10 Christian Rock Songs We Were Listening to While the '90s Happened
Newsboys - Shine (1994)
I don't know what the public school equivalent of "Shine" was, so you'll have to tell me: What did they play over and over at all of your trips to the skating rink? The Newsboys toured constantly, changed their sound every album -- dance-y pop in 1994, post-grunge in 1996, adult contemporary in 1998, unmitigated disco in 1999 -- and were unassailably Christian, in the can-I-play-this-song-to-my-pastor sense.
But while their aughts incarnation went full-on worship-album, they were pretty subversive all through the '90s, mixing songs about doubt and ecumenism and loving just about everybody in among the youth group sing-alongs, like this one. I have come only recently to the sad conclusion that I will never be able to find this song (or the one beginning "Isabelle is a belly-dancer," or the one about breakfast not being served in hell) in a karaoke bar.