31 Best Country Songs About God

People refer to God by many different terms of endearment, like Father, Lord, Jesus, or the Man Upstairs. As an important figure in many cultures worldwide, God has inspired countless songs over the centuries.

As such, it should come as no surprise that several genres are dedicated solely to hymns. Moreover, God is also present in other genres, especially in country music. So, without further ado, here are some of the best country songs about God.

God Bless the USA by Lee Greenwood

Song year: 1984

Lee Greenwood wrote and recorded God Bless the USA, first in 1984 and again in 1992. The song initially hit number seven on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles. He performed the song for the 1984 Republican National Convention for President Ronald Regan.

The song gained popularity during the Gulf War. The song hit the Billboard charts again in 2001 after 9/11, reaching number 16 on the Hot 100.

That’s What I Love About Sunday by Craig Morgan

Song year: 2004

Written by Adam Dorsey and Mark Narmore, That’s What I Love About Sunday was recorded by Craig Morgan in late 2004. In 2005, the song reached number one and remained there for four weeks. In addition, it was deemed the number one song of 2005 by Billboard.

The song reminisces about the Sunday fun of going to church, playing in the yard, and having quality family time.

That’s Why I Pray by Big & Rich

Song year: 2012

Big & Rich recorded That’s Why I Pray in 2012 on their Hillbilly Jedi album. The album had mixed reviews, but the song written by Danelle Leverett, Blair Daly, and Sarah Buxton debuted on the charts at #24, which a duo hadn’t done since the 1990s.

The song tells the tales of social problems going on in the world and the reason for needed prayers.

Ten Thousand Angels Cried by LeAnn Rimes

Song year: 1997

Ten Thousand Angels Cried was on LeAnn Rimes’ second studio album, You Light Up My Life. The four-times Platinum album is full of inspirational songs that veer into the spiritual side of her sound.

Rimes was only fifteen years old at the time when she stunned fans to tears, singing about the crucifixion of Jesus.

Unanswered Prayers by Garth Brooks

Song year: 1990

Unanswered Prayers by Garth Brooks hit number one on Billboard’s Hot Country charts. The No Fences album remained number one for 30 weeks on the charts.

The hit tells the story of a man running into his high school sweetheart while with his wife. Upon reflection, he thanks God for not answering his prayers back then because his life is better now than he could have imagined.

The Man I Want To Be by Chris Young

Song year: 2009

The Man I Want To Be, off the same-titled album, reached number one on the Country charts for Chris Young in 2009. The heartful song is a conversation with God as he prays to be a better man for himself, God, and ‘her’. He asks God not to give up on him in this beautiful tribute to the power of prayer.

I’ll Fly Away by Alison Krauss & Gillian Welch

Song year: 2000

I’ll Fly Away was written in 1929 by Albert E. Brumley. Over the years, many artists have recorded the hymn, ranking it the most recorded gospel song of all time.

Alison Krauss & Gillian Welch’s recording was chosen for the movie soundtrack in 2000 for O Brother Where Art Thou? The soundtrack sold over eight million copies, landed on four of Billboard’s charts, and won two Grammys, including Best Soundtrack Album and Album of the Year.

This Is God by Phil Vassar

Song year: 2003

This Is God was written and recorded by Phil Vassar and reached #17 on the Country charts. The song tells the perspective of God and his disappointment with the violence in this world.

God calls to action for humanity to start taking accountability for their actions and learn to live in love and unity. It is a message that continues to have meaning still today.

Me & God by Josh Turner

Song year: 2006

Me & God was written and recorded by Josh Tuner with backing vocals from Diamond Rio. The song was nominated for an ACM award for the Vocal Event of the Year. It peaked at #16 on the Country charts as the song tells the testimony of God being ‘his’ ride or die.

What Would Jesus Undo by Michael Boggs

Song year: 2014

A top country song about Jesus. Michael Boggs took a spin on the age-old question, What Would Jesus Do? The song What Would Jesus Undo is also the title of a book by Boggs.

However, the music seems to ask the difficult question, what could God take away because of our sins? Nevertheless, God is loving and forgiving.

