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Q&A – Should I only listen to Christian music?


So I was wondering about Christian music… I love listening to it but my friends don’t listen to Christian music much at all. So when I’m with them in their car or at a party I find myself singing along [to their music]. Do I tell them I don’t want to listen to that or what should I do?


This is such a good question! One of my readers wrote a post a while ago about listening to songs that glorify God. In the comments section there are some wonderful song suggestions. They may not all be Christian songs, but they have an uplifting theme. Here is a link to all of my posts that talk about music…the good, the bad, and the VERY bad! I think you can listen to secular music, but you should be aware of which artists have terrible messages (see: Ke$ha, Katy Perry, and Nicki Minaj) or devilish intentions and share what you know with your friends. That way, you aren’t isolating yourself, but you’re also helping others make smart choices about the kinds of songs they allow to enter their heads and their hearts.

Girls, what do you think? What do you do when you’re with friends who are listening to music that you consider inappropriate?

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  1. VivianTopaz

    Posted by VivianTopaz on November 7, 2016 at 22:34

    I can’t stop listening to my secular music, even the stuff with inappropriate messages. I can’t help it. I listen to Rocky Horror and The Gorillaz and Avenue Q but all that music is a part of me and it’s hard to let go of. I want to, for God, but I’m really struggling.

    • princessladk

      Posted by princessladk on November 1, 2017 at 13:09

      I definitely understand your struggles. I too have had things I knew was not beneficial to my relationship with the Lord that I just didn’t think I could let go of. Those things no longer hold me bondage but it wasn’t an easy journey.

      First I would say: Pray, pray, pray. Give it to God, He understands your struggles as well. He is also powerful enough to help you overcome it. Ask for His guidance and direction and help. Also dig into His Word. That book is full of encouragement and help in overcoming. Also seek council and accountability from other strong believers you trust who also have overcome similar struggles. They’ll be able to share of their own struggles and how they overcame with Christ’s help.

      I do know this, once you fully surrender your heart to Him and give everything your holding onto to Him it will be an immediate and radical change. So pray, read, and fellowship. I will be praying for you dear sister!

  2. princessladk

    Posted by princessladk on September 26, 2016 at 11:22

    I love music, and I like pretty much any type including EDM and pop to rock. Pretty much since age sixteen I felt that the type of music you listen to, secular or Christian, doesn’t really matter as long as you don’t listen to anything with a bad message or profane language. So I’d listen to all sorts of things, but mostly songs about romance that didn’t contain sex. The way I saw it, there’s nothing wrong with an innocent seeming song about a crush. But I soon realized the more and more I listened to that type of music, the more and more I longed for a boyfriend. I went all the way to age 18 without ever having dated. The music I was listening to about an innocent relationship set my mind on the wrong things, instead of trusting God with my heart I got impatient. Then after a relationship that I almost entered into at age 17 failed I started seeking out secular music that reflected the heartbreak I felt and I realized that the music I was listening to was pulling me deeper and deeper into depression and away from God’s hope. So I decided whenever I’m feeling down to only listen to positive music, but at that point it still didn’t matter if it was Christian or not. Then I moved out after I turned 19 and life started falling apart. I lost sight of and ended up making really bad decisions. Then by God’s providence I ended up being forced to move back to my parent’s, which opened up the opportunity to attend camp in Falls Creek, Oklahoma. At Falls Creek God gripped my heart and healed all the hurt I had caused and redirected my desires. I committed my entire being to Him and desire nothing else. So now, as much as I love music, I see no point in the God-given art (that is music) to do anything with it other than give Him the glory. Everything in our lives should point to Him. So, even if it seems innocent, if it’s not glorifying God, perhaps it’s not the best idea to participate in it.

  3. Project Inspired

    Posted by Hannah Gotzman on September 15, 2016 at 14:52

    I have a big problem when it comes to music, I am a huge punk-rock fan, I try my best to not listen to songs about sex and drinking and I try to stay away from music that cusses but there are alot of songs I do like that has swearing in it and I can’t seem to stop listening to it. ALot of the punk rock songs have meaning to me too, and quite frankly a lot of christian music annoys me..Because its mostly pop. I dont know what to do. I can’t seem to stay away from it.

  4. GiGiStarflier

    Posted by GiGiStarflier on July 20, 2016 at 13:39

    I listen to plenty of Christian music, but I also listen to other artists. However, it’s rarely modern. Songs (or artists) where I draw the line have swearing, sex-filled topics, or what I describe as being plain ick. There are some romantic-type songs that I do listen to, but they are almost always by Owl City, so it’s super clean.

