200 Atheist Songs

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Here are video links to over 200 songs relevant to atheism, gods, religion, science, secularism or skepticism. They don’t all promote atheism, but they should all make you think or laugh or both. The full list is below. More suggestions are welcome.

Also, here are 40 Family-Friendly Atheist Songs.

List of 200 songs with links to videos

Atheist Songs ABC

Addicted to God – Meads of Asphodel
Agnostic Gospel Song – Andy Corwin
Alleged Legends – The Streets
Always Look on the Bright Side of Life – Monty Python
Apocalyptic Love Song – Shelley Segal
Armor and Sword – Rush
Atheist Christmas Carol – Vienna Teng
Atheist Funeral – Dan Sartain
Atheist Hymn – Intermittent Explosive Disorder
Atheist Peace – Bad Religion
Atheists Don’t Have No Songs – Steve Martin
Ballad of Peter Pumpkinseed – XTC
Ballad of the Non-Believer – Tombstone Da Deadman
Banana Republic – Boomtown Rats
Banging in the Nails – Tiger Lilies
Belief System – God Hates Disco
Believe in Nothing – Nevermore
Believe in Yourself – Monster on Sunday
Best God in Show – NOFX
The Bible is Bullshit – Corporate Avenger
Big Butter Jesus – Heywood Banks
Blasphemous Rumours – Depeche Mode
Blasphemy – NOFX
Born Secular – Jenny Lewis
Bukowski – Modest Mouse
The Buzzword Song – Eddie Scott
Catholic Sex Confession – Citizen Fish
Charlie (Darwin) – Chumbawamba
Chocolate Jesus – Tom Waits
A Christmas Carol – Tom Lehrer
Christmas in Heaven – Monty Python
Come Down Jehovah – Chris Wood
Creation Science 101 – Roy Zimmerman
Cult – Slayer

Atheist Songs DEF

Dance Like a Monkey – New York Dolls
Darwin Ate Your Jesus Fish – Needy Heathens
Dear God – XTC
Decomposing Composers – Monty Python
Defenders of Marriage – Roy Zimmerman
The Dream (Atheist Rap) – Greydon Square
East Jesus Nowhere – Green Day
Edge of a Cliff – The Streets
Electricity – 311
End of Faith – Zero Days
Epiphany – Bad Religion
Eternal Love – Jeff Buckley
Eve – Shelley Segal
Every Sperm is Sacred – Monty Python
Everything Possible – Roy Bailey
Evolve – Ani DiFranco
Faith Alone – Bad Religion
Faith in God – Bad Religion
Faithless – Rush
The Fight Song – Marilyn Manson
Flow – Words Such as Burn
Foreigner’s God – Hozier
Forgiven – Alanis Morissette
Free Will – Rush
Fuck Christmas – Eric Idle
Fuck Me in the Ass Cause I Love Jesus – Garfunkel and Oates
Fuck the Creationists – MC Hawking

Atheist Songs G

Galaxy Song – Monty Python
Get Down on Your Knees Dear Father – Rabbie1121
Getaway – Pearl Jam
Getting Ready to Get Down – Josh Ritter
Gloria – Patti Smith
Glory Hallelujah – Frank Turner
God – Tori Amos
God – John Lennon
God is Not Great – George Hrab
God Gave Us Life – Half Man Half Biscuit
God Made Me – The Sundays
God, Paper, Scissors – Paul Cusick
God Said – Anthony David
God Song – Bad Religion
God Thinks – Voltaire
God Was Never On Your Side – Motorhead
God Will Fuck You Up – John R Butler
Goddamned – Jay Brannan
Godless – Dandy Warhols
Godless – Garden of Delight
Godless – UPO
God’s Love – Bad Religion
God’s Song (That’s Why I Love Mankind) – Randy Newman
God’s Song (That’s Why I Love Mankind) – Etta James cover
Godwhacker – Steely Dan
Good as Gold – Beautiful South
The Good Book – Tim Minchin
Gratitude – Shelley Segal

