Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Top Ten: Anti-Religious Songs

Some of these are a stretch, but they're better than the ones that didn't make the list. Usually I can come up with 20 choices which I can whittle down to ten good ones, but I struggled to come up with 14. I guess I don’t have a very irreligious mp3 collection (which currently stands at about 20,000).

In actual fact, I think there just aren’t many songs which criticize religion. I’m sure there’s some others I didn’t cover, but either I don’t have that song, forgot it, or it sucks (usually all three).

10. Franz Ferdinand – Evil and a Heathen
9. Tori Amos – God
8. Marilyn Manson – Fight Song
7. Nirvana – Ain’t It a Shame
6. Alanis Morisette – Forgiven
5. The Dandy Warhols – I Am a Scientist
4. A Perfect Circle – Judith
3. Nine Inch Nails – Heresy
2. John Lennon – Imagine
1. Stevie Wonder – Superstition

33 comments:

  1. Evil and a Heathen isn't anti-religious, firstly, one line is:

    I like how you pretend
    That the end will be the end

    Emphasis on the word 'pretend'. If anything its against anti-religious zealots in my opinion.

    Also, Imagine by John Lennon isn't really anti-religion is more anti-organised religion, Lennon was a very spiritual person much annoyed by organised religion as the Maharishi felt up his friend who was a girl.

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    1. GOD
      By John Lennon

      fuck religion
      By Propagandhi <<>>

      Tomorrow Wendy
      By Concrete Blonde
      "I told the priest, don't count on any second coming.
      God got his ass kicked the first time he came down here slumming."

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  2. Religion and spirituality are 2 different things. Religion is religion whether organized or not. Religion has nothing to do with spirituality and all to do with following pointless rules.

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  3. Billy Joel's Only the Good Die Young always makes it to the top of my list, partially because my mother told me that when she was a teenager, she used to get together with her friends and play it as loud as she possibly could from the car stereo to spite her strict Catholic mother.

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  4. What about "Dear God," by XTC. Super song in every way...

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  5. Metallica - Leper Messiah
    Suicidal Tendencies - Bring Me Your Money

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  6. You should have a listen to 'Four Winds' by Bright Eyes: 'The Bible's blind, the Koran's deaf, the Torah's mute. If you burned them all together you'd get close to the truth ...'

    I saw you followed my blog, any particular reason? Haha. I like yours; totally on board the atheism train.

    Cheers

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  7. How Is it, that there are no Bad Religion songs on this list?

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  8. How about "Do the Evolution" by Pearl Jam? "I can kill 'cause in God I trust"; "I'm a thief, I'm a liar, here's my church, I sing in the choir."
    Also, "Rise Up! Rise Up!" and "Big Bang" by Cursive are all about challenging religion ("Rise up! Rise up! There's no one to worship, but plenty of life to lose"; "There was this big bang once. Why are we raptured on our knees?"). Great songs, too.

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  9. I'm an atheist but, personally, I love religious songs. My favourite is "Killing for Jesus" by the Circle Jerks.

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  10. Virgin Steele - Invictus (The entire album) (although perhaps more deicidal than anti-religious, on second thought, Perseus holding Medusa's head on the album cover definitely sets the tone.)

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  11. Haillie Sellasse, Up Your Ass by Propaghandi also known as Fuck Religion.

    "Take a look at your promised land.
    Your deed is that gun in your hand.
    Mt. Zion's a minefield. The West Bank. The Gaza Strip.
    Soon to be parking lots for American tourists and fascist cops.
    Fuck zionism. Fuck militarism. Fuck americanism.
    Fuck nationalism. Fuck religion."

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  12. A song you should consider for this list is Question Marks by Shad. He is a Toronto based Hip Hop artist and in my opinion it is the best song ever released questioning religion. His critticism is balanced and unbias and it makes for an amazing song

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    1. Shad concludes that there is a God by the end of the song. It's lyrically pretty interesting but not anti-religious at all

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  13. The song "No God" by Darkest Hour would top my list...

