93 Pop, Rock and Country Songs About God, Faith, and Church

Updated on August 6, 2018
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Secular Songs About Faith

Secular pop, rock, and country music is filled with songs about God, faith, and church.  Celebrate your spirituality with popular music about faith.
Secular pop, rock, and country music is filled with songs about God, faith, and church. Celebrate your spirituality with popular music about faith. | Source

Got Faith?

My mother didn't see it coming when my 5-year-old nephew looked at her with big doe eyes and asked, "Nana, do you know God?" What a loaded question for a child to ask an agnostic. She replied that she had heard of Him, then changed the subject.

People rarely keep religion to themselves. They talk about spirituality with others whether it's welcomed or not. They broadcast their beliefs on bumper stickers and t-shirts. And yes, they certainly sing about it.

While we all know what to expect from a gospel song, you might not expect faith to infuse pop, rock, and country songs as much as it does. But listen closely because it's there. Popular singers are no exception to prosthelizing. There is plenty of prayer, witnessing for Christ, and talking to God in secular music.

Make a playlist of inspirational secular songs about God, faith and church, if that's the way you roll. And if not, then make this an intellectual challenge to see how many of these pop, rock, and country songs you've heard of. We won't judge, either way.

1. "Something in the Water" by Carrie Underwood

Carrie Underwood is no stranger to mixing her music with her religion. She grew up singing in chuch. This 2015 crossover hit won a Grammy and topped both the country and Christian charts. It describes the change that took place in a young woman's life after she was baptized.

2. "Believe" by Brooks & Dunn

In this 2005 country song, a narrator recalls an influential old man from his childhood who was a faithful follower of Christ. The man has recently died, leaving the narrator to reflect on life and the everafter:

I can't quote the Book
The chapter or the verse
You can't tell me it all ends
In a slow ride in a hearse.

3. "What If God Was One of Us?" by Joan Osborne

Look for some thought-provoking questions in this 1995 rock song by Joan Osborne, a one-hit wonder. It'll make you think about how you treat other people. The underlying message is that God is in us all, imperfect as we may each be.

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"I am as bad as the worst, but thank God, I am as good as the best." - Walt Whitman, American poet
"I am as bad as the worst, but thank God, I am as good as the best." - Walt Whitman, American poet | Source

4. "You Found Me" by The Fray

The narrator in this 2008 rock song sees God on a street corner and confronts Him about not being there when tragedies struck. He feels abandoned and is searching for answers about why bad things happen to good people.

5. "Back to God" by Reba McEntire

Country singer Reba McEntire puts her faith front and center with this 2017 song. It urges others who are experiencing heartbreak, disappointment, and life tragedies to give the world back to God.

Reba divorced her husband of 26 years in late 2015, and he began a serious relationship with one of her couple's friends. Ouch.

6. "What I've Done" by Linkin Park

The narrator in this hard rock song from 2007 seeks forgiveness and a break with the sins of the past. He regrets past actions and wants a clean slate: "Let mercy come and wash away what I've done."

7. "My Church" by Maren Morris

If you don't go to church, this 2016 country song may make you want to. The narrator acknowledges that she has cussed, cheated, and lied but finds redemption when she listens to country music. Call her spiritual but not religious.

8. "When I Get Where I'm Going" by Brad Paisley (featuring Dolly Parton)

In this 2005 country song, the narrator is looking forward to the day he can shed the early struggles and pain that have been weighing him down in this life. He hopes that when he meets his Maker, he will sing with the angels, see his loved ones that have passed on, and stand in the light forever.

9. "Arms Wide Open" by Creed

When my daughter was born, I felt transformed because I wasn't just living for myself anymore. I had another person depending on me for survival and mentoring.

The birth of one's first child is an awe-inspiring, life changing event, and this 2000 rock song won a Grammy Award for good reason. It portrays a new father's earnest prayer to teach his child how to embrace the world with arms wide open.

