God and country music: Despite all the drinking and cheating, genre comfortable with religious themes

God is tough to find in popular music these days.

Religion writer Joe Carter went looking recently and found that among the five dozen songs that topped Billboard's pop charts in 2010, there was nothing centered on God and family.

"While there are a few 'daddies,' they aren't referring to fathers," writes Carter in a February 2011 article on FirstThings.com."

He found similar results on the R&B/hip-hop chart, though the final song on the top 60 was called "God in Me," by the gospel group Mary Mary.

It was more of the same on the adult contemporary charts. Of the top 60 songs in 2010, not one verse included a reference to mother, father, child or marriage, much less a line about Christian deity.

"If you judge contemporary music by this genre, you might soundly conclude that contemporary adult life has no place for such trivialities," Carter writes with obvious sarcasm.

There is one chart, however, where such themes are prevalent. Carter notes that among the top 60 country songs, 23 include at least one theme of family, faith and God.

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