Best Modern Christian Music Artists

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1 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.

The best rapper/singer in the Christian world! He does songs with some of the best, too. He can do fun music, sad music, happy music, worship music, relationship music, soft music, rock music, rap music, and more! He is the complete package in Christian Singers.

I have heard Athiests tell me that christians have the worst songs ever and then say that their songs were the best (if I were them, I wouldn't brag about songs like "california girls", those are terrible songs), then I have them listen to songs by tobymac and then they take back what they said about christian songs being terrible (sorry if I spelled words wrong, I am not the best speller in the world.)

He is the awesome at singer ever. I love his music. It sounds like any contemporary song except it packs a powerful message all throughout it. He is by far one of the greatest christian singers of all time. Rock on toby Mac

Toby is the real deal /genuine faith and loads of talent. He comes alongside of young artist like Ryan Stevenson to promote their work. He is our favorite contemporary Christian artist.

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2 Chris Tomlin

wow!.. everytime I'll listen to his worshiping songs, I felt my spirit is filled with holiness through God.
This artist is very awesome..!

Chris Tomlin songs aren't loud or have dynamic instrumentals, but hold this quiet strength that gives hope through God-praising lyrics and soft melody. It's one of those songs that catch you off guard and have a impact on your day.

I don't think I have heard a song that I haven't liked by Chris Tomlin. I love listening to his music. I love the words to his music. His songs all sound different, he's just one talented artist. God gave him a gift and he is using it. Had my sister (who doesn't listen to Christian music) listen to one song of his and now she is hooked.

He deserves first place...

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

Great band. They get the message of God and Jesus across to people who find the other stuff boring. Love this band!

Skillet is the best band of ALL time...! No comparison to any other band this is definitely the BEST..! and to tell you the truth I never really like "god" music but this band got me into it - eminems_718

Without Skillet, I wouldn't be saved. It's easy to mistake them for a secular band, and when you find out they're Christian, it blows your mind, and you see a new perspective on everything

There is no competition, no one else on this chart has hit the billboards like skillet, placing number 1 in hard rock and number 2 overall in the secular billboard 200!

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4 Lecrae Lecrae Lecrae Devaughn Moore, mononymously known as Lecrae, is an American Christian hip hop artist, songwriter, record producer and actor.

Lecrae's songs can easily equal, or even beat songs by secular music's top artists. Because I am a die hard rap fan, there is no question in my mind that Lecrae is not only the best Christian artist, but the best artist there is today. With his powerful lyrics and strong, energetic beats, Lecrae should definitely be the top on this list.

At first glance lecrae can seem like just a artist who does "fun" Christian music and he's just kind of shallow and its not very deep Christian music. WRONG BROTHUH! Lecrae frequently exposes the secularism of mainstream rap music (one example is in his song, NUTHIN) and actually has very deep meaning to all of his lyrics. He has a pretty interesting testimony about how he used to be a drug addict and a gang member and stuff like that which he frequently references in his songs, which lets him relate to unsaved people more than any Christian artist,which eventually draws them to God once they actually hear what he's saying. Even if you don't care about all that, he still makes catchy, quality beats and flows that are a safe alternative to secular rap music. Sorta like the way "trunk or treat" is a safe alternative to Halloween. If your a newcomer I would reccomend your first song to listen to would be don't WAIST YOUR LIFE. Awesome singing and rapping and a very relevent message. Then ...more

He's obviously the best rapper, he was rated this by many different websites. He has good songs like background, joyful noise and Don't waste your life. He has good beats and his raps are solid, even my non-Christian friends like him.

Just fantastic

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5 Newsboys

In Christ Alone... Amazing song. They are really really great. I love the newsboys. Their songs are astoundingly moving. They easily deserve top three

So close between this and MercyMe, but the tipping point goes to Newsboys' VAST number of hits. God's Not Dead, Live With Abandon, He Reigns, and my personal favorite, Your Love Never Fails, just to name a few.