"God loves each of us as if there were only one of us." - Saint Augustine
"God loves each of us as if there were only one of us." - Saint Augustine | Source

10. "God's Will" by Martina McBride

The narrator in this 2004 country song recounts meeting and getting to know a physically disabled child who was selfless in that he prayed for everyone but himself. His faithful devotion to God showed her the truth.

11. "I Can Only Imagine" by Wyonna Judd

Wyonna Judd gets choked up when she sings this touching 2005 country song. It was first recorded by Christian rock group MercyMe and crossed over to mainstream charts.

The tune describes the hopeful wondering of what it will be like when the narrator stands before God:

Surrounded by Your glory, what will my heart feel?
Will I dance for You Jesus, or in awe of You be still?
Will I stand in Your presence, or to my knees will I fall?
Will I sing "hallelujah," will I be able to speak at all?
I can only imagine.

12. "Jesus Take the Wheel" by Carrie Underwood

Driving home on a snowy night with her infant in the backseat, a young mother loses control of her car. Fortunately, they both survive the incident, and she credits Jesus for steering her to safety. Immediately following the harrowing event, she recommits herself to Christ, letting Him take the wheel in steering her life.

This 2005 country ballad was Carrie Underwood's first single on her debut album, and it won two Grammy Awards. Carrie Underwood was the 2005 winner of the fourth season of American Idol competition.

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13. "Brother" by Needtobreathe (featuring Gavin DeGraw)

The Christian rock band Needtobreathe achieved this crossover hit in 2015 with this heartfelt tune. It describes the loving kinship that exists between fellow human beings—a comraderie that mirrors God's love for humanity:

Brother, let me be your shelter
Never leave you all alone
I can be the one you call
When you’re low.

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14. "Shine" by Collective Soul

This uplifting rock song from 1993 is a prayer in which the narrator asks God to show him a sign. He asks that the Holy Spirit's light shine down on him from heaven and teach him the way.

In a sad irony, the shooter in the Virginia Tech Massacre reportedly listened to this song obsessively and even scrawled some of its lyrics on his dorm room wall. Allowing that tragedy to be this song's legacy betrays the pure and spiritual message of this lovely song.

Interesting Facts About Religions

Did You Know?
The religion with the largest number of followers worldwide is Christianity, followed by Islam and "unaffiliated."
The Bible is the best-selling book of all time.
Although Judaism, Islam, and Christianity share the belief in one God, most other world religions are polytheistic (e.g., Hinduism, Mahayana Buddhism).
Some religions refuse modern technology such as telephones, computers, and electricity (e.g., Amish). Others decline medical treatment (e.g., Christian Scientists; Jehovah's Witness refuse blood transfusions).
Atheists are more likely than U.S. Christians to express a sense of wonder about the universe, according to surveys.
There are more than 4,200 religions in the world.
Although most religions have some concept of an afterlife or reincarnation, some religions do not (e.g., some sects of Taoism, some traditional African relgions). Other religions teach that heaven or hell is a state of mind (e.g., Christian Science).

15. "I Saw God Today" by George Strait

In this 2008 country song, a new father leaves the hospital where his daughter was just born and sees the fingerprints of God everywhere. Viewing the sunset and a flower pushing up through the cracks of a sidewalk, he sees the entire world through a brand new lens.

"Only God can turn a mess into a message, a test into a testimony, a trial into a triumph, and a victim into a victory."
"Only God can turn a mess into a message, a test into a testimony, a trial into a triumph, and a victim into a victory." | Source

16. "You Raise Me Up" by Josh Groban

This inspirational 2003 song became an international hit and has been recorded by over 125 different artists thus far. Pure praise music, it has since become a contemporary hymn. The song is one of worship in which the narrator praises God, in awe of the strength that He provides to cope with life's burdens.

17. "From a Distance" by Bette Midler

This hopeful pop song released in 1990 depicts God watching our troubled world from a distance. It celebrates the peace, harmony, and hope that await us in His kingdom where there are no guns, violence, bombs, hunger, or disease.

