Spiritual Lyrics in Pop Music of the 1960’s-1970’s

The 1960’s and 1970’s were a time of social strife and moral chaos in the U.S.  In the midst of those dark times, lyrics with a spiritual cast arose here and there.  They include allusions to Jesus Christ. Here are some examples from The Rascals, a rock group prominent in that time.


Lyrics for A Ray of Hope.


Lyrics for Heaven.


Lyrics for People Got to Be Free.

Here are some other examples of popular music with spiritual lyrics from various artists of that time period.

“Put Your Hand in the Hand” – Pop Music

“Oh, Happy Day” – Pop Music

“Jesus Is Just Alright with Me” – Pop Music

And here’s a more recent example (1995) of this phenomenon, whereby lyrics touting spiritual values make it past all the worldly hurdles into social consciousness through popular music:

“One of Us” – Pop Music

What does it mean that such lyrics can occasionally appear in pop music?  That truth can sometimes be found in unlikely places.

“What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed; and in this I rejoice. Yes, and I will rejoice,”  –  Philippians 1:18 (NASB)

One Reply to “Spiritual Lyrics in Pop Music of the 1960’s-1970’s”

  1. (From “http://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/t/the_rascals/a_ray_of_hope.html”)

    “Most people got soul if they wanna try
    Let love be your goal and let it fly
    Cause it’s easy to hate and to draw a line
    But error is human, forgiveness is divine.” 🙂

    This hit my heart in a very special way…

    God’s forgiveness in Jesus is all we need!

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