Satan in music  

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This page Satan in music is part of the devil in popular culture series. Illustration: detail from Michael Pacher's panel painting The Devil Presenting St Augustine With The Book Of Vices

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
When asked if he was "still playing the Devil's music" Jerry Lee Lewis stated "Yes, I am. But you know it's strange, the same music that they kicked me out of school for is the same kind of music they play in their churches today. The difference is, I know I am playing for the devil and they don't."


  • The musical interval of an Augmented 4th is sometimes known as tritone and "The Devil In Music" (lat. Diabolus in musica), a name given to it circa. 1400, given its unusual sound. Composers were encouraged to stay away from the interval, and whilst it is sometimes found in non-religious music of the time, it was never used in religious music until the existing system of keys came into use.
  • Satan was notably portrayed as "a man of wealth and taste" in the song "Sympathy for the Devil" by The Rolling Stones.
  • "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" by the Charlie Daniels Band was the first song to feature a battle between the Devil and a musician. The theme of battling the Devil has been revisited several times in other songs; with the victor varying in each song.
  • Jazz was often called as "The Devil's music", by the genre's critics in the 1920's.
  • Black Metal is a subgenre of heavy metal that is commonly associated with Satan, due to it's usual anti-christian lyrics and use of "satanic" symbols such as the Pentagram or the Inverted Cross.

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