  5. Project Inspired

    Posted by SavannahLS on May 30, 2016 at 23:21

    I personally don’t thin it’s okay. Of course that’s just my opinion but I will explain why I feel that way. I for one used to listen to bad music constantly and now I don’t at all of course there will be a time when a tune gets stuck in my head but i do my best to bounce my thoughts to something else or another Christian song. One of the reasons why I don’t listen to circular music is because it can become addicting to where you form a habit of not singing songs that glorify God. My sister always tells me (it’s really effective when you think about it) is the same way God can enter a room with a powerful Christian song is the same way the devil can enter a room with even the most casual circular song.

    This is just my opinion but I think their are a ton of Christian songs that sound just as upbeat as circular songs

    Some personal favourites of mine

    For King And Country
    Colton Dixon
    Social club misfits
    Love and the outcome
    Moriah peters
    Kari jobe
    Toby mac
    Group one crew
    Natalie grant
    Jesus culture
    + loadssss more!!

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by SavannahLS on May 30, 2016 at 23:27

      Britt nicole
      Anthem lights
      Capital kings
      Natalie grant
      Aaron shust
      Jeremy camp
      Phil wickham
      Jordan feliz
      About a mile
      Brandon heath
      Danny Gokey

  6. MacDawn1999

    Posted by MacDawn1999 on May 6, 2016 at 11:28

    I am a really big fan of For King and Country. They are amazing!! I really only listen to christian movies. I have over 300 songs in my phone, and 98% of them are Godly <3

  7. SimplyDivine

    Posted by SimplyDivine on April 8, 2016 at 09:24

    I mostly listen to christian music and I love dubstep, EDM and rap so I listen to capital kings, 116(reach records), group 1 crew, rhema soul etc but l also listen to some other dubstep songs which aren’t christian but have good words in it and no swearing so I think I’m good tbh.

  8. MusicAddict101

    Posted by MusicAddict101 on March 15, 2016 at 05:24

    Thank you SO much for this article. As a young Christian teen girl I have struggled with this a lot but have come to realize that if the song had swearing in it or inappropriate use of words.. I shouldn’t listen to it. Here are some artists to stay AWAY from:
    Katy Perry
    Nicki Manaj
    Lady Gaga
    Justin Bieber
    Major Lazor
    Here are some awesome Christian artists I listen to:
    Britt Nicole
    Jamie Grace
    Andy Mineo
    For King & Country
    Brandon Heath
    Third Day
    Dara Mclean
    Francesca Battastellie (cant spell her last name right :))
    Jordan Feliz
    Casting Crowns
    Jeremy Camp
    Mathew West
    Chris Tomlin
    Anthem Lights

    And yes.. I DO listen to some secular music… However, the song never has swearing or Inappropriate stuff in it. They are always just fun and awesome beats!

    Here are a few songs I like:

    Titanuim- David Guetta feat. Sia
    Radioactive- Imagine Dragons
    Centuries- Fall out Boy
    Inmortals- Fall out Boy
    Gone too Soon- Simple Plan
    Smoke and Fire- Sabrina Carpenter
    Eyes Wide Open- Sabrina Carpenter
    I see Fire- Ed Sheeran

    -Music Addict 101 β™₯

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by LuciTinuviel38 on April 23, 2016 at 14:04

      I love anthem lights! Have you heard Love You Like The MOvies by them? It’s so cute

  9. Project Inspired

    Posted by GracieOfGod on July 31, 2015 at 11:50

    To you guys who are saying how bland and boring Christian music is, have you ever checked out some different styles of Christian? Christian only has to do with lyrics, everything else is free reign as far as style. If you like music that will get you on your feet, check out Israel and the New Breed, Clint Brown, Martha Munizzi, and Hezekiah Walker. That’s my jam! I also totally recommend Indiana Bible College. They have some rad stuff in all genres!!!

