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Top 20 Christian Songs From the 90s

by Elise on April 23, 2013

In the 90’s, Christian music emerged to the top of many charts with some artists seeing their glory moments and others establishing careers that are strong today. Point of Grace, Avalon, Jaci Velasquez, Jars of Clay, and Phillips, Craig and Dean all debuted in the 90’s and continue to make a lasting impression in the music world, both Christian and mainstream. Considered top artists, Amy Grant, Steven Curtis Chapman and Michael W. Smith became big in the 80’s and each had multiple hit songs through the decade of dc Talk, Twila Paris and the final songs of Rich Mullins. The songs from the early 90’s show a style that was emerging from the 80’s and encompassing funk, rock and pop from the mid to late 90’s. The Newsboys, Audio Adrenaline and other bands also started introducing Christian music to heavy metal and hardcore punk. This wasn’t everyone’s style, but it certainly shaped music in the early 2000’s.

Here is our list of the top 20 songs from the 90’s.

“The Truth” Ecclesiastes 3:1 “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.”

20. “God Is in Control” – Twila Paris

19. “Solid As the Rock” – Michael English

18. “Crucified with Christ” – Phillips, Craig and Dean

17. “What Kind of Joy” – Steven Curtis Chapman

16. “I’ll Be Believing” – Point of Grace

15. “Can’t Live a Day” – Avalon

14. “Saving Grace” – Point of Grace

13. “In Christ Alone” – Michael English

12. “Jesus is Just Alright” – dc Talk

11. “That’s What Love is for” – Amy Grant

 “The Truth” Daniel 3:17 “If this be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of your hand, O king.”

10. “My Deliverer” – Rich Mullins

Favorite lyrics: “My deliverer is comin’, my deliverer is standin’ by, He will never break His promise, He has written it upon the sky”

9. “Flood” – Jars of Clay

Favorite lyrics: “Lift me up so high that I cannot fall, Lift me up, Lift me up – when I’m falling”

8. “On My Knees” – Jaci Velasquez

Favorite lyrics: “I can be, in a crowd, Or by myself, and almost anywhere, When I feel, there’s a need, To talk with God”

Michael W Smith song "This Is Your Time" was inspired by the initial news report that Cassie Bernall, a student killed in the Columbine High School massacre, had answered "yes" to the question "Do you believe in God?" moments after seeing another student killed for answering "yes" to that same question.

Michael W Smith song “This Is Your Time” was inspired by the initial news report that Cassie Bernall, a student killed in the Columbine High School massacre, had answered “yes” to the question “Do you believe in God?” moments after seeing another student killed for answering “yes” to that same question.

7. “This Is Your Time” – Michael W. Smith

Favorite lyrics: “This was her time, This was her dance, She lived every moment, Left nothing to chance”

6. “Testify to Love” – Avalon

Favorite lyrics: “Every hand that reaches out, Every hand that reaches out to offer peace Every simple act of mercy, Every step to kingdom come, All the Hope in every heart will,speak what love has done”

5. “Sometimes By Step” – Rich Mullins

Favorite lyrics: “And I will follow You all of my days, And step by step You’ll lead me, And I will follow You all of my days”

4. “Jesus Freak” – dc Talk

Favorite lyrics: “What will people think, When they hear that I’m a Jesus freak, What will people do when they find that it’s true, I don’t really care if they label me a Jesus freak”

3. “Place in this World” – Michael W. Smith

Favorite lyrics: “A life of pages, Waiting to be filled, A heart that’s hopeful, A head that’s full of dreams”

 “The Truth” Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”

2. “Dive” – Steven Curtis Chapman

Favorite lyrics: “Once my feet have left the ledge, And in the rush I hear a voice, That’s telling me it’s time, to take the leap of faith, So here I go”

1. “Awesome God” – Rich Mullins

Favorite lyrics: “Judgement and wrath He poured out on Sodom, Mercy and grace He gave us at the cross”

Conclusion

These songs are full of many messages and focus on great Christian themes. They uplift, provide strength and remind me that God is present and awesome no matter where we are. Millions of people have learned about God’s love and found courage by the amazing lyrics these artists have dedicated their lives to write. You can see how many personal experiences touched these artists through the lyrics and music in each song. Listen to a few of these artists and see if you don’t come to the same conclusion I did in realizing how difficult it is to list my favorites!

Resources-  The Holy Bible, English Standard Version“Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.” photo credit: p_c_w via photopin cc





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Shirley May 3, 2013 at 5:54 pm

Great article and I was very happy to hear more about Elise and her family!

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Derek Hill May 3, 2013 at 10:20 pm

Thank you so much for stopping by our site Shirley! Thank you for your kind words as well! God bless you!

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Jack Wellman May 3, 2013 at 8:38 pm

On My Knees and Flood are just awesome Elise. Great selection. I am so glad you have joined our labor of love in the Lord and I look forward to reading more of your work my friend. May God richly bless you.

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