Songs About Religion & Spirituality Featuring God & Jesus

Welcome to an interesting song list this time around – Unlike most of the other song lists I have done in the past, this particular subject contains both positive and negative interpretations of the topic of religion. The songs in this particular post represent the entire spectrum of religion and spirituality or might even do the opposite and bring into question it’s existence. Some even use the word religion, God, Jesus, Lord, Holy Spirit or supreme being in an entirely different context. Even though I consider myself to be a believer in a higher power, a Christian my entire life, I’m not trying to advocate or preach religion to anyone reading this, only offering a wide array of songs with similar words in the title or verse within the song. Some of these songs might even be a great source of inspiration, hope and  an inner peace to those listening carefully. Others may be cynical about the existence of a higher power or the Almighty God.

I’ve intentionally tried to avoid songs that were traditional church hymns and songs of praise that are typically found in various Christian religions unless they had crossed-over to mainstream radio or concert performance by mainstream artists…..  Exceptions being songs like Amazing Grace and The Lord’s Prayer. Now, with that being said, I need to clarify that I have nothing personally  against those type of spiritual songs as many of them are quite beautiful and meaningful but my focus here was on mainstream genres including rock, country, R & B and many others as well….. the stuff you’d hear on your favorite radio stations or in concerts. Also Christmas songs I have stayed away from as many of them focus on the birth of Jesus and core Christian values – once again nothing wrong with them – just not including them in this particular post.

Enjoy and may you find what you’re looking for in compiling a music playlist with a theme for an event or for your personal listening pleasure. Any additions or comments are always welcome and appreciate at the bottom of this post.

