80s Rock Music for Worship

80s Rock Music for Worship April 23, 2015

I had toyed with some reworked versions of 80s songs for use in church before – “Hosanna” to the tune of Rosanna by Toto, and “Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)” to the tune of Open Arms by Journey. My pastor left a comment on my wall on Facebook, suggesting that we do a whole service, perhaps calling the genre “Grace Rock.” Here are some other songs I suggested might be included. A few I am serious about – can you tell which ones those are? Others are here just to make you groan. Could you add to the list?

Blessed Assurance (to the tune of Crazy Train)
I Just Died On A Cross Tonight
God in Motion (St. Peter’s Fire)
Owner of a Godly Heart
I Wanna Know What Love Is (this one can be left as it is)
Walk Like a Christian (to the tune of Walk Like an Egyptian)
Everybody Wants To Praise The Lord
Jesus (to the tune of “Venus” by Bananarama)
Livin’ on a Prayer
Here I Go Again (no need to change it?)
Kyrie (no change needed)
Girls Just Wanna Praise God
(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Worship!)
And, drawing on 80s music and the Islamic tradition:
99 Names of God (to the tune of 99 Red Balloons)
And of course, Pride, Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For, and several others by U2, but we’ll keep those for the U2charist.

Can you suggest others? Also, the semester is almost over, and I am about due to make another parody song video, and so suggestions for those are welcome too!

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  • Blair Wilgus

    It’s from 1990 but what about the Divinyls’ “I Touch Myself” as “I Cross Myself” (for Catholic worshipers.

  • cjcmd

    Christian Radio (Mexican Radio)

    “I dial it in and tune to the station,
    all they talk about is Revelation
    I understand just a little
    No comprende it’s a riddle”

  • jaydweaver

    Not 80’s rock, but how about “Keep in the Heart of Jesus” as “Deep in the Heart of Texas.”

  • Well he was just 33,
    And I, I could see,
    That before too long,
    I’m gonna worship him
    Now I’ll never pray to another (ooh)
    When I saw him hanging there

    (How I won this conversation at a bar years ago)

  • Nick Alexander has some wonderful Catholic ones on his website: http://www.nickalexander.com/what-nick-does/comedian/

    Call Our Lady (Call Me Maybe by Carly Mae Jepsen)
    I Got Me Kneeling (I Gotta Feeling by The Black Eyed Peas)
    R.C.I.A. (Y.M.C.A. by The Village People)
    We Want to Stand United (We Didn’t Start the Fire by Billy Joel)
    Should I Stand or Should I Kneel (Should I Stay or Should I Go by The Clash )
    This Time of Forty Days (King of Pain by The Police)
    Evangelize (I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor)
    Nicene Creed (Dancing Queen by ABBA)
    Old Time Gregorian Chant (Old Time Rock ‘n Roll by Bob Seger)
    Priest (Superman (It’s Not Easy) by Five For Fighting)
    Therese of Lisieux (Electric Avenue by Eddy Grant)
    Holy Thursday (Monday Monday by The Mamas and the Papas)…and much, MUCH more!

  • There was an episode of Glee where they sang “I Want to Know What Love Is” as part of a church service. So there’s that. Of course, Glee also thinks Aerosmith is an appropriate musical audition choice for Les Miserables.

  • R Vogel


    Laura Branigan, Van Morrison or U2?