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What are some of your favorite atheist/agnostic songs and song lyrics? I love the theme song for the Atheist Experience podcast and Imagine. Wondering what else is out there.

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confidentrealm Level 7 Oct 10, 2018

Tori Amos. "Do you need a woman to look after you...God, sometimes you just don't come through."

Avidawn Level 4 Oct 10, 2018

I saw her many years ago at Fox Theatre in Detroit, MI. She was amazing. Love her!

@orange_girl saw her in Cincinnati in the 90's. Top three shows. Madonna (three times), Tori, and I recently saw Childish Gambino...who took #3!!!

@Avidawn Ha! I saw Madonna, too! She was amazing. It must have been early 90s. I’ll have to look up CG, because I don’t know them. smile001.gif

This is the first song that came to my mind. 🧡


This would've seemed way too obvious but no one posted. Nothing comes close IMHO:

Deiter Level 7 Oct 10, 2018

I like this version

@valerina I'll admit, when I saw this I thought "Oh yeah, this'll be crap." (Todd Rundgren, the producer of the original song, also did a version which is. Sarah McLachlan did a respectable version too but – meh.) But this was good. Nice finish. Thanks for sending.

@valerina Thanks again, this song is quite good.


There is a great line in a tori amos song that goes: "I think the good book is missing some pages" and "we both know it was a girl back in Bethlehem." smile001.gif Aw, @Avidawn beat me to it! LOL

orange_girl Level 7 Oct 10, 2018

@Avidawn I am going to listen to her this weekend!

@orange_girl After we chatted, I found a whole concert "Live in New York" 1997, I watched about 20 mins. She is so freaking sexy and mystical...I cried on Blood Roses. Enjoy your listen!

@Avidawn Blood Roses is amazing! I love Boys for Pele! She just knocks me out! I still have to find CG. Is there a song you would recommend for a first-time listener to their music? I'm way out of the loop. I did go see Erasure about a month ago, and they were amazing. Love them! It was my 2nd time seeing them!

@Avidawn This is amazing . . . just watched it. I don't know the dude from Tool, but he's a nice addition.

@Avidawn one of my favorite performances. Love Maynard and Tori


Portugals the Mans-Modern Jesus
Its one of my favorite songs. “Don’t pray for us. We don’t need no modern jesus to roll with us. The only rule we need is never giving up. The only faith we have is faith in us.” I have always been the weirdo in my family because of how much I couldn’t get behind Christianity. This sums it up for me-we just need faith in ourselves.

Stressmonster Level 3 Oct 10, 2018

NIN God is dead

And God's song by Randy Newman

JeffB Level 6 Oct 10, 2018

Well, my favorites have already been posted, but here's another good one.

Hozier - Take Me To Church

EddieDean Level 5 Oct 10, 2018

I had no idea what that song was about. That is one of the saddest videos I've ever seen.

I haven't actually watched the video. Funny story though, first time I heard it was in the car with my daughter. It came on the radio and she commented something about how good it was. I groaned and made some snarky comment about it, thinking it was just another "god" song since I hadn't really been listening to the lyrics. she called me out "Are you actually even listening?"
Whoops, my bad. embarrassed smile009.gif


Dear God by XTC is as powerful a statement as there is in my opinion.

AJCannon Level 2 Oct 10, 2018

Only the good die young - "Id rather laugh with the sinners than cry with the saints; the sinners are much more fun."

Superstition - "When you believe in things that you don't understand then you suffer; superstition ain't the way."

Jeff Buckleys version of Leonard Cohens Hallelujah "well maybe theres a god above, but all I've ever learned from Love, is how to shoot somebody who outdrew ya"

Wurlitzer Level 7 Oct 14, 2018

Motorhead has one. 'God was never on your side'

The fall has one song called 'Fiery Jack' withe a lyric at the end "Atheist Gernade"

Davethecave Level 7 Oct 10, 2018
seaspot_run Level 7 Oct 10, 2018

Rush- Freewill

motrubl4u Level 6 Oct 10, 2018

Rush. Free Will

KenChang Level 7 Oct 10, 2018

Argh! Nooooooooooo! (One of the original haters. Going back to Working Man.)

