Yesterday was Easter which for God fearing Christians among us was the day that Jesus the son of God himself was reborn after suffering and dying for our sins. We killed him so that he could save us from ourselves. What a good guy! There are many different sorts of Saviors in the world(members of the American Military, Spiderman, Ryan Gossling, etc.) and this week’s them will explore some of them.
Jesus Walks - Kanye West
I think Kanye is perhaps one of the most underrated lyricists around. But the phrase “the way Kathy Lee needed Regis, that’s the way I need Jesus” doesn’t rank among his best. Also, the movie Jarhead (which featured this song quite prominently in its trailer) sucked a big fat one.
Save Me - Queen
Not sure what was better when it came to Freddie Mercury; his incredible voice or his incomparable mustache.
Jesus is Just Alright - Robert Randolph & The Family Band (feat. Eric Clapton)
Originally written as a gospel song by Arthur Reid Reynolds and made famous by The Doobie Brothers, Jesus is Just Alright is gospel-rock at its absolute best. And seeing RR live is a truly religious experience, even for the most atheist of music lovers.
Heroes - David Bowie
Personally, I like The Wallflowers version better, solely because it was featured at the end of The Replacements. The line “I will be King, and you, you will be Queen” shows the 1st-person is in fact the ‘Hero,’ which shows a certain arro-confidence, which I’m always for.
Tessie - Dropkick Murphys
With the Red Sox down three games to none vs. New York in the 2004 ALCS, the Dropkick Murphys publicly declared that if the Sawks started playing Tessie at the stadium, it would guarantee a World Series title. The stadium sound guys obliged, Boston came back to win the series, and the rest is history. I hate the team, I hate the fans, but gosh darn it I really love this song.
Go to the Mirror! - The Who
Any song from Tommy would have worked with this theme, this one is just my favorite at the moment.
Beelzeboss - Tenacious D
Just like Tommy, any Tenacious D song would have worked here. Little Known Fact: Beelzeboss is based off of actual events.
Jesus Doesn't Love Me - Dragonette
If you do bad things repeatedly, there may be a chance Jesus won’t love you anymore. Just sayin’.
Bloody Mary - Lady Gaga
I’m not even going to pretend to fully understand all of the meaning behind this song, because as much as I love her, Lady Gaga is nuts. But she compares herself to Mary, goes on about Jesus apparently telling people to dance with their hands above their heads (which chapter was that in?) and any song that can successful name drop Pontius Pilate is OK in my book.
Jackie Will Save Me - Shiny Toy Guns
A song about Jackie O and the assassination of JFK and how maybe, just maybe, she could have stopped the whole thing from happening.
Divine Intervention - Autopilot Off
To me, this song is about someone waiting for the signs of divine intervention, but realizing that maybe they have to create their own path and just be confident in it. Deep stuff, man.
The Kids (Feat. Janelle Monae) - B.O.B
B.O.B sings about the world being so messed up, the kids don’t stand a chance if we don’t step up and save them.
Superman Theme - John Williams
Because Superman was sent here to be Earth’s savior. Too bad he’s so lame.
Baptism - Crystal Castles
Mostly for the title and for the female screaming “this is your baptism”. But really, because this song makes me wanna dance and I always need something dancey in my playlist or it feels incomplete.
St. Peter's Cathedral - Death Cab for Cutie
A song I like to describe as the most beautiful song about atheism, ever. Oh Ben Gibbard, you really are just like me.
Show Me How to Live – Audioslave
Lead singer Chris Cornell makes a direct reference to the crucifixion of Christ, “Nail in my hand, from my creator/You gave me life, now show me how to live.”
How to Save a Life – The Fray
If only The Fray were as good at saving humanity as Jesus. But I think they’ll settle for saving a friendship.
Last Night a DJ Saved My Life vs. Getting Down – Indeep vs. Five
A mashup by DJ Robin Skouteris. I’ve been “saved” many times on the dance floor thanks to killer Djs. I owe my dancing skills to them.
Tourniquet – Evanescence
A song about contemplating suicide and wondering if you’ll still receive salvation in the end. Also, Evanescence has been my personal music savior for nearly a decade.
Heresy – Nine Inch Nails
Trent Reznor has no qualms about professing his disdain for Christianity. Jesus is far from his savior.
Reflecting God – Marilyn Manson
The song is about the realization that there is no external god, only man. Also, the song appears on the album “Antichrist Superstar” and Manson himself is seen as the Antichrist by many. Triple whammy.
All Around Me – Flyleaf
Although not “officially” labeled a Christian band, Flyleaf is heavily influenced by their Christian beliefs and lead singer Lacey Sturm has admitted her faith saved her life. The song is about feeling God’s constant presence.
Judith – A Perfect Circle
The song is named after Maynard’s mother, a very religious woman who had a stroke that left her partially paralyzed. Yet, the stroke somehow strengthened her belief in God, which Maynard finds incredibly ironic. The song is about him questioning how she can continue to praise the only who left her paralyzed.
