Best Christian Rock Bands

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21Hillsong 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...

NO. I'm sorry. Great message, great people, but this is NOT their genre. They are not rock at all. They are straight up Pop.

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22Decyfer Down

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

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

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

They kick ass

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23Pillar

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

Ok yeah skillet and red deserve to be up there but pillar not even in the top 30?!? Pardon my French but WTF? Great band either way...

Yes! I give my approval.

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24TobyMacToby McKeehan, better known by his stage name TobyMac, is a Christian hip hop recording artist, music producer, hip-hop and pop artist, songwriter and author.

TobyMac Rocks

I concur; TobyMac should be in the top 10 bands.

"Backseat Driver" "Beyond Me" "Eye On It" these are all upbeat song that also mention God

Tobymac Rules he should be in #1 or so

TobyMac is a rapper not a band

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25Before Their Eyes

Amazing band. check out their album Redemption

Finding a way is very nice from this band

26Project 86

Amazing band. Andrew Schwab and company have been rocking the Christian music industry for 15+ years now and have managed to keep their music relevant for their audience. P86 has created their own style and have stuck with it through their whole career. Music has changed my life and the lives of many others. May God bless Project 86 and may they continue making great music that changes lives.

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.

Project 86 is one of the most under rated Christian bands. Not only are they creative in their style, but they mix it up constantly and are always taking a fresh take on their style. Their lyrics hold true, deep meanings that can be analyzed and taken apart because of their depth. They are the best!

Top 50 for sure. And for their style of music? Top 10

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27Needtobreathe

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.

Beyond me how needtobreathe didn't make top 10 let alone top 3. Their music is now all over television in shows including the biggest loser and Monday night football and also used in movies. - Para72

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!

There newest album is great

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28Sanctus 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!

Love the song Lead Me. I think this is a prayer on many of our lips! Should definitely be near the top.

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29Nine 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!

Honestly I belive this should be number one, their songs surrender and Anthem of The lonley speak about changing their evil ways and putting their fate in Gods hands I also am a fan of their other songs like fear and shadows and many others can not belive this band is number 30?

I just started listening to them and they are the bomb should be number one

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30Tenth 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.

I was going through a really hard time in my life. a lot of bad things happening at once and I was contemplating suicide. But one day in the car, I heard the song "strangers here". It gave me hope. I started downloading other songs by tenth avenue north, and they were all a comfort, or addressed problems I was having. This is close to a year later, and I still listen to them. That song might have have my life, and possibly used by God to save my soul. In my opinion these guys are the best. I'm not saying that because I've heard them all and narrowed it down, but honestly, I have no intrest in anything else. These guys have it all. And I went from struggling to be free... To being free to struggle - Leonard_C

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!

They should be first!

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3112 Stones

I just got into Christian music and blindly bought sixteen CDs from various bands. So far this is one of best ones out of the bunch at this time. Every song on the 12 Stones CD sounds awesome! I plan to buy their other CDs. I still plan to order blindly from other bands, but at least I know 12 Stones is a winner and should be higher on this list.

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...

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.

One of my favorites for along time. Since MTV played videos.

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32Petra

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.

It is obvious that only young folks are voting in these so called polls... For over 20 years no Christian rock band was better than Petra and 10 years for Mylon & Broken Heart... So for Petra to be 30th with a 0.6 % tells me this poll is useless... How does Bob Hartman finish out of the top ten for best guitarists? Just like our political polls, this one is fixed and means nothing to those of us who have been around since "Petra" founded christian rock...

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!

WHAT THE HECK! PETRA IS BY FAR THE BEST BAND IN THE HISTORY OF EVER! I totally agree with what you "old dudes" said. I'm young and I love Petra more than any other band. So you have my vote!

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337eventh Time Down

Latest album sounds great. Love this band.

Really Cool Band. they have three albums. Second is a lot more heavier then the rest and the third is more of a worship album. They sound awesome live too. if you get a chance I would go see them.

Really cool…

If you haven't heard of them, check out Just Say Jesus…

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34MercyMe

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.

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

Really? Really? Really? Really? Reealllyyy? (I could keep going) 32nd!?! MercyMe is quite obviously one of the top 10 Christian bands of all time. They aren't what you would necessarily call Christian "Rock" and maybe that's why they are so low on the list, but geez! 32nd?!? They wrote two of the most popular Christian songs ever in "I Can Only Imagine" and "Word of God Speak". They also have many other very popular songs: Greater, Shake, You Are I Am, etc. In short, 32nd is a disgrace to MercyMe.

What did you feel the first time you heard " I can only imagine"?

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35Jars of Clay

"Good Monsters" and "Much Afraid" are the greatest Christian albums of all time! Love their lyrics.

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!

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

Self titled is a classic to this day 20 years later! Jars has made many albums since, some better than others, but never a bad one.

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36Ashes 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

Love these guys so much. They helped me through a horrible period of my life and if it weren't for them I'd probably be dead. Love the faith and emotion that they put into their music.

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37Love and Death

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...

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.

Way to low this band is amazing great music with great meaning

Nothing to say but awesome

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38Seventh Day Slumber

Listen to their Finally Awake album really wonderful...... this is one of the best Christian Rock band. - lcjlf

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.

This is hard to see such talent not recognized more. So gifted. Thanks for all your music guys

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39Underoath

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 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.

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.

Underoath are the best Christian band here as they set the scene for post-hardcore metal music like no other band

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40A Feast for Kings

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.

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