Sing joyfully to the Lord, you righteous; it is fitting for the upright to praise him. Praise the Lord with the harp; make music to him on the ten-stringed lyre. Sing to him a new song; play skillfully and shout for joy. Psalm 33:1
When I first became a Christian, I tried really hard to like Christian music. I bought Christian CDs, went to Christian concerts, listened to Christian radio stations and even tried to write some Christian songs myself. What I found, though, was that approximately 99.23% of Christian music (and 100% of the songs I wrote) for some reason gave me gastrointestinal difficulty.
The problem is that I’m a musical snob. I have a narrow and impossible-to-explain sense of what constitutes good tune-age and what doesn’t. No matter how hard I try to fake it, my mind just won’t let me enjoy music that offends my delicate sensibilities.
Over the years, though, I’ve managed to overcome my musical snobbery enough to discover a plethora of Christian-y songs that don’t upset my duodenum. So, without further ado, here in no particular order are . . .
16 SONGS THAT DON’T MAKE ME PHYSICALLY OR SPIRITUALLY NAUSEOUS
- I Need More Love by Robert Randolph Family Band
- Blood of Jesus by Rock ‘n’ Roll Worship Circus
- 40 (Live) by U2
- Amazing Grace (Live) by Tree63
- God’s Gonna Cut You Down by Johnny Cash
- Super Good Feeling by Bleach
- A Love Supreme by John Coltrane
- Get Down by Audio Adrenaline
- Life is Good by Stellar Kart
- Every Grain of Sand by Bob Dylan
- Welcome Home by O.C. Supertones
- Be My Escape by Relient K
- Beautiful Thing by All Star United
- Wait by Everyday Sunday
- In the Sun by Michael Stipe
- He Reigns by Newsboys
Some of the songs may not seem overtly Christian-ish or be from traditional “Christian” artists, but for some reason each one of ’em helps me feel closer to God in some way. Turn ’em up to 11 and may they bless you as much as they’ve blessed me.