Electric Chapel - Lady Gaga
According to the lyrics, Lady Gaga’s body is a sanctuary and pure…but the rest of the song talks about getting jiggy with it in a chapel. Religious metaphors saturate most of the Born This Way album.
Evanescence- Bring Me To Life
When I listen to this song, I’m picturing a person begging for someone to help them become something better than they used to be.
DragonForce – Through the Fire and Flames
Listening to this song on blast makes me want to explore ancient cities, rescue damsels in distress, and slay monsters – with an Uzi.
The Script – The Man Who Can’t be Moved
A song about a man waiting for a girl to come back to him. He loves her so much he’ll do what he must to win her back.
David Guetta ft. Nicki Minaj – Turn Me On
Nicki Minaj is longing for her man to come back to her and be part of her life.
Masterplan – Spirit Never Die
Whenever I listen to this song I want to go on a quest somewhere to save the world.
Peter Cetera – Glory of Love
This epic song was the theme song for The Karate Kid, Part II. Hell, the music video is set in a dojo with scenes from said movie interspliced into it.
The Man of Metropolis Steals Our Hearts – Sufjan Stevens
A lot of these songs literally call out Superman. Whop has saved more people than Superman? Someone who is real? Get out of here! Jerk.
Save Me – Aimee Mann
Aimee Mann’s pleas for someone to “save her” made for one of the great songs from a film of the last few decades. That film was about porno.
Waitin' For Superman – The Flaming Lips
Saviors come in all sorts of forms and this song about wishing for Superman to come and save us all is actually about cancer researchers. Real world heroes!
My Hero Zero – School House Rock
This song took on the heroic task of educating dumb kids about what the number zero did. Thank God.
Heroes and Villains – The Beach Boys
Speaking of saviors Brian Wilson once made a few dozen studio musicians wear firefighter helmets while recording a song so we didn’t have to!
Presidential Suite – Super Furry Animals
President Bill Clinton saved us from a deficit, saved the people of Ireland from a brutal decades long conflict and saved himself repeatedly from political obscurity. This song makes lots of references to Bill Clinton.
Superman – R.E.M.
Superman is a “savior” but R.E.M. saved a lot of kids in the 80’s from feeling like they were completely alone. Which is a greater feat?
Sunshine Superman – Donovan
Superman keeps on coming back… blah blah blah.
Sidekick – Rancid
Being the sidekick to someone who saves people sounds like a great gig. This song’s most memorable line is “My name is Tim I’m a lesser known character.” This is also my life mantra.
Sister Savior - The Rapture
A female savior? That is bound to make some religious types uncomfortable.
I am the Resurrection - The Stone Roses
Jesus Christ is so passé. Ian Brown is our hip English savior. Did I mention he dresses better than Jesus?
My and Jesus Don’t Speak Anymore - Beulah
I don’t talk to Jesus either. I wasn’t comfortable with his rabid gay bashing.
U Saved Me - R. Kelly
A raunchy tune about giving your life to God. Get saved!
God and Suicide - Blitzen Trapper
Suicide, it’s what you do when you realize that prayer isn’t working.
Save My Dear - Ghostface Killah
All it takes to save Ghost is the love of a good women.
Let the Devil In - TV on the Radio
I did that years ago.
Mogwai Fear Satan - Mogwai
They may fear Satan, but I recognize him as our true lord and savior! Hail Satan, our mighty dark prince!
Save Me - Remy Zero
I couldn’t resist starting my selections off with the theme to Smallville. It was just: a) A dead giveaway; b) appropriate; and c) genius. Thank you very much.
Zero to Hero - Disney's Hercules Soundtrack
Hercules is the man. And the muses are the best part of this film. End of story. Here’s a savior story for the ages.
Holding Out For A Hero - Bonnie Tyler
Nothing needed a savior more than the 1980s. What a disastrous decade for fashion, technology, and common sense. Thank you, Bonnie Tyler, for this epic pop track.
Jesus of Suburbia - Green Day
Move over, Bowie and your silly Buddha of Suburbia, Green Day is bringing in a crusade with their Jesus of Suburbia. There’s only room for one icon in this town!
Young Heroes - Kim Wilde
You may know her because of the song Kids In America but this British pop princess actually had a few hits over in the UK. America obviously only cares about itself, hence it needs some young, music savvy heroes like myself.
Goddess In The Doorway - Mick Jagger
Mick Jagger’s solo career really did need a hero. Although I do like this particular song and some other tracks from the album of the same title, it’s clear that without guitar hero Keith Richards he’s just not as good.
Ave Mary A - P!nk
When we think of savior we tend to jump directly to the head honchos. Did anyone consider giving some love and devotion to the others? There are plenty of patron saints and holy figures. I think P!nk deserves a hand of applause for leaving Jesus out of this one.