Top Ten in Christian Music: Rock

To speak of Christian rock is to speak of all the subgenera that fall under that heading. Yet, there has to be something that approaches what we might call straight or true rock n’ roll. While rock music and Christianity have had a complexed relationship, there’s no denying that rock eventually got religious and it both have intensely influenced each other (not always for the better). Still there are some great Christian rock n’ roll songs out there and while these may not be the best representations they are my personal favorites.

Here’s my top ten favorite songs in Christian rock n’ roll:

1. “Beautiful Let Down” by Switchfoot

Coming to terms with the disappointment of the world in order to embrace the beauty of knowing God.

2. “I Don’t Want to Change the World” by Squad Five-O

Christian glam rockers from Georgia don’t want to change the world, they’ll settle for just changing your mind. One of my all-time favorite songs!

3. “Where the Streets Have No Name” by U2

One of the most legendary songs in all of rock n’ roll. The Irish rockers wrote the song as a response to the notion of categorizing a person’s worth based on the street they lived on.

4. “Multiplied” by Needtobreathe

Rock n’ roll worship focused on the amazing love of God.

5. “The Lust, the Flesh, the Eyes, and the Pride of Life” by 77s

A truly classic Christian rock song, this one focused on the concepts of 1 John 2:16.

6. “Flood” by Jars of Clay

The story of Noah is a metaphor for the pains and struggles of life.

7. “Do It For Love” by 77s

“Dream this dream once more”

8.  “Drive All Night” by Needtobreathe

The anthem of those searching for goodness in a world where the “villains get away.”

9. “Blackbird” by Third Day

This was an underrated song from an underrated album back when Third Day was good!

10. “Sunday Bloody Sunday” by U2

One of the band’s overtly political songs, but a really rocking one!

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