18. "Beer With Jesus" by Thomas Rhett

Does Jesus even drink beer? The guy in this 2013 country song imagines that He does. He further wonders what it would be like to have a couple rounds of cold ones with Him, then rattles off a list of questions that he would ask, including

  • How'd you turn the other cheek?
  • How'd you change a sinner's heart?
  • Have you been there from the start?
  • When are you coming back?
  • What's on the other side?
  • Are my dead loved ones alright?

19. "Three Wooden Crosses" by Randy Travis

According to the tale relayed in this 2002 country song, a farmer, a teacher, a hooker, and a preacher are strangers bound for Mexico on an ill-fated tour bus. Each has different purposes for taking the journey, but three of them have their lives cut short when the bus is in an accident. Only the prostitute survives.

In a hopeful twist, the preacher spends his dying moments placing a bloodstained Bible in the woman's hands. This act changes her life. The song is told from the perspective of her son many years later.

20. "Jesus to a Child" by George Michael

Before his death in 2016, George Michael routinely dedicated live performances of this 1996 song to his Brazilian lover who died of an AIDS-related brain hemorrhage. The song compares the purity of one person's love for another to Jesus' love for a child. The love is blissful and revisits him when he is lonely and cold in order to make him complete.

"Nature is the art of God." - Dante, Italian poet
"Nature is the art of God." - Dante, Italian poet | Source

Even More Songs About God, Faith, and Church

Song
Artist
Year Released
21. Hey Jesus
The Indigo Girls
1987
22. Angels Among Us
Alabama
1993
23. Bittersweet Symphony
The Verve
1997
24. Pray for Peace
Reba McEntire
2014
25. Bridge Over Troubled Water
Simon & Garfunkel
1970
26. Pocketful of Sunshine
Natasha Bedingfield
2008
27. Me and God
Josh Turner
2006
28. Soul Meets Body
Death Cab For Cutie
2005
29. New Again
Sara Evans and Brad Paisley
2004
30. God Gave Me You
Blake Shelton
2011
31. Jesus
Queen
1973
32. Where the Streets Have No Name
U2
1987
33. Let It Be
The Beatles
1970
34. Help Pour Out the Rain
Buddy Jewel
2003
35. Hey God
Bon Jovi
1995
36. There Will Come a Day
Faith Hill
1999
37. The Cave
Mumford & Sons
2010
38. Jesus, Hold My Hand
Vern Gosdin
1985
39. One Love
Bob Marley & The Wailers
1977
40. Family Bible
George Jones
1960
41. Laughing With
Regina Spektor
2009
42. God Must Really Love Me
Craig Morgan
2009
43. Every Grain of Sand
Bob Dylan
1981
44. The Cross
Prince
1987
45. Duct Taped Bible
Trent Bourgeois
2006
46. He Ain't the Leaving Kind
Rascal Flatts
2005
47. All These Things That I've Done
The Killers
2004
48. Holy Roller
Thao & The Get Down Stay Down
2012
49. Down to the River to Pray
Alison Krauss
2005
50. Long Black Train
Josh Turner
2003
51. Fix You
Coldplay
2005
52. This Is God
Phil Vassar
2003
53. I Love You This Much
Jimmy Wayne
2003
54. Gloria
U2
1981
55. Keep the Faith
Bon Jovi
1992
56. I Remember You
Jamey Johnson
2008
57. Running on Faith
Eric Clapton
1989
58. By the Grace of God
Katy Perry
2013
59. Dream On
Aerosmith
1973
60. God Bless the Child
Aretha Franklin
1962
61. The Preacher and the Stranger
Joey + Rory
2013
62. Leave It There
Joey + Rory
2013
63. Hello, God
Dolly Parton
2002
64. Ten Thousand Angels Cried
LeAnn Rimes
1997
65. After Forever
Black Sabbath
1971
66. Go Rest High on That Mountain
Vince Gill
1995
67. Goin' By the Book
Johnny Cash
1991
68. The Little Girl
John Michael Montgomery
2000
69. Monday Morning Church
Alan Jackson
2004
70. Be Still
Be Still
2012
71. So Small
Carrie Underwood
2007
72. The Unclouded Day
Don Henley
1982
73. Savior's Shadow
Blake Shelton
2016
74. Coat of Many Colors
Dolly Parton
1971
75. My Own Prison
Creed
1997
76. There Will Come a Day
Faith Hill
1999
77. The Man I Want to Be
Chris Young
2009
78. Wine Into Water
T. Graham Brown
2004
79. If I Was Jesus
Toby Keith
2003
80. Morning Has Broken
Cat Stevens
1971
81. Personal Jesus
Depeche Mode
1990
82. Kyrie
Mr. Mister
1985
83. Spirit In the Sky
Norman Greenbaum
1969
84. My Sweet Lord
George Harrison
1970
85. 800 Pound Jesus
Sawyer Brown
1999
86. Hands
Jewel
1998
87. Something to Believe In
Bon Jovi
1995
88. California Dreamin'
The Mamas & The Papas
1965
89. This Train Is Bound for Glory
Jonny Cash & June Carter Cash
1979
90. People Get Ready
The Impressions
1965
91. One Wing in the Fire
Trent Tomlinson
2006
92. Me Without You
TobyMac
2012
93. Call the Man
Celine Dion
1997
Do you know a pop, rock, or country song about God, faith, or church that should be on this playlist? Make a suggestion by leaving us a comment in the Comments Section below.

