Consider This the Ultimate Easter Sunday Playlist (2022)

Easter is a time of celebration! And when you're aiming to set the perfect post-Lent mood, music is the fastest way to do it. If you're looking to craft a worshipful, praise-filled playlist, look no further than these best Easter songs. Some of these are soaring ballads, some are get-up-and-dance anthems, some are soul-filled gospel bangers, some are new chart-toppers and others are old favorites but they all have one aim in mind: Praising Jesus and celebrating the Resurrection. (Though there are a few on the list that aren't explicitly about the Easter season, but still feel like they fit that mood.)

Throw them on as you decorate eggs, fill baskets with Easter gifts, do Easter crafts, watch Easter movies, run an Easter egg hunt or brainstorm a creative dinner menu, and you're guaranteed to feel your spirits lifted. These aren't your "Easter Parade" or "Peter Cottontail" variety of Easter songs — if you're in need of a children's party soundtrack, check out our list of Easter songs for kids.

Did we miss any of your favorite holy Easter songs? Let us know which ones top your playlist in the comments!

"You Say" by Lauren Daigle

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This emotional ballad is also a favorite one: It spent a record-breaking 129 weeks at the top spot on Billboard's Hot Christian Songs chart.


"Good God Almighty" by Crowder

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For something with more of an anthemic feel, the big beat in this song is sure to create a rousing feeling.


"My Jesus" by Anne Wilson

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"He makes a way where there ain't no way," Wilson sings in this country ballad. "Rises up from an empty grave — ain't no sinner that He can't save." If that isn't perfect for Easter, nothing is.


"Still I Rise" by Yolanda Adams

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The theme of resurrection is the most important one for Easter and this song, with lyrics inspired by Maya Angelou's poem, resonates perfectly.


"Thief" by Third Day

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Though any song by the band Third Day would work on a playlist, since the band is an Easter reference, this song is told from the point of view of one of the thieves that was crucified alongside Jesus.


"Evidence" by Josh Baldwin

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This song explores the classic theme of finding strength through faith, and the Easter message is really brought home when Josh Baldwin sings, "See the cross, the empty grave, the evidence is endless, all my sin washed away."


Jesus Christ Superstar Soundtrack

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Since the musical Jesus Christ Superstar takes place over the last week of Jesus's life, the whole soundtrack is focused around Easter, and includes songs like "Crucifixion," "The Last Supper" and the famous Mary Magdalene ballad "I Don't Know How to Love Him." You can go with the newer John Legend edition, or the original version, which topped the year-end Billboard chart when it came out in 1971.


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An updated version of the 2001 hit single, this heartfelt song praises Jesus and wonders what it will be like to be surrounded by his glory someday, making it a perfect Easter worship song.


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"Say Yes" By Michelle Williams

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Michelle Williams has a lot of help on this gospel song: Both of her Destiny's Child bandmates, Beyoncé Knowles and Kelly Rowland, are featured on the track. They all come together to say, "When Jesus says yes, nobody can say no."


"He's Alive" by Dolly Parton

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This Easter song about the crucifixion and resurrection became an instant classic when Dolly performed it at the 1989 CMA Awards alongside Nashville's Christ Church Choir.


"Easter" by Patti Smith

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This song comes from a whole Patti Smith album titled Easter, so you can throw the whole thing on and hit play. In the song titled "Easter," though, she imagines an Easter Sunday as viewed through the eyes of the poet Rimbaud.


"Love Broke Thru" by TobyMac

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TobyMac's energetic pop lyrics make it easy to forget that it's a Christian song sharing an important message about salvation.


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"How Great Thou Art" by Johnny Cash

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With evergreen lyrics like "I in awesome wonder consider all the worlds Your hands have made," you can listen to this any time your heart needs a jolt.


"My Redeemer Lives" by Nicole C. Mullen

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Nicole's voice, coupled with stunning lyrics, ("Who taught the sun where to stand in the morning? And who told the ocean you can only come this far?") make it an uplifting ballad to belt in the car.


"Glorious Day" by Passion featuring Kristian Stanfill

Worship pastor Kristian takes the lead on this upbeat anthem that will having you singing along, "You called my name and I ran out of that grave!"


