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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)

This song is a personal conversation between Jesus and Judas. Bono takes on the part of Judas.

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.

Jesus Christ (Woody Guthrie)

Woody Guthrie had a talent for taking historical events and turning them into thought-provoking songs. Here, he sings about how Jesus Christ stood up for the poor and downtrodden.

I Alone (Live)

The lyrics are a telling of the story in the Bible, Luke 8:22-25, in which Jesus calms a storm while he and his disciples are at sea. This song (like the story) proves the power of love.

How Great Thou Art (Elvis Presley)

This song started out as a hymn written in 1885 by the Rev. Carl Boberg, a Swedish evangelist, who set it to a Swedish folk melody.