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Music plays a big role in the Christian faith. Hymns and psalms are sung all around the globe in- and outside churches. Get to know the wide variety of music inspired by Jesus in classical and popular music. Start listening!

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One Love (The Stone Roses)

Like many of The Stone Roses songs, this contains biblical references. For instance, the line “You feel my flow and you flood my brain” has its origin in John’s Gospel, where Jesus proclaimed in John 7 v37-38, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.”

New Friend Jesus (Craig Finn)

This song finds Finn exploring his Catholic upbringing and the Christian concept of having Jesus as a friend.

Millennium Prayer (Cliff Richard)

This was a hit despite being ignored by radio stations as they deemed the song to be uncool.

Let it Rock (Kevin Rudolf)

It’s a song about the hypocrisy in the world, and I’m saying that when I come through, I’m bringing the truth.

Lazarus (David Bowie)

Lazarus is a character in the Gospel of John that was restored to life four days after his death by Jesus Christ. It is not clear why Bowie referenced the Biblical name in the song title (the word “Lazarus” doesn’t appear in the lyrics).

Jesus Wept (Ralph McTell)

This is what might be called a modern, arpeggiated folk hymn. The phrase, from John, 11:35 is the shortest verse in the Christian Bible but regarded by scholars as one of the most profound.

Yahweh (U2)

The title of this song means “God.” When you individually translate the letters to Hebrew letters, it spells out God’s name as it appears in The Bible.

When the Music’s over (The Doors)

The theme is music being the fire of life. When it stops, so does life’s spirit. Arguably, one of the most beautifully intense moments of any rock song is when Morrison screams, “Persian Night! See the Light! Save Us! Jesus! Save Us!”

Until the End of the World (U2)

Bono sang this as Judas in a biblical setting. It contains sexual imagery between Judas and Jesus that is open for interpretation.