Best Christian Rock Bands


The Top Ten

1 Skillet Skillet Skillet 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

Worst. Their singing is as bad as Yoko Ono! I had never thought I would say that.

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2 Red Red Red is an American rock band from Nashville, Tennessee, formed in 2002. The band's lineup consists of singer Michael Barnes, guitarist Anthony Armstrong, and bassist Randy Armstrong.

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!

Red is still alive! Just left Bloomington concert. They were fantastic as always! I am a big fan since 2006. The only Christian hard Rock band I ever followed. They always put on an incredible show! Best band ever!

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3 Thousand Foot Krutch Thousand 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

Best ever. That should explain it

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4 Switchfoot Switchfoot

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.

They are very creative in making music, no song that they have made will sound like their other songs. This band definitely make it as unique as possible. Now, a band like that should be number 1!

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5 Relient 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!.

They are hilarious, fun, and the EPITOME of Christian punk music! Literally, these are my dudes when I wanna go longboarding or feel legit punk rock.

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6 Disciple Disciple

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.

Disciple is definitely my fave Christian Rock band. They are unashamed of the Gospel and no doubt rock for our Lord Jesus Christ. I have been listening to them for 15 yrs and they never disappoint. I also can’t believe they aren’t in the top 5! Radical and after the world are my favorites. Thank u Disciple🙌🏻

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7 Kutless Kutless Kutless 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~@@!

What faith can do is the song that introduce me to kutless. I have listen to three albums of them. Really inspiring lyrics n catching vocal..skillet,red, n swiftfood are not that far better then kutless.I would recommend kutless to be among the top five.

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8 Newsboys

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.

Without them, many of the other Christian rock bands wouldn't be such as big

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9 Casting Crowns Casting Crowns Casting Crowns is a contemporary Christian and Christian rock band started in 1999 by youth pastor Mark Hall, who serves as the band's lead vocalist, as part of a youth group at First Baptist Church in Downtown Daytona Beach, Florida.

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 are not, however, a ROCK band, so they do NOT deserve to be here. - LarkwingFlight

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...

This is... a miracle. This is a band who actually SAYS Jesus and God and even the DEVIL. None of the other shows talk about God or Jesus Christ. This band is one of a kind. It definitely deserves #1. This may not be ROCK, but it deserves to be on this list. GOD BLESS CASTING CROWNS!

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10 Fireflight

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.

Best vocals ever nominee on album For those who wait. As versatile as Queen and lead vocals better than Pat Benetar.

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The Contenders

11 Anberlin Anberlin Anberlin 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.

Clean, hard rocking sound that is reminiscent of some of the high pitched 80's metal bands

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12 Flyleaf

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

I like the song I'm so sick but I'm atheist so how can you believe in a "god" that's invisible and in the sky somewhere

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13 Demon Hunter Demon 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 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.

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

My favorite band ever.

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14 Third 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

Ok so why is third day not #1. they deserve it. they have been together for 27 years since 1992. they have released 19 albums all but 2 I don't have. iv seen them twice and met their drummer. if u don't think they are good listen to revival, soul on fire, you make me mad, hit me like a bomb, lift up your face, took your place, come together, and many others.

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15 P.O.D. P.O.D.

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.

I agree with them. This band is really underrated. They should be one of the top 5 here.

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16 Disciple 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 Thirteen Christian Rock Group really touched a lot of people with their music at Spirit Celebration Fest. I hope to see them on a Rock and Worship Tour someday. They have a great Live show, or any Christian Rock tour that comes to our area I would like to hear them next to bands like Switchfoot or Mercy Me they would fit with any modern chritan Rock genre.

Great music, very easy to listen to. Nice messages good players on their songs

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17 Stryper

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

You might want to consider that despite how reticent the entirety of Christian rock is to acknowledge them, they're the people who gave them careers in the first place. - dngafk

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18 Hawk 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.

They may not be the best lyrically or musically, but you always find yourself jamming. "California" has been my alarm for school for years now. They are just straight up punk rock.

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19 We 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.

Not the best bands but really a vote worth :D

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20 Decyfer Down Decyfer Down Decyfer Down is a Christian rock band formed in 1999 and based in Morehead City, North Carolina. Until 2002 – the year that Christopher Clonts joined the band – they went by the moniker Allysonhymn (pronounced All-eyes-on-Him). Decyfer Down is well known in Christian music, but the band is also more.

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

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,

Classic rock n vocals, honest and powerful lyrics and licks, not as strong in the spiritual connection compared to whats out there like Disciple; Whiteheart; Newsboys; TFK; Skillet etc But they rock very hard and clean.

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21 Family Force 5 Family Force 5

Why isn't TobyMac on this list, he is better than anyone on this list but family force five is pretty good

TobyMac isn't a band, so he can't be on this list. (then again, half of the top ten aren't ROCK, so...) - LarkwingFlight

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?