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        Anthony. 

        12 days ago

        Thanks for that. Will look them up.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        12 days ago from USA

        Anthony, Thank you for sharing your family connection to George Michael and your thoughts on God and music. Some of the most beautiful music I've heard has been from some of the country singers singing spiritual music. I hope you have a chance to explore some of the songs of all genres that aren't familiar to you. I'm sure you'll find some new ones you like.

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        Anthony. 

        13 days ago

        FlourishAnyway. A lot of my own aunties and families also had Greek restarants in north london and still do. Some of them knew George's dad.

        Not heard a lot of them songs you mentioned, but going to listen to them when i get the chance.

        I was just looking up what the word "psalm" means. Basically it means "Praise" "Praise God in spite of any situation" Reason being, if God wanted to, he has the power to change any situation we find ourselves in, but in most cases, the best way to grow, is to grow despite our circumstances, it's the circumstances that God allows that makes us grow.

        A lot of people struggle finding adequate words to express their heart's to God, therefore music finds its highest expression and purpose when used as a tool to extoll the Greatness of God. It can console, encourage, teach, even admonish those who are away from God.

        Rich Mulling a well known christian singer from "Nashville" who died in a car accident said because he had difficulty praying, he found it much easier to express himself through music.

        Also noticed the "Verve" bittersweet symphony. One of my favorite groups, really like that song, but never noticed the lyrics till now. "Well i never pray, but tonight I'm on my knees, yeah, I need to hear some sounds that recognize the pain in me, yeah, I let the melody shine, let it cleanse my mind, I feel free now"

        I think we all need to hear sounds which helps us remember and recognize the pain in us at times.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        2 weeks ago from USA

        Anthony - You must love George Michael like I do. Thank you for the additional information about him. Have a lovely week, friend.

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        Anthony. 

        2 weeks ago

        Jesus to a child. George Michael. "WOW" what do you say to that ?

        Did you know George's dad had a Greek restarant in north London ?

        A different corner, flawless, spinning the wheel, fast love, father figure, "Don't let the sun go down" with Elton john. Great songs.

        Glad you included "George Michael"

        Love you for that.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        8 months ago from USA

        Fan of George - Adding your suggestion! Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Have a wonderful weekend.

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        Fan of George 

        8 months ago

        My Sweet Lord, George Harrison

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        FlourishAnyway 

        9 months ago from USA

        Tim - Kudos on these suggestions. I would never have come up with them, so thank you. Have a great day.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        10 months ago from USA

        Randy - Thank you for the suggestion. I have added it at #80. Have a great day.

