13 Pop Songs About God + Faith
Sick of tired church hymnals and processions? Turns out, you can get your fix of religious conviction straight from radio.
Earlier this week, Beliebers round the world were thrown quite a curveball when rumors began circulating that Justin Bieber's forthcoming album will be a Christian LP. The idea that the "Sorry" singer could suddenly sit in a record store beside Mary Mary was unexpected, but once we did a little digging, we found the idea of radio songs about god aren't so uncommon.
Between some obvious allusions to faith ("Jesus Take the Wheel" and "What If God Was One of Us" are certainly stark) to more abstract faith-related imagery ("Fix You" and "Nobody"), pop stars have proven their biggest hits are sometimes not so much about the party as they are about paradise, and what comes after we shed our human form. Yes, they might be masters of breakup anthems and love letters, but sometimes, they can't get away from the big guy upstairs.
In honor of the weekend's Easter and Passover celebrations, we've arranged a list of 13 pop songs that either directly address god or more subtly nod to faith. Check 'em all out (the list features lyrics by artists that range from Katy Perry to Selena Gomez to Coldplay) and tell us if there are other faith-related tracks we should have included on the list.
'Jesus, take the wheel / Take it from my hands / 'Cause I can't do this on my own / I'm letting go / So give me one more chance / And save me from this road I'm on / Jesus, take the wheel.'
'I found God on the corner of First in Amistad / Where the west was all but won / All alone / Smoking his last cigarette / I said where you been? / He said, ask anything.'
'What if God was one of us? / Just a slob like one of us / Just a stranger on the bus / Tryin' to make his way home?'
'By not being perfect you, you sometimes can disappoint people / And with God, it's like He's perfect and He never disappoints / So I, I just get my recognition from Him / And give Him recognition.'
'I don't know what it is, but you've pulled me in / No one compares, could ever begin / To love me like you do / I wouldn't want them to.'
'Oh, Dear God / Just the other night I heard somebody say / What's the use believin' in you anyway / I guess it was just heartache talkin' through the pain / It's a cryin' shame.'
'I hope you're somewhere prayin', prayin' / I hope your soul is changin', changin' / I hope you find your peace / Falling on your knees, prayin.''
'If God is a DJ, life is a dance floor / Love is the rhythm, you are the music / If God is a DJ, life is a dance floor / You get what you're given it's all how you use it.'
'When I am down, and, oh, my soul, so weary / When troubles come, and my heart burdened be / Then, I am still and wait here in the silence / Until you come and sit awhile with me.'
'And there's no more lies. / In the darkness, there's light. / And nobody cries. / There's only butterflies.'
'But God can be funny / At a cocktail party when listening to a good God-themed joke, or / Or when the crazies say He hates us / And they get so red in the head you think they're 'bout to choke / God can be funny.'
'Lights will guide you home / And ignite your bones / And I will try to fix you.'
'By the grace of God (there was no other way) / I picked myself back up (I knew I had to stay) / I put one foot in front of the other and I / Looked in the mirror and decided to stay.'