5 Prayer Songs from the Non-Religious Point of View
Livin’ On a Prayer – Bon Jovi (1986)
Included as the 2nd single in Bon Jovi’s “Slippery When Wet” album, this song was well accepted worldwide and became the band’s 2nd no. 1 Hot 100 pop hit. The lyric of the song tells about a fictional working class couple, Tommy and Gina. Tony used to work on the “docks” and was out of work due to union strike while Gina was employed on a diner. This song was first though as anti-labor while Bon Jovi admitted having inspired writing about it during the Reagan administration reminiscent of its economic situation.
Like A Prayer – Madonna (1989)
Released as the 4th studio album of American singer-songwriter Madonna, it gained quadruple platinum in 1997 making it her 7th best-selling album in the US. The album was ranked no. 237 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of “the 500 greatest albums of all time”.
Prayer for the Dying – Seal (1994)
Released as a single in May 1994, this song by Seal was included in his 2nd studio album titled “Seal”. It landed on no. 14 in the UK Singles Chart. Seal Henry Olusegun Olumide Adeola Samuel in real life is a singer–songwriter of Nigerian and Brazilian background whose parents were financially incapacitated to support him as a child leading to his adoption. His success from his short stint in singing at clubs and bars is phenomenal. He is happily married to international German model Heidi Klum who filed a petition to adopt his family name after their 5 years of marriage in October 2009.
The Prayer – Celine Dione and Andrea Bocelli (1998)
A duet between Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli, this song was the 2nd single from the former’s Christmas album “These Are Special Times” which sold 12 million copies worldwide and the latter’s “Sogno” album which attained over 10 million sales worldwide. The Prayer won the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song for its use as theme in “Quest for Camelot” movie in 1999.
I Say A Little Prayer for You (1997)
Released as a single by Dione Warwick in 1967, it peaked to no. 8 and was covered by various artists since then. Revived as the theme song in Julia Roberts’s 1997 movie “My Best Friend’s Wedding” performed by Jamaican singer-songwriter Diana King, it again rose to the charts after 38 years and coincidentally peaked to no. 38 in France. The twist was the slight changes in the lyrics as Jamaicans uses “me” for “I” thus Diana King’s version may actually hear “me say a little prayer for you, from the moment me wake up, to the moment me put on my make up”... so it goes. Me hope you got cheered up with this collection.