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        Randy Digby 

        10 months ago

        Morning has Broken by Cat Stevens (and others)

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        FlourishAnyway 

        10 months ago from USA

        Paul Hodges - Thanks for the suggestion! I've added it at #79. Have a terrific weekend.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        15 months ago from USA

        Suhail and K2 - Thank you! No reason not to incllude them. I like the diversity in their music. Have a great week ahead!

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        Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 

        15 months ago from Mississauga, ON

        FlourishAnyway,

        Dug this hub out and loved it for the fact that you included songs by Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, and Black Sabbath.

        You rock!

        Regards,

        S

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        FlourishAnyway 

        15 months ago from USA

        Dolores - I'm so glad you approve. Have a wonderful week.

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        Dolores Monet 

        15 months ago from East Coast, United States

        I love your playlists and this was a good one. Sometimes you just have to search out the right song and your lists fit the bill.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        16 months ago from USA

        Shyron - Thank you for sharing a bit about your background. My husband was raised Catholic and has a long line of uncles who are priests. His mother's sister is also a nun. I attended mass with him a couple of times over our marriage when his uncle was officiating, and my husband made sure I didn't go up to receive communion ("you stay here" he said, ha ha). Thank you for the song suggestions. I'm adding them. Have a lovely week and know you are appreciated.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        16 months ago from USA

        Yves - Thank you for stopping by. I love Brooks and Dunn, too. Your input has prompted me to compile a related songlist on modern hymns. So many artists who are typically secular singers have rerecorded traditional hymns with lovely results. It will be a few articles from now, but I'll add Nicole Mullen's song to that list. While I was compiling the current list, I had a lot of songs that were not so much country, pop, or rock but nevertheless popular modern recordings of hymns by prominent artists (if that makes sense). That is the perfect songlist for them. Thank you for the idea!

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        Yves 

        16 months ago

        How did I miss this? I don't remember receiving notification? Anyway, great list, as always, Flourish. "Believe" by Brooks and Dunn is probably my all time favorite religious song. I can listen to it multiple times and I love the video as well. Dunn's voice is amazing! Another song I really like is, Mary Did You Know, by Clay Aiken...but it is more of a Christmas song, so you can save it for then if you want to. Ha!

        I have to say, the "Beer With Jesus" song sounds quite interesting. I can definitely envision Jesus drinking a beer and shooting the breeze. He drank wine, after all.

        Oh yes, I have one more favorite. My Redeemer Lives, by Nicole C. Mullen. Here it is for your listening pleasure:

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6QvX4CwSmwY

        Thanks for choosing songs about faith. I now have a list of songs to check out!

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        FlourishAnyway 

        16 months ago from USA

        Audrey - It's not my forte either, but these songs stick out to me because they reference religion within secular genres. Thanks for stopping by! I'm loving your Poetry Month contributions.

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        Shyron E Shenko 

        16 months ago from Texas

        Another spectacular play list. I was baptized first in the Church of Christ (no of Latter Day Saints,) the converted to Catholic. I love most of the old, old songs from the Church of Christ, like Just a Closer Walk With Thee, but I did not see my favorites on here.

        #1 Hello, God - Dolly Parton

        (Dolly Parton)

        Hello God, are you out there?

        Can you hear me, are you listenin’ any more?

        Hello God, if we’re still on speakin’ terms

        Can you help me like before?

        I have questioned your existence,

        My resistance leaves me cold

        Can you help me go the distance?

        This old world has gone to pieces

        Can we fix it, is there time?

        Hate and violence just increases

        We’re so selfish, cruel and blind

        We fight and kill each other

        In your name defending you

        Do you love some more than others?

        We’re so lost and confused

        Hello God, are you out there?

        Can you hear us, are you listenin’ any more?

        Hello God, if we’re still on speakin’ terms

        Can you help us like before?

