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Have you heard? Religion is cool again, says Aidan Coughlan. Yup, it's true – a quick glance at this week's event guide reveals the canonised St Vincent, the consecrated Eric Church and the all-round holy experience that is Tedfest are all taking place across the country. So there's no fighting it really. See you at Mass on Sunday, along with all the other cool kids – and in the meantime you can chew on this playlist of churchtastic tuneage.

1. HOZIER > TAKE ME TO CHURCH

Well, we couldn't leave this one out, could we? The finest Irish song of 2013, no matter what anyone else says.

2. LEONARD COHEN > HALLELUJAH

Of course, Jeff Buckley's version is superior – but the choral backing in this original means that it is more suited to this list. See also: Sisters of Mercy.

3. ERIC CHURCH > DRINK IN MY HAND

Really, has there ever been a song title that's more country than this one? Well, perhaps Mojo Nixon's Are You Drinkin' With Me Jesus? could give it a run for its money...

4. KANYE WEST > I AM A GOD

One of the standout tunes from Yeezus, this is Kanye at his 'confident' best. We love how he co-credited the song to God. See also: Jesus Walks.

5. REM > LOSING MY RELIGION

This spiritually troubled tune stands head and shoulders above the rest of REM's back catalogue.

6. ST VINCENT > CRUEL

The saintly songstress plays the Olympia tomorrow, and this winding, melodic maze is her finest moment.

7. THE DIVINE COMEDY > SONGS OF LOVE

The theme tune to Father Ted. What more can we say?

8. THE BEACH BOYS > GOD ONLY KNOWS

Okay, so that's the second week in a row we've included this song. But it is absolutely heavenly, and smashed through the taboo of using 'God' in a song title when it was released in 1966.

9. MARY MARY > SHACKLES (PRAISE YOU)

Named after the two Marys – Jesus' ma and Mary Magdalene – this is a) an absolutely killer pop tune, and b) a delightful trip down memory lane.

10. FATBOY SLIM > PRAISE YOU

Speaking of nostalgia, you just couldn't have one Praise You and not the other. A divine piece of work from Mr Cook.

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