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My favorite Christian Rock Music

Updated on November 18, 2015

Worship Rock - Every Bit as Heavy

There was a time I thought church music was nothing but ancient organ music, gospel or pop songs each sounding just like the next one. Boy, was I in for a surprise. Christian rock is just as heavy as anything else I know of. Find a few of my favorites below.

I grew up in the 60s and 70s, so today we will focus on the Christian rock music of that time. Another day we will take a look at more contemporary artists. Christian worship rock is stronger than ever.

Why Rock as Worship Music?

Music has been an integral part of worship since King David so why not now? Why not make it contemporary music? With Christian rock, the gospel now reaches a previously inaccessible segment of the population. The forms of worship have changed and so has its music.

The youth group leader at my church told me this story:

Last time he was driving the kids to their annual retreat, they were playing rap or hip-hop on the radio on the way up there. On the way back he asked them what they liked best about the retreat. He was blown away when they didn't tell him about the swimming, the bonfires or the nature hikes. They told him about the worship. On the way back the radio was tuned to worship rock. Does that answer the question for you?

Christian Rock

The Beginning

It's probably no surprise that rock'n'roll did not receive a warm welcome in Christian circles. Impassioned vocals, loud guitars and drums along with dance moves openly sexual in nature just didn't fit into traditional church music. Rock'n'roll was the music of the counterculture, not the establishment.

The Jesus movement of the early 70s in a way became itself a counterculture, a reaction to the sex and drugs excesses of the 60s. Christian rock became the bridge.

Books About Modern Christian Worship Music

These books discuss the difference between secular and worship music. Not surprisingly, there is quite a bit of controversy. Opinions are sharply divided. Answer the question, "Where is the line? Is it entertainment or worship?"

Resurrection Band Videos - or Rez Band

Resurrection Band is arguably one of the most influential Christian rock and blues bands. It grew out of the Jesus People of Milwaukee movement in the early 70s and at least to some extent helped define the Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) genre.

Resurrection Band Album

Stryper Videos - Glam Rock

Stryper polished it up and brought big hair. One of the few Christian bands that came close to becoming a household name.

Whitecross Video - Metal

Like so many other Christian rock bands, Whitecross dates back to the 80s.

Whitecross Album

Whitecross' style change dramatically in the late 90s when guitarist Rex Carroll left the band until the re-creation in 2000. Keep that in mind when buying Whitecross albums.

Rex Carroll Band Video

Sounds familiar? No wonder. Rex Carroll was guitarist in Whitecross and still is in its re-created form.

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      I didn't even know that Stryper was still around. Some of my students were into their music years ago.

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      shana273 4 years ago

      I love Christian rock. Some of my favorites are Plumb, Jars of Clay, Hillsong, and Red.

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      Deb Bryan 4 years ago from Chico California

      I prefer light rock Christian music. However, I do agree with your statement "gospel now reaches a previously inaccessible segment of the population.'' and I am grateful to hear a few of them now and then.

      One of my favorites years ago was PETRA - ''Not Of This World.'' During one of my most challenging human experiences, a cassette tape of their music was gifted to me, and that song somehow spoke right to my heart. Another song on the same album was "Not by Sight" I believe that cassette tape was worn thin before I was ready to stop listening. ;-)

      Thanks again! Glad to discover you on Squidoo.

      Brightest Blessings, Deb

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      Nightcat 4 years ago

      Stryper!!! I have a bunch of their old albums, love them! Blessed! :)

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      What feel good music.

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      Deborah Carr 4 years ago from Orange County, California

      I love all types of gospel music, as well as more formal religious music.

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      Finn Mauritzen 4 years ago from Wading River, NY

      @applejacking: Did you see my Christian blues lens?

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      applejacking 4 years ago

      You have good music taste and keep rockin dude.

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      PoeticChristian 4 years ago

      I am an Eclectic, but I don't like Classical music (only like the ones from the cartoons) but there are some awesome Christian Rappers out there. I believe as long as the message is true to spreading the word of God and encouraging people, then why worry how it sounds? Everyone is different, me personally I want something that is going to make me move and want to sing with it. Especially if the message reminds me to take a leap of Faith and to know that God is going to catch me, I don't mind if that gets stuck in my head at all.

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      Shelly Sellers 4 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      When I first become a Christian, I too, thought I would be doomed to listen to boring music...not so! You have a great list here of Christian Rock!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      This is great, thank you for your sharing, I really like them. :)

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      darciefrench lm 4 years ago

      I love Christian rock music - can rely on the lyrics to be uplifting :)

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      getmoreinfo 4 years ago

      Thanks for sharing your favorite Christian Rock Music