomb with rotten bones, definitely jimmy might be weeping and gnashing his teeth in hell
This is my 2nd most favourite band ever. I know they have split up but they will be one of the best Christian bands that ever praised God with all they had. So sad to see them this low but they are the real inspiration.
Even though they've split up, they've left us with a great selection of rock/worship anthems.
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There one of my favorite bands, nice songs, great lyrics, and rocking christian songs there worship songs are great to, especially even greater and like fire
Planetshakers are awesome. One of the best worship band. Should be in top ten.
Planet shakers are the best because, I think they really rock for God, and their worship songs are in full length just enough time to praise God... Thnk you and God bless
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46A Feast for Kings
Sad that Eric died (rip) but they are a local band and I know all of them well. Great band
Sad that Eric died (rip) but they are a local band and I know all of them well. Great band
These guys are so much better than the Book of Job, and the Tree of life combined.

47The Devil Wears Prada
The Devil Wears Prada is the best metal band in the business Christian or otherwise, so they should at least be in the top 10. Dear love was great and so was with roots above and branches bellow and dead throne. Although plagues was pretty terrible for The Devil Wears Prada it was still pretty good.
I would've voted Flyleaf but The Devil Wears Prada is so criminally low places on this list I absolutely have to vote for them. They are without a doubt my favorite metalcore band and second favorite Christian band (second to flyleaf).
Barring dear love and plagues, every track on every release is enjoyable if not downright amazing. They are also one of the few bands who get better with each album. Each release is different than the last but they all keep that innate devil wears prada quality.

I highly recommend the Zombie EP for anyone who hasn't heard them yet, it's definitely there most solid piece of work out there.
The Devil Wears Prada is one of the best bands of all time. They have a strong focus on sin - in particular lust and materialism in their lyrics. They stand strong on their message and meaning during live performances as well. They have definitely brought me closer to my faith. "Come back to your faith, come back to grace"
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48Jesus Culture
Hey guys Jesus Culture is not a rock band it's more on the worship side but still I love this band and I think it deserves more votes. This group really made me love christian songs and I think the the singers really know how to give this touch of God to everyone. Moreover the lyrics are really powerful specially "Where You Go I GO" and "You Won't Relent". I just love their music. ATTENTION TO EVERYONE YOU REALLY SHOULD LISTEN to them they've got great messages about God and his love
Awesome Worship band! Amazing songs and ministering form the leaders. One of my favourites, hope to go to a concert soon
My very favorite band of all time. They are the reason I listen to Christian music, and gave up on secular. I've seen them in concert, and they have led me into a very amazing place of worship on more then one occasion.
My favorite band. Ushers me into worship every time.
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I've seen them a few times and each time their show has astonished me more than the last time! The songs they play are more inspirational than what I generally hear on Christian radio these days. The most impressive thing is how the band interacts with the crowds of people after the show, taking the time to show every fan that they care about them.
Lightswitch is such a great Christian band, all love the Lord and just so happen to a band of brothers! Not only are their music great, but you are in for a treat with Christmas music all year round ;) Close to their music and their AMAZING lights! I guess when you are called Lightswitch that is important!
Awesome friendly guys who are amazing musicians! Especially the bassist, I mean not to give him a big head or anything but he is basically the gold standard of what other bassists should be compared to.
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50The Letter Black
The Letter black should be #1, the main singer has amazing vocals and amazing screams!
Great band, love them, great rock sound! Should be up way higher on the list!
Please help get TLB get up in the rankings! They are amazing

Chad aplin from Iowa wrote all the songs for this band well all the good ones and he played drums as well

"Never Alone" is an awesome song, my all time favorite...
They resemble Evanescence a lot... But they have their own style of praise singing though...
Plus "Thoughts of You" song is really really amazing!
"I need You to Love me" is yet another brilliant spiritual number...
They are the most rocking' band I have ever heard! The first time I heard "Million Voices" I was in love! Lauren is the drummer and sings lead, Alyssa plays base, piano, and sings lead, and Becca plays guitar and sings! Keep Quiet is also one of my favorites because it explains why we shouldn't e ashamed of Jesus. Their new album "Love and War" also has many different styles but still are fantastic.
BarlowGirl should be a lot higher on this list. They were an extremely gifted group.

