Atheist Music

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Atheist Music

I'm putting together a playlist of my favorite atheist songs. I want them to question religion but not be to aggressive (even though I can enjoy those songs my self)

Here's what I have come up with so far, feel free to come with suggestions!



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arakish's picture
Since I am a BIG classical,

Since I am a BIG classical, instrumental, and cool groovy jazz lover, can't help much there. But here are a couple I remember from my teen years.

Running with the Devil
Highway to Hell

It has been almost 40 years since I was a teenager. Sorry.


Mutorc S'yriah's picture
I don't know if you've got

I don't know if you've got this one, Jon, I don't use Spotify.

Shelley Segal, (born 1987), is an Australian singer and songwriter. She is most known for music with secular themes, including her 2011 album, "An Atheist Album".

Shelley Segal "Saved"

NewSkeptic's picture
Your site is blocked to me

Your site is blocked to me here, so I don't know if you already have this one.

Freewill by Rush

"A planet of playthings
We dance on a string
Of powers we cannot perceive
The stars aren't aligned
Or the gods are malign
Blame is better to give than receive"

Tin-Man's picture
Here's a little ditty I

Here's a little ditty I sometimes enjoy. I really love the "backhand spin" this song puts on the whole thing. *chuckle*

"Take me to church. I'll worship like a dog at the shrine of your lies. I'll tell you my sins so you can sharpen your knife. Offer me that deathless death. Good god let me give you my life..."

Justin's picture
Fucking love Hozier!

Fucking love Hozier!

thelargerbowl's picture
Hi, I was very happy to see a

Hi, I was very happy to see a post as I am a huge music lover. I mainly listen to progressive rock and my favorite band since I was a teenager is RUSH. They are all atheists and have written many songs about religion and their lack of faith. Another well known band who are atheists are Pink Floyd and also Frank Zappa, (another atheist), who was brilliant with his constant onslaught against god and religion and TV evangelists.

Check out these songs as I believe you will like what you hear.

Rush Faithless:

Frank Zappa Dumb All Over

Emerson Lake & Palmer The Only Way

Justin's picture
This band is actually death

This band is actually death metal but the opening of the album starts off pretty chill with a nice melody and clean vocals instead of all death growls lol. It’s in 3 movements, this is just Movement I: Create. Sorry big metal-head here!

“I will descend to the depths of man
Proclaim to the void
Emptying my cup
The starved, weary, thirsting
From God’s barren grave
Within the garden of untruth
A flower takes bloom
And births a new reality”

arakish's picture
Here is a list of bands I

Here is a list of bands I have loved listening to. They are not listed in order of preference (except the top three); rather, they are listed as I can remember them. Some may get listed twice.

Pink Floyd
Led Zeppelin
Uriah Heep
The Rolling Stones
The Beatles
Paul McCartney and Wings
John Lennon
The Who
The Guess Who
Grand Funk Railroad
Buddy Holly
Fleetwood Mac
Blue Oyster Cult
The Doors
Van Halen
The Grateful Dead
Jimi Hendrix Experience
Jefferson Airplane
Frank Zappa
Blind Faith
Rare Earth
Deep Purple
Black Sabbath
Jethro Tull
Canned Heat
Creedence Clearwater Revival
The Velvet Underground
The Mamas And The Papas
The Blues Project
The Rascals
The Allman Brothers Band
The Zombies
ZZ Top
The Moody Blues
Blood, Sweat & Tears
The Lovin’ Spoonful
38 Special
Lynyrd Skynyrd
Alice Cooper
The Allman Brothers Band
Bachman-Turner Overdrive
Bad Company
Blood Sweat & Tears
Cheap Trick
Crosby Stills and Nash
Electric Light Orchestra
Def Leppard
Doobie Brothers
The Eagles
Emerson Lake and Palmer
The Police
The Pretenders
REO Speedwagon
Steve Miller Band
The Scorpions
Charlie Daniel's Band
Alice Cooper
Bad Company
Cheap Trick

I'm starting to smell wood burning...


Tin-Man's picture
Daaang, Arakish! Have you

Daaang, Arakish! Have you been raiding my music stash? Holy crap, dude, that's a good portion of my i-Pod music list. lol

Here's a couple of "newer age" groups I really like.