    "There's no salvation
    In a world where you worship proven fiction
    And no redemption for a life of servitude
    You bow and you heed
    Unhallowed command
    Your only care is the money we gain
    It's the same place
    A hollow escape
    A palace of concrete and glass
    Keep waiting, keep waiting
    For no god
    To erase you
    No god
    To make you fall to your knees

    There's blood on these pages
    And the war inside your head
    Is with yourself
    Through the ages, through every form of "Hell"
    It's the same face
    A hollow escape
    A palace of concrete and glass
    Keep waiting, keep waiting
    For no god
    To consume you
    No god
    To be your burden
    No god
    To use you
    No god
    There is only illusion

    The usurper of life
    It'll bleed every last drop
    And it'll suck all the breath out of you
    And leave you forsaken

    There's no god
    To release you
    There's no god
    To make you fall down to your knees
    There's no god
    To deceive you
    There's no god
    To be your burden
    There's no god
    There's no god
    There's no god
    There is only illusion"

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  14. Dear god by XTC came out in the 80's and for anti eastern religion "All the blowing themsves up mother fuckers" by julian cope

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  15. Rush: "Faithless," "The Way the Wind Blows," "Brought Up To Believe," and many more.

    By the way, I just found this blog, and I'm definitely subscribing.

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  16. WTF! Where is Gary Numans 'The Angel Wars'? That is seriously, the most antireligious song ever written! Infact the whole 'Exile' album from 1997, is all based around the lie of religion and its disease! Highly recommend a listen!

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  17. What about Morte Et Dabo- Asking Alexandria? Judith, a perfect circle? Two good songs right there! D:

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  18. One of the best anti-religious songs has to be For The Greater Good Of God by Iron Maiden. Amazing musically and the lyrics are pure genius..!

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  19. >Every punk song ever recorded.

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    1. What about "God Save the Queen"?

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  20. As someone who was a teen during the 80s, I'm deeply offended that you missed Blasphemous Rumours by Depeche Mode. For best results, make sure to wear all black with matching black eyeliner.

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  21. GOD
    By John Lennon

    fuck religion
    By Propagandhi <<>>

    Tomorrow Wendy
    By Concrete Blonde
    "I told the priest, don't count on any second coming.
    God got his ass kicked the first time he came down here slumming."

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  22. Almost anything from Blackmetal. only, the genre tends to be more anti-christian than anything else. Then again, they are the most annoying religious peeps

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  23. Jane's Addiction - Had A Dad.

    "if you see my dad, tell him my brothers have all gone mad, they're beating on each other..... I walked around, even tried to call, had this funny feeling like he's not there at all."

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  24. Theres a song by the Australian rapper Vents called 'Wheres God Now' thats very good.

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  25. You have all missed the best song...Dumb All Over by Frank Zappa. Sums it up for me.....
    You cant run a country by a book of religion
    Not by heap or a lump or a smidgen
    Of foolish rules and ancient date
    Designed to make you all feel great
    Whilst you murder, torture and mutilate
    Those unbelievers from a neighbouring state.

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  26. Best God In Show - NOFX

    I have no consideration
    Zero mutual respect
    For billions who suffer from rational thought neglect
    I don't wanna waste a sentence
    I don't want a conversation
    That's gonna end in disdain disbelief and aggravation

    And I find it's getting harder to hang out
    With grown adults who actually believe
    In Santa Clause and Noah's Ark, and Their god is the best
    My distaste has turned into detest

    Who would read a 2000-year-old medical journal?
    Techniques for blood-letting
    Advice on trichinosis
    Would you navigate the globe
    With a map of a flat Earth?
    Without DNA testing would you believe virgin birth?

    And I find it's getting painful to put up
    With grown adults who actually believe
    In unicorns and creation and god always takes their side
    That's when my innocent jabbing turns snide

    Thank god for the Grammy
    Thank god for the touchdown
    Thank god for blowing up the enemy's sacred ground
    So how am I supposed to take anything you say seriously
    When you swap free will for faith, hope and pre-destiny?

    And it's getting agonizing to hang out
    With grown adults who actually believe
    Mythology and history trump physics and science
    My aversion has turned to abhorrence


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  27. You may hate the idea of God or hate God himself for whatever reason however please bear in mind that He will never stop loving you.

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    1. Fuck off please

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