With such turn-of-the-millennium hits as “Higher,” “My Sacrifice” and “Arms Wide Open,” Creed brought Christianity to the pop charts, honoring Jesus as only overwrought Florida butt-rockers can. But Creed isn’t the only one basking in a glowing light from above! Here’s five songs about Jesus that we endorse that have nothing to do with Creed.
1. Tom Waits: “Chocolate Jesus”
Forget wafers — Waits takes communion at the candy store, giving “my sweet lord” a whole new meaning.
2. Screaming Blue Messiahs: “Jesus Chrysler Drives a Dodge”
The criminally overlooked Messiahs were obsessed with religion and American culture, and on this 1987 punkabilly gem, they combine those themes, imagining Jesus as a bad-ass road warrior, sideswiping semis and filling his tank on “the wages of sin.”
3. Morrissey: “I Have Forgiven Jesus”
Moz blames J.C. for giving him “so much love in a loveless world,” ostensibly causing all the misery and humiliation he’s endured since boyhood, then lets him off the hook. He’s still mad at Johnny Marr, though.
4. Ministry: “Jesus Built My Hot Rod”
And they say it’s hard to find an honest mechanic …
5. Bad Religion: “American Jesus”
This one’s less about Jesus than it is American hypocrisy, imperialism and commercialism. At least we think it’s about those things — Greg Graffin tends to go over our heads.