The Advent Playlist


Music can act as a signal. The day after Thanksgiving, or sometimes the days before Thanksgiving, you walk into a store and hear your first round of Jingle Bells and you know it's buying season. Initial Christmas music is like the first snow. Exciting at first, but by the end of the season you feel glad you have the rest of the year to recover from it.

I first tried the idea of creating a playlist for Advent music thanks to ideas from Aslan's Library. What is Advent music? It is music that anticipates the coming of Jesus, not focuses on the celebration of Jesus coming (as in Christmas). There are beautiful songs about Jesus returning in power and about the New Jerusalem. These are perfect kinds of Advent songs that stir real longing for our hope yet fulfilled.

Our family enjoys Advent music from the last Sunday in November until December 24th when we make the big switch to Christmas music. Advent music might be my favorite playlist of the year. It does act as a signal. It feels decidedly not yet. The theme is waiting and longing and expecting and thanks to so many beautiful new versions of old hymns, it creates a lovely backdrop to a season of intentional hope-building.

And Christmas music? The first time I tried this, I stood in a church service on Christmas Eve singing Silent Night for the first time that season and cried because the anticipation led to something so wonderful. The richness of that experience made a believer out of me. We sing and listen to Christmas music in celebration of the twelve days of Christmas. It turns out twelve days is about right for me.

My playlist is not high tech because there is nothing high tech about me. I used YouTube, so it's free and available to anyone. There have been songs or versions of songs I prefer and can't find, but generally, it's worked for our family. Use this or create your own using Spotify, Apple Music or something that works for you.

Advent Playlist Ideas:

  1. O Come, O Come Emmanuel - Red Mountain Music

  2. There Is A Land Of Pure Delight - Red Mountain Music

  3. All Things New - Red Mountain Music

  4. The Sands of Time are Sinking - Indelible Grace

  5. Fernando Ortega - Come, Thou Long Expecter Jesus

  6. See, He Comes

  7. Tender Mercy (Zechariah's Song)

  8. Come Ye Sinners - Amy Grant & Fernando Ortega

  9. Comfort Comfort All My People

  10. All Who Are Thirsty - Brenton Brown

  11. Come, Oh Redeemer, Come - Fernando Ortega

  12. Jars Of Clay - Gabriel's Message

  13. "All Things New" - ELEVATION WORSHIP

  14. AMY GRANT - Christmas Hymn

  15. Come Thou Long-Expected Jesus - Red Mountain Music

  16. Savior of the Nations, Come - Hymn 2

  17. Pass Me Not, O Gentle Savior - Red Mountain Church

  18. Welcome to Our World | Chris Rice (A Christmas Song)

  19. Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence - Red Mountain Music

  20. Of the Father's Love Begotten

  21. Creator of The Stars of Night - High Street Hymns

  22. Breath of Heaven - Amy Grant / Lyrics (Mary's Song)

  23. Third Day - Your Love Oh Lord - Christmas Offerings

  24. Fernando Ortega: Jesus, King of Angels

  25. Come Down O Love Divine Fernando Ortega

  26. Savior of the Nations, Come - Hymn 2

  27. Andrew Peterson: "Deliver Us" (Behold The Lamb of God)

  28. Red Mountain Music - Come All Ye Pining - 12 - All Things New (2010)

  29. O Savior throw the heavens wide ..... Johannes Brahms

  30. Peace on earth - chris rice

  31. Immanuel - Michael Card

  32. "EVERLASTING GOD (we set our hope)"

  33. Love divine all loves excelling

  34. Fernando Ortega - A Place On The Earth

  35. Emmanuel/Little Town/Christmas Hymn - Amy Grant w/lyrics

  36. Winter Song by Fernando Ortego

  37. Fernando Ortega - Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence

  38. Fernando Ortega - City Of Sorrows

  39. Carol of the Birds - Fernando Ortega

  40. Love Came Down at Christmas - High Street Hymns

  41. Agnus Dei by Michael W. Smith with lyrics

  42. On Jordan's Stormy Banks - Jars of Clay (feat. The Blind Boys of Alabama)

  43. Andrew Peterson- Gather 'Round, Ye Children, Come

  44. Andrew Peterson: "Matthew's Begats"(Behold The Lamb of God)

  45. Prepare The Way - Charlie Hall

  46. Fernando Ortega - Give me Jesus

  47. This is the Christ - Sandra McCracken Christmas Hymn

  48. New Jerusalem (Live) - Matt Gilman

  49. Shane & Shane - In a Little While

  50. Alison Krauss - Be Thou My Vision [Live]

  51. Magnificat (with Wexford Carol) - Keith & Kristyn Getty

  52. Bebo Norman - The Broken (Acoustic)

  53. All Saints ("O if the Lord would come and meet")

  54. Hark! A Thrilling Voice Is Sounding - Chicago Metro Presbytery Music

  55. Fernando Ortega - Open My Lips

  56. George Frederic Handel - 'Behold the Lamb of God' from "The Messiah"

  57. Andrew Peterson: "Behold the Lamb of God" (Behold The Lamb of God

  58. King of Heaven - Paul Baloche

  59. Concordia - Wake, Awake For Night Is Flying

  60. The Sands of Time Are Sinking [Katy Bowser]

  61. O come, O come, Emmanuel - (Piano/Cello) - The Piano Guys

  62. Ruby's Advent Song

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