The Forgotten History of Christian Rock: Part Five

Welcome to The Forgotten History of Christian Rock.

This is Part Five of a five part series exploring the history of Christian Rock and Roll Music.

To read Part One of the series focusing on the pioneers of the movement in the 1960s and 1970s click here.

To read Part Two where we looked at the popular rock bands of the 1980s and early 1990s click here.

To read Part Three covering the visionary bands of the 1980s and early 1990s click here.

To read Part Four covering the music of the late 1990s through the early 2000s, click here.

To read our intro where we explain some of the reasons we wanted to do this series click here.

Thank you so much for reading. Please feel free to comment below.

Part Five:
Where Do We Go From Here? by Phill Lytle
The mid/late 2000s through present

What has been the point of this series? Why have we spent the past month writing over 4,000 words and creating playlists with hundreds of songs?

To remember.

It really is that simple. As our scope has been laser-focused on the rock music genre, we realize that this leaves many artists unexplored. Many great artists that risk being forgotten just as much as the bands we have covered. There is a whole other series that needs to be written about those wonderful bands, singers, and performers in Christian music history that didn’t quite fit into what we were doing. Perhaps one day, we will tackle that topic. For now, we appreciate all the comments, questions, and suggestions we have received as we have released each new installment in this series. Our hope is that we, at the bare minimum, started a conversation. For reasons we will never understand, the Christian music world is seemingly the only one that actively forgets its history. That needs to stop. Based on the massive reaction we received from this series, it is clear there are many others who feel the same way.

That leads us to our next steps. Where do we go from here? Instead of writing another 1,000 words about the Christian bands and artists that are currently making what we consider to be the best music, we would rather let their music speak for itself. We would also like to invite you to join us by telling us about your favorite artists that don’t quite fit the CCM mold. We all know the Hillsongs, the Casting Crowns, the Toby Macs of the world. We want to move right outside of that space and show you a world of music created by artists, poets, and visionaries that will challenge and inspire. Artists like Andrew Peterson, John Mark McMillan, Josh Garrels, and many more. These artists carry the banner first picked up by Keith Green, PetraThe 77’s, and The Call. They carry on the legacy of excellence, artistry, and creativity. Let us do our best to not overlook this amazing music simply because it does not get played on the local FM station.


Phill Lytle

I love: Jesus, my wife, my kids, my church, my family, my friends, Firefly, 80's rock, Lost, the Tennessee Titans, the St. Louis Cardinals, Brandon Sanderson books, Band of Brothers, Thai food, music, books, movies, TV, writing, Arrested Development, pizza, vacation, etc...

5 thoughts on “The Forgotten History of Christian Rock: Part Five

  • March 12, 2018 at 9:35 pm

    I want this playlist on my account. Is there a way for me to “save” it to listen to without going through this article each time?

    Also, I love the last line: “Let us do our best to not overlook this amazing music simply because it does not get played on the local FM station.” There IS good music that is written and performed by Christians, and it’s a shame that so little of it gets radio time.

    • March 12, 2018 at 10:09 pm

      Yes. Just click on the Spotify icon and then when you’re in just follow it. After that, it should appear on the sidebar of your account.

  • March 13, 2018 at 4:14 pm

    I have just gone through all the playlists from this series and spent entirely too much money on iTunes. And I’m so excited about it!! Thanks again, guys. Loved every bit of this series!!

    • March 13, 2018 at 4:48 pm

      I’m glad you enjoyed it. It was a lot of fun putting this all together.

  • March 20, 2018 at 3:52 pm

    I shared this on Facebook a few days ago, but I think it deserves repeating:

    We highly recommend that people listen to each playlist – work through all of them from Playlist 1 to Playlist 5. Listen to the diversity in sound and style. No matter how much one might love current CCM radio, I promise that you will never hear this kind of variety on most popular CCM stations.


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