Atheist Songs HIJK

Hard Believer – First Aid Kit
Heads Roll Off – Frightened Rabbit
Heaven is a Place on Earth – Belinda Carlisle
Heaven for the Weather – The Streets
Hello Birmingham – Ani Difranco
Heresy – Nine Inch Nails
Heresy – Pantera
I am a Humanist – Jim Corbett
I Ain’t Afraid – Holly Near
I Believe – Book of Mormon Musical
I Don’t Believe A Word – Motorhead
I Don’t Believe in Christmas – George Hrab
I Dream of Jesus – The Dead Milkmen
I Love Jesus – Tim Minchin
Ill Mind of Hopsin 7 – Hopsin
Imagine – John Lennon
In This Church – Lucy Spraggan
Intervention – Arcade Fire
Into My Arms – Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
Isn’t It Convenient? – Willy Grigg
Isn’t This World Enough? – Admiral Fallow
It Ain’t Easy Being Me – Jerry Springer The Opera
It Ain’t Necessarily So – Aretha Franklin
It Must Be Jesus… Well, Maybe Not – Jim Corbett
It’s Only Natural – Susan Hofer and Dan Barker
Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam – The Vaselines
Jesus Loves Me (But He Can’t Stand You) – Austin Lounge Lizards
Jesus Loves You (But I Don’t) – The Almighty
Jesus Loves You (Not as much as I do) – Eve’s Plum
Jesus Saves – Slayer
Jesus Thinks You’re A Jerk – Frank Zappa
Jesus Versus Satan – Jerry Springer the Opera
Judith – A Perfect Circle
Just Like You – Monster on Sunday
Keep Your Jesus Off My penis – Eric Schwartz

Atheist Songs LMNO

Leaving Jesusland – NOFX
Legion – Theatre of Hate
Leper Messiah – Metallica
Let The Mystery Be – Iris DeMent
Let’s Go After the Buddhists – Roy Zimmerman
Letting Go of God – Jill Sobule
Look, No Strings – Chumbawamba
Losing My Religion – REM
Lubbock or Leave It – Dixie Chicks
Magdalene – Amanda Bloom
The Magic of Reality – Markella Hatziano
Making Things Up Again – Book of Mormon Musical
The Meaning of Life – Monty Python
Memes v Genes – Richard Dawkins
Man on the Moon – REM
Mind Your Manners – Pearl Jam
Monster on Sunday – Monster on Sunday
Moral Majority – Dead Kennedys
My God – Pennywise
My Morality – Shelley Segal
No Fun In Fundamentalism – NOFX
No Voices In The Sky – Motorhead
Not an Ordinary goD – Kaydi Johnson
Nothing Fails Like Prayer – Dan Barker
Off That (Rationalist Anthem) – Baba Brinkman
One True God – Austin Lounge Lizards
Opiate – Tool
The Origin of God – The Ocean
Origin of Species – Chris Smither

Atheist Songs PQRST

Parting of the Sensory – Modest Mouse
Peace Anthem for Palestine – Tim Minchin
Pie in the Sky – Utah Phillips covers Joe Hill
Plastic Jesus – Goldcoast Singers
Poison – Tombstone Da Deadman
The Pope Song – Tim Minchin
The Psychic Song (It’s Sad) – Eddie Scott
Real World – Gamma Ray
Reality Poem – Linton Kwesi Johnson
Religion – Public Image Limited
Salt Lake City Sunday – Fad Gadget
Santa is an Atheist – Casey McKinnon
Save it for a Sunday – Jessica McYorker
Saved – Shelley Segal
Science Facts are Useful – Tripod
Seen And Not heard – Bionic Rats
Skeptic in the Room – Eddie Scott
Spanish Train – Chris de Burgh
Stardust – Monster on Sunday
Stockholm Syndrome – Greydon Square
Stoney End – Laura Nyro
Storm – Tim Minchin
Stronger than Jesus – A Camp
Sunday in Reality – Cynthia Carle
Sunday Service – God Hates Disco
Supertheory of Everything – Gogol Bordello
Take Me to Church – Hozier
Ted Haggard is Completely Heterosexual – Roy Zimmerman
Ten Commandments – New Model Army
Ten Foot Cock and a Few Hundred Virgins – Tim Minchin
Terrible Lie – Nine Inch Nails
Thank You For The Music (Swedish Version) – Abba
Thank You God – Tim Minchin
There Is An End – Holly Golightly and the Greenhornes
Tomorrow, Wendy – Concrete Blonde
Tonight We Fly – Divine Comedy

