Best Christian Rock Bands

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1SkilletSkillet is an American Christian rock band formed in Memphis, Tennessee in 1996 and based in the United States.

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. - Ndog9999

I like them bit they could have a better vocalist

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2Red

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 ...more

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!

They fulfill my rock needs with out secular music

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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

They've always stayed true to their roots and I love that!

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4Switchfoot

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.

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.

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?

Simply the best. The lyrics, the music and the vocals makes it different from all other bands

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5Relient 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!.

Yes switch foot and hawk nelson and all of the other bands are good but there missing something only relient k has guitar and voice its as simple as that but skillet really does have a terrible voice

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6Disciple

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.

"When the lights go up and the game is on are you ready for me cause I'm ready for you" - maverick88

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.

This band is my favorite band of all time. They don't just talk about God and the challenges Christians face in our society they also talk about fighting back at the devil and really conquering sin.

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7KutlessKutless is a Christian rock band from Portland, Oregon formed in 1999. Since their formation, they have released multiple studio albums and one live album, Live from Portland.

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' 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~@@!

My favorite by far. The first Christian rock band I fell in love with their music.

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8Newsboys

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.

The new stuff is even better than the old!

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9Casting Crowns

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

Until the world hears rocked my world. If you are serious about god rock and Christianity. Give this guys a try

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...

Love this group!

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10Fireflight

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. - RavenDimn2011

Unbreakable is a song worth remembering for its intellectual power that not only enhances our mood but adjusts our outlook on life as a whole when we view its stupendous beauty and take in the almost incoherent extravagance.

They've got amazing songs with deep meanings and awesome music. It's hard to find a band with this combination, most just have one of them. I love their son "recovery begins", it's so deep and the music is just great.

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The Newcomers

?311311 is an American rock band from Omaha, Nebraska. The band was formed in 1988 by vocalist and guitarist Nick Hexum, lead guitarist Jim Watson, bassist Aaron "P-Nut" Wills.
?System of a DownSystem of a Down formed in 1994 as an Armenian-American rock group from Glendale, California. The band name is sometimes shortened to System or SOAD. ...read more.

The Contenders

11AnberlinAnberlin was an American rock band formed in Winter Haven, Florida in 1998. Since the beginning of 2007, the band consisted of lead vocalist Stephen Christian, guitarists Joseph Milligan and Christian McAlhaney, bassist Deon Rexroat, and drummer Nathan Young.

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.

BEST BAND EVER

But technically not Christian but hey

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12Flyleaf

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.

It is so incredibly stupid that these bands are above Flyleaf. Most of these bands are so generic and write the same bland songs about the same bland thing with the same bland beats and the same bland words. Flyleaf is the only artist in this list in the top twenty that even deserves any recognition.

Love them, been less emotional since the new lead singer. I like her but not as much as Lacey. Still love them though

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13Disciple 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.

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.

Disciple 13 played at a Men's Ministry a few nights ago. The congregation went WILD! When the Pastor got to the pulpit, he said that he thought Van Halen was in the house! The men kept yelling for Encore... Encore... Encore! This band rocked the house! - haroldpatton

Disciple Thirteen ( 13) has a great story of recovery. You can Change your path and its okay not be okay; Its working through whatever you struggle with and knowing that God is on your side And all things are possible through him.

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14Third 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

Why in the world are they not rated higher I mean they should at least be in the top ten some of the bands on here aren't even Christian bands like skillet they say the message is hidden in their songs but it shouldn't be hidden it should be obvious otherwise any song can be a Christian song if you look hard enough and that sure isn't right

Lead us back will be the top selling album ever

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15Demon Hunter

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 should not be rated so low. They are one of the best Christian Metalcore bands out there.

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.

Why so far down on the list? Most of the band's above hardly qualify as rock

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16Hawk 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.

This band actually sings about God and Christ's sacrifice and wanting to be more, with Him. The lyrics are stunning. I can't even say more, you HAVE to listen for your self.

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17P.O.D.Payable on Death is an American Christian metal band formed in 1992. The band's line-up consists of vocalist Sonny Sandoval, drummer Wuv Bernardo, guitarist Marcos Curiel, and bassist Traa Daniels.

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)

THIS LIST IS SO WRONG.P.O.D. IS THE BEST BAND ON HERE. WHATS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE. How many of these other bands have had number 1 hits or have been in so many movies. these other bands don't even come close.

They are so nice.

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18Stryper

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.

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".

Nothing against the other bands, just like these guys better and I do not agree that the glory got to their heads. They just ran into the 90's when the music industry changed. If you follow Michael and they other guys, they are about as upfront about their Faith as possible. They are not perfect, but they are one of the easiest bands to get into contact with personally

This should be much higher on the list like #2 at least!

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19We As Human

Sadly, they aren't super special, but they could be. Their guitars aren't amazing, but have so much more potential than anything skillet has ever done (using them as comparison because they are number 1). Their vocalist is like John coopers old days, well, just a plain powerful, raspy voice. The drums are nothing special, Jen ledger beats this guy out. She plays almost as well and sings at the same time. He could be more creative. The bassist, well, he doesn't do very much. I would love it if he got more creative. Not many Christian rock bands have creative bassists, or very creative anything for that matter...

My tip to we as human is to be more creative with all of your instruments, and to speak out the Christian message even more. Don't try to go secular with songs like "strike back", make songs like the first version of "I stand" and "burning satillites". Please. Guitarists, don't just use the same scales and shred on them like every other rock band. Don't just sing ...more

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.

Should be like second or third

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20Decyfer Down

Hard rocking stuff from Tennessee. 3-2-1! Play it Loud.

Decyfer Down is awesome. Trust me you will not be disappointed.

If I may say mercy me and Casting Crowns and Hillsong are not rock band, they're not even considered in the rock genre,

Incredible! I am dumbfound! I just came here to comment after I listened to some of their random song. Fading I so awesome! - RonahJohn

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