The best atheist songs, part 2: Iron & Wine, Vampire Weekend, The Antlers

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Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig performing at the 2008 Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago.

Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig performing at the 2008 Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago. Photo by Darerick, via Wikimedia Commons.

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Did you know that Iron & Wine's Samuel Beam is an agnostic, or that all three members of Nada Surf are atheists? Here's part two of our list of the best atheist songs, including tracks by The Antlers, Spiritualized, and Vampire Weekend.

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  • Ron Crowe

    Steve Martin’s song ” Atheists Don’t Have No Songs,” was intended to be foolish nonsense, not a statement of universal truth. Atheists are individuals with a great range of musical and other tastes among them. The songs they may choose to like are as unlimited as the songs religious believers may choose to like. Any list attempting to specify “the best songs for atheists” simply reflects the author’s peculiar musical tastes and will have little relevance to the millions of atheists of varying tastes the world over.

    P. S. I am an atheist and even like some songs despite the word “god” in them. Although when singing with a group, I enjoy reversing the word and singing “dog.” instead. Such as “Dog Bless America.”

  • Jared

    “Are there any unbelievers out there tonight? (crowd cheers). Listen close I’ve got some bad news for you.”

    – Ezra Koenig

    To die an unbeliever means to be born a believer. Listen close.

  • John

    @Jared. Nice pull on these writers. That album is described by Koenig as “not an atheist anthem at all” multiple times. And the “If you are an unbeliever than you are born a believer ” almost hints towards that the fact that there are atheist prove the fact that there is a God (Yes I said big G @RonCrowe). If there wasn’t a God then there would not be such a thing as an atheist. It’s really funny actually. People call themselves atheist more or less because he or she has something against Him (Oh yes I did use a capital H). A person believes that some issue in their life happened because God hates them. That isn’t true. Plus, I like Vampire Weekend as a I am a Christian. I like the fact that they question faith and what life actually is. If we as a society never question our own faith, then how can we have any faith at all? To have faith is to constantly be reaffirmed in it.