Playlist to Angry Heathens: 10 Songs for When You’re Wrapped Up in Post-Christian Angst

1. Cage the Elephant — Back Against the Wall

This was the first angry, religiously-themed song I fell in love with, back in high school.

Deep in the jungle, camouflaged by all the fallen leaves
A hand holds up the sky while shamefully I make my plea
The altar’s calling but my legs won’t seem to stand
Guess I’m a coward, scared to face the man I am

2. David Bowie — Loving The Alien

Because nothing says religious angst better than repeatedly referring to god as “The Alien”

But if you pray all your sins are hooked upon the sky / Pray and the heathen lie will disappear
Prayers: they hide the saddest view / Believing the strangest things, loving the alien / And your prayers they break the sky in two / Believing the strangest things, loving the alien

3. Streetlight Manifesto — With Any Sort of Certainty

This song is pretty good at summing up most of my thoughts on the subject.

Who’d have thought we’d fought so long,
We started to see
Our enemies turn into friends, our friends to enemies
And we sat somewhere in between.
But I heard someone say they knew that someday,
That everything would fall into its place,
And everything would be fine.
And I really, truly, honestly,
Without a doubt want to believe,
That everything will be alright.

4. Minor Threat — Filler

Ian Mackeye is the king of rants that are somehow both furious and humorous at the same time.

You’re full of shit
Your brain is clay
What’s going on?
You picked up a Bible
And now you’re gone
You call it religion
You’re full of shit

5. Tom Waits — God’s Away on Business

If you want to give yourself heathen nightmares.

I’d sell your heart to the junkman baby
For a buck, for a buck
If you’re looking for someone to pull you 
out of that ditch
You’re out of luck, you’re out of luck
The ship is sinking

6. Hopsin — Ill Mind 7

I do not listen to hip hop or rap. But this song? I listen to this song. I also watch this video.

There’s way too many different religions with vivid descriptions
Begging all fucking men and women to listen
I can’t even beat my dick without getting convicted
These ain’t wicked decisions, I got different intentions
I’ve been itching to get it, I’ve been given assistance
But the whole fucking system is twisted

7. Streetlight Manifesto — The Blonde Lead the Blind

An audio version of flipping off the church, more or less.

Did you lose faith? Yes, I lost faith in the powers that be
But in doing so I came across the will to disagree
And I gave up, yes I gave up and then I gave in
But I take responsibility for every single sin

8. Brand New — Millstone

For whenever you’re absolutely SURE that you’re going to hell.

I used to pray like God was listening.
I used to make my parents proud.
I was the glue that kept my friends together,
Now they don’t talk and we don’t go out.

9. Dead Kennedys — Moral Majority

If you want to make your religious loved ones cry.

Circus-tent con-men and Southern belle bunnies
Milk your emotions then they steal your money
It’s the new dark ages with the fascists toting bibles
Cheap nostalgia for the Salem Witch Trials
Stodgy ayatollahs in their dobble-knit ties
Burn lots of books so they can feed you their lies
Masturbating with a flag and a bible
God must be dead if you’re alive

10. NoFX — Best God in Show

A little bit blunt, but yeah, pretty relevant.

Thank God for the Grammy, 
Thank God for the touchdown
Thank God for blowing up 
The enemy’s sacred ground
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