He Reigns was an inspiration to me and its this band I must thank for helping me get my life straight

Listen to Gods Not Dead and I believe

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6 Britt Nicole Britt Nicole Brittany Nicole Waddell, better known by her stage name Britt Nicole, is an American vocalist, songwriter and recording artist.

I love Britt Nicole! She has inspired me so much and many others going through hard times. I love her and what to meet her!

She has an amazing voice.

She has great music style

So inspirational

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7 Jeremy Camp

He is a great singer and has a beautiful voice!

Jeremy Camp is incredible! His songs are the perfect mix of Christian, rock, and pop. I especially love: "The Way", "There will be a day" and "Overcome". Jeremy Camp is the best singer

"The Way" is awesome song, Chris Tomlin and Jeremy Camp far ahead of competition.

Beautiful voice and doesn't shy away from singing to Jesus. He also has an awesome testimony.

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8 Owl City Owl City Owl City is an American Synthpop/Electronica project created in 2007 in Owatonna, Minnesota; it is the most successful of several projects by singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Adam Young.

A very humble singer I guess.. too expressive to his musics especially when it comes to singing of praise to God! He should be at the top 20 I suggest..

A slower kind of music but I listen to it just as much as rapping music

Owl City... crossing genre lines since 2008! God bless

Owl city should be top 3

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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.

Because his songs makes me Alive and he is a good singer.
May God bless them!

Praise you in this storm heart touching song

They ARE the best! They sing from their hearts! I love how they reach out to everyone, God Bless You All Casting Crowns!

Inspiring songs

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10 Hillsong Young & Free

"Let Go", "Peace", "Falling Into You", "Alive", and "This Is Living" are just some of the amazing tracks that this group has to offer

This guy has good lyrics it's just his voice is annoying

Young & free brings a modern beat with a powerful message in all their music, from car jams remind you of God's love to worship songs they do it all. they are also phenomenal live!

The best voice ever from oceans #1 better then Adele'hello"

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11 MercyMe

Songs like "I Can Only Imagine" and "Word of God Speak, " indeed -- speak for themselves.

Wrote and Performed the #1 Song of the decade, Word of God Speak. They perform powerful, great, amazing songs.

No wonder they made I can only imagine into a movie. The song is just gorgeous.

I love every song they do!

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12 Matthew West

This man's music started me following the lord. Scanning the radio stations one day and herd next thing you know. That's been at least 13 years ago.

I really like his music just recently started to listen to songs that I hadn't heard of his he is so inspiring listen to the song tryin of his

Matthew west changes peoples lives all over the world and I am one of those people, he is my favorite singer and I vote him for top ten.
I love Matthew west!

Love his music!

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13 Group 1 Crew

Words expressed from the hearts of the broken souls, words from the streets, words from the Lord, Jesus Christ. Beautiful composition, soulful lyrics, depth rap. The only best urban group.

They have some great songs!

They have beautiful texts. They are my favorite!

They are so good! I love the songs!

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14 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.

Kutless is by far the best Christian band! There music is incredible!

15 Red Red Red is an American rock band from Nashville, Tennessee, formed in 2002 by brothers guitarist Anthony Armstrong and bassist Randy Armstrong, with lead vocalist Michael Barnes.

Wow! Just Wow! I can't believe Red is at number 8. They Should be in the top 3. Before you vote for Skillet or Tobymac go listen to these songs by Red, Breathe Into Me, Ordinary World, Mystery Of You, Never Be the Same, Not Alone, Feed The Machine, and Faceless.

RED should be NUMBER ONE. Way better then Switchfoot, Newsboys, Casting crown and Skillet. Christ Tomlin can compete. But RED is NUMBER ONE. Even non Christian band... NUMBER ONE -:O Praise GOD and GOD bless.

Meaningful songs describing the love of Christ

They are the best band ever.