What a Friend We Have in Jesus by Alabama

Song year: 2014

What a Friend We Have in Jesus was initially written by Joseph M. Scriven in 1855 as a poem to bring comfort to his mother living abroad. Alabama released their version on the Angels Among Us: Hymns & Gospel Favorites album.

The lyrics request to take your problems to the Lord so that life can be endured.

Bless the Broken Road by Rascal Flatts

Song year: 2005

Bless the Broken Road was written in 1994 by Marcus Hummon, Bobby Boyd, and Jeff Hanna. It was initially recorded by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band but was made a hit by Rascal Flatts. Rascal Flatts' rendition hit number one on Billboard and won a Grammy for Best Country Song.

The song praises God for everything that didn’t come true in the past so ‘they’ could end up together. 

Love Is Stronger by Jason Crabb

Song year: 2013

Jason Crabb is a Christian singer who won a Grammy for Best Southern/Country/Bluegrass gospel album. The song Love Is Stronger was off the third album with the same title.

The lyrics are heartfelt and could easily be relatable in tough times and not losing faith. However, another point of view could be the story of Jesus and his walk to the crucifixion.

When I Pray for You by Dan + Shay

Song year: 2017

When I Pray for You was written by the duo Justin Ebach and Jon Nite for the movie The Shack. The film grossed over $96 million overall. In addition, I Pray For You became the hottest selling promotional track in Christian music for a week while landing on three of Billboard’s charts.

The song is about a soon-to-be father telling his unborn child all his hopes and prayers.

Baptism by Kenny Chesney duet w/Randy Travis

Song year: 1999

Baptism was written and recorded by Kenny Chesney featuring Randy Travis. The duet was released on Chesney’s album Everywhere We Go. It was the first album in his career to be certified double Platinum.

Baptism tells a great story with a moral ending. It reminisces about being a boy in the lake about to be baptized and ends with ‘him’ longing to clean ‘his’ soul again.

Heaven Sent Me You by John Michael Montgomery

Song year: 1995

Heaven Sent Me You is the ninth track of John Michael Montgomery’s self-titled album. Montgomery has released ten albums, with 30 songs reaching the charts. Heaven Sent Me You doesn’t mention God first-hand, but the song definitely alludes to God sending ‘him’ the love of ‘his’ life.

Touchdown Jesus by Tim McGraw

Song year: 2012

Touchdown Jesus is off of Tim McGraw’s eleventh album. The song was recorded in 2010, but McGraw’s former label held the album for two years. Sadly, this resulted in a lawsuit and countersuit.

The song itself talks about people in trouble, but all it took was a little bit of faith to get them through.

Hello World by Lady Antebellum

Hello World by Lady Antebellum

Song year: 2010

Lady Antebellum released Hello World as the final single off the album Need You Now. The song received mixed reviews. Nevertheless, the song still went to number six on the country charts.

The lyrics tell a story of brokenness and thoughts of, perhaps, turning to God for help and guidance. After some apprehension, the song concludes with surrendering to God.

When I Get Where I’m Going by Brad Paisley feat. Dolly Parton

Song year: 2005

When I Get Where I’m Going was recorded by Brad Paisley, featuring Dolly Parton for his album, Time Well Wasted. The song was number one on Billboard, while the music video was just as notable for fans.

The video had several cameos of loving relatives holding pictures of famous family members who have passed. The powerful song tells the incredible plans of what ‘he’ will do when he gets to heaven.

Keeper of the Stars by Tracy Byrd

Song year: 1995

Tracy Byrd recorded and released the song Keeper of the Stars on the album, No Ordinary Man. The song hit number two on the charts and won Song of the Year by AMC.

It’s a beautiful love song about a man telling the one he loves that God doesn’t make mistakes and their relationship was fate.

Back to God by Reba McEntire

Song year: 2017

Back to God was the second single on Reba McEntire’s album, Sing It Now: Songs of Faith & Hope. The song hit number one on the charts. In addition, McEntire performed the song with Christian artist Lauren Daigle for the ACM Awards.

The duet was so well received that it resulted in an official song release. The lyrics are moving as the words focus on dark times but plead to bring God back to the forefront of the world.

