March Madness | Best Christian Artist of All time Bracket

Welcome to FamilyMissionCulture.com's Best Christian Artist of all Time Tournament. In keeping with the time honored tradition of college basketball's March Madness, it seemed completely fitting to decide who will be crowned the Best Christian Artist of all Time.

Is this completely arbitrary? Probably. But still fun, nonetheless.

How do we define 'Best Artist'? That, dear readers, is for you to decide. We have selected a bracket of 64 artists, seeded them, and put them into 4 regions (with regional names having no bearing on where the artists are from...it's just random). Artists were selected after hours and hours of scouring fan site rankings, Billboard Top 200 sales charts, relative cultural impact and artistry. We did our best to select artists from 4 separate generations of artists so that it reflects at least a modicum of breadth.

We will follow the format of the actual tournament with two 'rounds' of voting happening each week. You vote on each match-up and we will see who remains after each round.

Will you be happy with the total pool of artists we selected? Of course not. You'll probably be irritated from the get-go with who was left out and how we seeded the tournament. But such is life. :-) But feel free to leave any thoughts in the comment section.

So without any further comment...let the fun (and the voting) commence.

(voting for ROUND 1 will close on Wednesday at noon. Please check only one box for each pairing.)

EASTERN REGION

(1) Chris Tomlin vs (16) Skillet *
(8) Geoff Moore and the Distance vs (9) Sonseed *
(5) Newsboys vs (12) Tree63 *
(4) Carman vs (13) Charlie Hall *
(6) Petra vs (11) Relient K *
(3) The Gaithers vs (14) Steve Green *
(7) Stryper vs (10) Israel Houghton *
(2) Keith Green vs (15) OC Supertones *

FAVORITE VIDEOS FROM THE EASTERN REGION

SOUTHERN REGION

(1) Steven Curtis Chapman vs (16) Holy Ghost Reception Committee *
(8) Caedom’s Call vs (9) Twila Paris *
(5) Mercy Me vs (12) MxPx *
(4) Third Day vs (13) Kari Jobe *
(6) Delirious vs (11) Sandi Patty *
(3) David Crowder Band vs (14) Mute Math *
(7) Rend Collective vs (10) Tobymac *
(2) Amy Grant vs (15) Bebo Norman *

FAVORITE VIDEOS FROM THE SOUTHERN REGION

NORTHERN REGION

(1) Rich Mullins vs (16) Five Iron Frenzy *
(8) Jesus Culture vs (9) Derek Webb *
(5) Switchfoot vs (12) Big Daddy Weave *
(4) Point of Grace vs (13) Aaron Keyes *
(6) Kirk Franklin vs (11) Sonicflood *
(3) Michael W. Smith vs (14) Jeremy Camp *
(7) Casting Crowns vs (10) DeGarmo & Key *
(2) Matt Redman vs (15) White Heart *

OUR FAVORITE VIDEOS FOR THE NORTHERN REGION

WESTERN REGION

(1) DC Talk vs (16) Flyleaf *
(8) Gungor vs (9) Sufjan Stevens *
(5) Phil Keagy vs (12) P.O.D. *
(4) Lecrae vs (13) Russ Taff *
(6) Michael Card vs (11) Audio Adrenaline *
(3) Hillsong United vs (14) Kutless *
(7) Sixpence None the Richer vs (10) Tim Hughes *
(2) Jars of Clay vs (15) Good News *

OUR FAVORITE VIDEOS FROM THE WESTERN REGION