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"The Lord's Prayer" by Sister Janet Mead hit #4 on the Billboard chart in April of 1974.
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Old 11-07-2019, 04:22 PM
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The song might be controversial because it ponders "What if God was . . . . "

But it seems to explicitly assume that God exists.

So I think it qualifies for this thread.
Waitaminit! Who's making the thread rules here?
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I don't know many churches that would be cool with saying God was a slob and just like regular people.
We've played that song in my church. As far as I know nobody raked the minister over the coals later.

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Old 11-07-2019, 04:32 PM
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We've played that song in my church. As far as I know nobody raked the minister over the coals later.

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Someone also noted that Imagine was played at their church to no coal rakings. Just because it has been sung in a church doesn't mean it will be welcomed in most churches.

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Old 11-07-2019, 04:34 PM
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Dylan's Gotta Serve Somebody made it to #24.
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U2's "With or Without You" can be seen either as a love song or as a man struggling with the demands of faith.
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Old 11-07-2019, 04:49 PM
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U2's "With or Without You" can be seen either as a love song or as a man struggling with the demands of faith.
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Why Me Lord? - Kris Kristofferson

"Recognition and awards

"Why Me" was Kristofferson's lone major country hit as a solo recording artist, reaching No. 1 on the Billboard magazine Hot Country Singles chart in July 1973.[4] The song peaked only at No. 16 on the Billboard Hot 100, but had at that time one of the longer runs (19 weeks) in the top 40[1] and the most chart reversals (6) in one run on the Hot 100. The song spent 38 weeks in the Hot 100 consecutively, almost tying the record set by Johnny Mathis' song "Wonderful! Wonderful!" on the charts for 39 weeks. The song ranked sixth on the list of Billboard Year-End Hot 100 singles of 1973.

"Why Me" was certified gold for sales of one million units by the Recording Industry Association of America.[5][6]"

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Someone also noted that Imagine was played at their church to no coal rakings. Just because it has been sung in a church doesn't mean it will be welcomed in most churches.
Well are the rules will it be welcomed in Evangelical Churches or will it be welcomed in mainline Protestant or Catholic Churches? Because the sort of music welcomed in one or the other are very, very different.
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How about "From a Distance" as performed by Bette Midler, which peaked at #2 on the US Hot 100 and #1 on the US Adult Contemporary charts. (Written by Julie Gold; first recorded by Nancy Griffith.)
FYI: Julie Gold sings, solo. Quite tasty.

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Carrie Underwood's Jesus Take the Wheel made to #20 in 2006.
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Stryper was/is definitely a Christian band, but is that particular song overtly, can't-miss-it religious enough for the OP's criteria?

There have been other Christian bands to break into the mainstream top 40 (Jars of Clay, Sixpence None the Richer). But are their biggest hits "overtly religious" enough?
Jars of Clay's biggest song "Flood" always sounded religious to me. I mean:

"But if I can't swim after 40 days
And my mind is crushed
By the crashing waves
Lift me up so high
That I cannot fall
Lift me up"
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Old 11-07-2019, 07:27 PM
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Beg pardon? The notion that God was just a slob like one of us is the core tenet of Christianity. What church would object to that?

What about "Tears in Heaven"; does that count as religious?

And one of the books of the Bible was "just a love song". Wise elders assure us that it's actually about the love between God and Humanity, and all that stuff about boinking is purely metaphorical.
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Unless I missed it, nobody’s mentioned “People Get Ready,” which has charted at least twice. The Impressions went to #3 in 1965 and then Jeff Beck and Rod Stewart took it to #5 twenty years later.
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Greenbaum wrote it mockingly
Not mockingly - cynically.

'Oh, hey, I can do that' (his stated inspiration) isn't really mocking, even though it's sure not doing it out of actual belief. (Greenbaum, as is likely to be surprising to nobody who's seen his name, is Jewish.)

Funnily, he didn't actually 'do that' - he set out to write a gospel song, but when he went to write the instrumentation, he never liked any of the attempts that actually hit a gospel chord...so he went with the hard rock note and got a kickass rock song about Jesus (with slightly wrong theology, but, hey, again, Jewish).
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Mr Mister - Kyrie Eleison

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=belrNpqqA2g

Don't know if it was top 40, but I heard it on the radio a lot when I was in high school.
Ah yes, the "Give me a laser" song. Could never figure out why the guy wanted a laser...only found out it was a mondegreen last year after Googling it after hearing it in the grocery store.
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so he went with the hard rock note and got a kickass rock song about Jesus (with slightly wrong theology, but, hey, again, Jewish).
What? You mean Jesus isn't going to recommend me to the spirit in the sky?
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"Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition"

"Sky Pilot" - Eric Burdon and the Animals
It's a questioning song, but with strong religious themes.
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U2's "With or Without You" can be seen either as a love song or as a man struggling with the demands of faith.
Many U2 songs share this characteristic. If you think he's singing about a woman, he's probably singing about Jesus/God: Mysterious Ways, Vertigo (your love is teaching me how to kneel) and many others. The chorus of Gloria comes from the hymn Gloria In Excelsis Deo.

Gloria in te domine
Gloria exultate
Gloria, Gloria
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Jars of Clay's biggest song "Flood" always sounded religious to me. I mean:

"But if I can't swim after 40 days
And my mind is crushed
By the crashing waves
Lift me up so high
That I cannot fall
Lift me up"
Am I missing something here? They're a Christian band - all their songs are religious! Some of them might be more subtle than others ('Flood' seems on the more subtle side but it's still got 'Casting down all the waves of sin / And guilt that overthrow me' which is a bit of a dead giveaway)
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"Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition"
"Comin' in on a Wing and a Prayer."

