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List Rules Songs focused on religion, not necessarily religious songs.

Between all the sex, drugs, and rock ‘n roll, sometimes musicians need a breather to contemplate deeper issues. Artists explore their faith, or lack thereof, in these songs about religion. Whether they’re embracing religion as their salvation or raging against what they see as a lack of divine intervention in the universe, it seems like every musician and band wants to contribute their two cents regarding divinity. Wherever you fall on the religious spectrum, you’re sure to find some songs on this list that you’ll think are divine.

One of Kanye West’s breakthrough singles, "Jesus Walks" is a testament to his faith, which he says got him through a personal trial after a car accident. Long before that, Dolly Parton covered “Old Time Religion,” a gospel song that dates back to the 1800s. 

Lots of musicians seem to have negative feelings about religion, as artists including Frank Ocean, Accept, Godsmack, and Motorhead have all written songs with the title “Bad Religion.”

These aren't necessarily Christian songs or songs by religious artists, but they're all about religion to one extent or another. Which tunes on this of songs about religion do you have faith in? Vote up your favorites! If any songs about religion you love aren’t on the list, go ahead and add them!

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slaft added Sympathy for the Devil The Rolling Stones

The Best Songs With Religion in the Title The Best Rock Vocalists

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Let It Be is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Songs About Religion
slaft added Let It Be The Beatles

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slaft added Turn! Turn! Turn! The Byrds

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My Sweet Lord George Harrison

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Mark Lanzarotta added Imagine The Plastic Ono Band, John Lennon, The Flux Fiddlers

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Gimme Shelter is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Songs About Religion
slaft added Gimme Shelter The Rolling Stones

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All Along the Watchtower is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Songs About Religion
slaft added All Along the Watchtower The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Jimi Hendrix

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Spirit in the Sky Norman Greenbaum

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Carry On Wayward Son is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Songs About Religion
slaft added Carry On Wayward Son Kansas

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slaft added You Can't Always Get What You Want The Rolling Stones

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God The Plastic Ono Band, John Lennon

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Jesus The Velvet Underground

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One of Us Joan Osborne

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Like A Rolling Stone is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Songs About Religion
slaft added Like A Rolling Stone Bob Dylan

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Dust In The Wind is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Songs About Religion
slaft added Dust In The Wind Kansas

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slaft added Stairway to Heaven Led Zeppelin

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Old Rugged Cross Johnny Cash, Jessi Colter

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Blasphemous Rumors Depeche Mode

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Religion is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Songs About Religion
punksnotdead added Religion Public Image Ltd

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punksnotdead added God's Love Bad Religion

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God Is Dead? is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Songs About Religion
punksnotdead added God Is Dead? Black Sabbath

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Jesus Walks Kanye West

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Old Time Religion Dolly Parton

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Nothing Else Matters is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Songs About Religion
slaft added Nothing Else Matters Metallica

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Women Who Matt Dillon Has Dated If You Were Going To Do It, How Would You Fake Your Death?

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No Religion Van Morrison

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punksnotdead added Gloria Patti Smith

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Jesus Just Left Chicago is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Songs About Religion
slaft added Jesus Just Left Chicago ZZ Top

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God Tori Amos

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slaft added Jesus Is Just Alright The Doobie Brothers

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Religious Vomit is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Songs About Religion
punksnotdead added Religious Vomit Dead Kennedys

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Bad Religion Frank Ocean

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punksnotdead added Christian Woman Type O Negative

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Bad Religion Motörhead

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slaft added In Your Eyes Peter Gabriel

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With or Without You is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Songs About Religion
slaft added With or Without You U2

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Dear God Elton John

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Leper Messiah Metallica

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Bad Religion Godsmack

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New Religion Duran Duran

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Saved Bob Dylan

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No God Only Religion Spiritualized