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Old 05-14-2009, 01:07 PM
 
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Default Religious songs that became pop hits.

My love and admiration for all kinds of musical styles had me pondering this the other day. Most hit songs of the pop-rock-hip-hop nature are highly secular, many are highly immoral, but there have been a few sizeable hit records over the years that have strong religious-Christian ties.

The other day I listened to one of my favorite Bible-based songs that became a hit record, and that was Love Lifted Me, sung by one of my favorite singers, Kenny Rogers.

I have also grown to admire the band Mercy Me. A few years ago their song I Can Only Imagine became a nation-wide hit that was given heavy airplay on many pop stations.

So can anyone else think of some religious songs that became hits with a more secular audience?
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Old 05-14-2009, 02:15 PM
 
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YouTube - Looking For you - Kirk Franklin
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Old 05-14-2009, 02:16 PM
 
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YouTube - Mary Mary - Shackles (Praise You)
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Old 05-14-2009, 02:25 PM
 
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My love and admiration for all kinds of musical styles had me pondering this the other day. Most hit songs of the pop-rock-hip-hop nature are highly secular, many are highly immoral, but there have been a few sizeable hit records over the years that have strong religious-Christian ties.

The other day I listened to one of my favorite Bible-based songs that became a hit record, and that was Love Lifted Me, sung by one of my favorite singers, Kenny Rogers.

I have also grown to admire the band Mercy Me. A few years ago their song I Can Only Imagine became a nation-wide hit that was given heavy airplay on many pop stations.

So can anyone else think of some religious songs that became hits with a more secular audience?
Lots:

Stomp - Kirk Franklin
Just Between Me & You - dc Talk
Hanging by a Moment - Lifehouse
Savior - Skillet
Place in this World - Michael W. Smith
Baby, Baby - Amy Grant
Three Wooden Crosses - Randy Travis
Bless the Broken Road - Selah
You Raise Me Up - Selah

Those are some off the top of my head.
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Old 05-14-2009, 02:33 PM
 
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God Gave Rock and Roll to You by Petra done also by KISS
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Old 05-14-2009, 04:04 PM
 
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I agree with Buckeye:
There a lot of Christian music that's being embraced in the secular
even as far back as the early 60's as I can remember
they were even played in nightclubs
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Old 05-14-2009, 04:30 PM
 
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Real old school. Turn, Turn, Turn by the Byrds.

"...is a song adapted entirely from the Book of Ecclesiastes in the Bible (with the exception of the last line)..."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turn!_T...re_Is_a_Season)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MWg3b15ITS8
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Old 05-15-2009, 08:47 AM
 
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I don't know if it's a hit, but Kanye West singing "I'll Fly Away". Wonder if he's flying away from the "Gold Digger"?
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Old 05-15-2009, 10:25 AM
 
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Thank you for that reminder. My daughter used to love the Shackles song when it came out about nine years ago. It has a very soulful sound and she used to dance around the room every time she heard it.
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Old 05-15-2009, 10:30 AM
 
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Lots:

Stomp - Kirk Franklin
Just Between Me & You - dc Talk
Hanging by a Moment - Lifehouse
Savior - Skillet
Place in this World - Michael W. Smith
Baby, Baby - Amy Grant
Three Wooden Crosses - Randy Travis
Bless the Broken Road - Selah
You Raise Me Up - Selah

Those are some off the top of my head.
I remember many of these. I should have known about Place in this World, that was one of my favorites in the early-'90s. Michael W. Smith also sang a few other faith-based songs that became hits.

Carrie Underwood also had a hit with Jesus Take the Wheel, I think it was a year or two ago. I had a lapse of memory when I started this thread but now lots of religious-oriented songs are coming to mind.
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