There have been hundreds of rock and pop songs written about the Church and God. Religion is a topic touched on by more than one artist over the years. Here are the top picks that made it on the Top40 charts singing about one religion or another.
1 - The Lord's Prayer by Sister Janet Mead. This was a big hit in the 70s. It a very catchy hook and it tops our chart for the biggest hit about Christianity, God and the Church. Our father, who art in heaven... ♫
2 - Spirit in the Sky by Norman Greenbaum. This was a number one hit and holds up today.
3 - Jesus Is Just Alright by the Doobie Brothers
4 - Like a Prayer by Madonna. She ruled the 80s, and this hit smashed the charts. The controversial video did likewise.
5 - I Don't Know How to Love Him by Yvonne Elliman from the Jesus Christ Superstar broadway show. The single hit the Top 10.
6 - Jesus by Queen from their debut album in 1973. Long before Bohemian Rhapsody, they were singing: All going down to see the Lord Jesus...♫
7 - Hold On by Kansas. That's right, the same band that brought you Carry On Wayward Son did a song about God on the Audio Visions album of 1980. And it wasn't their first.
8 - When Jesus Came to Play by Jethro Tull
9 - Jesus Was an Only Son by Bruce Springsteen
10 - Personal Jesus by Depeche Mode
11 - After Forever by Black Sabbath. That's right... those guys. They brought a lot of anger to the evangelicals (but maybe for not reason). Regardless, this song is one of the most spiritual on the list. Read the lyrics and listen again. Have you ever thought about your soul can it be saved? ♫
12 - Losing My Religion by R.E.M.
13 - God's Children by the Kinks
14 - Saltwater Gospel by Jimmy Buffet
15 - If God Will Send His Angels by U2
16 - Are You Gonna Go My Way by Lenny Kravitz
17 - Jesus Just Left Chicago by ZZ Top
18 - With God On Our Side written by Bob Dylan, made into a hit by Manfred Mann
- Also check out the flipside: Top Songs About Evil.
19 - God Only Knows by the Beach Boys
20 - Presence of the Lord by Blind Faith
Bonus Track: All You Zombie by The Hooters, references Moses and the Ten Commandments.
Those are the most religious Rock songs that hit the charts. Even if you sing about God, you can make it to the Top 20. Or... maybe that's why they did.