16 Jamie Grace

I just listened to one of her song and it is awesome! I love it once I heard it! It really cool! You guys really gotta try to listen to her songs

Awesome artist from holding on and you lead, I made my friends listen to her without knowing its Christian music haha. Love her

Anyone who listens to Jamie would Love her! GOD BLESS JAMIE GRACE

Not a fan of her style...

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17 Rapture Ruckus

The best- enough said

18 Colton Dixon Colton Dixon Michael Colton Dixon is an American Christian singer-songwriter and musician from Murfreesboro, Tennessee. He placed seventh on the eleventh season of American Idol.

I've never been much of a Christian music lover, but the first time I heard Colton Dixon's 'More of you Less of me & Fool's Gold' I was instantly hooked. His albums have quite a secular sound and his songs are very spiritual and thought provoking. I own both of his albums A Messenger & Anchor and listen to them all the time! If you've never listened to his music, do it, you won't regret it!

My daughter, Leah, is fifteen and loves his music. She is hoping for a Pittsburgh concert at some point. It is awesome to see your teen desire to listen to music with lyrics to edify and speak of life. Colton and his wife are positive role models in which a generation can look up to. Thank you.

He rocked American Idol, and he chose the Christian path of music which is inspiring! His music is radio type music but with godly lyrics!

I love his music!

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19 Jesus Culture

Some of their music is good, but the church they come from believes some pretty heretical things, I don't listen to their music anymore and if I do I listen to someone else sing their songs not them singing, I just can't enjoy music sung by heretics.

Some of the most visceral Christian around

They have really beautiful songs like "You won't relent" - it's simply amazing; "Light of Your face", "Holy" and so many more.

I love jesus culture so much. Love their worship. There worship is so powerful that you feel the amazing power through your phone/playlist. Their songs are life changing😍😍😍

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20 Phil Wickham

He has one of the best voices man he sing!

I agree. LOVE Phil Wickham.

he is good

I think Phill Wickham should be at the top. He is awesome! He really is a man of his word too; he doesn’t just sing Christian music and then just stay put.

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22 Natalie Grant

She writes some of the most inspirational songs

She has one of the most amazing and versatile voices I've ever heard.

Has an amazing voice!

Inspirational, versatile singer that stirs the soul and as a singer has been my introduction into Christian music. Now l'm hooked.

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23 Tenth Avenue North

Tenth avenue north has something to offer.. Their songs are deep.. The lyrics are wonderfully woven into one song.. Behind the songs are also very powerful and empowering to every christian.. Their new released album shows the struggle of every christian but at the end it's always about Jesus still, making the band more shining to me is that they reflect and make Christ the star of every song... Praise God..

I think Starfield is another great band.. They have piercing emotional lyrics which makes you feel much more wonderful in Christ.. Like a reminder.. I think both bands have the same concept..

Tenth avenue north has been in my playlist since I've been aware of Christian music.. their songs are great! they inspire everyone not excluding any age.. they don't just make music but they also make praises and adoration for Jesus... hope you'll vote for them they are just too awesome they shouldn't be in the 20th they deserve better

Mike has SUCH a story behind the songs (look him up on youtube) and is such a motivational and sincere speaker that you KNOW their words and feelings are real. Their commitment to our Father in heaven comes thru time and time again.

Tenth Avenue North is so underrated! - ethanwakeman

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25 Switchfoot Switchfoot Switchfoot is an American alternative rock band from San Diego, California. The band plays as a quintet.

NUMBER 1. Hands down. Fantastic musicians, incredible lyrics--inspiring, challenging, deep, powerful. They have been my favourite band my entire life, and they don't get old. They don't compromise creativity or follow cliche Christian trends. Each album is different. Going to Bro Am this year and I'm stoked.

MUST be FIRST definitely! Tremendous music! Can't be compared to any other band, it's perfect! My favourite songs are Awakening, Dark Horses, Afterlife, Your love is a song.

Switchfoot is one of the very few Christian bands that aren't corny and I really really love their music.

