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The birth of contemporary Christian music dates back to the late 1960s, but Christian rock came into its own in the 1980s.[1]

Billboard magazine started to post the Top 10 Christian rock songs, and some radio stations[who?] started to play Christian rock.[citation needed] Bands such as DC Talk, Jars of Clay, Audio Adrenaline and many others achieved commercial success.[citation needed] This list excludes bands that are primarily heavy metal or hardcore punk. Those bands appear in the list of Christian metal artists and list of Christian hardcore bands, respectively.

The Encyclopedia of Contemporary Christian Music defines contemporary Christian music (CCM) as "music that appeals to self-identified fans of contemporary Christian music on account of a perceived connection to what they regard as Christianity".[2] Based on that definition, this list may include bands who work in the Christian music industry, as well as artists in the general market whose lyrics reflect their Christian faith (or where either the artists themselves and other sources identify members as performing Christian music). Some bands resist the "Christian rock" label, but are still identified under the label by outside sources.


See also


  1. ^ Huckabee, Tyler. "Who killed the contemporary Christian music industry?". The Week. Retrieved December 4, 2019.
  2. ^ Powell, Mark Allan (2002). Encyclopedia of Contemporary Christian Music (First printing ed.). Peabody, Massachusetts: Hendrickson Publishers. p. 13. ISBN 1-56563-679-1. What I propose is that we define contemporary Christian music exactly the same way we define all other genres. Such labels are always audience-driven and are based unapologetically on perception, not content or intent. If I were writing a book on punk rock, I would find out what people who call themselves fans of punk rock like to listen to.
  3. ^ "Into The Fray". Retrieved February 23, 2010.
  4. ^ Brennan, Sandra. "The Imperials Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved June 28, 2020.