Stone Sour (specifically the songs "Bother" and "Through Glass")

Blue October (Just about any/all of their stuff): I discovered Blue October during my first Iraq deployment. Fell in love with their music. The interesting thing is that a majority of their songs deal primarily with depression, bad relationships, and other such issues. The irony of that is I could be in a bad mood or upset about something, but start listening to their CD and it would actually cheer me up. That group will forever be linked to my memories of Iraq. Here is one of my favorites...

Justin's picture
Fucking love stone sour tin

Fucking love stone sour tin man. Huge fan of of that band. Blue October is not too bad either!

arakish's picture
And here are some more. YES!

And here are some more. YES! I enjoyed them all.

Linda Ronstadt
Olivia Newton John
Motley Crue
Stevie Nicks (solo)
Peter Gabriel
Phil Collins
Pat Benetar
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
Tears for Fears
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Fats Domino
Duke Ellington
Benny Goodman
Glenn Miller Orchestra
Doris Day
Dizzy Gillespie
(can't remember, there was this really super great jazz/blues guitarist and I cannot remember his name, damnit!)
Gustav Holtz: The Planets
Richard Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen
Johann Sebastian Bach: virtually everything

OK. I'm smelling wood burning again thinking so hard...


Tin-Man's picture
@Arakish Re: "(can't

@Arakish Re: "(can't remember, there was this really super great jazz/blues guitarist and I cannot remember his name, damnit!)"

Any chance you are thinking about Stevie Ray Vaughan? Oh, and YES is another great group, by the way. *chuckle*

Edit to add:

Genesis (fantastic music)
Phil Collins (solo)
And if you happen to like some phenomenal stringed instrument jazz type stuff, then I highly recommend Pat Metheny. Actually, if you can find some of his concert videos, that would be even better. It is mesmerizing watching that guy play any type of stringed instrument. I suggest starting off with the "Imaginary Day" album/video.

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No, not Stevie Ray Vaughn

No, not Stevie Ray Vaughn (and loved listening to him while on a good weed buzz...). Is older. From the 40s and 50s. And yeah Pat Metheny is great. And now that I think of it, there is this really great "hammer" style guitarist and can't think of his name. Damn this Alzheimer's...

As said, it would be impossible for me to remember it all. Basically, I just tell people my musical choices are:

Classical Thunder
Instrumental (including most movie soundtracks)
Improvisational Jazz
Groovy Jazz
Cool Smooth Jazz
Big Bands
Easy Listening
Soft Rock
Classic Rock
some Hard Rock
and my most favoritest: Head Music (like Pink Floyd while on a good hit of Purple Microdot)

And Another Band, how could have I have forgotten Jefferson Airplane (later Jefferson Starship, then Starship). "Go ask Alice, when she's ten feet tall" on Purple too.

O! O! O! O! Janis Joplin.

Yes, I grew up in the hippy days. Make Love, man. Not War. Kewl Dude. Peace.

As said in previous post, I missed being shipped off to 'Nam by just a few years. And I ain't saying how few... (4).

Most of my musical taste is basically in the time of the 30s to 70s. Some 80s like Duran Duran (yes, I liked them). But when the 90s hit, music just turned to shit for me. And that is a "me" thing. To me, the music starting in 1990 and later just turned to pure shit. I have not listened to any radio (except Classical and Classic Rock) since about 1991. And I do not plan on listening to it. Hell, I have all the music I want on my computers, PADD, phone, etc., etc. that I want to listen to. Thus, I just returned to my classical and instrumental music.

Heavy Metal and Death Metal are really pure crap. To me, AND ONLY ME, it just seems to be a bunch of dumb shits getting up on stage and making as much noise as possible. It is just pure "white noise" to me. Can't understand a damned word they are screaming.

Country music. Very, very little. If it is "rockabilly" then it might be OK. Charlie Daniels, definitely. Especially, Devil Went Down to Georgia.

Rap. Hell fucking NO! Play Rap in my house and I will shoot you and bury the body in my back yard which stretches for miles... With plenty of coyotes, wolves, and bears. Oh, my!


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Nothing wrong with a little Johnny Cash every now and then. Charlie Daniels Band is a definite yes. A little Hank Williams Jr. comes in handy sometimes, too.