Atheist Songs UVWXYZ

Uniformitarian Naturalism – God Hates Disco
The Vatican Rag – Tom Lehrer
The Voice of God is Government – Bad Religion
The Way the Wind Blows – Rush
We Are All Made Of Stars – Moby
We Don’t Go to God’s House Anymore – Chumbawamba
We’ll Hunt Him Down – Jez Lowe, Chris Wood and Mark Erelli
The Wedding of Church and State – Roy Zimmerman and Sandy Riccardi
What if No One’s Watching – Ani DiFranco
What Did The Christians Ever Do For Us? – Sack
What God Wants (Parts 1, 2, 3)- Roger Waters
What Would Scooby Do? – Eddie Scott
Where the Birds Always Sing – The Cure
White Wine in the Sun – Tim Minchin
Why I Don’t believe in God – Everclear
Woody Allen Jesus – Tim Minchin
Your God – Cheryl Wheeler
Your God is Fear – The Cure

Plus Bonus Song:
Jesus Is A Friend of Mine – Sonseed
Jesus Is a Friend of Mine (Censored)
Jesus Is A Friend Of Mine (Rave Remix)
Jesus Is a Friend of Mine (Live)

The artists

Artists include 311, A Camp, Abba, Admiral Fallow, The Almighty, Tori Amos, Arcade Fire, Austin Lounge Lizards, Bad Religion, Roy Bailey, Heywood Banks, Dan Barker, Beautiful South, Bionic Rats, Amanda Bloom, Book of Mormon Musical, Boomtown Rats, Gogol Bordello, Jay Brannan, Baba Brinkman, Jeff Buckley, John R Butler, Cynthia Carle, Belinda Carlisle, Nick Cave, Chumbawamba, Citizen Fish, Concrete Blonde, Jim Corbett, Corporate Avenger, Andy Corwin, The Cure, Paul Cusick, Dandy Warhols, Anthony David, Richard Dawkins, Dead Milkmen, Chris de Burgh, Dead Kennedys, Iris DeMent, Depeche Mode, Ani DiFranco, Divine Comedy, Dixie Chicks, Mark Erelli, Eve’s Plum, Everclear, Fad Gadget, First Aid Kit, Aretha Franklin, Frightened Rabbit, Gamma Ray, Garden of Delight, Garfunkel and Oates, God Hates Disco, Goldcoast Singers, Holly Golightly, Hopsin, Green Day, Greydon Square, Willy Grigg, Half Man Half Biscuit, Markella Hatziano, MC Hawking, Joe Hill, Susan Hofer, Hozier, George Hrab, Eric Idle, Intermittent Explosive Disorder, Etta James, Jerry Springer the Opera, Kaydi Johnson, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Tom Lehrer, John Lennon, Jenny Lewis, Jez Lowe, Casey McKinnon, Jessica McYorker, Marilyn Manson, Steve Martin, Tim Minchin, Meads of Asphodel, Metallica, Moby, Modest Mouse, Monster on Sunday, Monty Python, Motorhead, Alanis Morissette, Holly Near, Needy Heathens, Nevermore, New Model Army, New York Dolls, Randy Newman, Nine Inch Nails, NOFX, Laura Nyro, The Ocean, Pantera, Pearl Jam, A Perfect Circle, Utah Phillips, Public Image Limited, Rabbie1121, REM, Sandy Riccardi, Josh Ritter, Rush, Sack, Dan Sartain, Eric Schwartz, Eddie Scott, Shelley Segal, Slayer, Greydon Square, Patti Smith, Chris Smither, Jill Sobule, Lucy Spraggan, Steely Dan, The Streets, The Sundays, Vienna Teng, Theatre of Hate, Tiger Lilies, Tombstone Da Deadman, Tool, Tripod, Frank Turner, UPO, The Vaselines, Voltaire, Tom Waits, Roger Waters, Cheryl Wheeler, Chris Wood, Words Such as Burn, XTC, Frank Zappa, Zero Days and Roy Zimmerman; plus a bonus song from Sonseed.

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  1. List needs some Bad Religion – numerous songs to choose from. And lead singer Greg Graffin is an evolutionary biologist and wellknown naturalist/skeptic/atheist

  2. The Cure is led by a pretty vocal atheist. I would throw in at least “Where the Birds Always Sing” and “Your God Is Fear.”

  3. Great post Michael. Would be nice to make a playlist of these.

    I have often thought that Games People Play by Joe South ( my fave version is Petula Clark) … had at least a hint of religious skepticism about it.

    “…People walking up to you
    Singing glory hallelulia
    And they’re tryin to sock it to you
    In the name of the Lord

    They’re gonna teach you how to meditate
    Read your horoscope, cheat your faith
    And further more to hell with hate
    Come on and get on board”

  4. Good list. Here are some possible additions, all of which are critical of religion/theism, although some are more explicit about it than others.

