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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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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.

Thomas (A Prefect Circle)

This is about the Doubting Thomas from the Bible, who’s begging for forgiveness because he didn’t believe until he saw Jesus resurrected and alive.

The River (Good Charlotte)

This song is about sin and redemption that traverses the dark side of Los Angeles. It references Christ’s parable of the prodigal son, who after running away and squandering his share of his father’s inheritance, returns and is welcomed back by his forgiving dad.

Paul McCartney – All My Trials

This song offered a message of hope that however bad the trial he or she was facing there was a promise of liberty and freedom in the afterlife.

Jennifer Warnes

Famous Blue Raincoat – Jennifer Warnes

This is one of three new songs Leonard Cohen wrote for Famous Blue Raincoat, his 1986 collaboration with Jennifer Warnes.