Way better than any band

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26 Demon Hunter Demon Hunter Demon Hunter is an American Christian metal band from Seattle, Washington, started in 2000 by brothers Don Clark and Ryan Clark. Although the brothers created the band together, only Ryan remains, since Don left the band to take care of his family.

Demon Hunter- Best Christian metal band out there. Highly suggested for a metal head. They sound very much like Five Finger Death Punch and others.

One Of The Most Heaviest Christian bands ever!

27 Third Day

Awesome in concert. Total pros in every way.

As far as a Christian ROCK band,
All others are a distant second!

I saw them in concert at Rock The Universe at Universal Studios in Orlando Florida. They sound absolutely flawless in person I swear and Mac Powell has an awesome voice😍

28 For King and Country

These guys deserve to be first! They are the best group of all time. Their lyrics are amazing, their music is awesome and their concerts are mind-blowing! Their song "Priceless" has to be one of the best songs of all time and the message they are trying to get out through it is very admirable.

Okay really? How is this band not number one? Go to one of their concerts and tell me if they still should be this low on the list. (by the way much love and respect for all the other artists, I just find it incomprehensible that they are this low on the list.)

They music has the BEST message, the BEST sound, and they have BEST live performances. They out do every band easily at a concert.

Wow they're amazing in concert!

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29 Hillsong United Hillsong United

Not "Christian music." This is the best church worship music for teens and adults alike. They definitely have the best variety of songs, and should be number one by far. If they are ever performing near you, buy tickets no matter what.

Cannot be compared to any other Christian band out there - so many anointed songs, nobody else compares. My brothers and sisters in Christ, this is music from the throne-room of God!

I like them too much. The way they compose music, that sound so amazing it makes me cry.

Nothing compares!

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30 Ashes Remain

Love this group!

31 LZ7

These guys are THE Christian BAND of Europe like how here in America we have Chris Tomlin, TobyMac, LeCrae, and many others they are same in Europe. They are in the top 5 of several charts in the music industry across the way. They are on my list top 10 easily.

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33 NF NF Nathan "Nate" John Feuerstein, whose stage name is NF, is an American Christian hip hop rapper, singer and musician from Gladwin, Michigan.

NF is the most inspirational singer/rapper, not just in Christian music, but in all music! Go check him out!

He is definitely beyond spiritually gifted. He. Is. Amazing. We need more music like his, real and raw stuff we all go through in life.

Arguably the best rapper on the planet Christian and non-Christian.

NF Is a Musical Philosopher. Everyone can understand and relate to every lyrics...To me, every word he says is a punchline.

His Music helped build my self esteem.

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34 Thousand Foot Krutch Thousand Foot Krutch Thousand Foot Krutch is a Canadian Christian rock band formed in 1995. They have released eight albums. They have also released two live albums and three remix albums.

"be somebody" enough said

Absolutly awesome!

THEY SHOULD BE #3

35 Matt Redman

Matt Redman should be in the top 10 at least, who put this thing together anyway?

He should be in the top twenty at least

"Bless the lord,O my soul" is a heart touching song.

EXCELLENT WORSHIPPER

36 Capital Kings Capital Kings Capital Kings is an American pop, electronic and Christian pop act currently consisting of producer and rapper Cole Walowac.

Capital Kings is the Best Christian Band ever..
With their Debut album.. They have reached out to the fans...
My top 5 Songs are:
1) Born To love
2) You'll never be alone
3) Living for the outer side
4) All The Way
5) I feel so alive

Number 34? What kind of a list is this? Capital Kings for the win! - RiverClanRocks

Great music; love the message; from the heart

These guys are AMAZING live! I have seen TobyMac, Newsboys, Mandisa, Big Daddy Weave, and a few others they easily are top ten for live show. With the new album out my top five songs from them are...
1. Born To Love
2. Live For The Drop
3. Believer
4. I Feel So Alive
5. Fireblazin' feat. Chris Tomlin

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37 Kari Jobe

Wow, I seriously can't believe Kari Jobe is ranked so low in this list! Her voice is just amazing and her songs always touch my heart. A true Christian artist!

