Why should ‘The Devil’ have all the good music?

A list highlighting the sad lack of Van Halen, Charlie Daniels and Mitch Ryder in my iTunes library.

But what’s puzzling you is the nature of my game …

Crossroad Blues,” Robert Johnson
Dear John Letter (to the Devil),” Keith Green
The Devil,” PJ Harvey

“The Devil & Me,” BR5-49
Devil in Her Heart,” The Beatles
Devil Inside,” INXS
Devils and Dust,” Bruce Springsteen
Devil’s Haircut,” Beck
Drive, He Said,” Steve Taylor
Fallen Angel,” Robbie Robertson
Friend of the Devil,” Lyle Lovett
God Good, Devil Bad,” The Swirling Eddies
Hellhound on My Trail,” Robert Johnson
Mean as Hell,” Johnny Cash
Satan, Bite the Dust,” The Swirling Eddies
“Satan’s Monster Truck,” WNOC
“Somewhere Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea,” The W’s
Sympathy for the Devil,” The Rolling Stones
That Ole Devil Called Love,” Billie Holiday
Why Is the Devil Red?” Lost Dogs
Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music?” Larry Norman

Allow me a word of explanation here about those two Swirling Eddies tracks, “God Good, Devil Bad” (originally by DeGarmo & Key) and “Satan, Bite the Dust” (originally by Carman). They’re from the Eddies’ CCM “tribute” album Sacred Cows, on which they perform sloppy, probably semi-sober, renditions of some of the most appalling “hits” of contemporary Christian music. If you’ve never heard of Carman, their version of his song will likely just be baffling. If you’re a fan of Carman, it’s likely insulting. But if you really, really dislike Carman, it’s pretty wonderful.

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  • Theo Axner

    Lots of songs this time around. I didn’t include all the “Hell” songs, just those who explicitly refer to Satan/devils/demons in the lyrics.

    Ain’t Gonna Go to Hell for Anybody – Bob Dylan
    Angel Is the Devil – Steve Earle
    The Ballad of the Devil’s Backbone Tavern – Todd Snider
    Be Careful What You Sign – Larry Norman
    Born With a Tail – the Supersuckers
    Bowels of the Devil – Body Count
    Christmas With the Devil – Spinal Tap
    Demon Alcohol – Ozzy Osbourne
    Demonomania – the Misfits
    Devil Gate Drive – Suzi Quatro
    Devil I Know – Motörhead
    Devil in a Sleepin’ Bag – Willie Nelson
    The Devil in Stitches – Bad Religion
    The Devil You Know – Todd Snider
    Devil’s Magic Pants – the Humpers
    The Devil’s Right Hand – Steve Earle
    The Devil’s Right Hand – the Highwaymen
    The Devil’s Right Hand – Johnny Cash
    Devilock – the Misfits
    Devils – Motörhead
    Devils in My Head – Motörhead
    Devil’s Whorehouse – the Misfits
    Friend of the Devil – Bob Dylan
    Hellhound – the Misfits
    Little Demon – Screaming Jay Hawkins
    Lord of This World – Black Sabbath
    Man of Peace – Bob Dylan
    Mephisto Waltz – the Misfits
    N.I.B. – Black Sabbath
    The Number of the Beast – Iron Maiden
    Race With the Devil – Gene Vincent
    Runnin’ With the Devil – Van Halen
    Runnin’ With the Devil – Hayseed Dixie
    Satan Is Real – the Louvin Brothers
    Satan’s Jeweled Crown – the Louvin Brothers
    Sympathy for the Devil – the Rolling Stones
    Trouble in Mind – Bob Dylan
    Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music – Larry Norman
    You Look Like the Devil – Willie Nelson
    (You’re the) Devil in Disguise – Elvis Presley

  • http://unpublishedforareason.blogspot.com/ Hannah M

    Dear John Letter (To the Devil) – Keith Green
    The Devil You Know – Side Show
    Hey Devil – tobyMac
    Dance With the Devil – The Witches of Eastwick
    Run Devil Run – Girls’ Generation
    Run Devil Run – Ke$ha (? I don’t remember owning this.)
    The Devil Is Bad – The W’s (a nostalgic favorite)
    Devil Take the Hindmost – Love Never Dies
    Bit Part Demon – The Evil Dead: The Musical
    All the Men in My Life Keep Getting Killed By Candarian Demons – The Evil Dead: The Musical
    Demons – Tech N9ne

  • lowtechcyclist

    The Devil’s Radio – George Harrison

    And a bunch by Blood, Sweat, and Tears:

    And When I Die
    Lucretia McEvil
    The Battle
    Symphony for the Devil

    And a cover of the Stones’ “Sympathy for the Devil” which I prefer to the original.  David Clayton-Thomas is believable as Satan.  I can’t buy into Mick Jagger as the Devil.  He doesn’t want to rule the world, he just wants to be decadent.

  • Erikagillian

    I only searched, didn’t read all of it, so may have missed it but the devil as subject and no Tom Waits?  Down in the Hole, theme of the Wire, is about keeping the devil down in the hole.  And there’s mentions in a lot of songs.  I’m blanking now but there’s at least the negative mention in Heart Attack and Vine:  There is no devil, it’s just god when he’s drunk.

    And because of Down in the Hole I can’t find anything else via youtube.  Not just the four covers from the Wire, everyone and their dog seems to have covered it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Patrick-McGraw/100001988854074 Patrick McGraw