Rock and hip-hop have been collaborating for years, and that is no different with Christian music. The late 90s and early 2000s was dominated by bands in the genre of Nu-Metal/Rap-Rock/Metalcore. Christian music fans proved that they wanted some of that action as well. Some were good, some were bad, and some are still around but with a more refined sound. On this list, we endeavor to highlight a few of them.

Note: We are not including DC Talk on this list. Although Jesus Freak was a heavy record by CCM standards, it is not heavy in comparison to these bands.


P.O.D. (Payable on Death), have been a mainstay in not only the Christian music world but also the mainstream music world since 1994’s, Snuff the Punk.

Their unique blend of hip-hop, reggae, punk, and metal, along with their no-bones-about-it Jesus message, is a testament to their creativity all-the-while keeping their signature West Coast love 100%.

Vocalist Sonny Sandoval knows how to bring the heat on the microphone, and has been featured on a few rap tracks over the years. They have also had guest spots from members of Cyprus Hill and legends Eek-a-Mouse and HR.

P.O.D.’s last record, The Awakening, was released in 2015 and continued on a strong string of released for the band.

Notable Tracks: ”Alive,” “Youth of a Nation,” “Goodbye For Now,” and “Boom.”