I love the way her songs are arranged. And how the instruments are used in her songs to make them more powerful. Her voice is very precise and unique.

Kari jobe should be first her music is so inspiring and always brings me to my knees before the one tru king. Her music makes me cry. every time,

On my opinion she is the best! her songs are pure and powerful. she is a real worshipper!

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38 David Crowder Band

Such a gift he was giving from God with a great voice and in return we get the gift to hear him, if you have never seen this band live you really need to they are spectacular.

How is he NOT in the top ten!?!?!? Amazing in concert! Lift your head weary sinner is SO GOOD LIVE

I Love this guy his stuff is so good. Great content and lyrics.

David crowder sucks

39 Anthem Lights

I love EVERY song on their album. (that doesn't happen often)

The group's style is incredible--they're able to harmonize effortlessly, and they're covers of secular pop artists are just plain ol' awesome! They all possess some of the best male vocals I have ever heard, especially the newcomer Spencer Kane.

I just Can't Shut Up about their songs! They're so good! - OhioStateBuckeyes

Great group with epic talent, but more importantly they have solid words!
I can see them moving up the list.

40 David Phelps David Phelps

Best Christian singer - cicitinney

Simoly the best - cicitinney

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42 Michael W. Smith

His debut album in 1983 contained the #1 song of that DECADE "Friends" which received more dedications, selections as class songs and evoked more tears than any song ever! "Place in this World"... HE just keeps getting better, and is a humble servant of God!

In my opinion the greatest singer.
Songs like "You Won't Let Go" and "Take me Home" will blow you away.

His songs are awesome.. He have to in Top 10... I don't know why not

Best ever

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43 Andy Mineo Andy Mineo Andrew Aaron "Andy" Mineo, formerly known as C-Lite, is an American Christian hip hop artist, producer, and TV and music video director from New York City.

Talented guy. Great stuff. I can only listen to his sound for so long though. He always the same, kinda pissed and aggressive.

Consistently good, unique rapper. Easily number 1

Best rapper ever christian and not

Dope! He and Lecrae are really good!

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44 Fireflight

Fireflight is so great! For the ones who like rock, they are perfect! Their songs express how do you feel as a sinner, but now redeemed.

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46 Lauren Daigle

Great voice, good lyrics and nice instrumental arrangement. She sings with her heart! She's amazing!

Did you know that trust in you is one of the most popular songs on Christian radio right now

She has such a amazing voice, "how can it be" is such a amazing album

Lauren is AWESOME!

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47 Brandon Heath

He needs to be recognized. Jesus in disguise, Leaving Eden, Your Love, etc...

Give Me Your Eyes. Enough said.

48 Mat Kearney Mat Kearney Mathew William "Mat" Kearney is an American musician born in Eugene, Oregon, now based in Nashville, Tennessee.

Mat Kearney Rocks! Just listen to his songs, Down, Ships In the Night and Chasing The Light. Vote For Him!

49 Falling Up

Most unique Christian band ever. They're music honestly blows me away. Amazing, amazing, amazing talent. Not sure if they're my all-time favourite but they're up there with Skillet and Owl City. Probably either Falling Up or Skillet would be my number 1 though. If you're talking about lyrics, I may choose different bands/artists however. But these would be my top 3 for musical talent. But Falling Up is still the most unique out of these three. I love Skillet for John Cooper's voice and how epic/awesome their songs are. Owl City for his amazingly unique electronic music and is amazingly clear voice. But Falling Up's music far exceeds them for creativity. And Jessy is also a great writer as well.

50 Matt Maher

Matt Maher is the best! I love his album "Alive Again"

Matt Maher is amazing, you cannot find a bad song of his!

He is rated WAY too low on this list. Top 10 easily.

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