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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.

The King will come (Wishbone Ash)

Wishbone Ash bass player Martin Turner researched this song by studying The Bible. It’s about the Christian idea that when the world ends, those who believe will be saved.

The Callers (The Killers)

The song starts with Woody Harrelson reading from Matthew 9:10-12, which describes the calling of St. Matthew. The Hunger Games actor recorded his contribution in a trailer while on location in Italy.

Take up thy stethoscope and walk (Pink Floyd)

This song takes place in a hospital setting where the patient is in a great deal of pain. The lyrics don’t make much sense, which could simulate the delirious condition of the patient.

Sheep go to heaven (Cake)

This song is about acceptance. Those who follow blindly (sheep) are accepted or go to heaven, and those who form their own opinions are goats and are not accepted or go to hell.