  10. Project Inspired

    Posted by GracieOfGod on July 31, 2015 at 11:47

    Great question, and wise answer! Here are my two cents:
    I really feel like this is a heart question, rather than just a music question. I once heard an awesome man of God say “there are worldly songs, and there are secular songs. Not all secular songs are evil. Happy Birthday is a secular song, but it’s not evil.” Songs like Happy by Pharrell and What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong are not songs about God, but they’re innocent and fun. Here’s the real question: Are we seeing how close we can get to the line, or are we turning with humble hearts toward God and asking “Lord, what can I do to be closer to You and make You happy”? It’s tough to be humble like that and give our life decisions to God. It’s especially tough with friends. I’ve found (at least with my friends) that if you ask “hey, I’m really not comfortable listening to this. Can we put in my CD instead?” They’re pretty cool about it.
    For me, when I listen to worldly music, I feel grimy inside. I want to get away and just worship, getting all cleaned up again in His presence.
    So, I’d say just seek God’s face, ask for His wisdom, and have faith that He will show you THE best answer for everybody (James 1:5-8)

  11. Lova

    Posted by Lova on July 26, 2015 at 15:17

    I can’t stand Christian music, sorry. It sounds very bland and mellow, which is something I don’t like. I listen to a lot of psychedelic/alt/indie rock like MGMT & Bastille. I try to limit my exposure to bad messages. For the most part, the bands I like don’t have many bad songs anyway.

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by LuciTinuviel38 on April 23, 2016 at 14:06

      I’m actually with you, however i do like Toby Mac and Anthem lights, you should look them up. They’re like pop but not bad.

  12. ames1796

    Posted by ames1796 on July 26, 2015 at 06:09

    Katy Perry’s “Unconditional” song I believe has a Christian message but the rest of hers do not.
    Try listening to FM Reset. I know they don’t have any songs at the moment, but there purpose is to put out songs that have thy message of hope on order to reach both the Christian and secular communities. They are a young band that could use some encouragement from Christians as to if they are on the right path πŸ™‚ they have a lot of God given talent and a desire to use it for His glory.

    • ames1796

      Posted by ames1796 on July 26, 2015 at 06:12

      Sorry, they do have songs. I forgot the “m” in many. πŸ˜› check them out on youtube. They have originals and covers with a hopeful message.

  13. giwaffe

    Posted by giwaffe on July 25, 2015 at 23:04

    Uhmmm. It’s perfectly fine to listen to secular music. I really like Nicki Minaj, Lady Gaga, and all the other artists that you would probably call “evil” or whatever. You shouldn’t build a wall around yourself. If you are mature and confident in your faith there shouldn’t be any trouble listening to music like that. I love Jesus, I love songs with curse words in them. Oh well.

  14. May All Your Bacon Burn

    Posted by May All Your Bacon Burn on July 25, 2015 at 21:54

    I think I tend to listen for a general theme: are they uplifting? Do the songs help me find positive and Godly thoughts through the message I hear, even if their intended message is less-than wholesome? Then I listen. If I begin to notice an unwholesome message, even if it’s in a wholesome song or from a Christian artist, then I don’t. If anyone questions my decision, I explain where I’m coming from and how I view the music. I know my reasons, and I try my hardest to keep others from stumbling in spite of my reasons.

  15. write4life

    Posted by write4life on July 18, 2015 at 12:00

    I listen to mostly Christian music and it rocks! I sometimes listen to Owl City, who is a Christian but doesn’t always sing Christian songs. His newest album is mostly Christian though. I suggest, for people enjoy pop, Britt Nicole, 1 Girl Nation, and OBB. For acoustic people, Ellie Holcomb, Gungor (a little electronic), and Brandon Heath. Those are just a few suggestions, if you type Christa. Followed by the genre you can get a bunch of good albums.

  16. snowsong

    Posted by snowsong on January 12, 2015 at 15:41

    I have my limits with Christian musicβ€”I go for more of the indie music type, but I’ve done my research and I’ve found indie Christian music! Not only does it sound good and fit my music taste, but doesn’t fill me with bad messages.

    The problem is, you may not think you’re relishing in all of those bad words and messages that you listen to in songs, but it still has a way of sticking with you and influencing you without you noticing. As a music enthusiast, I know that everyone likes what they like! I loooove calmer music, and rock sometimes doesn’t do it for me.

    But really, just go for what you like, but pay attention to your conscious. God will let you know what’s right and what’s wrong! β™₯

  17. feministgoddess

    Posted by feministgoddess on January 15, 2014 at 08:51

    Christian music is honestly just terrible. I can’t stand listening to it at all. Especially Christian rock. There’s really nothing wrong with secular music.