Comin' in on a wing and a prayer
Comin' in on a wing and a prayer
With our full crew on board
And our trust in the Lord
We're comin' in on a wing and a prayer.


This one made it to #17 (on the C&W chart):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jsWg0bt9kp4

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Don't forget "Oh Happy Day," a #4 hit on US pop charts in the late Sixties for the Edwin Hawkins Singers.

Lyrics:

Oh, happy day (Oh, happy day)
Oh, happy day (Oh, happy day)
When Jesus washed (When Jesus washed)
Oh, when He washed (When Jesus washed)
When Jesus washed (When Jesus washed)
He washed my sins away (Oh, happy day)
Oh, happy day (Oh, happy day)

Clearly you have to hear it to appreciate its blend of gospel and soul.
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Jimmy Little got to No. 1 in Sydney and No. 3 in Melbourne with 'Royal Telephone', previously done by Burl Ives.

'You may talk to Jesus on this Royal telephone'.
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The Highwaymen's rendition of "Michael Row the Boat Ashore" made #1 on the Hot 100 in 1961, and "Dominique" by The Singing Nun topped the chart in 1963.
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Louis Armstrong - "When the Saints Go Marching In."

Does that count?
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Does Fire by The Crazy World of Arthur Brown count? I mean, he does claim to be the "God of Hellfire".
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Paddy McAloon of "Prefab Sprout" contemplated Love, Elvis and God in one of my favourite albums. "Jordan, the comeback". Religion was woven right through it and there were several top 40 hits from it but the most overtly religious songs are album tracks such as
"doo wop in Harlem"
"one of the broken"
"mercy"

Now I don't give a fuzzy bollock for religion per-se but happy that great art gets prompted by whatever people feel deeply about.
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I was going to make everyone vomit and mention Dear Mr. Jesus. But a check of Wiki says it only made it to #61, thus disqualifying it for this thread.

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Apparently "Pray" by MC Hammer made it all the way to #2 in some charts. Unequivocally religious.

Less clear: "God Only Knows" by the Beach Boys
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U2 actually has a few of these. In addition to '40' and 'I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For' we could include 'Gloria'. It sounds like a song about a girl but it's Latin.

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Gloria in te domine
Gloria exultate
Oh Lord, if I had anything
Anything at all, I'd give it to you
'Pride (In the name of love)' references Christ, Jonah and Judas in a verse.

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One man caught on a barbed wire fence
One man he resist
One man washed up on an empty beach
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A very catholic young man, our Bono.
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If you want to marvel at how much the UK charts of changed over the years, check out Lena Martell at number 1 in 1979, with One Day At a Time.

Lena Martell on Top of the Pops

Look at that studio audience, awkwardly shuffling around. They'd been hoping for The Jam or The Police.... and they got Lena Martell.

It doesn't get much more religious than that.

Until, of course, twenty years later, along came Cliff Richard with his Millennium Prayer
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Heart Like Mine by Miranda Lambert was number one on Billboard's Hot Country Songs and 44 on the Hot 100.

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Louis Armstrong - "When the Saints Go Marching In."

Does that count?
If it does, then every recording of Dem Bones should count, too.

In case you don't know, this is the song with the verse with all the "---bone connected to the --- bone":

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Head bone (dis)connected from the neck bone
Neck bone connected from the shoulder bone
Shoulder bone connected from the back bone
Back bone connected from the hip bone
Hip bone connected from the thigh bone
Thigh bone connected from the knee bone
Knee bone connected from the shin bone
Shin bone connected from the ankle bone
Ankle bone connected from the heel bone
Heel bone connected from the foot bone
Foot bone connected from the toe bone
I was surprised to learn that the song is a spiritual, with biblical roots:

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The lyrics are inspired by Ezekiel 37:1-14, where the prophet Ezekiel visits the "Valley of Dry Bones"[2] and prophesies that they will one day be resurrected at God's command, picturing the realization of the New Jerusalem
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dem_Bones



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Fred Waring and his Pennsylvanians recorded the song on 30 April 1947 and released it on the 78 rpm record Decca 23948.[3]. It is used in the 1986 BBC television serial The Singing Detective.
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If it does, then every recording of Dem Bones should count, too.

In case you don't know, this is the song with the verse with all the "---bone connected to the --- bone":



I was surprised to learn that the song is a spiritual, with biblical roots:



https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dem_Bones
How many recordings of Dem Bones hit the Top 40?
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If it does, then every recording of Dem Bones should count, too.

In case you don't know, this is the song with the verse with all the "---bone connected to the --- bone":



I was surprised to learn that the song is a spiritual, with biblical roots:



https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dem_Bones
I first heard it on The Munsters.

https://www.youtube.com/results?sear...+munster+sings
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BTW, Louis Armstrong's version of "When The Saints Go Marching In" hit the Top Ten.
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How many recordings of Dem Bones hit the Top 40?
I have no idea how high Fred Waring's version charted.

But the criticism is irrelevant to my comment.
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I have no idea how high Fred Waring's version charted.

But the criticism is irrelevant to my comment.
I believe the request is for overtly religious songs that hit the Top 40.
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TEEN ANGEL, from back in the 60s.

And how about JESUS TAKE THE WHEEL, by Carrie Underwood.
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I believe the request is for overtly religious songs that hit the Top 40.
I was commenting on the suggestion that "When the Saints go Marching In" being eligible by virtue of being religious. I had no idea that any version might have broken the top 40. I figured Dem Bones was as familiar a song as Saints, and was commenting on that basis. I was unaware that Armonstrong's version broke the Top Ten. I still haven't verified this.
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Louis Armstrong - "When the Saints Go Marching In."

Does that count?
I thought that was about an NFL team.
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