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10 Easter Songs That Definitely Aren't Easter Songs
Hop to this playlist.
While Easter Sunday is full of church-friendly hymns, Billboard understands that sometimes you want to listen to something less biblical. But that doesn't mean you can't still be festive.
That's why we've compiled a playlist of songs you can play this Easter that you won't hear during your church service. Here's our roundup of our 10 favorite non-Easter Easter songs.
"Rabbit Run" - Eminem
"I'mma make you hate me, 'cause you ain't me," Eminem spits on this 2002 track, featured on the soundtrack for 8 Mile. It's aggressive, it's gnarly, and it depicts Mr. Mathers' struggles in life -- it's quintessentially Eminem.
"Rabbit Hole" - blink-182
Any day is a good day to appreciate Travis Barker's drumming, and Easter Sunday is no exception. This turbulent track comes from the pop-punkers' most recent album, California, which was also their first album to feature Matt Skiba as a lead vocalist in place of Tom DeLonge. If you're feeling a little angsty despite all the Jesus talk, here's your song.
"Eggshells" - Wild Child
This waltzy tune comes from Austin, Texas, indie-rock ensemble Wild Child, whose fourth studio album Expectations was released earlier this year. It's easy listening for all ages.
"Egg Man" - Beastie Boys
The Beastie Boys might be the only hip-hop artist who can pull off references to nursery rhymes -- specifically "Humpty Dumpty" -- and it somehow fits their character. Although a bit wacky, this song is perhaps one of the most fitting non-religious Easter songs to exist.
"Mad as Rabbits" - Panic! at the Disco
Remember 10 years ago when Panic! at the Disco temporarily dropped the exclamation point from their name, and it wasn't just Brendon Urie in the band? Their 2008 album Pretty. Odd. presented a Beatles-inspired turn for the then-foursome, and this quirky, mixed-meter track could soundtrack an Easter dinner to reminisce on the simpler times.
"Chocolate" - The 1975
Back in these British new-wavers' black-and-white days, this song stole the hearts of teenage girls worldwide. Surely, the lyrics have absolutely nothing to do with any holiday whatsoever, but they reference chocolate multiple times. Isn't that something we can all look forward to on Easter Sunday?
"Rabbit Will Run" - Iron & Wine
Considering the earthy, acoustic sound Sam Beam uses in his solo project Iron & Wine, it shouldn't be much of a surprise that he has a song referencing rabbits. "Rabbit Will Run" comes from his 2011 album Kiss Each Other Clean.
"Bunny Ranch" - Kid Ink
OK, so this is definitely the most R-rated track on this playlist. This bass-bumping ditty comes from Los Angeles rapper Kid Ink's 2015 album Summer in the Winter. The song's title doesn't refer to a giant petting zoo, but instead, a licensed brothel in Nevada where Lamar Odom was once found unconscious. Not exactly family-friendly, but if your celebrations on Sunday are kid-free, have at it.
"Rabbit Heart" - Florence + The Machine
Florence Welch gets characteristically soulful in this harp-dazzled song from her band's 2009 debut, Lungs. The kitschy, outdoorsy music video even depicts what could be perceived as a formal family gathering gone awry.
"The Transfiguration" - Sufjan Stevens
Sufjan Stevens isn't a new name in music, but his contributions to the Call Me by Your Name soundtrack recently earned him a plethora of well-deserved publicity. Although Stevens isn't technically a Christian artist, this track is comprised of religious storytelling. However, the pleasant acoustic plucking and Stevens' classically relaxing voice makes this track worthy of being repeated year-round.