Top Ten Religious Themed Songs from Bob Dylan's Christian Music Albums

Bob Dylan has used religious, spiritual and Christian imagery and themes throughout his career, yet he made 3 albums between 1979-1981 that were overtly Christian (especially the first 2), Slow Train Coming, Saved, and Shot of Love, during a period where he was focused on Christianity and his personal beliefs at the time. (Some called it his 'born-again' phase For much of this time, he refused to perform any of his earlier songs in concerts. This list is intended for songs from that period only and not other songs touching or concentrated on a religious outlook, perspective or expression.

The Top Ten

1 Gotta Serve Somebody

"It may be the devil or it may be the Lord..."
Deservedly or not, this song performance brought him the Grammy Award that year for Best Performance By A Male Vocalist and marked a return to mainstream prominence after a lull in his career, though this phase met (similar to his change from just acoustic to "going electric") objections and criticism, attracting some new groups of fans while alienating others. And again Bob argued back from the stage to hecklers in his audience. - Billyv

Awesome song

This is the only song I know--should check some of the others out. - PetSounds

I'd be very surprised if 10% of top Tenners heard of any of the others, even 10% of Christian top Tenners. - Billyv

Dylan took his protest songs into the arena of faith, and instead of railing at the warmongers or rich and powerful, he chose to target those who failed to see the handiwork of God in the beauty of the world

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4 Every Grain of Sand

This is simply a beautiful song, but the demo version on the first bootleg series somehow outshines the Shot of Love recording. This non-religious Bob Dylan fan considers Every Grain of Sand to be not just his finest gospel song, but one of his very best.

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5 I Believe In You

So strong the fight that comes with believing in Jesus

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6 The Groom's Still Waiting at the Altar

Don't know the song, but I like the title.. - Britgirl

He's actually more talented at writing songs but some of his titles are good as well - Billyv

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7 Solid Rock

Love the groove and lyrics, always good for a little spiritual boost. Love Widespread Panic’s version of it too...recommend checking that out.

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8 When You Gonna Wake Up? UListen to Sample
9 In the Garden UListen to Sample
10 Watered-Down Love UListen to Sample

The Contenders

11 Are You Ready


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12 Blowin' In the Wind UListen to Sample
13 When He Returns

This has gotta be right up there.
"Of every earthly plan, that be known to man,
He is unconcerned.
He's got plans of his own, to set up his throne
When He returns"

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Top Remixes

1. Solid Rock
2. I Believe In You
3. Caribbean Wind
1. Gotta Serve Somebody
2. Slow Train
3. Caribbean Wind


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