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I put together an atheist/ humanist/ skeptical/ irreligious mix CD a little while back, and thought I’d share it with all y’all. Songs being listed here is no indication that the singer or songwriter is an atheist. Links to YouTube videos when available.

The Meek Shall Inherit Nothing, The Persuasions (covering Frank Zappa)
In The Aeroplane Over The Sea, Neutral Milk Hotel
Into My Arms, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
Jesus Wants Me For A Sunbeam, The Vaselines
Marshmallows and a Holy Bible, Circus Contraption
Science Is Real, They Might Be Giants
Superstition, Stevie Wonder
Hard To Be, David Bazan
Dear God, XTC
God, John Lennon
And When I Die, Laura Nyro
It Ain’t Necessarily So, Aretha Franklin
Are You Ready, Freakwater (live version — couldn’t find the studio version on YouTube)
Jesus Loves Me (But He Can’t Stand You), Austin Lounge Lizards (weird irrelevant fan video)
All Things Dull And Ugly, Monty Python
Part Man, Part Monkey, Bruce Springsteen
Stealing, Tackhead
When I’m Gone, Phil Ochs
Heaven, Talking Heads
By & By, Chumbawamba
What a Wonderful World, Joey Ramone

By the way, I’m getting it on the record now: I want “By & By” played at my funeral.

What are your favorite atheist/ humanist/ skeptical/ irreligious songs?

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Comments

  1. faffy says

    A Perfect Circle – Judith
    Marilyn Manson – The Fight Song
    Pain of Salvation – Mrs Modern Mary
    Pain of Salvation – Differentia (Breaching the Core)
    Opeth – God is Dead
    Devin Townsend Project – Awake!! (probably stretching it a bit, I just love the final lyric:

    And we looked up to the stars last night
    And I saw that maybe…there was nothing more?
    …and my thought turned!

    These are not all strictly speaking ‘atheist songs’, but they do explore lots of interesting, related ideas. I think :p

  2. UnknownEric the Apostate says

    Of course it’s not on YouTube, but I’ve long been fond of Robyn Hitchcock’s “Where Do You Go When You Die?”

  3. says

    For something completely different… Kacey Musgraves’s “Same Trailer Different Park” has some nontheist-friendly and anti-supernatural tracks (and is better than any country record I’ve listened to since “Shadowland”). For ex:

    “Dandelion”
    Dandelion
    A million little wishes blown across the sky
    But it’s a waste of breath and it’s a waste of time

    and

    “Follow Your Arrow”
    If you don’t go to church
    You’ll go to hell
    If you’re the first one
    On the front row
    You’re self-righteous
    Son of a-
    Damned if you do
    And you’re damned if you don’t
    So you might as well just do
    Whatever you want

  4. hamstur says

    Jethro Tull’s Wind Up sums it up nicely:

    “In your pomp and all your glory you’re a poorer man than me, as you lick the boots of death born out of fear.”

    Plus the song just rocks.

  5. librarianbabe says

    I have a couple more Chumbawamba suggestions – “We Don’t Go to God’s House Any More” and “Look! No Strings!”

  6. librarianbabe says

    Sorry I didn’t think of this in my earlier comment, but “Blasphemous Rumours” by Depeche Mode definitely belongs here.

  7. scott says

    It’s a little bit easy, but pretty much anything by Bad Religion. I first heard of them when Greg Graffin won an award from the Harvard Humanists (late in the game, I know) and I’ve been hooked since. For really explicit atheism and irreligion, some of the best are “God’s Love”, “You”, “Come Join Us”, “Sinister Rouge”, and “American Jesus”, but there’s lots more.

  8. jasonfailes says

    In the Sun by Joseph Arthur (although my favorite version is the cover by Peter Gabriel and Robert Fripp)

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