53Stellar Kart
This band was just introduced to me by my brother, and know they were under my skin.. I wish I could get to see them in person.. With their punk rock Christian genre, this band surely is a must hear band of all time! Stellar kart rocks!
Wow this band should be higher. it's a top 5 no doubt.

Amazing progressive thrash madness! This band ranks up there with the other great thrash bands on the market like Metallica, Megadeth, Exodus, Annihilator, Slayer, Anthrax, etc. Also on the first album, the vocalist sounds just like King Diamond with his shrieking high vocals. Excellent stuff here!
Tourniquet is not a rock band, they are a progressive thrash band, though they have one album that could be labelled hard rock "Crawl To China" that said Tourniquet is the best musical act in Christendom followed by Rez Band

Best Christian Metal band I've heard so far, it's like Metallica + Dream Theater + Bunch of other metal bands with very very very strong straightforward Christian Lyrics. They deserve to be in the top 10 along with Flyleaf. They also posses one of the greatest instrumentals in the Christian genre.
Theocracy has no equal in the power/melodic metal genre, christian or secular. They are absolutely second to none.
The greatest Christian melodic metal band ever! They are easily in the Top 5! Check them out at
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56Sent by Ravens
It always seems to me that people are unaware of some amazing bands out there. Sent By Ravens has completely changed my life with their compelling lyrics and great sound. They are a rock band that definitely need to be recognized.
One of my favorite bands! Love the songs "Listen" and "Best in me". They share great messages in their songs.
They rock, enough said!
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57Fit for a King

58The Afters
Listen to all their songs... No seriously... Listen to everyone because their all good
Good +great+awesome+amazing+music= the afters
This band really inspires me to keep moving forward. I love their song "Lift me up" because it shows that whatever we have to go through, God is with us all the way.
Passionate love driven group, awesome band to listen to to make you see just how beautiful life really is
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59The Almost
Aaron Gillespie in all his projects shows how a real worshipper is
Awesome band. Love there style, would be at least top 10 on my list
Amazing band. Great songs. Should be top 10

This band should be at #3! The guys in the band bring an interesting twist to Christian music. Their songs are a great mixture of rock, pop and worship. I love this band! Check them out please!
This christian band is so unique and their sound is like no other in the industry. They really have something special and they absolutely rock! For that reason, I think, they should be in the #2 or #3 spot!
These guys are AWESOME! There is no other band that comes close.
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61This Beautiful Republic
I know many people don't know their songs but this band's pretty epic too. They're disbanded now but I never experienced to get used to their songs. Great band
This band is awesome... Come on try a song called Undo or New Day. I was looking for them in the top ten only to realize they are down here. No.

None of these other bands could have existed without The Ressurection Band. They began as a vision, and self funded their first recording. There did not exist an 'Contemporary Christian' industry to support them. They only followed, faced constant criticism by Churches, and led thousands though Christ. They never left the inner cities of Chicago, and there music is as real as it gets. They can tear it up better than anyone, and are by far the best songwriters I have heard. Give your soul a treat and check them out. Music to Raise the Dead!
Resurrection Band is not only the Very First true Christian Metal/Rock band ever releasing their first album in 1972 but they consistently registered the greatest spiritually challenging Lyrics of all time! Imaging Jimi Hendrix and Janice Joplin playing with Lynyrd Skynyrd; that's the quality Rock Resurrection band offered with the strongest spiritual mesages; BEST EVER HANDS DOWN!
The first true Christian rock band playing a mix of hard rock /metal/alternative /and blues with challenging and sometimes (mystic) lyrics excellent musicianship one of the best no question also they are the real thing in their lives and in their music no smaltz here check them out you and your soul will be glad you did Ressurection Band Music to Raise the Dead!...
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63Falling Up
Really underrated band that should have gotten more attention while they were together because their music has lots of meaning to it, not only to Christians but anybody that was influenced by this music. "Maps", "Falling in Love" are a couple songs that speak to people whether you are religious or not, even though they did make it in a religious perspective. One of my favorite bands right next to Decyfer Down. Good Music!
These guys are awesome, seriously more people should check these guys out, they write amazing music!
My favorite band! Help them get up in the ranks!