"How Can It Be?" By Lauren Daigle

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Part of a 2015 Grammy nominated album, this particular song is one many can relate to. Lauren's lyrics and powerful voice deliver an important message about belief.


"This Is Amazing Grace" by Phil Wickham

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What a better way to honor the Lord than singing an inspiring song about His sacrifices? Phil's rendition is nothing short of amazing.


"He Is Risen" by The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square

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The world-famous choir brings this graceful song to life and helps us truly celebrate the spirit of Easter.


"Death Was Arrested" by North Point InsideOut featuring Seth Condrey

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It's hard not to sing along to this gospel message that gives everyone the chance to know and love Jesus.


"Forever" by Kari Jobe

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The Easter story is powerfully told through Kari's song, which grows to a beautifully intense crescendo as she sings about the resurrection.


"Nailed To The Cross" by Rend Collective

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This folky melody reminds us all that Jesus died for our sins and he continues to walk beside us.


"Easter Song" by Keith Green

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Green's vocals and the piano in the background go well together to create this simply stunning song.


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This rock ballad is perfect for worship on Easter Sunday, with lyrics like, "My sin was great, Your love was greater. What could separate us now?"


"All My Hope" by Crowder featuring Tauren Wells

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This bluesy song will automatically have you feeling grateful for every new day that provides a fresh start.


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"Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone)" by Chris Tomlin

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This classic has a place at any and every Christian holiday. Chris Tomlin's version is beautiful, uplifting and perfect for Easter time.


"O Praise the Name" by Hillsong Worship

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This live cut of Hillsong Worship's Christian anthem gives you an immediate, in-the-moment feel like only live music can.


"When I Get Where I'm Going" by Brad Paisley featuring Dolly Parton

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This sweet song talks about what comes after life, and paints a beautiful portrait of heaven. It leaves us breathless when Parton and Paisley sing: "And I see my Maker's face. I'll stand forever in the light. Of His amazing grace."


"Because He Lives (Amen)" by Matt Maher

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At its core, Easter is truly about Jesus's sacrifice, and this song beautifully expresses that immense gratitude.


"How a Resurrection Really Feels" by The Hold Steady

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The resurrection here is more metaphorical than Biblical, but if you're looking for an indie-rock anthem that touches on tangentially on Easter themes, this is the track for you.


"I Saw God Today" by George Strait

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Easter Sunday reminds us that it's important to recognize the miracles around us, even when they seem ordinary. George's lyrics bring this message home, "A flower growing in the middle of the sidewalk pushing up through the concrete."

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How do you find out what song would save you from Vecna? ›

What song would save you from Vecna's death grip? Thanks to Spotify, you don't need to answer that question yourself. Spotify has created an Upside Down playlist for everyone to check out their No. 1 "savior song." Whatever song is at the top of your playlist is your "savior song."

Why does your Favourite song save you from Vecna? ›

Max's favorite song is “Running Up That Hill.” She's said it multiple times and it saved her life when Vecna was trying to take it. The only reason it didn't work twice is because Jason the varsity psychopath crushed Max's walkman while he was fighting Lucas in the season 4 finale.

What song does Spotify think will save me from Vecna? ›

The song which plays during the sequence is Kate Bush's “Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God),” and it's been rejuvenated as a modern-day hit. As a result, Spotify used the song to launch their own Upside Down Playlist featuring songs from Stranger Things alongside listeners' favorite tracks.

How do I get my Vecna playlist on Spotify? ›

"Head to your Upside Down Playlist on @Spotify (opens in new tab) to find out. The first song on the list = your savior song." To get your own, simply click on the link in the below tweet or search for "Upside Down Playlist" on Spotify.

How do we know Vecna is 001? ›

When he kills all the other kids and tries to recruit Eleven to his evil mission, she fights back and sends him into the Upside Down. While there, his skin is torn off and he becomes part of the sinister agenda of the Mind-Flayer. So, Vecna is actually 'Experiment 001' from the Hawkins Lab, case closed.

