Best Modern Christian Music Artists

The Top Ten

1 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

Appeals to a fan base that is edgy, gritty and passionate for the Lord.

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.

Chris Tomlin's music is full of worship and praise to Jesus, Chris himself has remained extremely humble despite his worldwide recognition. He is truly a wonderful example of Proverbs 29:23- "A man's pride will bring him low, but the humble in spirit will retain honor." (NKJV) He is definitely my favorite Christian artists, not just because of his great music but because he is an extremely genuine and humble person who strives to spread the love of Jesus to others.

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

I love Skillets songs it helps me think of how I can help to make our home a better place. All those people who pressed dislike on Skillets videos thought it said dis-i-like!

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

4 Lecrae Lecrae Devaughn Moore, mononymously known as Lecrae, is an American Christian hip hop artist, songwriter, record producer and actor. He is also the co-founder of reach records.

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.

Has the best lyrics out of all of them. Go Hard is probably the best Christian song of all time. Rebel is probably the best Christian album of all time. Lecrae and TobyMac need to get together and do some music

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.

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

They are awesome love there music

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

I love her music fashion designer many other Britt Nicole was beautiful voices singing skills.

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

7 Jeremy Camp

Talk about feeling Gods presence in his music. The Way is the best song ever.

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.

8 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

Angels is the best song of all time - NotMisterThompson

9 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.

Only Jesus, Oh My Soul, Who Am I, Until the Whole World Hears, Thrive, Praise You in this Storm, the list goes on... - Inteleon777

They should be number 1, my wife and I have all of your music that we can find. Keep them coming CC.

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

Praise you in this storm heart touching song

10 Hillsong Young & Free

"Hillsong" one of the biggest Christian bands known worldwide! #hillsongyandf

"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 Contenders

11 MercyMe

These men have such a *glorious* way of, sharing God's Word with all that hear their profound music! I, truly, admire how dedicated that, all of these men are in, walking in Christ's footsteps...

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

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

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

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!

Matthew west is awesome he deserves higher then 14

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!

Wake me up is an awesome song by them

14 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.

15 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!

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

She is a very good singer with a very good voice

17 Rapture Ruckus

The best- enough said

18 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!

Never Gone is awesome. - explodingpineapple

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 only listen to praise and worship music so I enjoy Jesus Culture. Great worship music that I totally blast in my car. One of my favorite artists to listen to.

20 Phil Wickham

I think he should be at the top!

He has one of the best voices man he sing!

I agree. LOVE Phil Wickham.

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.

21 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!

She is the best!

22 Flyleaf Flyleaf is an American rock band formed in Bell County, Texas, in 2002. The band has charted on mainstream rock, Christian pop and Christian metal genres.
23 For King and Country

I really can't believe it's a indie Christian band #forkingandcountry

They write those songs that no matter what's wrong or no matter what is happening in your life you can stop for a minute and enjoy their music and connect you to God, even if it only lasts untill another song comes on. They have a wonderful voice to voice the wonderful message through music.

For King and Country is the BEST they should be #1 or at least top 3!

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.

24 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.

There is no way that Ten Avenue North could be 17th! They have the most inspirational songs and lyrics! They should DEFINITELY be in the top 3!

25 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.

Best band ever. The songs are so inspiring and bring hope to a world deeply in need of this!

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27 Third Day

They have great music and great lyrics. Have really helped me in some of my lowest seasons of life.

They are awesome in concert. Song after song, hit after hit! When I redicated my life to Jesus, their music played a big part in releasing my remorse and regret. I will forever be grateful. Thank you Third Day!

Awesome in concert. Total pros in every way.

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

28 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!

29 Hillsong United

One of the best Christian worship/rock band I listening! #hillsongunited

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.

30 Lauren Daigle

Christian "Adele" artist version. Best artist I really want to suggest to listen #laurendaigle

She is my favorite singer and sings 2 of my favorites songs and they are You Say and First

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

31 Ashes Remain

Love this group!

32 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 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.

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

Nf is an amazing person and musician with very thoughtful lyrics

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.

33 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.

34 Lightswitch
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.


36 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!


37 David Phelps David Norris Phelps is an American Christian music vocalist, songwriter and vocal arranger, who is best known for singing tenor in the Gaither Vocal Band.

Certainly one of the greatest voices I have ever heard,praise be from an old fellow tenor not as David but still loved. To sing spiritually praise be to god and keep spreading the message of song gods love

Best Christian singer - cicitinney

Best Christian Singer "Ever"

Simoly the best - cicitinney

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 Michael W. Smith

He, truly, has one of the most glorious voice in, praising & worshipping Christ! Thankfully, our world has beautiful & loving people, like this who, give praise to, our Heavenly Lord!

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

40 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,

Great heart and powerful music. Came out of a really anointed church--Gateway Church in Dallas area.

41 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

This should definitely go up...
They are amazing'
You should listen to their debut album.
Simply E.P.I.C...!

42 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.

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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.

45 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.

Best rapper ever christian and not

Consistently good, unique rapper. Easily number 1

Dope! He and Lecrae are really good!

46 Sanctus Real
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 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 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.

50 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.

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