Should be
#1 Falling Up
#2 Red
#3 The Letter Black
#4 Firefight
#4 Demon Hunter
#5 Inhabited
#6 The Benjamin Gate
#7 Sent By Ravens
#8 Ashes Remain
#9 We As human
#10 Ivoryline
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64Family Force 5
Why isn't TobyMac on this list, he is better than anyone on this list but family force five is pretty good
Hillsong, Casting Crowns, and MercyMe are not rock. Creed is not Christian. This should be at the top, even though not all their stuff is completely rock, they rock every style they do so they win.
I don't understand why my favorite band ever is not on the list. These guys are all about having a party for Jesus. They make listening to christian music actually fun. How can you possibly not resist the power of Love Addict?
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65For Today
These guys are definitely one of the best Christian heavy metal bands ever. Take a listen to them sometime! And even if you don't like heavy metal they Do have some lighter songs like talmidim
Most of these bands on here are not really Christian bands. When I want a band that has lyrics that give me goosebumps, I go to For Today. A band that is truly not ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ! They preach a message every time they play. The singer Mattie is so filled with the Spirit of God! When I want a band that has lyrics that I can praise God with, I go to For Today! And I am not the biggest fan of growling vocals, but Mattie has vocals in which I can understand. If you can't understand what the singer is saying, why would you listen to a Christian band at all? Besides the lyrics, their music is fantastic! Some of the greatest breakdowns, and crushingly headbangingly heavy beats! True metal and true Christians = true band!
I love this band! They are metal with screams but the music and lyrics capture the fiery passion of god. Songs to check out are "fearless" "foundation" "my confession" "crown of thorns" " open heaven"
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66The Fray
Really 82 this band rocks and so many people like it
Favorite band in the world

67The Birdsongs
Awesome band! The Birdsongs are one family group that plays all genres, but I prefer their Christian Rock. They give all the praise to God. See for yourself - "Will You Save Me"

Deliverance shreds and along with tourniquet deserves to be in different category, really on the same list as superchick
Really all three deliverance, repent... Or bloodgood should be top 20 all time.
Best bands ever in Christian metal deliverance... Repent... bloodgood

69Anthem Lights
Anthem Lights is probably one of the best bands out there. And Their new Covers album is number 2 on itunes right now.
Anthem lights wins! Best vocals, best melodies, best covers, great songs messages, good looking and great hearts

70Satellites and Sirens

Most of you will never have heard of HALO. Go to Youtube and look up "Lord Of All" by HALO. If you like bands like KISS, check these guys out.

72Ascend the Hill
Very inspiring music and with good lyrics

I think Starfield needs to get up higher on the list. There music is the right amount of rock 'n' roll and quite music. I can't even describe how get they are.
Super cool... Love most all of their songs. Listen to Top of Our Lungs or No other Saviour. They rock so hard, and have such great faith. Ya Tim and Jon
These guys are from my home town and my bestfriend got to be in their music video for the kingdom! I just love them b/c they aren't your typical christian band that sticks to the same old same old which I find annoying! Also I wish the fray is on here!
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Great band with deeper lyrics and fresh sound for sure. I know they are a great blend for people who want a bit of rock with their mid-range rock music. Like Sanctus Real, 10th Avenue North, Switchfoot and a bit 3rd Day
This band is very fresh and new.
Buy and listen There first album The Alinment To see what I mean.
Here are my top 10 christian bands,
1. Red.
3. Flyleaf.
4. Third Day.
5. Fireflight.
6. Jars of Clay.
7. Switchfoot.
8. Skillet.
9. Casting Crowns.
10. NeedToBreathe.