    God, Paper, Scissors – Paul Cusick
    Halo – Porcupine Tree
    Faithless – Rush
    Bukowski – Modest Muse
    Parting of the Sensory – Modest Mouse
    The Origin of God – The Ocean

  5. Jesus Saves by Slayer is fairly robust attack on Christianity.

    Kerry King (guitarist on another song of theirs called “Cult”):

    “Actually on “Cult” [“Beware the cult of purity / Infectious imbecility / I’ve made my choice / 666”] the line “666” was going to be “Atheist,” to get that point across about how I really feel. But it doesn’t make for a good song. Kids love screaming “666.” [laughs]”

  6. Thanks so much for taking the time to gather this list. I can’t wait to have the time to go through the ones I’m not familiar with. Here’s some atheist Gospel for ya…

    Frank Turner – Glory Hallelujah
    Brothers and sisters, have you heard the news?
    The storm has lifted and there’s nothing to lose,
    So swap your confirmation for your dancing shoes,
    Because there never was no God.
    Step out of the darkness and onto the streets,
    Forget about the fast, let’s have a carnival feast,
    Raise up your lowered head to hear the liberation beat,
    Because there never was no God.

    There is no God,
    So clap your hands together,
    There is no God,
    No heaven and no hell.
    There is no God,
    We’re all in this together,
    There is no God,
    So ring that victory bell.

    No cowering in the dark before these overbearing priests,
    Not waiting until we die until we restitute the meek,
    No blaming all our failings on imaginary beasts,
    Because there never was no God.
    No fighting over land your distant fathers told you of,
    Not spilling blood for those who have never spread a drop of blood,
    No finger pointing justified by fairies up above,
    Because there never was no God.

    There is no God,
    So clap your hands together,
    There is no God,
    No heaven and no hell.
    There is no God,
    We’re all in this together,
    There is no God,
    So ring that victory bell.

    And I know you’re scared of dieing man and I am too,
    But just pretending it’s not happening isn’t gonna see us through,
    So just accept that there’s an end game and we haven’t got much time,
    And then in the here and now we can try and do things right.
    Forget about the crazy things that people have believed,
    And think of wondrous things that normal people have achieved,
    ‘Cos I’ve known beauty in the stillness of cathedrals in the day,
    I sang Glory Hallelujah! Won’t you wash my sins away?
    But now I’m singing my refrain and this is what I say,
    I say there never was no God.

    There is no God,
    So clap your hands together,
    There is no God,
    No heaven and no hell.
    There is no God,
    We’re all in this together,
    There is no God,
    So ring that victory bell.

    There is no God,
    So clap your hands together,
    There is no God,
    No heaven and no hell.
    There is no God,
    We’re all in this together,
    There is no God,
    So ring that victory bell.

  7. Great list! My computer’s AWFULLY slow, though, so I wish you’d just put in individual links, rather than 75 embedded videos!

  8. Even though I’m a Canadian and sitting in the sun at Christmas is an impossibility here, Minchin’s White Wine in the Sun is my favourite Christmas carol. It captures perfectly why atheists celebrate Christmas or whatever their cultural’s religiously inspired holidays are.

  9. Thanks, that’s a great list and some great ones in the comments too.
    Heres some more I thought of:

    “it aint necessarily so” by Gershwin, many covers, my favourite is Jamie Cullum: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4mbdOYT2gw

    “banging in the nails” by The Tiger Lilies: http://youtu.be/cl3mqiKHx-E

    “fuck the creationist” by MC Hawking: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_k-MZcjCFI

    “tomorrow wendy” by concrete blonde – although I think the cover by Broderick Smith is the best: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ezb4hh_St-o

    “Pie in the Sky” by Joe Hill (no youtube for him of course, but Utah Phillips has done a cover): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJ236CwhlPw

  10. “Judith” by A Perfect Circle in an in-your-face denial of religion, based on Maynard James Keenan’s mother Judith, who suffered most of her life from a debilitating disability.

  11. Darwin Song Project: ‘We’ll Hunt Him Down’ – Jez Lowe

    Across this noble country, this fair land of the free,
    I’m searching for the man who stole my Lord away from me,
    And God is riding with me, and half the town is, too,
    His name is Charlie Darwin and he must not talk to you.

    We’ll hunt him down, we’ll hunt him down,
    And every word he ever said we’ll grind into the ground,
    We’ll hunt him down, we’ll hunt him down,
    Charles Robert Darwin, you’re not welcome in this town.

