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)
Gloria
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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