        Oh, the free will you have given

        We have made a mockery of

        This is no way to be livin’,

        We’re in great need of your love

        Hello God

        Hello God, can you grant us

        Love enough to make amends

        (Hello God)Is there still a chance

        That we could start again

        Hello God, we’ve learned our lesson

        Dear God we, don’t let us go

        More than ever

        Hello God, hello, hello

        Hello God, we really need you

        We can’t make it without you

        (Hello God) We beseech you

        In the name of all that’s true

        Hello God, please forgive us

        For we know not what we do

        Hello God, give us one more chance to prove ourselves to you

        Hello, God, hello God

        #2. When Ten Thousand Angels Cried - Leann Rimes

        Stillness filled the Heavens on crucifixion day.

        Some say it rained I don't know if it's true.

        Well I can just imagine ten thousand angels cried

        That would seem like rain to me and you.

        The angels all stood ready to take Him from the tree

        They waited for the words from His voice.

        And when he asked the father why has thou forsaken me.

        They watched the savior die of his own choice.

        I've never seen ten thousand angels cry

        But I'm sure they did

        As they stood by

        And watched the savior die.

        God turned his head away

        He couldn't bear the sight

        It must have looked like rain

        When ten thousand angels cried.

        As the sun slipped away

        The skies turned to grey

        And when Jesus gave his all

        That's when the tears began to fall

        I've never seen ten thousand angels cry

        But I'm sure they did

        As they stood by

        And watched the savior die.

        God turned his head away

        He couldn't bear the sight

        It must have looked like rain

        When ten thousand angels cried.

        It must have looked like rain

        When ten thousand angels cried.

        Blessings to you

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        Audrey Howitt 

        16 months ago from California

        Well I am sorry to say that this is a genre I don't know very well--so I enjoyed learning more about some of these songs!

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        FlourishAnyway 

        16 months ago from USA

        Gypsy - That song by Bette Midler is a very memorable one. Glad you enjoyed this playlist. Thank you for stopping by!

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        FlourishAnyway 

        16 months ago from USA

        Venkatachari - Thank you for your support. I'm glad you enjoyed this list. Have a lovely week.

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        Gypsy Rose Lee 

        16 months ago from Riga, Latvia

        Another wonderful musical journey. There are so many religious songs. My all time favorite was when Bette Midler sang From a Distance and I just love Elvis when he sing How Great Thou Art.

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        Venkatachari M 

        16 months ago from Hyderabad, India

        A nice list of songs about God and Faith. I like your lists of songs which always contain some already heard and liked by me. It gives me further opportunity to find new beautiful songs.

        Thanks for sharing these lists.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        16 months ago from USA

        Nithya - Thank you for your kind words of support. Have a wonderful week!

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        Nithya Venkat 

        16 months ago from Dubai

        A great list of devotional songs. I have heard some of them and they are superb renditions. I enjoy reading your song lists and the way you present them.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        16 months ago from USA

        Heidi - Yes, country music seems like it dominates certain topics and doesn't touch others. Thanks for the suggestion. I've added Aretha Franklin's version of the song at #60 simply because Aretha is so amazing, nothing wrong with Billie Holiday. I appreciate you. Have a wonderful week ahead.

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        Heidi Thorne 

        16 months ago from Chicago Area

        I figured you'd have Creed somewhere in this list! And it seems like every country singer has a faith-based song in their repertoire. :) I'd only add "God Bless the Child" by Billie Holiday and covered by a ton of artists. Hope you had a great Easter weekend!

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        FlourishAnyway 

        16 months ago from USA

        Linda - I appreciate your support. The topic is something that I thought people would enjoy. Thanks for reading!

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        FlourishAnyway 

        16 months ago from USA

        Annie - Thank you so much for your comment. So many secular songs have faith infused in them, and I'm happy that you found this listing interesting and useful. I appreciate your visit!

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        Linda Crampton 

        16 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

        This is a great playlist for this time of year, Flourish. Your article is interesting and visually attractive, as always.

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        Anna Haun 

        16 months ago from USA

        Hi,

        I very much enjoyed your list. Happy Easter. Some I've heard of but some I haven't. I have a Bible Study Group and I will use some of the songs you posted from youtube as we also post different types of Gospel music to share with each other. Thank you such a wonderful article.

