Dear God - XTC (1986)
Added to the tracklisting of their 1986 album Skylarking after it was released in stores in the UK because of the single's success in the states, "Dear God" has proven to be quite the milestone for this quirky little "so better than all the others" New Wave band. Although their late period trilogy of classics (Oranges & Lemons, Nonsuch and Apple Venus Volume I) will always be my favorites, today's song is the most brash, brilliant, questioning and controversial song to ever rock America's puritanical airwaves. The fact that such religious doubt is spoken in the body of a 3 minute pop song is staggering.
And it's produced by Todd Rundgren.
And it really hits hard.
It's a better argument than Richard Dawkins has had in his entire career.
See, pop music can cause philosophical discussions as well as fill our ears with candy!
Sarah McLachlan, I didn't know you had it in you!