11 Secular Songs That Make Reference to God | Playlist
In our latest ‘secular songs’ playlist, we explore 11 songs that make reference to God. Some are indeed sincere, but not all them are ‘sanctified.’
In February 2017, we, The Musical Hype, presented a playlist that featured 10 Powerful Songs Referencing God. After much prayer and supplication (or perhaps not so much), we return with yet another Godly playlist: 11 Secular Songs that Make Reference to God. Given the fact that these songs are secular, even if their titles mention ‘The Most High,’ that doesn’t mean that they’re necessarily Christian. It should be noted that all 11 songs were released in 2017. Without further ado, ‘God is in the midst,’ or at least, these song titles.
1. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, “Call on God”
Album: Soul of a Woman
In November 2016, the world lost a true treasure in soul musician Sharon Jones, at the age of 60. After a late career breakthrough, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings were among the crème de la crème of the soul revivalist movement. Jones gets a proper ‘closing act’ with the posthumously release Soul of a Woman, which includes the superb, laudatory record, “Call on God.” “Call on God” fittingly concludes Soul of a Woman in the gospel-infused, deep-, southern soul style. Jones’ vocals are incredibly powerful and sincere. Here, at the very end, Jones is witnessing – testifying to God’s goodness, mercy, and ‘wonder working power.’
2. Kendrick Lamar, “GOD.”
Damn, DAMN. is on hell of a deep album by rapper extraordinaire Kendrick Lamar. Sigh, and the previous statement certainly wasn’t very Christian in the least. Neither is the song “GOD.,” the penultimate record from DAMN. Here, Kendrick Lamar addresses the overconfident notion of god status. God status is clearly different from being God-fearing, let alone properly Christ-like. The chorus is the ultimate flex-fest, with celestial, triumphant production work to match:
“This what God feel like, huh, yeah / Laughin’ to the bank like, ‘A-ha!’, huh, yeah / Flex on swole like, ‘A-ha!’, huh, yeah / You feel some type of way, then a-ha! / Huh, yeah (a-ha-ha, a-ha-ha).”
3. Arcade Fire, “Good God Damn”
Album: Everything Now
Sigh, we’re really “batting a thousand” with this secular-Christian song thing. This time, God falls into the hands of Arcade Fire, who add a little something extra. It’s not just “Good God,” but it’s “Good God Damn.” Win Butler definitely gets playful with words; god damn is used dually. Restrained, this is respectable, low-key, soulful record that connects with a previous cut from Everything Now, “Creature Comfort,” specifically the suicidal tale imparted.
“You want to get messed up? / When the times get rough / Put your favorite record on baby / And fill the bathtub up.”
Now exploring god damn contextually. In one sense, Butler seems to be literally reacting – swearing – in reference to the extreme situation. He doesn’t ever literally swear, but there’s that implication. The more accurate interpretation is arguably an epiphany of sorts – potentially discovering the awesomeness of God and saying, damn. In some regards, this is one of the more intriguing songs.