10 Christian Rock Songs We Were Listening to While the '90s Happened

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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.

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Marco Cruz
Marco Cruz

This aint america, keep that christian shit out of aztlan!

justus.sams
justus.sams

My parents had that album on vinyl. It was terribly awesome like a horrible car accident. I at one point actually thought he was cool.. smh... #BRAINWASHEDYOUTH I was 10 ..... 


Gamphace™
Gamphace™

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Sarah Young
Sarah Young

Omg this awesome! Though this list is definitely missing Jennifer Knapp

Joe Downs
Joe Downs

How could I forget the rotating drum kit?!? And yes, Geoff Moore's Home Run album will always have a place in my heart. Listened to it a couple years back on a lark. It led to an intense rush of memories steeped in naive optimism and carefree happiness....it's nice to revisit that on occasion. :) To this day, I still use a quote I heard from him... paraphrasing, I'd rather have 10 people at my funeral, truly celebrating my life and mourning my loss, than 1,000 people checking their watches.

Bobbi Kochman
Bobbi Kochman

I literally just read this out loud to Matt who had pretty much no experience with Christian music before meeting me :) Remember Newsboys rotating drumset? Bahaha :) Also, I am fairly certain that our first conversation was about Geoff Moore and the Distance :)

Jason W. Ground
Jason W. Ground

I have only every heard of Jars of Clay... and I'm okay with that.

Troy Farah
Troy Farah

I like Nirvana. Sorry I don't mention it in my articles. I will be sure to do that next time.

Rebecca Jean Masterson
Rebecca Jean Masterson

My sister, who fancied herself very tough and street-wise in the sixth grade, was given an album by the group O.G.G. (Original Gospel Gangstaz). Though less well known, my mom thought is was a reasonable solution to her Tupac conundrum at the time.

Joe Downs
Joe Downs

As someone who grew up in that scene in the 90's...thank you. :) A few thoughts... 1) Rebecca St. James married a guy from Foster the People?!? Whaaaa?!?!? 2) Live Newsboys shows were awesome. Cheesy as hell, but awesome. Same goes for Audio Adrenaline. 3) Flood gets all the accolades, but Fade to Grey from Jars of Clay is their best song IMO. 4) Christian ska/punk was on par with the secular stuff, if not better. Thanks again for the trip down memory lane. :) Bobbi Kochman memories... :)

Karen Tataryn-Savio
Karen Tataryn-Savio

Okay, we get it. No one at New Times likes Nirvana, do you have to mention that in every single music related article?

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