How and Why to Create an Easter Music Playlist


Last Sunday morning, while it was still dark out and our children lay sleeping, my wife and I tiptoed to the family room computer. We loaded up Matt Maher’s “Christ is Risen”, cranked up the speakers, and then blasted it throughout the house.

Our kids awoke to Maher’s Resurrection anthem, which ushered in the joyful Easter season:

For a few years this has been our Easter morning tradition. Filling our home with Easter music sets the right tone, cultivating a spirit of joy and celebration. Our great tradition verifies this:

“Music. . .is likewise given by God’s generosity to mortals having rational souls in order to lead them to higher things.”

— Saint Augustine

“Music is the exaltation of the mind derived from things eternal, bursting forth in sound.”

— St. Thomas Aquinas

For us Catholics, Easter isn’t only a one-day feast—it lasts fifty days! So how can we fill up all that whole season with good Easter music?

One option is to use a free (and legal) music-streaming service like Pandora or Spotify. Log-in to either service and create an “Easter” playlist. Both services do a good job selecting music you like and then refining your list based on the feedback you provide (i.e., based on whether you like or dislike a particular song.)

Another option is to create your own Easter playlist by downloading individuals songs. Over at the Gospel Coalition blog, Trevin Wax shares several of his favorites:

Easter Music Playlist

1. Christ Is Risen – Matt Maher

2. See, What a Morning – Keith & Kristyn Getty

3. All Things New – Andrew Peterson

4. In resurrectione tua – Taize

5. Easter Song – Keith Green

6. Redeemer – Nicole C. Mullen

7. Come, People of the Risen King – Keith & Kristyn Getty

8. Mystery (Feat. Charlie Hall) – Passion

9. Beneath the Waters (I Will Rise) – Hillsong

10. Christ The Lord Is Risen Today – Hymns Triumphant

11. I Know That My Redeemer Liveth – Steve Green

12. Jesus is Alive – Josh Wilson

13. Christ Is Risen, He Is Risen Indeed – Keith & Kristyn Getty

14. Christus Resurrexit – Taize

15. Jesus Lives – Sovereign Grace Music

16. I Will Rise – Chris Tomlin

17. The Trumpet Shall Sound – 4Him

18. For This Purpose – Graham Kendrick

19. Low In The Grave He Lay – The Hymn Makers

20. In Christ Alone (My Hope Is Found) – Adrienne Liesching & Geoff Moore

21. Alive Forever Amen – Travis Cottrell

22. Great I Am – New Life Worship

23. Jesus is Alive – Shai Linne

24. Death Has Lost Its Sting – Sojourn

25. He Rose – Deluge

26. Death in His Grave – John Mark McMillan

27. Love Crucified Arose – Michael Card

28. Glorious Day – Casting Crowns

29. High Noon – Andrew Peterson

30. He’s Alive – David Phelps

What are some of your favorite Easter songs?