Songs About Religion & Spirituality

Featuring God & Jesus

  1. Act of God – Prince
  2. All Around Me – Flyleaf
  3. Amazing Grace – Mahalia Jackson, Judy Collins, Aretha Franklin, Joan Baez, Royal Scots Dragoon Guards (beautiful bagpipe & drum instrumental), Elvis Presley, Rod Stewart, Johnny Cash (one of the most covered songs ever written that crossed over from a Gospel Standard to mainstream)
  4. Amen – Paula Cole
  5. American Pie – Don McLean
  6. Are You Gonna Go My Way – Lenny Kravitz
  7. Awesome God – Rich Mullins
  8. Bad Religion – Godsmack
  9. Believe – Disturbed
  10. Brother Love’s Traveling Salvation Show – Neil Diamond
  11. Counterfeit God – Black Label Society
  12. Day By Day – Godspell (from the Broadway Musical)
  13. Dear God – XTC
  14. Dear God – Avenged Sevenfold
  15. Dust In The Wind – Kansas
  16. Every Grain of Sand – Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris
  17. For The Greater Good of God – Iron Maiden
  18. Gates of Eden – Bob Dylan
  19. Get Right With God – Lucinda Williams
  20. Get Together – The Youngbloods
  21. God – John Lennon
  22. God – Tori Amos
  23. God Bless The Child – Billie Holiday, Shania Twain
  24. God Bless The USA – Lee Greenwood
  25. God Blessed Texas – Little Texas
  26. God Gave Rock N Roll To You – Argent, Kiss
  27. God Must Have Spent A Little More Time On You – Alabama, N Sync
  28. God of Thunder – Kiss
  29. God Only Knows – The Beach Boys
  30. God Put A Smile Upon Your Face – Coldplay
  31. God Save The Queen – Sex Pistols
  32. God Shuffled His Feet – Crash Test Dummies
  33. God’s Comic – Elvis Costello
  34. Hallelujah – Leonard Cohen, John Cale, Jeff Buckley, Rufus Wainwright, Bob Dylan, kd lang, Alexandra Burke, Justin Timberlake, Jason Castro, Lee DeWyze (one of the most covered songs of all time but the ones listed here were either released as hits or major cover versions)
  35. He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands – Laurie London
  36. Help Pour Out The Rain (Lacey’s Song) – Buddy Jewell
  37. I Believe In Father Christmas – Emerson Lake & Palmer
  38. I Don’t Know How To Love Him – Helen Reddy (from the Rock Opera Jesus Christ Superstar)
  39. I Knew Jesus (Before He Was A Superstar) – Glen Campbell
  40. I Saw God Today – George Strait
  41. I Saw The Light – Hank Williams, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
  42. If I Give My Heart To Jesus – Billy Joe Shaver
  43. In The Presence of The Lord – Blind Faith
  44. Imagine – John Lennon
  45. It’s A Sin – Pet Shop Boys
  46. Jesus Christ Superstar – Original Cast from the Rock Opera
  47. Jesus He Knows Me – Genesis
  48. Jesus Is Just Alright With Me- The Byrds, Doobie Brothers
  49. Jesus Just Left Chicago – ZZ Top
  50. Jesus Take The Wheel – Carrie Underwood
  51. Jesus Walking On The Water – Violent Femmes
  52. Jesus Walks – Kanye West
  53. Let It Be – The Beatles
  54. Little Green Apples – OC Smith, Roger Miller
  55. Living In Sin – Bon Jovi
  56. Long Dark Train – Josh Turner
  57. Lord Mr. Ford – Jerry Reed
  58. Losing My Religion – REM
  59. Me & God – Josh Turner
  60. Mighty Clouds of Joy – BJ Thomas
  61. Morning Has Broken – Cat Stevens
  62. Mrs. Robinson – Simon & Garfunkel
  63. My City of Ruins – Bruce Springsteen
  64. My God – Jethro Tull
  65. My Jesus Told Me So – Marshall Tucker Band
  66. My Sweet Lord – George Harrison
  67. Oh Happy Day – Edwin Hawkin Singers
  68. One of Us – Joan Osborne
  69. One Tin Soldier – Coven
  70. One Toke Over The Line – Brewer & Shipley
  71. Only God Knows Why – Kid Rock
  72. Only The Good Die Young – Billy Joel
  73. People Get Ready – Curtis Mayfield & The Impressions
  74. Personal Jesus – Depeche Mode, Johnny Cash, Marilyn Manson
  75. Put Your Hand In The Hand – Ocean
  76. Rebel Jesus – Jackson Browne
  77. Redemption Song – Bob Marley
  78. Reverend Mr. Black – Kingston Trio, Johnny Cash
  79. Rivers of Babylon – The Melodians, Boney M, Sublime
  80. Saint of Me – The Rolling Stones
  81. Signs – Five Man Electrical Band, Tesla
  82. Sinner – Drowning Pool
  83. Solsbury Hill – Peter Gabriel
  84. Somebody Touched Me – Ferlin Huskey, Bob Dylan, Bruce Cockburn
  85. Something To Believe In – Poison
  86. Spirit In The Sky – Norman Greenbaum
  87. Stairway To Heaven – Led Zeppelin
  88. Stoney End – Barbara Streisand
  89. Thank God For Believers – Ronnie Milsap, Mark Chesnutt
  90. Thank God I’m A Country Boy – John Denver
  91. That’s The Way God Planned It – Billy Preston
  92. The God That Failed – Metallica
  93. The Lord Knows I’m Drinkin’ – Cal Smith
  94. The Lord’s Prayer – Sister Janet Mead
  95. The Man Comes Around – Johnny Cash (one of Johnny’s last songs he wrote & sang before his death and quite powerful – highly recommended)
  96. The Preacher & The Bear – Jerry Reed
  97. There’s A Higher Power – Louvin Brothers, Buddy Miller
  98. This Is God – Phil Vassar
  99. Three Wooden Crosses – Randy Travis
  100. Turn, Turn, Turn – The Byrds
  101. Unanswered Prayers – Garth Brooks
  102. Watching You – Rodney Atkins
  103. Way Down In The Hole – Tom Waits
  104. Whenever God Shines His Light – Van Morrison & Cliff Richard
  105. Where Were You When The World Stopped Turning – Alan Jackson
  106. Why Me Lord – Kris Kristofferson
  107. Will You Be Ready At The Plate (When Jesus Throws The Ball) – Elmo & Patsy
  108. With God On Our Side – Bob Dylan
  109. Would Jesus Wear A Rolex – Ray Stevens

Along with the list above you could probably include a number of additional songs by a select few very successful ‘crossover’ artists. These feature artists who either crossed over from Christian or Gospel music to mainstream or vice-versa include – the most well known include Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, BJ Thomas, Aretha Franklin, The Staple Singers, Al Green, Amy Grant, Randy Travis. Then there are a few others with a more heavy metal or alternative sound that emerged from Christian music roots and crossed over to mainstream hard rock/heavy metal/post grunge but still kept a Christian element in their lyrics such as Stryper, Creed, Lifehouse, Sixpence None The Richer and P.O.D. Jars of Clay, Third Day and Mercy Me have also received a lot of attention in recent years as mainstays of Christian rock that have gained some mainstream crossover appeal.