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As we edge closer to an Advent season of remembering God’s goodness and grace to us, we often get sidetracked by consumerism and the greed it can breed. Sometimes music can inspire us to remember all that we are grateful for. There are myriad hymns that express that thankfulness. But if you are looking to fill out your playlist, here are some suggestions from a few of our Banner reviewers who were kind enough to name some other songs that, for one reason or another, inspire them to gratitude. What music makes your soul sing?

  1. “10,000 Reasons” performed by the Irish worship band Rend Collective Experiment.
  2. “Another Saturday” performed by Scottish folk singer Stuart Murdoch.
  3. “Faithful to Me (Reprise)” by singer/songwriter Jennifer Knapp.
  4. “Farther Along” by singer/songwriter Josh Garrels.
  5. “Give Me Jesus” by bluegrass fiddler Sara Watkins.
  6. “I Am” by gospel artist Kirk Franklin.
  7. “My Heart Is Filled with Thankfulness” by modern hymn composers Keith and Kristyn Getty.
  8. “My Tribute” by gospel great Andrae Crouch.
  9. “New Wonders” by singer/songwriter Sandra McCracken.
  10. “Thankful Heart” by classic Christian rockers Petra.
  11. “The Trumpet Child” by husband/wife team (and Calvin College house band) Over the Rhine.
  12. “Up on the Mountain” by the folky pastor/wife duo The Welcome Wagon.
  13. “Was It Ever Really Mine?” by singer/songwriter Jon Troast.
  14. “What a Wonderful World” by jazz great Louis Armstrong.
  15. “Your Love Is Strong” by Switchfoot frontman Jon Foreman.

If individual songs are not enough for you, here are a couple of recommended albums to play all the way through:

Home, Harvest and Healing: A Sing for Joy Hymn Festival by Sing for Joy (St. Olaf Records).
Best Loved Hymns
by the Choir of King’s College Cambridge.

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