Songs The Best Songs About Religion  

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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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Let It Be is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Songs About Religion
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George Harrison
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All Along the Watchtower is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Songs About Religion
slaft added The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Jimi Hendrix
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The Velvet Underground
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Carry On Wayward Son is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Songs About Religion
slaft added Kansas
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Norman Greenbaum
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Joan Osborne
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slaft added The Rolling Stones
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The Plastic Ono Band, John Lennon
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slaft added Led Zeppelin
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Gimme Shelter is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Songs About Religion
slaft added The Rolling Stones
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slaft added The Byrds
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slaft added Peter Gabriel
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Johnny Cash, Jessi Colter
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slaft added The Doobie Brothers
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Like A Rolling Stone is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Songs About Religion
slaft added Bob Dylan
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Dust In The Wind is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Songs About Religion
slaft added Kansas
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Jesus Just Left Chicago is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Songs About Religion
slaft added ZZ Top
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Kanye West
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slaft added The Rolling Stones