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Religious Song Hits

Updated on March 31, 2008

Religious Songs Hit the Pop Charts

Over the years, some religious songs have crossed over and made the pop charts. Other religious songs started out as spiritual pop songs that became hits. There are more than you probably think. And there are many more religious song hits on the pop charts than mentioned here. If you can think of some religious song hits to add, let me know in the comments below.

Come Sail Away by Styx

Religious Song Hits - Come Sail Away by Styx

This classic pop rock song isn't a religious song per se, but it does have Biblical references in it.

The Biblical based lyrics are A gathering of angels appeared above my head. They sang to me this song of hope, and this is what they said." Later in the song, "I thought that they were angels, but much to my surprise, they climbed aboard their starship and headed for the skies."

These lyrics allude to Ezekiel 1:1-28 which speaks of a large wheel appearing to Ezekiel that gives Ezekiel commands from God.

He's Got the Whole World in His Hands by Laurie London

This spiritual song made it into the pop charts in 1958. It was sung by Laurie London and made #1 on the song list of Most Played by Jockeys.

Put Your Hand in the Hand by Ocean

Put Your Hand in the Hand - Ocean

I was surprised to learn that this religious pop song didn't make the Top 100 song charts. I remember hearing it often on the radio in the 70s. It was released by the band Ocean. The song was the 22nd top selling song of 1971. Others who covered the song include Elvis Presley, Anne Murray, and Joan Baez.

Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin Video

Religious Song Hits - Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin

This is another song that isn't a crossover, but definitely has a spiritual tone. Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin is Led Zeppelin's most recognized song and one of the most popular songs of all time. The song deals with a wealthy, greedy woman. She finally realizes that her life is empty and money will not get her into heaven.

It was never released as a single in the United States, but it is the most requested song on FM radio of all time in the United States, as well as the most played song. The song is 8 minutes long. Rolling Stone magazine lists "Stairway to Heaven" as #31 on the list of 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

One of Us by Joan Osborne Video

Religious Song Hits - One of Us by Joan Osborne

One of Us is a song sung by Joan Osborne and written by Eric Bazilian. Most people call the name of the song "What If God Was One of Us". The single was released in 1995 and hit #4 on the Billboard song charts. Joan was nominated for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance with the song. It was used as the theme song for the television show, "Joan of Arcadia". Dr. Evil sings the song in "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me".

From a Distance by Bette Midler

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      tony 5 years ago

      he's not on the charts, but he should be...if you like good funk, soul, and jazz, check out the music of ole borud!!!

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      mojo 5 years ago

      how about Sister Christian?

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      Jesus 5 years ago

      jesus walks by kanye west

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      bernadeta t galea 5 years ago

      i'm looking for the song" PERSON"some lyrics i remember...Persons are gift from God to me,,do i accept so ........

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      stph 6 years ago

      "Higher" by Creed

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      kenny 6 years ago

      sssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss what hublah hi

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      Good afternoon, I'm trying to find words and music to a song by robert carrol:titled One Pair of Hands.i WOULD LOVE TO HAVE THE WORDS AND MUSIC BY HIM AND ALSO THE ACCOMPANYMENT IN 3 OCTAVES BACKGROUND SO I COULD SING IT


      Bless you

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      sasa 7 years ago

      tang ena mo

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      Peter 7 years ago

      "40" by U2

      Rivers of Babylon - Boney M

      Speak to the Sky - Rick Spingfield

      Free the People - Sherbert (Aussie 70's Band)

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      LEFTRIGHTE 7 years ago


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      ponce 7 years ago

      i don't like the songs it sounds good but the meaning is not suited to the reality... please know first the meaning before choosing the songs...k.

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      floramie 7 years ago

      my wish

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      Terry G. 7 years ago

      Jesus Chris Superstar. Let It Be. Day by Day (Godspell)

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      b ill 7 years ago

      bob dylan changing of the guards

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      Mike 7 years ago

      Spirit in the sky

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      Moulik Mistry 7 years ago from Burdwan, West Bengal, India

      Great hub - I love songs of both religious and irreligious theme, very well done...

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      Lisa 7 years ago

      Counting Blue cars by Dishwalla

      Higher by Creed

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      Carole 7 years ago

      "Hands" and "Whp will save your soul"by Jewel. We are God's hands..we are God's eyes.

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      Lydia 7 years ago

      Also, "My Sweet Lord" by George Harrison is a pretty religious song.

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      Lydia 7 years ago

      Todd Rundgren's "Can't stop running"....talks about running into the arms of my God.

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      GoldiString 8 years ago

      Thanks for the songs you shared. Would like to share mine - when i feel the burden, i listen to this:

      God bless.

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      che-che Abilar 8 years ago

      pls.containue preaching the word of God,by putting any kinds of Religious songs here so that our world will be prepared in the very near soon second coming of our savior,the Infinite GoD,and pls.share more about what you've know about Him!Thank you god bless!!you all!And see you there in heaven Some day!

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      SARAH 8 years ago


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      Chrissy 8 years ago

      A newer song from Fergie (Black Eyed Peas singer) is Finally and it is an awesome song about finding God

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      HMM? 8 years ago


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      chantillybabe 8 years ago

      What about "Turn, turn, turn" by The Byrds, almost word for word from The Bible (Ecclesiastses 3: 1-8)

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      punk girl from bohol 8 years ago

      i like the song because it is related to god

      god is like the father of all people in the universe

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      DJ Funktual 9 years ago from One Nation Under a Groove

      Very good hub.

      Let's Go Crazy by Prince is also about God.

      "If the elevator tries to break down, punch a higher floor."

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      Angela Harris 9 years ago from Around the USA

      Bonnie, The song is From a Distance by Bette Midler. Thanks so much for suggesting it. It had completely slipped my mind. I have added it to my religious song hits videos now.

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      Bonnie Ramsey 9 years ago from United States

      Interesting hub! I love all of these. Another one I love is by Bette Midler called God is Watching us. I can't wait to see all of the songs that will appear here thanks to this hub! Great job!


      Come to think of it, the name of this one may be From a Distance. Not sure. Maybe someone can help me out on exact name.