An big "Absolutely" on some Duran Duran! Super band! Speaking of "super", how about some Super Tramp? (Can't remember if they are on your other lists or not.) Did you already mention The Moody Blues, or ELO, or Asia? Did you ever listen to any Art of Noise? They were popular for that song featuring Max Headroom in the music video.

Toto! ("Rosanna", "Africa", and many others from them.)

Chicago, of course. And I think you may have mentioned Journey and Styx already? In Orlando, FL in 1986 I saw a laser-light show in a planetarium set to the music from a Boston album. That was pretty cool. OH! And I almost forgot to mention that I actually saw Pat Metheny live in concert about a year or two ago! Man, that was spectacular! I was grinning from ear to ear the entire time we were there. *chuckle* (My wife took me as part of an anniversary gift.)

arakish's picture
Hank Williams Jr - not so

Hank Williams Jr - not so much, too much of that whiney-ass country for me
Toto -yes
Super Tramp - yes
The Moody Blues, ELO - on first list
Asia - OK
Art of Noise - yes

By the 1986 rolled around, we were going up to Raleigh to (whatever it is called now) the Walnut Creek Amphitheatre to watch concerts. Although it was furthest from the stage, I always got what was called "Grass" seats.

They had a grass area where you could actually set up grills and cook out much like tail-gating. And of course, my wife and I got those seats because the security and the cops did not give a damn if people were smoking weed and drinking beer or not in the "grass area" as long as you were peaceable. If you started getting rowdy, they hauled your ass off immediately. No questions asked.

Had many a lalapalooza parties there also through the summers.

Could not hope to list all we saw there, but some were The Moody Blues, Pink Floyd, Styx, The Scorpions, REO Speedwagon (think I forgot them on my lists), Rush, Atlantic Rhythm Section, wood burning again. Rolling Stones. Pat Benatar.

More I forgot: Alan Parsons Project. Neil Diamond. Kansas. Bob Dylan. Joan Baez. Cat Stevens. Neil Young. Arlo Guthrie. And how could I forget Mr. American Working Man himself Bruce Springsteen. Gads this Alzheimer's.

Actually got to Heart in their very first concert when they were the 2ndary act for Atlantic Rhythm Section. Fell in love Ann and Nancy Wilson right then.

Tin-Man's picture
ARS! Yes! Forgot about those

ARS! Yes! Forgot about those guys. Alan Parsons Project, too.

Jimmy Buffett has always been a favorite. I have even read several of his books. He's a pretty good writer. I like his humor.

Oh, how about Men At Work? I know "Down Under" is their trademark song, and it is good and fun. I like "Overkill" better, though.

You mentioned Neil Diamond. Great artist. How about some Jim Croce and Gordan Lightfoot? Oh, and James Taylor.

Oingo Boingo has a couple of fun songs. And we must not forget Devo. lol Oo-oo-oo.... Did you mention Blondie already? I always had the biggest crush on Debbie Harry. lol

arakish's picture
And here is another I get

And here is another I get laughed at by almost everyone.

Johnny Cash.


arakish's picture
I also have to admit I like

I also have to admit I like some Reba McIntyre, especially here country-rock music. When she gets into that whiney-ass country can't stand that.

And speaking of Toto, you know they composed all the music for the first Dune movie? The one with Jürgan Prochnow, Patrick Stewart (later Jean-Luc Picard), Kyle McLaughlin, Sean Young, Virginia Madsen, Dean Stockwell (later Quantum Leap), etc.

Fabulous soundtrack. Toto did a wonderful job on that one.


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Someone's probably already

Someone's probably already mentioned this.

John Lennon's ImagineL

Imagine there's no heaven
It's easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people living for today
Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people living life in peace, you

arakish's picture
Yeah, somebody asked some

Yeah, somebody asked some question about atheism and I posted the entire lyrics to Imagine as the answer by saying, "First you have to understand these lyrics."


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Steve Martin's "Atheists Don

Steve Martin's "Atheists Don't Have No Songs" (youtube)

arakish's picture
Oh hell yeah. I remember

Oh hell yeah. I remember that. one. It was a hoot. Of many of my compatriots did not even know what an atheist was...


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