Does music help you escape Vecna? ›

By playing Max's favourite song, 'Running Up That Hill (A Deal with God)' by Kate Bush, they are able to help Max escape the Upside Down, something previous victims Chrissy, Fred, Patrick, and his own mother, failed to do.

Does music affect Vecna? ›

After learning how Victor Creel was able to evade death back in 1959, Robin and Nancy deduce that playing the victim's favorite song can help them escape the trance that Vecna places them in, with music and happy memories being the only way to keep Vecna's fatal curse at bay.

How did Max survive Vecna? ›

While Max did briefly die, Eleven used her powers to somehow resurrect Max—but with a catch. The resurrected Max remains in a coma; one that El seemingly cannot wake her from.

Why was Vecna obsessed with spiders? ›

He found solace in his discovery of a spider's nest in a vent in his new home, feeling a connection to the creatures that he didn't feel toward humans — not even his own family members, who wound up being his first victims as he tested the strength of his telekinetic abilities.

Why did music work against Vecna? ›

The belief that music would be able to save Max was based upon an astute connection made by Robin Buckley (Maya Hawke) and Nancy Wheeler (Natalia Dyer) after one of Vecna's first victims, Victor Creel (Robert Englund), appeared to be saved by hearing “Dream A Little Dream Of Me” by Ella Fitzgerald.

What is Vecna favorite song? ›

The weird and wonderful classic "I Am the Walrus" by The Beatles is theorized to be Vecna's favorite song by Rossingol.

What is the Vecna curse song? ›

Vecna notably targets Max (Sadie Sink), and the Hawkins gang discovers that the only way for her to avoid being killed by his curse is to play Max her favorite song, which happens to be "Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)" by Kate Bush.

How do I find missing playlists on Spotify? ›

Recover deleted playlists

Log in to your account page. Click Recover playlists in the menu on the left. Click RESTORE by the playlist you want to recover. Open Spotify and find the restored playlist at the bottom of your playlist collection.

Can Spotify tell me my Vecna song? ›

Want to know what song would save you from Vecna? Well, thanks to Spotify – now you can. The streaming app has partnered with Stranger Things to release the Upside Down playlist, which uses your Spotify history to formulate a list of 50 songs that would help you break free from Vecna's trance.

Did 001 create the upside down? ›

Eleven may not have created the Upside Down, but she did direct its fire. Stranger Things 4 left fans with some enormous revelations. The monstrous Vecna (Jamie Campbell Bower) is eventually revealed to be One, a person with the same potential for untold supernatural abilities as Eleven.

Was 001 born with powers? ›

Henry Creel/Number 1's Powers Explained

Dr. Brenner's children were granted powers by treating their mothers with psychedelic drugs during pregnancy. Henry Creel appears to be different, however; there's no evidence his mother ever experimented with LSD. Rather, his powers seem to be natural, developing around puberty.

Is the Mind Flayer 001? ›

The Mind Flayer could be 001 and have been trapped in the Upside Down for several years or created the entire dimension itself. Most fans consider the other “numbers”, or the other lab experiments from Hawkins National Lab to be deceased. Brenner even hinted at this himself.

Why does Vecna chime 4 times? ›

What Does the Grandfather Clock in "Stranger Things" Mean? The new season shows that the four chimes of the grandfather clock symbolize the four victims Vecna needs to claim in order to enter the Right Side Up and take over humanity.

Why is 4 so important to Vecna? ›

She further adds that it felt like she wasn't seeing the upside-down world but their own town. As the gates spread in Hawkins, both the worlds seem to be merging and finally becoming one. In simple words, Vecna needs a total of four gates to take over Hawkins and rule it.

Does Max survive Vecna? ›

The fan-favorite character ended the season in a coma with her bones broken and eyes blinded at the hands of Vecna. Max technically died for one whole minute before Eleven revived her friend, but Eleven's powers weren't enough to bring Max fully back to life.

Is Vecna a PTSD? ›

Film critics contextualize Stranger Things Season 4's Vecna's torment within the series' and liken the impact of his torture to the symptoms of PTSD. The characters he targets have experiences of trauma, suffering, and grief.

Did the upside down exist before Vecna? ›

Brown is likely right in saying that no one created the Upside Down and that the parallel dimension has always existed.