  18. Project Inspired

    Posted by ZERO on December 28, 2012 at 17:20

    i listen to mayhem

  19. Project Inspired

    Posted by ckemp on May 21, 2012 at 17:13

    Nicole, I don’t listen to Christian music, hardly at all i don’t know why i just don’t like it I LOVE praise and worship music and i listen to that but i mainly listen to country and i monitor the ones that i do listen to. i don’t listen to lady gaga or anything but i go to a private school and when i say that i don’t listen to Christian music they stare at me like I’ve committed the biggest sin ever in their minds! PLEASE ANSWER!!

  20. Project Inspired

    Posted by GraceS7 on April 11, 2012 at 15:53

    I decided 8 months ago to listen only to christian music and some time to listen to secular music that talks about faith and many of my friends asked me when I can listen to secular music and I just said them that I made a promise and I like to be different not being one of them πŸ™‚

  21. Project Inspired

    Posted by kelaiboo on February 12, 2012 at 00:41

    I love praise invasion! They do Christian versions of songs like Super Bass

  22. Project Inspired

    Posted by GodsDaughter on December 29, 2011 at 13:16

    I think i listen to a bit more country and pop, than i do christian. i don’t think God minds as long as the lyrics aren’t affecting you in a bad way.
    Taylor Swift, for example, doesn’t write christian music, but her music isn’t full of curse words and its about one of the hugest things God created, LOVE! i”m right that listening to her music isnt bad right?

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by LuciTinuviel38 on April 23, 2016 at 14:09

      another swiftie! Hi:) i completely agree and i own 47 of her songs (tho my brother bought like half lol). Especially the albums before 1989, but Bad Blood is a ton of fun to jam too every now and then

  23. Project Inspired

    Posted by Jackie on December 20, 2011 at 11:37

    idk…personally for me…i just listen to a lot of christian rap music and christian pop music…sometimes i catch myself humming secular music that is not considered “bad” but the only thing is…i dont want to get to caught up in regular music….

  24. jwlmichelle

    Posted by jwlmichelle on December 9, 2011 at 16:44

    thank you for sharing this. I’m a pk and it’s kind of hard to set an example for the rest of my youth group because of music… it’s funny how music has so much influence on our lives

  25. Project Inspired

    Posted by aliceinapark on December 2, 2011 at 16:39

    I think music you listen to doesn’t have to be necessarily labeled as “Christian/Gospel” but you should try to separate music as a good influence or bad. Of course, Christian music is very inspiring and good. I love Hillsong United, Starfield, Chris Tomlin, and many others. You might think Christian music is “boring” or “bad”, but some songs are actually very catchy and inspiring. You might even catch yourself singing or humming them! Try to stay away from mainstream music because some/most songs have cuss words/bad words. But that doesn’t mean you have to completely seclude yourself from all secular music. Just ask God for discernment to decide what songs to listen to or not. πŸ™‚

  26. Project Inspired

    Posted by lia_14 on November 25, 2011 at 17:25

    Most of my friends know a rule about me. when ur with me no cussing. most girls are like WAT???? i just explain. about music im not that strict. i listen to their music but if its like really really bad like cussing every other word i would say turn that off. Im used 2 ppl giving me dirty looks and everything because im not like them and i explain that, i am proud of being differnt!!!

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by Blondie on January 7, 2012 at 22:30

      I truelly think its great that you dont allow cussing! Being different is a GREAT thing, as long as its a good different! Keep it lia_14! May God Bless you!:)

  27. Posted by on November 25, 2011 at 08:52

    Most of my songs are chritian, but I have some other songs that aren’t chritian, but its not like they don’t glorify God. I love Swichfoot, 21pilots, Franccesca Battistelli, Hillsong United, etc. I stay away from music that’s on WNCI (a secular music station) but it seems like everytime my friends are driving me somewhere they have it on, it bugs me. I try to show them my music and they like it, but they say they cant find any other good radio stations. I hate it alot. We usually listen to 104.9 (a grown-up-y christian radio station) alot, but it gets old fast for my music sense, but I don’t like RadioU because it has screamo stuff that I hate. So I end up taking my iPod everywhere and send my friends texts listing good music, but they still have WNCI on.
    They don’t realize how much they mindlessly start singing the bad messages in those songs and I tell them alot “don’t you realize what the message is in that song?” but they’ll just say “but it’s so catchy!” many times. Satan has pretty much disguised himself into pretty or catchy songs. It pains me to see my friends listen to it.