APaleBlueDot Level 5 Oct 10, 2018

John Lennon's Imagine will always be my favorite. It's timeless and a classic. It also makes me giggle when christians sing along

LadyAlyxandrea Level 8 Oct 10, 2018

@Deiter beat me to it, but...

Dear God by XTC

Dear God, hope you get the letter and I pray you can make it better down here
I don't mean a big reduction in the price of beer
But all the people that you made in your image
See them starving on their feet 'Cause they don't get enough to eat from God
I can't believe in you

Dear God, sorry to disturb you but I feel that I should be heard loud and clear
We all need a big reduction in amount of tears
And all the people that you made in your image
See them fighting in the street 'Cause they can't make opinions meet about God
I can't believe in you

Did you make disease and the diamond blue?
Did you make mankind after we made you? And the Devil too!

Dear God don't know if you noticed but Your name is on a lot of quotes in this book
And us crazy humans wrote it, you should take a look
And all the people that you made in your image
Still believing that junk is true
Well I know it ain't, and so do you

Dear God
I can't believe in
I don't believe in
I won't believe in heaven or hell
No saints, no sinners, no devil as well
No pearly gates, no thorny crown
You're always letting us humans down
The wars you bring, the babes you drown Those lost at sea and never found
And it's the same the whole world 'round
The hurt I see helps to compound
The Father, Son and Holy Ghost Is just somebody's unholy hoax
And if you're up there you'll perceive
That my heart's here upon my sleeve
If there's one thing I don't believe in
It's you

Dear God

Kafirah Level 7 Nov 17, 2018

Imagine is my favorite.

freeofgod Level 7 Oct 17, 2018
bleurowz Level 8 Oct 14, 2018

These 3 are more overtly atheist but in most of there music the message is there if you listen. I had to miss the new album release party last night, I'm looking forward to hearing it.

RileyStevens Level 6 Oct 14, 2018

One of my favorites! Tim Minchin--Thank You God

RhondaShotwell Level 5 Oct 12, 2018

Sam's mum is one lucky lady.

@maturin1919 I love the tone of the music. It's perfect.


Metallica:Leper Messiah

mikebeed Level 7 Oct 11, 2018

Hetfield may not be religious but he's def on board with a higher power.


I love it because it's got such a happy vibe, like someone who is free from the burdens of blind faith:

amdam87 Level 5 Oct 10, 2018

Tim Minchin has a lot of good ones although his are for satire. “The pope song” “thank you god” “the good book” are 3 funny good jams.

Lancinator Level 4 Oct 10, 2018

He's great!

@AlanMargu have you heard “prejudice” song. Great anagram and jam.


A few lyrics I really like:

“You can choose from phantom fears
and kindness that can kill…”
—Freewill by Rush

“They say there's a heaven for those who will wait
Some say it's better but I say it ain't
I'd rather laugh with the sinners than cry with the saints
The sinners are much more fun”
—Only the Good Die Young by Billy Joel
(Billy Joel has said more recently that this song isn't so much anti-religion as it's pro-lust, but I think the lyrics are pretty strongly anti-religion and that he's maybe trying to avoid offending believers. Regardless, I really like the entire song a lot.)

”Just focus on the sacrificial crucifixion
And have faith in its complete jurisdiction
It's the only way to measure if you're good or not
And when you're in a debate, just say to have faith
Because when up against logic
It's the only card you've got.”
—The Loophole by Garfunkel and Oates

resserts Level 8 Oct 10, 2018

Not an athiest song per say but it resonated with me. We are all made of stars by Moby.

Virgoan Level 5 Oct 10, 2018
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