Not rock. Techno. Wrong genre bro

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22 Pillar

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...

In my opinion these guys should be top 5 along with P.O.D. The problem is not too many people have heard them. "Frontline" was the first song I heard by his band and I've been hooked ever since. Rob beckley is a great singer and Noah Henson, although not a super flashy guitarist, is relatively underrated. I have so much respect for these guys and what they do. Truly a great band

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23 TobyMac TobyMac Toby 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 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

But he isn't a band, he is one human being. - LarkwingFlight

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24 Nine 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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25 Before Their Eyes

Amazing band. check out their album Redemption

Finding a way is very nice from this band

26 Project 86

Very few bands have a front man as inspired as Andrew Schwab, period. Secular or Christian. Their energy is crazy. I've been revisiting their first three albums for almost 20 years now and am still finding something new to grab onto with each listen. Inspired and inspiring, that's what Project 86 is and has been for almost as long as I've been listening to and caring about music. If you listened to some Project album years ago and decided it wasn't for you, come on back and check out another album...the odds are pretty good that at least one of them is what you're looking for if what you're looking for is quality hard rock music.

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!

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27 Sanctus 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!

YES LEGIT ROCK BAND. I dunno bout their new stuff though...

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28 Tenth 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!

Might not be straight up "rock." But these guys are the absolute best. No other band manages to bring me to tears.

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29 12 Stones 12 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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30 Petra

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!

Yay Petra.

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31 7eventh 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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32 Love 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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33 Ashes 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 had no idea that they were a Christian Rock band until my grandma asked me if they were.. Then I looked up and holy

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34 Needtobreathe

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!

I didn't start out as a fan of their music, but their new album has changed my mind. They definitely deserve a place here! - Elijah_Cook

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35 Jars of Clay Jars of Clay Jars of Clay is a Christian rock band from Nashville, Tennessee. They met at Greenville College in Greenville, Illinois.

"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

Jars of Clay is one of the few bands that can say they moved Christian music more mainstream. Flood is one of the greatest Christian rock songs of all time.

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36 Seventh 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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37 A 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.

38 House 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. "

Absolutely amazing, not just one of the best "Christian" rock bands but rock bands period.. The fact that they aren't in the top ten is a disgrace..

Love their song In the valley of the dying sun!

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39 FM Static

Great band. I don't know why it is not mentioned. It has made it to the top ten christian rock bands of 2010. Hope you would vote. God bless you guys

Why isn't Fm static here!? :(

Very simple band... I like this band and beautiful song.

Same as TFK but more pop rock

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40 Building 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 ...more

This is ridiculous that they are not in the top 10! They are definitely one of the best Christian bands. In my opinion, they are number one!

"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!

I really enjoyed the concert in Sulphur Springs Tx last year I was so blessed I was so Impressed about your compassion for others and the film was a heart grabber. About you mission trip. I love y'all and You are in my prayers until next time Sincerely Linda Blake

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41 BarlowGirl

"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.

They're great! Their song "porcelain heart" is just great and they've got many amazing songs, they should be much higher on this list!

BarlowGirl should be a lot higher on this list. They were an extremely gifted group.

42 Icon 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 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!

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

GREAT live band! I watched their set standing right in front of the stage, and could feel the bass and bass drum vibrating up through the floor. Really interactive with the crowd. Nice people too. They always take time to meet with their fans afterwards.

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43 Hillsong United Hillsong 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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44 The Devil Wears Prada The Devil Wears Prada The Devil Wears Prada is an American metalcore band from Dayton, Ohio, formed in 2005. It consists of members Mike Hranica, Jeremy DePoyster, Andy Trick, and Daniel Williams.

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.

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"

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.

These guys are awesome, at first glance they see a little dark. Give Dem a break, try em' out

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45 Wolves At the Gate

The best Christian heavy rock band ever. They should be on this list!

Man of Sorrows will make you cry

One of The Best bands actually.

My all time favorite. Powerful, straigforward and lyrically profound and technically powerful.
Herald, Dead man, walk on waters to name of few of the songs that play in loops here.

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46 MercyMe

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.


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47 Fit for a King

Great metal core band - saw them live just last week in Ottawa Canada part of The Frozen Flame Tour headlining August Burns Red (they should be on this list! ) Strong lyrics with positive message, uplifting and shouting out The Lord in a voice the new generation will hear and like.

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48 Sent 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!

Fantastic band! Looking forward for more songs.

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49 PlanetShakers

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

Songs r 2 awesome.but joth hunt is a cubby

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50 DC 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!

HOW ARE THEY SO LOW. THEY WERE LEGIT LIKE- ICONIC. THEY STILL ARE. they're DOINg A JESUS ' CRUISE RIGHT NOW. (Not saying that explicitly it's literally "The Jesus Freak Cruise) and all three (mainly Toby) have been successful solo! REALLY. I'm A YOUNG MILLENIAL GIRL, and their songs still ROCK To me.

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