Christian Song Alternatives: Rocking for the Rock

This is the third installment in a series of Christian song alternatives, bringing you Christian music that sounds just as good, if not better than, the music you’re listening to. Read the first part HERE and the second part HERE.

In general, I don’t like rock music. The power of the guitars, the vocal calisthenics of the singers, the sheer strength of the drums, and the thump your heartbeats to the bass, all combine for an experience that doesn’t soothe my 35-year-old ears.

However, there is something about Christian rock that grabs me by the collar and won’t let go. Whether it’s hearing a rock vocalist sing about God’s strength and empowerment in some hard-hitting rock anthem, or another vocalist gently crooning about grace and mercy in a tender acoustic ditty, Christian rock does have its place.

God will use and continue to use all kinds of music to bring people to an awareness of Him. Here are five heavy-hitting rock anthems by some of Christian music’s most respected rockers, all rocking out for the Rock of their salvation: Jesus Christ.

You like The Killers? Why not try Abandon’s “Feel It in Your Heart?”

A Christian rock band from San Antonio, Texas, Abandon has earned quite a following, thanks to lead vocalist Josh Engler’s vocal resemblance to Brandon Flowers, lead singer of successful Las Vegas secular rock group The Killers.

Apart from that, Abandon has earned quite a reputation for dynamic live shows that spotlight quality vocals and thoughtful, introspective lyrics. The track “Hero,” off the group’s sophomore release Control, has gone on to change lives across the United States with its message of hope in Christ, but it’s the irresistible rock jam “Feel It In Your Heart” that has earned Abandon much respect from rock fans across the United States.

You like Slipknot? Why not try Demon Hunter’s “My Destiny”?

One of the more resilient, respected heavy metal bands on the Contemporary Christian music scene today, Demon Hunter has sold over half a million copies of its six studio albums since its debut.

Founded and led by Ryan Clark, Demon Hunter is particularly noteworthy for its passionate desire to be identified as a Christian band since it first stepped onto the scene in 2002. Its latest release, 2012’s True Defiance, debuted at number 36 on the Billboard 200 and at number two on the Billboard Christian Albums chart.

While my personal Demon Hunter release is the eerie string remix of “Driving Nails” from its 2011 release The World is a Thorn, the carrier single of True Defiance pretty much sums up Demon Hunter’s remarkable resemblance to secular heavy metal stalwarts Slipknot.

You like Paramore? Why not try Fireflight’s “Unbreakable”?

Florida band Fireflight is more than just another female vocalist-fronted rock band. In the great tradition of artists like Evanescence and Paramore, Fireflight brings a new dimension to Christian rock radio, taking the powerful female vocals of lead singer Dawn Michele, and combining that with the hard-driving guitars, frantic drums, and the thumping basslines of the rest of Fireflight to produce a sound unrivaled in Christian rock radio.

The official video for the band’s 2008 release “Unbreakable” has scored more than four million views on YouTube. Clips of the song were tied in with the TV series “Bionic Woman,” and seven weeks after the single was officially launched to Christian rock radio, Fireflight had its third number one rock single.

You like Rancid? Why not try Children 18:3’s “Cover Your Eyes”?

Christian punk rock band Children 18:3 is remarkable for several reasons, among them that it consists of brothers-sister team David, Seth, and Lee Marie Hostetter, and that it has amassed quite a following since its Tooth & Nail Records debut in 2008.

The group has drawn comparison to acts like Rancid or Social Distortion due to the powerful guitars and melodic vocals. “Cover Your Eyes” was one of the group’s more exciting tracks, which made the official video for the song even more highly anticipated.

The duo’s Rain’s a Comin’ album was one of the most anticipated Christian punk albums of 2008, and birthed the number singles “Lost So Long” and “Bravo.” The new album, On the Run, features “Moment to Moment,” now at number six with a bullet on Christian rock charts.

You like Sevendust? Why not try Disciple’s “Dear X (You Don’t Owe Me)”?

Disciple is a Christian metal rock band that debuted in 1992; ten years later, the group is still one of the most respected metal rock groups in the United States. Its 2010 album Horseshoes and Hand Grenades birthed the single “Dear X (You Don’t Own Me),” which became one of the band’s most popular hits on Christian rock radio.

Disciple lead singer Kevin Young has compared the band’s music to artists like Sevendust and Stereomud, and the quality of the music certainly does meet its secular counterparts straight on. However, the lyrics do point people back to Christ, and aim to make them think about their reliance on and relationship with God. “Dear X” is a classic example of this kind of Disciple-written material.

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Ganns Deen is a child of God, husband to Caths, and father to Nathan and Nicki. He is passionate about Christian music and tapping the power of the Internet to glorify God and spread the gospel. An award-winning songwriter in his own right, Ganns serves God full time in his capacity as online content supervisor for Victory Philippines. Follow him on Twitter (@ganns) or on his Christian music-themed blog,


  • Alexandra

    Kool! 😀 This is what some young people are looking for. Unusual way of worshipping. 🙂 Jesus rocks for He is the Rock!
    Matthew 16:17-18, MSG
    “Jesus came back, “God bless you, Simon, son of Jonah! You didn’t get that answer out of books or from teachers. My Father in heaven, God himself, let you in on this secret of who I really am. And now I’m going to tell you who you are, really are. You are Peter, a rock. This is the rock on which I will put together my church, a church so expansive with energy that not even the gates of hell will be able to keep it out.”

  • Chonie Gonzaga

    Thank you. Variety of christian good music. With different styles they portray. And it’s nice know how they show there gifts. Lots of music in the market. But i’m thankful that there are christian good music. Thank you for sharing and God bless.

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