Is Vecna a real D and D? ›

Vecna (/ˈvɛk. nɑː/ VEK-nah) is a fictional character appearing in the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game. Vecna has been named one of the greatest villains in Dungeons & Dragons.

Will Max be blind forever? ›

With that said, if Max were to make a full recovery, would she be blind? Well, based on the injuries she sustained, it's likely Max will be blind going forward. Additionally, the Duffer Brothers actually confirmed during a recent episode of the Happy Sad Confused podcast that Max is blind and brain dead.

Why did Vecna need 4 kills? ›

Ultimately, it is revealed in Stranger Things season 4's finale that the reason why Vecna was killing Hawkins teenagers was to create a massive gate that merges the Right Side Up with the Upside Down - and he specifically needed four bodies to do so.

Is Max in Vecna's mind? ›

The reason that Eleven couldn't find Max is actually pretty simple -- Max had already died. That means her soul had already been absorbed into Vecna's consciousness. So, while Eleven restarted Max's heart and brought her body back to life, she was trapped inside of Vecna's hive mind.

Did the Mind Flayer exist before Vecna? ›

How is Vecna and the Mind Flayer connected? Vecna revealed in season four, he was the one who created the Mind Flayer after Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) banished him to the Upside Down. All this time, the Mind Flayer was Vecna, who was using the entity to carry out his orders and speaking through the creature.

Is Eleven stronger than Vecna? ›

Despite being able to escape his hold, Eleven couldn't kill Vecna in Stranger Things' season 4 finale. Eleven spent the majority of Stranger Things season 4 at the Nina Project, where she not only brought back her powers but became even stronger than before.

Is Vecna the scariest villain? ›

Vecna is easily the scariest villain in Stranger Things. Season 4 of Stranger Things is markedly distinct from its predecessors. Not only is it significantly darker than earlier episodes, but the latest season also unmasks the true face of the evil lurking behind the shadows.

What does Vecna symbolize? ›

The latest series of Stranger Things is another brilliant blend of horror, sci-fi fantasy and drama. But new villain Vecna is a reflection of something very real: post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and grief.

Why is Vecna so powerful? ›

He was the original subject in Project MKUltra, and using his DNA, Dr. Brenner was able to make or alter the other children so that they would also have powers. Because of that, Vecna was inherently more powerful because he had his powers longer and knew the ins and outs of his abilities.

Does Vecna have any weaknesses? ›

His main weakness is not any particular set of traits, but a constraint imposed by his location: the Chaotic Quest entrance is a portal rather than a staircase, and Vecna is covetous. Vecna will therefore readily warp to you, but will not teleport away to heal.

Who is #1 Vecna? ›

The final scene of Volume 1 shows a shot of Vecna, and a close up of the 001 tattoo on his arm, confirming that Henry Creel, a.k.a. Number One, became Vecna.

What is Vecna full name? ›

The orderly, aka Vecna, aka Henry Creel, is played by English actor Jamie Campbell Bower, who I'm thinking is going to be getting a lot of calls to play villains after this. Campbell Bower already has a pretty well-established career.

Who is Vecna in real life? ›

For his role as the monstrous Vecna, Campbell Bower spent eight hours a day in makeup, ending with a 15-minute session dedicated to coating him in lubricant to make him “glossy.” He also described creating a “mood board” to help get into terrifying mode, adding pictures of characters he would be interacting with.

Is Eleven Vecna's daughter? ›

We know Eleven was born in 1971, which means her mom got pregnant with her during the tests, sometime in 1970. A 1959 flashback in the mid-season 4 finale reveals a 12-year-old One (Jamie Campbell Bower). That puts One, a.k.a. Vecna, as 24 when Eleven was born.

Is Vecna a serial killer? ›

In a move fitting for one of TV's greatest serial killers, Vecna, aka One, aka Henry Creel started with his mom. As a child, Vecna killed two people: his mother and his sister. His next massacre as One was far deadlier.

Is Stranger Things Vecna actually Vecna? ›

In a fit of rage, Henry used his restored powers to brutally murder the other test subjects, and attempted to do the same to Eleven. However, Eleven stood her ground and ultimately overpowered him, sending him through a gate to the Upside Down; there, he gradually transformed into the being known as Vecna.

