10 Christian Rock Songs We Were Listening to While the '90s Happened
Audio Adrenaline - Big House (1993)
If you're a secular pop-rock or pop-punk band, the promised land of crossover success is school proms and graduations -- think "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)" or basically any hair-metal power ballad. If you're a CCM band, the equivalent space is churches, private schools, and youth groups.
Both crossovers have their ingredients -- if a school-function hit has to wear its heart on its sleeve and reach for maximum nostalgia or melancholy, a church song has to have a big, high-concept hook and needs to be easy to sing in a large group, off an overhead projector. Audio Adrenaline -- who, like several bands on this list, began as a weird late-'80s hip-hop thing and later buried that origin as deeply as they could -- nailed the mix with "Big House," which is about a heaven of big houses and yards "where we can play football."
Say what you will about what that says re: their audience -- this heaven looks a lot like the place where I grew up -- it caught on with a lot of people.