The 10 Most Popular Christian Bands Not In The Mainstream

The 10 Most Popular Christian Bands Not In The Mainstream

Last week we took an in depth look at The 10 Most Popular Christian Bands In The Mainstream. This week we are going to take a look at what amounts to the exact opposite of that. For as many bands that are out there playing to the mixed multitudes, there are bands out there playing what might be called the “church circuit”, mostly consisting of worship circles and rocking youth groups, while getting tons of radio play from Christian music only stations. You may think they are singing to the choir, but there are people in the churches that need to hear the good Word just as much as those who wouldn’t dare step foot in one. Take a look at this list and come back to comment on who you think should have made the list!


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Tyler Hess has been running Christian Music Zine since he created the site in 2008. His favorite bands are Relient K, Bleach, Emery, House of Heroes, The Classic Crime, Children 18:3 and Anberlin. Twitter = @tylerscotthess More Posts

38 Comments to “The 10 Most Popular Christian Bands Not In The Mainstream”

  1. This makes me feel like a Christian music hipster. :P

  2. It’s not letting me view the list, when I click ”start here” it takes me to the top ten mainstream bands?

    • thats weird, it works for me and it seems to be working for everyone else…the link for the mainstream bands is at the top, the start here link definitely works on my end

  3. Pretty good idea, I’ve never seen anyone do a list like this before. Lots of good bands on there.

  4. Hmm… I tend to like heavier music (Demon Hunter, ABR), but my favorite favorite bands are in this list. They’re the ones I have the memories and concert stubs for. Interesting!! Thanks for posting!

  5. No Emery? :(

  6. Joshua Andre // March 26, 2012 at 1:40 pm // Reply

    hey every single one of these bands/artists are male? what’s up with that?? No love for Natalie Grant, Rebecca St James, others??

    And I would have thought Michael W Smith would be in the top ten easy!!

  7. Robert Shell // March 26, 2012 at 1:53 pm // Reply

    Although very few of these artiest I’m massive fans of, it’s a solid list. Hard to argue with the placement of any of these. I think Michael W Smith would be in this list if it was made like 10 years ago. Obviously he is still a known name, but don’t hear him nearly as often as any of these other artists though within the mainstream Christian music scene. I just don’t understand how Tyler could have left off Carmen? :)

    • the fact that you didn’t know that it is spelled “Carman” should tell you how relevant he is to today’s music scene. I saw Carman when i was about 15…I’m pretty sure that we can blame him for the “we love Jesus/yes we do/how bout you” chants at every Christian festival for the last two decades

  8. Joshua Andre // March 26, 2012 at 2:25 pm // Reply

    hey tyler how about a list, the 10 Christian bands that are most likely to be big in the future ?

  9. Ronnie Hamilton // March 26, 2012 at 4:16 pm // Reply

    I am surprised to see Kutless and SCC on here. I agree they are big, I just didn’t see them in the top ten. I also was surprised to not see MercyMe on here. With that said, I barely listen to any of these :)

  10. Logan Flaming // March 27, 2012 at 3:24 pm // Reply

    David Crowder Band is the only band on this list that I like. Cant stand any of the others… Ick

  11. I’m wondering why there are no metal bands in there?
    It seems that the list is very ‘worship’ based in the genres, not a whole lot of variety. I like most of the artists in there but perhaps a bigger list with more range should be looked at

    • Hi Liam, did you see our list of the 10 most popular christian bands in the mainstream? that contains four metal bands :)

      • I did like the inclusion of ABR, Oath, AILD and Prada, I love their music and was lucky enough to see Underoath live earlier in the year.
        My query was more about the bands like For Today, Close Your Eyes, even For All Eternity. But I suppose that coming from a smaller city in Australia, I would have a different idea of what ‘mainstream’ is

        • For Today is certainly growing…Close Your Eyes is not nearly big enough for a top 10 list, especially with the recent departure of their vocalist who knows where they’re going next…and…I honestly have no idea who For All Eternity is so it would be hard to include them

          • Fair enough, For All Eternity are an Australian band, really big over here but I should hae figured that they might not be so big anywhere else.
            Thanks for hearing me out, can I just put a question mark on Superchick for this list? I’m done after this haha

          • ah, i was wondering…we do actually have an Australian writer, but he doesn’t cover metal haha!

            Superchick is well known, but they’re not top 10 :)

  12. Joshua Andre // March 27, 2012 at 5:02 pm // Reply

    hey tyler wondering what was 11-20 on the list?

  13. Thanks for listening to my point of view, I’ve met a lot of people who would just yell at me and say that I’m wrong haha. I’m glad that I found this sight looking for Jimmy Needham stuff, it’s pretty good from what I’ve seen

    • haha no problem…not yelling on the internet can be difficult because it takes more effort to be kind…i too often tend to sarcasm myself :) thanks for reading!

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