Why can't I see all the songs on my playlist Spotify? ›

Try to logout and login again to Spotify. Try to clear your app cache in settings of Spotify. Finally uninstall Spotify app and install it back.

Why can't I find some songs on Spotify? ›

Why do some songs disappear or aren't available on Spotify even though its album is available? The reason is that Spotify no longer has the license to a specific song. This can happen because the artist or record label yanks the streaming rights from one or more services.

Why are Spotify playlists missing? ›

Log in to your account page. Click Recover playlists in the menu on the left. Click RESTORE by the playlist you want to recover. Open Spotify and find the restored playlist at the bottom of your playlist collection.

Which song will save you from Vecna test? ›

"Material Girl" by Madonna. In addition to a chart-topping song, you have an earthly token — a friendship bracelet, a favorite stuffed animal, a photo of a loved one — keeping you connected to the world around you and safe from Vecna's curse. Consider yourself doubly safe from the Upside Down!

What is most listened to song on Spotify? ›

Shape of You

What EP do you find out who Vecna is? ›

Who is Vecna really? We find out in episode 7 that just like how everything in the Upside Down is connected, Vecna is also deeply connected to Hawkins and Eleven. Nancy (who is still in the Upside Down with Steve) ends up under Vecna's control, and she starts seeing visions about Barb's death.

Does Spotify spy on you? ›

"Spotify uses listening history or 'likes' within the app to inform recommendations of songs or podcasts that a user may enjoy," they wrote. "Advertisers may also be able to target ads to listeners of certain genres or playlists, but we do not make inferences about users' emotions."

What are secret playlists on Spotify? ›

Once you make a Spotify playlist private, your followers will no longer be able to view the playlist, and it won't appear in any searches. You can make a Spotify playlist private in both the desktop app for Mac and PC as well as the mobile app for iPhone and Android.

Is Spotify's random actually random? ›

All songs have equal chance of being in the order, so you could true random shuffle a Spotify playlist and have an equal chance of getting three Billie Eilish songs in a row every time. To combat this, Spotify changed their shuffle to actually be LESS random, but in a way that appears more random to a casual listener.

What does songs that would save me from Vecna mean? ›

Following this, a Twitter thread was created by a user named tonypraysick, after which, “What's your Vecna song?" became a way to ask for someone's favourite song- a song that would save their life. Many people responded to the tweet with their favourite songs. Also, many people tweeted about the same.

Why is music important to Vecna? ›

There seems to be no escape for his targets at first, but our favorite Hawkins teens discover that music therapy can surprisingly help: Playing a song the victim loves can wake them and break them free from Vecna's trance before he can destroy them.

Why do you have to play a song for Vecna? ›

Vecna notably targets Max (Sadie Sink), and the Hawkins gang discovers that the only way for her to avoid being killed by his curse is to play Max her favorite song, which happens to be "Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)" by Kate Bush.

Does Vecna represent PTSD? ›

8/8 Vecna's Victims Experience Disturbing Visions and Memories Much Like PTSD. Vecna's victims all experience disturbing and painful memories, linked to their past. Many of these memories appear suddenly, startling the victim with their onset, much like Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

How did they know his name was Vecna? ›

How is Vecna connected to Victor Creel? In episode 2, Nancy interviews Eddie's uncle shortly after Chrissy's death at the trailer park. Eddie's uncle mentions Victor Creel's name, suggesting that he was the one who did the killings. Nancy and Robin then investigate Creel, and uncover his shocking link to Vecna.

Why is Vecna weakness music? ›

But he does have a surprising weakness: music. Max was drawn away from his grasp thanks to her favorite song, Kate Bush's “Running Up That Hill,” and plays it on repeat as a sort of mental shield. Vecna also appears to have a connection with his victims in their deaths.

Why does Vecna pick certain people? ›

Brenner (Matthew Modine) states in the Stranger Things episode "Papa" that Vecna "consumes" everything about his victims, Vecna targets traumatized victims because it builds for him a well of sad and angry memories to draw from. With each victim, he can become gradually more powerful.


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