    At first we thought him crazy, so we just let him be,
    Playing with worms and flies and little critters from the sea,
    Then he started spreading rumors that you scarcely would believe,
    That my ancestors were chimpanzees, not Adam and Eve.

    It’s hard to speak about him without sinking to abuse,
    They say that he’s an Englishman, but that’s still no excuse,
    He’s robbed our schools and churches of the truth the bible tells,
    So we’re out to stop his Godless ways and damn his words to hell.

    We’re holy and we’re righteous, and we know it to be true,
    That it was on a Saturday morning that God made me and you,
    He made us smart and clever, he even gave us tools,
    Like guns and bombs and rifles, that shows you God’s no fool.


  12. Before I start the painful process of going through each and every song on the list, I wonder if you or any of your visitors here have already done so and perhaps compiled a shorter list of the songs that could be useful to teach preschoolers?

  13. Need some Tombstone da Deadman in there, and a few other Atheist rappers from the Grand Unified creative community.

  14. Am I blind or have you passed over maybe the most expressive, best and superbly enjoyable one of all?
    Fuck Christmas – Eric Idle

    Great list nevertheless!

  15. “Making Things Up Again” from the Book of Mormon. In fact any number from the Book of Mormon. When is it coming to Dublin?

  16. Steely Dan’s ‘Godwhacker’ from their ‘Everything Must Go’ album… some serious funky s**t…

  17. I’m really incredibly surprised nobody has mentioned “Don’t Let It Pass You By” by UB40 as yet!

  18. I have both The Galaxy Song and Always Look on the Bright Side of Life listed as songs to play at my funeral.

  19. Mutiny in Heaven by Nick Cave and The Birthday Party:

    Ah wassa born…
    And Lord shakin, even then was dumpt into some icy font,
    like some great stinky unclean!
    From slum-chuch to slum-church, ah spilt mah heart
    To some fat cunt behind a screen…

  20. Dear God — XTC
    Losing My Religion — REM

    But you have them and I don’t listen to music all that much.

  21. There is a song by Jon Lajoie on youtube, called “I Can Dance”. It starts off as one of his usual comedy songs, but then after around 2 minutes in, the song gradually changes into a very serious and non-comedic message to priests and the vatican.

    This song may not be specifically atheist, but it contains a very strong statement against the abuse of children by priests.


  22. Cant wait for the Book of Mormon to come to Dublin. Apart from the brilliance of the production and music, it is a superb explanation of how religions are formed.

  23. Also by Frank Zappa:

    Dumb All Over
    Heavenly Bank Account
    The Meek Shall Inherit Nothing
    When The Lie’s So Big

  24. Where is David Grays “Aint No Love” 🙂

    “Maybe that it would do me good
    If I believed there were a god
    Cut in the starry firmament
    But as it is that’s just a lie
    And I’m here eating up the boredom
    On an island of cement “

  25. Did you consider “Is That All There Is?” by Peggy Lee
    This list is a great find! Thank you.

  26. Here are a few more worth knowing:

    Listen to Reason (Bryan Steeksma)
    Pariah (Dredg)
    Weak Fantasy (Nightwish)
    Walk with Me In Hell (Lamb of God)
    It’s a Miracle (Roger Waters)
    The God That Failed (Metallica)
    Condemnation (Depeche Mode)
    Children of Africa (Symphony of Science/Melodysheep)
    Pink Cellphone/Phantom Bride (Deftones)

  27. I would like to suggest an addition to the list.

    Popular Monster – Falling in Reverse.

  28. You’re a bit of a deluded fuckwit, aren’t you? Aretha Franklin singing an atheist song? Aretha fucking Franklin, who grew up singing gospel and heralds the merits of God and Jesus Christ, and you think she’s sing a song with atheist connotations? You’re seriously one bigger short of a Happy Meal.

  29. Check out the Pure Comedy album by Father John Misty, specifically the tracks “Pure Comedy” and “When the God of Love Returns There’ll Be Hell to Pay”

  30. In the Name of God by Ziggy Marley

    In the name of god you kill
    In the name of your god
    In the name of god you conquered
    In the name of your god

    All religion should be wiped out
    So that people may just live
    What divides us is an illusion
    Made up by men in their confusion

  31. Song: Pyre of Gods
    Band: Tarot

    Same vocalist as from Nightwish (Marko Hietala). Song to be is about burning all the gods on a pyre forged in your own unbelief and not allowing oneself to be controlled in life by some notion of a purpose after death.

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