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Religious Affiliation of the
Greatest Artists and Artistic Creators of the 20th Century
creators of the works of art listed in
The 20th Century's Greatest Hits: A Top 40 List, by Paul Williams,
whose book is subtitled "What works of art should be remembered and why?"


Related pages:
- Religious Affiliation of World's Greatest Artists
- Top 100 Rock & Roll Artists
The table below is from the book The 20th Century's Greatest Hits: A Top 40 List, by Paul Williams, published by Forge (2000). The titles of the works of art, the credited creators, and the date for each are from the book. The column noting religious affiliation has been added by our website.

Rank Title of Work of Art type Creator Date Religious Affiliation of Creator
1"Things We Said Today"songThe Beatlesrecorded 2 June 1964Anglican/Catholic (John Lennon); Catholic (Paul McCartney); Catholic/Hindu (George Harrison); Transcendental Meditation, etc.
2"Sister Ray"songThe Velvet Undergroundrecorded September 1967Jewish (Lou Read)
3Girl Before a MirrorpaintingPablo Picassopainted 14 March 1932Catholic
4The I Ching or Book of Changestranslation of ancient textRichard Wilhelm (translator)completed Summer 1923Confucian (author); translator ?
5UlyssesnovelJames Joycepublished 2 February 1922Catholic (lapsed)
6"God Bless the Child" and "I Cover the Waterfront"songsBillie Holidayrecorded May 9 and August 7, 1941 
7The Universal Declaration of Human RightstextEleanor Roosevelt (chairwoman) and Drafting Committee of the United Nations Commission on Human Rightsadopted 10 December 1948Episcopalian
8Winnie-the-Poohchildren's bookA. A. Milnepublished 1926 
9Martian Time-SlipnovelPhilip K. Dickpublished 1964Episcopalian
10"Howl"poemAllen Ginsbergwritten August-October 1955Jewish; Buddhist
11Pet SoundsalbumThe Beach Boysrecorded January-April 1966 
12Old Path White Clouds: Walking in the footsteps of the BuddhabookThich Nhat Hanhpublished 1991Buddhist
13DancepaintingHenri Matissepainted winter 1909-spring 1910Catholic
142001: A Space OdysseymovieStanley Kubrickreleased April 1968Jewish
157 April 1966 concert performance of Umm Kulthumconcert performanceUmm Kulthum7 April 1966Muslim
16"The Bear" and "Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech" (10 December 1950)story; speechWilliam Faulknerpublished May 1942Presbyterian
17Renaldo & ClaramovieBob Dylanreleased January 1978Jewish; temporarily "born-agan Christian"
18Gravity's RainbownovelThomas Pynchonpublished 1973Catholic; agnostic
1916 September 1995 concert performance of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khanconcert performanceNusrat Fateh Ali Khan16 September 1995Sufi Muslim
20The Anatomy of DependencebookTakeo Doi, M.D. (or Doi Takeo)published 1971Japanese Christian
21On the Roadautobiographical novelJack Kerouac1957Catholic; Buddhist
22For a Few Dollars MoremovieSergio Leonefilmed Summer 1965 
23"Mr. Costelo, Hero" and "And Now the News . . ."short storiesTheodore Sturgeonwritten mid-1953 and early 1956Christianity
24HorsesalbumPatti Smithrecorded August-September 1975Buddhist
25Two-Lane BlacktopmovieMonte Hellmanfilmed August-September 1970 
26concert performance of The Grateful Deadconcert performanceThe Grateful DeadJan. 26, Feb. 19, and Feb. 27, 1969Episcopalian/Catholic/Urantian (Jerry Garcia); Jewish (Mickey Hart)
27Krazy Kat Sunday Pagecomic stripGeorge Herrimanpublished 13 June 1920 
28"Smokestack Lightning"songHowlin' Wolfrecorded January 1956 
29God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater, or Pearls Before SwinenovelKurt Vonnegut, Jr.published April 1965Humanist
30Impressions, side onealbumJohn Coltranerecorded 3 November 1961 and 18 September 1962Islam
31Stranger in a Strange LandnovelRobert A. Heinleinpublished 1961raised Baptist; atheist
32"The Lottery in Babylon" and "The Wall and the Books"story; essayJorge Luis Borgespublished 1941 and 1950Catholic; Quaker; agnostic
33The Little Princechildren's bookAntoine de Saint-Exuperywritten 1942 
34GandhimovieRichard Attenborough (director) and Ben Kingsley (star)released December 1982Jewish Hindu Quaker (Kingsley)
35The Rolling Stones, Now!albumThe Rolling Stonesreleased February 1965Catholic (Mick Jagger); Charlie Watts (Jewish)
36DunenovelFrank Herbertpublished 1965Catholic; Zen Buddhism
37"Oh Happy Day"songby Edwin Hawkins Singers featuring Dorothy Combs Morrison (formerly the Northern California State Youth Choir)released May 1969 
38Kundun (biopic about Dali Lama of Tibetan Buddhism)movieMartin Scorsesereleased 25 December 1997Catholic (lapsed former seminarian)
39A Private Correspondenceletter collectionLawrence Durrell and Henry Millerpublished 1963 
40"Lost Highway"songHank Williamsrecorded 1 March 1949Baptist

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