An Advent Season Playlist

By Pastor Danielle

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We are getting closer!  Christmas is right around the corner and quite naturally we are tempted to skip the rest of this Advent season and go right for the celebration!

Everyone is fa-la-la-la’ing and we are still in the Advent land of preparation and repentance, which sounds less fun than decking the halls.  But as a devotee of the Advent season, I can say from experience that it’s worth it.

Getting our hearts and lives ready to welcome Jesus into the world brings Christmas into high-def clarity and deeply rooted joy that we cannot find anywhere else.  Advent’s work of justice, imagining, and orienting ourselves toward God prepares us to welcome Jesus into the world not merely one day, but every day.    

Growing up, my congregation was strict about singing Christmas hymns before Christmas.  Simply put, Advent is for Advent.  When the Christmas season started, we let loose, singing every Christmas hymn known to humanity!  But during the Advent season, we kept it in check, a practice for which I am thankful.   In a world that is drowning in Feliz Navidad and Jingle Bells, in a season drowning in instant gratification and lasting debt, I am thankful for the practice of a countercultural soundtrack!   

Over the years, as a spiritual practice, I’ve collected an Advent soundtrack to help me get ready and stay firmly rooted in the Advent season!  These are some of my favorites…what are yours?

Listen to the whole playlist on YouTube or explore the list below.


A Voice Crying Out In The Wilderness

Wait for the Lord – Taize (John 1:6-8, 19-28)

Advent for Weary Souls – The Liturgists (Isaiah 64:1-9)

Winter Song – Sarah Bareilles & Ingrid Michaelson (Isaiah 64:1-9) 

Justice Delivers its Death – Sufjan Stevens (Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11)

When He Returns – Bob Dylan (Mark 13:24-37)

Jesus Was An Only Son – Bruce Springsteen (Mark 1:1-8)

The Rebel Jesus – The Chieftains and Jackson Browne (Isaiah 61:1-4)

Beautiful Dawn – Wailin’ Jennys  (Luke 1:67-80) 


Preparing for The Nativity

Gabriel’s Message – Sting (Luke 1:26-38)

Mother of God – the Brilliance (Luke 1:26-38)

Canticle of the Turning – Rory Cooney (Luke 1:46b-55)

Joseph, Better You Than Me – The Killers ft. Elton John, Neil Tennant (Matthew 1:18-25)

I Will Wait – Mumford and Sons (Isaiah 40:1-11)

O Light – The Liturgists (John 1:1-5)  

O Come, O Come Emmanuel – Piano Guys