Christian Rock:

Sounds Secular, Rocks Just As Hard

When people think of Christian music, they think of outstretched hands and a worship chorus that goes on for far too long.  All songs are seemingly the same and lack any true depth.  While this type of Christian music is played frequently, especially in churches, modern Christian rock sounds more like the secular pop that blankets the airwaves.  The only real difference between the two is the subject of their songs—one sings for God and the other of secular themes.

So, if you are a parent out there who cannot listen to the radio without covering your child’s ears or you are just looking for some alternative positive music, take a listen to your local “alternative” Christian music station, and many of these bands sound just like your favorite secular groups.  Below is a list of many of the most popular Christian bands paired with secular bands they sound like.  If you are searching for something a little different, whether Christian or not, you might find a gem or two in this list to keep your music library full and your life just a little more rocking. 

Tenth Avenue NorthCredit: Amazon.comTenth Avenue North - Snow Patrol

One of the more popular new Christian bands on the scene, Tenth Avenue North sports a clean tone and inspiring lyrics. 

Fireflight – Evanescence

Fronted by a Female vocalist, Fireflight knows how to rock.  This band needs to be played loud.  

Hawk Nelson – Blink 182

Hawk Nelson is a great alternative to much of the punk music out there that is not exactly wholesome. 

Relient K – Fall Out Boy

Relient K has the sound of a punk band but often harmonizes like the Beach Boys.  This five piece band likes to have fun, and it shows in their album titles like “Two Lefts Don’t Make a Right, Three Do” and “Let It Snow Baby, Let It Reindeer.” 

Barlow Girl – Kelly Clarkson

This trio of sisters knows how to rock.  They have been one of the most popular Christian bands throughout the 2000’s.   

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Sanctus Real - Goo Goo Dolls

One of the more popular Christian bands of recent years, Sanctus Real has been around the block.  They have some more worship-like ballads but have such a deep music library that their sounds is sure to please anyone that enjoys the likes of bands like the Goo Goo Dolls. 

The Supertones – The Mighty Mighty Bosstones

This former southern California band was probably the most popular Christian ska band ever.  They have a deep discography and often bridge the gap between hard rock, rap, and ska. 

The Afters – Lifehouse

Sounding like a toned-down Relient K, the Afters have progressed from a rock to more vocally driven pop band.  Their songs have broad popular appeal and have been featured on MTV and the ABC family channel. 

Seabird – The Beatles

It is difficult to draw any direct comparison between Seabird and secular music, but the Beatles have heavy influences on Seabird’s style.  Many of their songs have been heard on popular television shows including Grey’s Anatomy and the Ghost Whisperer. 

Family Force Five – Beastie Boys

Yes.  It sounds like an oxymoron: Christian Rap.  But, yes.  It does exist.  Family Force Five is new to the scene but has been blanketing Christian airwaves for this last year.

Bethany Dillon – Sara Bareilles

All Bethany Dillon needs is her voice and her acoustic guitar.  Dillon’s music is positive and upbeat and is sure to appeal to people who love female vocalists.


The Christian bands and singers featured here are meant to give a very broad overview of genres that will appeal to mass audiences.  There are many, many wonderful Christian bands out there, but it just takes some work to find them.  So, take a look at these bands that you may have never heard of before.  You will be pleasantly surprised.  

Sanctus Real

Pieces of a Real Heart

Pieces of a Real Heart

Tenth Avenue North

The Light Meets The Dark

Tenth Avenue North