Larry Fleet – Where I Find God

Song year: 2021

As a relatively new name on the scene, Larry Fleet caught the attention of songwriter Connie Harrington through social media. They co-wrote his debut single, Where I Find God, which hit home with many right away, peaking at number 43 on the Billboard Country Airplay charts.

Thanking God for giving him peace and serenity in even the smallest of moments of daily life, Fleet delivers a beautiful ode with his golden voice. Fleet said in an interview that this song is his take on blue-collar gospel and that he hopes the song will positively impact others.

That Old King James by Scotty McCreery

Song year: 2011

Scotty McCreery was only 18 years old when he released his debut album, Clear As Day. The album hit number one on the charts and sold 197,000 copies in the first week.

That Old King James was the final song on the album, telling the journey of ‘his’ grandfather’s bible. The bible starts out pristine and travels through life, war, and generations.

Jesus, Take the Wheel by Carrie Underwood

Song year: 2005

Jesus, Take the Wheel was the first of fifteen number ones for Carrie Underwood. The song spent six weeks at number one and has been certified triple times Platinum. In addition, it gathered several awards, including two Grammy Awards for Best Female Country Vocal Performance and Best Country Song.

The song tells a literal tale of a car accident, yet, it has a symbolic meaning of asking Jesus to take power when one feels out of control.

Three Wooden Crosses by Randy Travis

Song year: 2002

Three Wooden Crosses was Randy Travis’ final number one single on the album Rise and Shine, hitting number one on the Hot Country charts and winning Song of the Year at the CMA’s.

The song is a sad tale about a fatal crash involving four people. The lone survivor is a prostitute who is given a bloodstained bible. Spoiler alert: The preacher who is telling the story eventually tells the congregation that it was his momma.

But for the Grace of God by Keith Urban

Song year: 2000

Keith Urban, along with former members of the girl band The Go-Go’s, wrote But For The Grace Of God. The song was the first number one hit for Urban on his self-titled American album.

It stayed on the Hot Country chart for a week, breaking the long-running bad luck country streak for Capitol Records. It is an upbeat love song about how blessed ‘he’ is to have this incredible love in his life.

Long Black Train by Josh Turner

Song year: 2003

Long Black Train was off the same-titled debut album for Josh Turner. The album hit number four on the Country charts and was certified Platinum by RIAA, while the single went to number thirteen. The song is a dark metaphor to avoid the tempting evil and hold on tightly to the Lord.

I Need Thee Every Hour/Nothing but the Blood by Amy Grant duet w/Vince Gill

Song year: 2002

Amy Grant is a Christian gospel singer who has partnered up with Vince Gill on several recordings. Her fourteenth album, Legacy… Hymns and Faith, which features I Need Thee Every Hour/Nothing but the Blood hit number one on the Contemporary Christian charts.

The song is more like a prayer asking God to come to ‘her’ and knowing that the blood of Jesus washes away all sin.

Are You Washed in the Blood by Alan Jackson

Song year: 2006

Are You Washed in the Blood is an old Christian hymn written in 1878 by Elisha Hoffman. Many artists, including Johnny Cash and Alan Jackson, have performed the song.

Jackson released the song on his Precious Moments album that he recorded for his mother, selling over 1.8 million copies. The song is a series of questions just like the title, answering Jesus’ blood cleans all.

Savior’s Shadow by Blake Shelton

Song year: 2016

Savior’s Shadow was recorded on Blake Shelton’s If I’m Honest album. It reached #14 on the Christian charts and received terrific reviews from critics. Some believe the song is about a lost soul regaining more faith than ever, while others say it is a testament to unshakable faith in the Lord.

Believe by Brooks and Dunn

Song year: 2005

Believe was written by Ronnie Dunn and Craig Wiseman for Brooks and Dunn to be released on the Hillbilly Deluxe album. The song won three CMA’s for Single of the Year, Song of the Year, and Music Video of the Year.

The song tells a story about a friendship between a kid and an old man, Mr. Wrigley. Wrigley shares wisdom on life and prayer. Rolling Stone listed it as number 33 on its list of the 40 saddest country songs of all time.

Top Country Songs About God, Final Thoughts

We hope our list introduced you to some new country songs about God and country songs about Jesus to add to your playlist, feel free to let us know which you like in the comments.

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