What's your favorite 'atheist' song? (Mine is John Mayer's 'Belief'.)
...Or at least one you interpret as atheist in nature... 

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Hmmm...you know that's an excellent idea!  It's never occurred to me that we should have an anthem! I'm going to start brainstorming right now!
There's a fabulous song by Steve Martin. It's called "Atheists Ain't Got No Songs," and it's on his recently released bluegrass album. It doesn't qualify as an atheist anthem, but it does define the problem.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFWA1A9XFi8&feature=youtube_gdat...
I think that comes in second, right after Imagine.
Let The Mystery Be - Iris DeMent
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nlaoR5m4L80

Everybody's wonderin what and where they all came from
Everybody's worryin bout where they're gonna go when the whole thing's done
But no one knows for certain and so it's all the same to me
I think I'll just let the mystery be

Some say once you're gone you're gone forever, and some say you're gonna come back
Some say you rest in the arms of the Saviour if in sinful ways you lack
Some say that they're comin back in a garden, bunch of carrots and little sweet peas
I think I'll just let the mystery be

Some say they're goin to a place called Glory and I ain't saying it ain't a fact
But I've heard that I'm on the road to purgatory and I don't like the sound of that
Cause I believe in love and I live my life accordingly
But I choose to let the mystery be

Talking Heads - Heaven
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5zNdMc6wGtU

Everyone is trying to get to the bar.
The name of the bar, the bar is called heaven.
The band in heaven plays my favorite song.
They play it once again, they play it all night long.

Heaven is a place where nothing ever happens.
Heaven is a place where nothing ever happens.

There is a party, everyone is there.
Everyone will leave at exactly the same time.
Its hard to imagine that nothing at all
Could be so exciting, and so much fun.

When this kiss is over it will start again.
It will not be any different, it will be exactly the same.
Its hard to imagine that nothing at all
Could be so exciting, could be so much fun.

Van Halen - Best Of Both Worlds
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OfQDn5BU0bQ

Well you don't have to die and go to heaven
Or hang around to be born again
Just tune in to what this place has got to offer
Cause we may never be here again

I want the best of both worlds
A little heaven right here on earth

During the Hagar era, Van Halen had a song on 3 consecutive albums that kind of took a shot at organized religion.  The first was "Best of Both Worlds", the second was "Mine All Mine" off OU812, and the third was "Judgement Day" off For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge.

 

"Mine All Mine":

 

All the words on the wall look the same in the mirror
Every riddle and every clue
You've got Allah in the east
You've got Jesus in the west
Christ, what's a man to do?

They'll find a cure for anything
Just kill the pain or numb my brain
We see a man speakin' the word of God
Provin' to be a fraud, while his own church applauds
Stop lookin' out, start lookin' in
Be your own best friend
Stand up and say "Hey! This is mine!"

 

"Judgement Day":

 

It's my life. Get off my ass, get outta my face
Man, I don't see no problem
Kickin' back, ain't kickin' you, no no!
Anyway, if I make 'em, I'll solve 'em

Making plan's a waste. Ain't no future here
Got no faith, got no religion

Oh tell me why should I

Care or even, why should I try?

I just slide slide on by

Never bad enough to crucify me

I know that Sammy Hagar is religious and believes in Jesus, but I don't know what exactly his religious views are now or were then.

My son used to listen to Talking Heads, XTC, and Rush.  He LOVED Van Halen. Guess that's because I raised him without the problems of religion.  Unfortunately, his grandfather made him go to church during summer visits, instilling him with a terminal sense of guilt and paralyzing fear.  Wish I had listened to the lyrics more carefully.  I didn't even know these were atheist songs until now.  My favorite has always been John Lennon's "Imagine," but now I have a lot more to listen to.  Thanks to everyone who posted here! 

"Let the Mystery Be" was featured in a scene in the movie "Little Buddha."  Thanks for the lyrics.  Good song, but probably more of an agnostic anthem than an atheist one.

God Is a Lie- wednesday 13

Rise Rapture Rise...... maybe the bit about killing christians makes me laugh.

Nobody has yet mentioned the Socialist Internationale?

Bryan Steeksma - Listen to Reason

http://youtu.be/hQjrlsSGJrs

That's a good one. The Lyrics are as follows, if anyone is interested.

I felt your grip begin to fade
You kept me tied, blind and afraid
But then I broke you and saw
The look on your face said it all

So could you feel the way I felt
Did you kneel the way I knelt
Did you stand up and yell
Pleading for someone to help

Or listen to reason
Open your eyes
It's a wonder what you'll find with an open mind
You may be surprised
Yeah

Gotta get away from this illusion
For the sake of the world, this delusion
It's gotta, gotta, gotta go-ooh
Yeah-ooh

If the dark is just a thought
Then the light is in your mind
The lies we tell ourselves
Will ruin the world with time

Did you feel the way I felt
Did you kneel the way I knelt
Or did you look up and stare
Waiting for your acts of prayer

Won't you listen to reason.
Will you open your eyes
It's a wonder what you'll find with an open mind
You might be surprised
Yeah

Gotta get away from this illusion
For the sake of the world, this delusion
It's gotta, gotta, gotta go-ooh
Yeah-ooh

Gotta get away from this illusion
For the sake of the world, this delusion
It's gotta, gotta, gotta go-ooh

When is it enough
When will we all wake up
So look around
And see what's right before your eyes
No control beyond these skies

Gotta get away from this illusion
For the sake of the world, this delusion
It's gotta, gotta, gotta go-ooh
Yeah-ooh

Gotta get away from this illusion
For the sake of the world, this delusion
It's gotta, gotta, gotta go-ooh

I also like Larry Gallagher - I Am Better Than Your God

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPPrUoPYZhI

Lyrics:

There's an old guy with a beard
Whining in the sky
Picking through his fan mail as we live and die
He's watching our every move
From the cradle to the tomb
Who is righteous, who is lame
And who is poking whom
While infidels broil in hell like so many cod
Don't want to be crucified
But if God is on your side
Then I am better than your God

I am not fully formed
I'm petty and I'm vain
Driven by fear
And susceptible to pain
But I'm trying to be fair
And I'm trying to give a shit
And I'm trying to keep on trying
Though it's trying I admit
I'm a bumbling brute in a monkey suit
A spinning, grinning clod
It's funny and it's sad
But you know things are bad when
I am better than your God

Nothing I have heard
Nothing I have seen
Nothing so absurd
Nothing so obscene
As taking a love so deep
And free, and whole
And twisting it into something
That is smaller than your soul
Load your guns, chosen ones
Does that strike you as odd?
I'll gamble on his wrath
Cause if you do the math
I am better than your God

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