75Holy Soldier
I hated the 90's for music, but thank God for Christian rock during that time that still sounded like the great rock bands of the 80's. Bands like Holy Soldier, Petra, Bride, Guardian and White Cross made it seem like the 80's all over again. Great times.

76Rend Collective Experiment

77The Prayer Chain
One of the early pioneers in Christian alternative rock. Very creative and sounded like nothing out there. Shawl was the best album and then Mercury was the craziest thing I had ever heard in Christian music. If you like quirky and creative with a lot of rock, Prayer Chain is the band.
The Prayer Chain's unrefined, melodic sound struck a chord in the Christian music scene during the 90s. The band has released two albums in this millenium, however, in 2003 and 2011. Members of the band are in other prominent Christian band including Starflyer 59.

I know these aren't super well known, but Chino Moreno's voice is simply majestic and the music is very calm and thoughtful.

79Oficina G3

80Where the Ocean Meets the Sky


827eventh Time Down
Latest album sounds great. Love this band.
I enjoy 85% of their songs. Thanks!

83August Burns Red
These guys not only play with more talent and soul than any band I've ever heard, they're also humble and give praise and glory to the Lord. They are my standard on what a good band is and unfortunately there is very few bands that come close to their level
One of the hardest, and best quality musical bands ever. Drums are insane, and so are the guitars. I'm not even the greatest fan of screamo voices, but they are simply amazing, I don't know why they could possibly be so low! Listen to them!

84The Wrecking

85Manic Drive

86Remedy Drive
Wuho the lyrics and music were both great :]
Great group of guys that can rock out.


A Christian band with a unique sound. Their music borrowed elements of hip hop, electronica, and experimental music. While the band only found commercial success with one album with the single "One Time, " members of Earthsuit continue to work together on a couple of projects most notably MuteMath.
How can this band be so low on this list? This band was MuteMath before they were MuteMath! Seriously, "One Time" was a revolutionary sound and it gave birth to songs like "Chaos" and "Typical" that were so popular on the radio. A truly great band!


Probably too heavy for most, but in their genre they are as good as any other. Tight, well structured songs. Criminally overlooked. Best album is "Extraction from Mortality"

91Smalltown Poets
The Smalltown Poets formed in 1996 and performed until 2004, took a six year haitus, and have reformed since 2010. They release a number of successful single mostly in the late 90s, such as "There Is Only You" but also had some success in the early 2000s.

92King James
When their debut record came out in 1994, they were the literal Christian Super-group. With the rhythm section of Stryper, Jimi Bennett's soaring vocals and Rex Carroll's mind blowing fret work, King James were the best of the best. Look for a NEW album SOON!

93Aunt Betty

94Robbie Seay Band
You have to listen it! Great)

95Living Sacrifice
Gotta go with the legends, Got hooked on "Reject" from the Reborn album, then the "Hamming Process" dropped and WOW. Thank you.. The best concert I went to had to be when they toured with Demon Hunter
I remember seeing them live at cornerstone fest and they where sick. Vote for Living Sacrifice because they are on of the patriarchs of Christian hard rock
Influencing those in great darkness to the life of the king of kings Jesus Christ
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All if there mysic is really cool and they have a wide selection of music and genres. Look up songs like " Eye of the Storm", " About a Burning Fire", or " There Must be Something in the Water". They're all really good songs. Blindside should have originally been on this list, Flyleaf and We As Human should have been higher on the list, and Tenth Avenue North and Manic Drive shouldn't be on the list at all.
Blideside was an awesome band back in the day with songs such as teddybear, Silence, and pitiful
These guys rock, but maybe not quite top ten because they are too hard for pansy sissie listning
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This Band Should be at the top. they are more original and creative by miles when compared with the majority of the bands above them on this list.
Best Christian band ever

98The Diverse City Band
I loved tobyMac a lot, and then I realized the background music was just as good! Diverse City is a band that makes a bunch of different types of music. They do Hip Hop, Rock, and everything else needed! The band needs to be farther up on the list, and tobyMac needs to be higher on the CCM list.


100Sacred Warrior

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