Nine Songs Every 90s Youth Band Kid Has Still Memorized


If you had this, this, or any of them, then you are a child of the Church; one of those privileged few whose parents would take you to your local place of worship whenever the doors were open. Maybe your mom was a pastor. Maybe your dad in the church choir. Maybe you really liked going to church.

Anyway, if you were a church kid, there are a few songs that you probably had carved into your head like a mantra. Other ’90s kids know the lyrics to “Gangsta’s Paradise” and “Waterfalls” by heart, but you weren’t allowed to listen to them. So you memorized them instead.

1. Free at last: dcTalk

Sure, “Jesus Freak” and “In the Light” are the hits, but you’re a child of the Church and you know the deep cuts. “Free at Last” was a track from dcTalk’s days as the Beastie Boys rap group, when Michael Tait and Kevin Max mostly seemed to sit around waiting for TobyMac to let them do something.

Of course, repurposing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous and amazing treatise on black liberation for a purely spiritual hip-hop song may not be the answer. more racially sensitive movement that this band ever did, but you probably didn’t think about it at the time. You were focused on nailing the whole thing” if you’re ser – i – ou – ly cur- i – ou about my pastpart of Toby’s verse.

2. Staci Orrico: Don’t Look At Me

Staci Orrico emerged in 2000 with a sound that was closer to the current mainstream pop trend of Latin-tinged pop music than a lot of CCM, who were still trying to milk that ska cow.

The big production drew attention to his hits, which were impressive, and for a solid year, “Don’t Look at Me” was a hit on Christian pop radio and in youth bands across the country. . The fact that everything was so eminently singable didn’t hurt.

3. Five Iron Frenzy: An Army of Girls

Speaking of that ska cow, no band harnessed it better than Five Iron Frenzy, who were pretty much the best band of the short-lived ska revolution, Christian or otherwise. They brought an impressive sass to the usually serious world of CCM, with songs like “Oh Canada” and the infamous pants mix. But they also dived into surprisingly deep waters too – no other Christian band before or since has referenced the poetry of William Blake in their lyrics.

They ended every show with “Every New Day” but “One Girl Army” was the one you knew best, and you bellowed that chorus until your throat bled.

4. Relient K: Dance by Sadie Hawkins

Speaking of cheeky, no Christian band was as goofy as Matt Thiessen and the guys at Relient K. They debuted just as the pop punk wave was starting to peak, but were still hugely successful thanks to some above average teenage hijinks. There was nothing revolutionary about their three chord and chorus approach, but can you name any other bands with songs about Marilyn Manson cannibalizing girlfriends?

Speaking of which, Relient K was one of the few bands to get away with Christian dating songs that didn’t include a mandatory reference to saving sex for marriage. “Sadie Hawkins Dance” is purely a John Hughes-esque tale of a nerdy guy marking a date for a dance, with an “Oh-oh-oh!” insidiously singable. Chorus.

5. Newsboys: breakfast

It’s a shame today’s Newsboys are best known for god is not dead, the last quarter of which is essentially just a Newsboys concert film. Believe it or not, there was a time when the Newsboys made some interesting music. “I just believe it, and sometimes I don’t know why / Still gotta follow my gut on this onethey sang on “Believe,” which is about as close to genuine expressions of doubt as CCM got in the ’90s.

But they did their rent with weirder dishes, and Christian music didn’t get weirder than “Breakfast” which is about… uh, well, what is it’s about? The main theme seems to be there’s no breakfast in hell, which barely counts as a theme, but the chorus is such a genuine, honest hymn to goodness that you hardly care at the time. And you don’t now, do you?

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6. Kirk Franklin: Revolution

Kirk Franklin had a great career. He started out as a true CCM visionary, an artist who refused to compromise on his creativity, identity or beliefs. He was one of the first signifiers of what gospel music could be and he took the genre into the future with addictive conviction.

The past few years have been good for Kirk as he scored high profile gigs with Kanye and Chance. But for church kids of the ’90s, “Revolution” was the first and best introduction to his true talents. WHOOP WHOOP!

7. Audio Adrenaline: Big House

Come. And come with me. AT. My father’s house. Only Audio Adrenaline had the guts to take what sounds like a Sunday school nursery rhyme and put it into crunchy pop rock, which made it quite appealing to 14-year-olds at camp. church too.

“Big House” inspired children’s choirs across the country, with its earworm of a choir that seemed designed specifically for hand movements. It’s so easy to sing you could be forgiven for not questioning orthodoxy (how sure are we that there will be a big, big yard to play football in heaven?).

8. Switchfoot: dare to move

Plenty of Switchfoot songs could work here, as the band transitioned from a low-fi surf rock outfit to a bigger, more produced, Bono-flavored affair. “We Were Meant to Live” received a lot of radio airplay, and the tracks on learn to breathe were more melodious, but “Dare You to Move” captivated the band beyond measure, and if you haven’t been to a Switchfoot concert and both hands turned to the clouds shouting ” DARE YOU TO MOOOOOVE” that you didn’t have a happy childhood.

9. Clay Pots: Flood

If you watched Pete Holmes crackle on HBO, you’ve probably realized how much you have in common with the protagonist, Pete. Pete is absolutely a church kid, who is ridiculed for his taste in music, which includes this absolute jam. More than a lot of Christian music of the time, Jars of Clay was very much like their own thing – a bit of replacements, a bit of REM and, well, a lot of originality with a bit of poetry in the lyrics. The jars are Well is what we are trying to say. Certainly, the “Deluge? the chorus is more or less a note, but it is a good mark and if you’re too cool to sing with, you’re too cool for us.


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