        Annie

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        FlourishAnyway 

        16 months ago from USA

        Larry - Many thanks. Have a good week.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        16 months ago from USA

        Svetlana - Your musings are always interesting to read, very spontaneous and stream-of-conscious. I'm not a religious person, haven't seen the inside of a church aside from tourism in decades, but I'm philosophical about the connectedness of it all. I tried Buddhism but am kind of a failed Buddhist; I'm not patient enough. Hope your week ahead is fabulous.

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        kallini2010 

        16 months ago from Toronto, Canada

        Religion like music is not going anywhere and neither is religious music or music about religion, although my preference is the pipe organ music.

        People need narrative, people live in the context of their narrative - we are storytellers and we have believing brains not to say that we are programmed to conform and comply. We need explanations for everything, comfort and such.

        I had a nervous breakdown once when my seven-year old son told me that I don't understand the true spirit of Easter and my mother said that I had to read the bible to understand art. The final blow to my tolerance was delivered when I tried to put aside differences - that ended up very ugly.

        People need faith and people need church for ceremonies, especially funerals. Buying the Bible does not warrant reading it. I happen to know more stories from the Bible than the church-goers which feels weird to me. But the Bible is not the reason to believe in God.

        I do believe in education and I think it is more fun. I'd like to know what's behind "the true spirit" and I took a couple of courses to be informed.

        You cannot learn if you already know. I do believe that I know Nothing. I am sure that there songs about that too.

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        Larry Rankin 

        16 months ago from Oklahoma

        Always love your lists:-)

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        FlourishAnyway 

        16 months ago from USA

        Bill - This one was an initial challenge for me as well. I'm right there with you. Have a great Easter and an even better week!

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        FlourishAnyway 

        16 months ago from USA

        Terrie Lynn - Thank you for your kind words. Have a wonderful week!

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        Terrie Lynn 

        16 months ago from Canada

        Hi flourished. You made great song choices to take us through different parts of life with god and what it brings and means to each of us. Thank you. Another well done set of songs.

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        Bill Holland 

        16 months ago from Olympia, WA

        "Jesus Take the Wheel" I went blank after that....on Easter....not sure what that says about me. LOL You know I love this series...keep them coming, and enjoy the holiday.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        16 months ago from USA

        Kristen - It's sad what happened to them both. I wouldn't have taken it so nicely. Reba still works with her ex! I hope they didn't lose a lot of money in their divorces to those terrible men. On the other hand, there is Dolly Parton who has been married to the same man for over 50 years. She met him on her first day in Nashville.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        16 months ago from USA

        Martie - It's interesting how each country has songs on pop charts that others haven't even heard of. I'm not even sure whether country music is popular in other nations, aside from the US and Canada, or whether it's more of a North American thing. Thanks for stopping by!

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        FlourishAnyway 

        16 months ago from USA

        Louise - I like her a lot too! Her rise to fame has been so incredible.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        16 months ago from USA

        Hi, Linda! Thank you for your addition. Have a wonderful weekend.

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        Kristen Howe 

        16 months ago from Northeast Ohio

        Great song list, Flourish. Some I've heard of and something I haven't, like Reba's newest one. Her story is relatable to Shania Twain, when her husband cheated on her with her best friend. Ouch. Now Shania is married to her ex-best friend's husband.

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        Martie Coetser 

        16 months ago from South Africa

        Beautiful songs! Some of them haven't reached my country's radio stations. I hope they will.

        "Only God can turn a mess into a message, a test into a testimony, a trial into a triumph, and a victim into a victory." What a profound quote!

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        Louise Powles 

        16 months ago from Norfolk, England

        Great stuff! I enjoy reading your musical hubs. I'm glad you put Carrie Underwood in there. I love her voice.

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        Linda Lum 

        16 months ago from Washington State, USA

        Flourish - What a beautiful compilation of songs. I think I've heard each one and appreciate them. One more? What about "Dream On" (Aerosmith)?

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