Spiritual Songs

Music is intimately tied to prayer and spirituality.  It unites generations and cultures; it transcends religion and politics.  Music produces collective energy, and energy is spirit.  From ancient times, mantras, incantations, and ruminations have provided methods of spiritual meditation, therapy, and communication.  We process music in the same brain region that houses our emotion and memory, so it naturally connects us to particular recollections and feelings—some that are personal, some that are communal, some that are archetypal.  

Plato said that “Music gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm to all things.”  From the amphitheaters of Greece in his time to the cotton fields of the south in slave times to the flash mobs of civic centers in our times, music expresses our communal passion.  Ludwig von Beethoven added that “Music is the mediator between the spiritual and sensual life.”  Some mystics suggest that musical vibrations and rhythms, tensions and releases, not only unite us on earth but also unite this existence with those beyond us.

Leonard Cohen, Anthem
Leonard Cohen, Chelsea Hotel
Leonard Cohen, Dance With Me to the End of Love
Leonard Cohen, Everybody knows
Leonard Cohen, Joan of Arc
Leonard Cohen, So Long, Marianne
Leonard Cohen, Suzanne
Leonard Cohen, The Gypsy’s Wife
Leonard Cohen, You Want it Darker
Beck, Lost Cause
Jeff Buckley, Hallelujah
Rufus Wainwright, Hallelujah
George Harrison, My Sweet Lord
John Lennon, Imagine
Beatles, Let It Be
Beatles, Here Comes the Sun
Beatles, Hey Jude
Kansas, Carry On Wayward Son
Kansas, Dust in the Wind
Don McLean, American Pie
Nora Jones, Come Away With Me
Adele, Rolling in the Deep
Adele, Skyfall
Aretha Franklin, I Say a Little Prayer
Aretha Franklin, Think
Diana Ross, Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
Amy Grant, Find a Way
Enya, Only Time
Emmylou Harris, Green Rolling Hills
Natalie Merchant, Kind & Generous
Nena, 99 Red Balloons
Joan Baez, Diamonds & Rust
Joni Mitchell, Both Sides Now
Joan Osborne, One of Us
Helen Reddy, I Don’t Know How to Love Him
Debby Boone, You Light Up My Life
Martina McBride, Wild Angels
Sarah McLachlan, In the Arms of an Angel
Whitney Houston, I Will Always Love You
Bob Dylan, Eve of Destruction (Barry McGuire)
Bob Dylan, Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door
Beach Boys, God Only Knows
Beach Boys, Wouldn’t It Be Nice
Brian Wilson, Love & Mercy
Bruce Springsteen, Secret Garden
Bruce Springsteen, Streets of Philadelphia
Credence Clearwater Revival, Have You Ever Seen the Rain
CCR, Who’ll Stop the Rain
David Gray, Babylon
David Gray, This Years Love
Elton John, Candle in the Wind
Elton John, Circle of Life
Eric Clapton, Layla
Eric Clapton, Tears in Heaven
Eric Clapton, Wonderful Tonight
Clapton & Harrison, Something
Clapton & Harrison, While My Guitar Gently Weeps
Five For Fighting, 100 Years
Five For Fighting, Superman
Fleetwood Mac, Landslide
Fleetwood Mac, Silver Springs
Green Day, Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)
Jackson Browne, Doctor My Eyes
Jackson Browne, Stay
James Taylor, Fire & Rain
James Taylor, Shower the People
John Denver, Annie’s Song
Johnny Cash, Hurt
Johnny Cash, I Walk the Line
Johnny Cash, Man in Black
Johnny Cash, Will the Circle Be Unbroken
Moody Blues, Nights in White Satin
Moody Blues, Your Wildest Dreams
Neil Diamond, Brother Love’s Traveling Salvation Show
Neil Diamond, Philadelphia
Neil Diamond, Sweet Caroline
Nirvana, About a Girl
Nirvana, All Apologies
Pearl Jam, Just Breathe
Pink Floyd, Comfortably Numb
Pink Floyd, On the Turning Away
Pink Floyd, Wish You Were Here
REM, It’s the End of the World As We Know It
REM, Losing My Religion
Rod Stewart, Fields of Gold
Rod Stewart, Forever Young
Rolling Stones, Waiting on a Friend
Rolling Stones, Wild Horses
Roy Orbison, Crying
Roy Orbison, You Got It
Simon & Garfunkel, Bridge Over Troubled Waters
Simon & Garfunkel, Homeward Bound
Simon & Garfunkel, The Sounds of Silence
U-2, I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For
U-2, Pride (In the Name of Love)
Van Morrison, Into the Mystic
Van Morrison, Brown Eyed Girl
Cold Play, Viva La Vida
Hozier, Take Me to Church
Mr. Mister, Kyrie
MercyMe, I Can Only Imagine
Mike & the Mechanics, Living Years
The Hollies, Very Last Day
Israel Kamakawiwo’ole, Somewhere Over the Rainbow
Ben E King, Stand By Me
Louie Armstrong, What a Wonderful World
Otis Redding, The Dock of the Bay
The Proclaimers, I’m Gonna Be
Philip Phillips, Home
Mumford & Sons, I Will Wait
Bryan Adams, Everything I Do
Enrique Iglesia, Heroe
Naked Eyes, Always Something There to Remind Me
Led Zepplin, Stairway to Heaven
Cat Stevens, Morning Has Broken
John Hiatt, Have a Little Faith in Me
Bill Withers, Lean On Me
Procol Harum, Whiter Shade of Pale
Dexy’s Midnight Runners, Come On Eileen
Traveling Wilbury’s, End of the Line
Casting Crowns, Broken Together
Casting Crowns, Just Be Held
Celtic Thunder, Come By the Hills
Chieftans, Raglan Road
Dubliners, The Town I Loved So Well
Irish Tenors, Isle of Hope, Isle of Tears
Irish Tenors, The Green Fields of France
Paddy Reilly, Fields of Athenry
The Pogues, Fairytale in New York
Pogues, If I Should Fall from Grace with God
Pogues, Pair of Brown Eyes
Pogues, Rainy Night in SoHo
Godspell, All Good Gifts
Godspell, By My Side
Godspell, On the Willows
Godspell, Save the People
Elvis, Amazing Grace
Elvis, He Touched Me
Elvis, In the Ghetto
Elvis, Suspicious Minds
Elvis, Take My Hand, Precious Lord