best christian playlist in oceans deep my faith will stand
I started going to church as a senior in high school because of my best friend from Scotland who was living with us at the time and my boyfriend (and his incredible mom). I became a Christian the summer going into my freshman year of college after reading Same Kind of Different As Me by Ron Hall and Denver Moore (naturally I really recommend it, but have Kleenex nearby). I was really, really into Christian novels at the time and went through over twenty of Karen Kingsbury’s books (amongst others). Although most of the reading was fictional, I was incredibly moved by the stories I was reading. I read less now, but recently finished Love Does by Bob Goff and seriously loved it to pieces – it’s an easy and moving read if you’re looking for something in that category.

Although I became a Christian going into college, my faith developed significantly during my time at The University of Texas, as I was attending an amazing church called The Austin Stone. The worship music was unbelievable. For my first few years, Chris Tomlin led the singing, and it was like being at a concert every Sunday (and the best one ever at that). I learned during my four years in Austin the impact that music can have on your soul. Singing worship songs did not end at church – my iTunes account is 90% Christian music, and I listen to it while I drive, work on the computer and workout. When I start to feel like nothing is going right, I’ll put on Lord I Need You. When I am needing a reminder that I’m loved, I’ll put on How He Loves Us. When my faith feels weak, I listen to Oceans. When I doubt God, I listen to Mighty to Save. When I want to dance around the kitchen with Isla, we jam to Marvelous Light or Like a Lion.

After an insane amount of thought and consideration (i.e. this started off with around 70 songs), I’ve created the 30 most life-changing Christian song playlist (according to moi). I had a great time making this, as I got to listen to all of the songs at one time. ‘Life-changing’ is a really bold statement, right? Well, it’s true. I am a completely different person than I was before 2006. These songs have had a huge impact on the person that I am today, so yes, ‘life-changing’ is right.

  1. Mighty to Save by Hillsong United (iTunes)
  2. Lord, I Need You by Chris Tomlin (iTunes)
  3. What Joy by Generation Church (iTunes)
  4. Desert Song by Hillsong United (iTunes)
  5. It Is Well With My Soul by Aaron Ivey (iTunes)
  6. Whom Shall I Fear? by Chris Tomlin (iTunes)
  7. Cornerstone by Hillsong Live (iTunes)
  8. Marvelous Light by Charlie Hill (iTunes)
  9. This is Amazing Grace by Bethel Church and Jeremy Riddle (iTunes)
  10. Your Love Never Fails by Newsboys (iTunes)
  11. How He Loves Us by Shane and Shane (iTunes)
  12. I Will Follow by Chris Tomlin (iTunes)
  13. Healer by Kari Jobe (iTunes)
  14. Mighty to Save by Hillsong Live (iTunes)
  15. Like a Lion by Kristian Stanfill (iTunes)
  16. Broken Vessels by Hillsong Worship (iTunes)
  17. One Thing Remains by Jesus Culture (iTunes)
  18. All My Fountains by Chris Tomlin (iTunes)
  19. Here for You by Chris Tomlin (iTunes)
  20. I Stand Amazed by Chris Tomlin (iTunes)
  21. Our God Reigns by Chris Tomlin (iTunes)
  22. Hosanna by Hillsong United (iTunes)
  23. Burning in My Soul by Brett Younker (iTunes)
  24. In Christ Alone by Kristian Stanfill (iTunes)
  25. Everlasting God by Chris Tomlin (iTunes)
  26. Ever Be by Bethel Church (iTunes)
  27. Stronger by Hillsong Live (iTunes)
  28. Your Great Name by Natalie Grant (iTunes)
  29. Oceans by Hillsong United (iTunes)
  30. 10,000 Reasons by Matt Redman (iTunes)

Are there any songs that have changed your life or can put you in a better mood as soon as you put them on? What would your playlist include? I would love to know!

23 Comments

  1. Oh this post speaks to MY soul. I LOVE music… anything really. If it speaks to me, I will listen to 100 times over. Do you ever listen to Gospel? I sang gospel music in college and would highly recommend a couple of songs…Lay It Down – Troy Sneed and He’ll Take the Pain Away – God’s Property with Kirk Franklin.

    • AileePetrovic Reply

      WAIT, I don’t know what to do right now. How did I not know you SING??? Mara. This is huge. I cannot carry a tune and you sang gospel music in college? Dear goodness. And I am the same way with listening 100 times over. I get so addicted. I LOVE those two songs you shared. I have just listened multiple times. Adding them to the rotation. Love you sweet friend!!!

  2. I love Chris Tomlin and CANNOT believe he used to lead worship at your church. What a dream!! I think you covered all of my favorites. Most recently, Sugar by Maroon 5 has been my mood changer.

    • AileePetrovic Reply

      Yes, it was amazing! I love the worship band at our current church, but do miss those days! Sugar has definitely been on rotation at our house too! That music video is amazing!

  3. I love so many of these songs. They are timeless. I could also listen to Amazing Grace all day, every day. And Carrie Underwood’s How Great Thou Art at an award show a few years ago still gives me the goosebumps.

    • AileePetrovic Reply

      OH MY! Yes, How Great Thou Art!!!! Sasha made me listen to it a few years ago and I had goosebumps (maybe even cried?????). Love it!

    • AileePetrovic Reply

      You are so lovely and loving! And you’re so very welcome! xoxo

  4. Oh how he loves us is one of my favorites. I went through a phase where I listened to it over and over every time I was in the car. Also, have you heard of The Influence podcast?

  5. Jenna Butcher Reply

    Thank you for sharing! I’m going to be listening to all of these tonight. My favorite songs are pretty much all by Celine. And some MJ classics.

    • AileePetrovic Reply

      Ahhh, Celine is my girl. I love her!!!!! So much. I am dying to see her in Vegas!

  6. I love that you have something like this that will pick you up if you’re having a rough day. I am not a religious person but I do believe in some spiritual things and I am always open to trying new things. Maybe I will give some of these songs a go, see if they change me a bit too!!

    Also, I am so glad I met you through the blogging group! I love meeting new blogging friends and I am loving what I’ve seen on your blog so far! And your sweet photo on Instagram today with the paint!! Melt my heart!!!

    • AileePetrovic Reply

      I’m so glad we met through the blogging group too! I love new blogger friends as well 🙂 Thank you – painting is such a messy thing to do, but we (probably more I) love it.

      I would love for you to give them a listen! All 30 are amazing, but if you’re looking for just a few, the ones mentioned in the post are very safe bets!!! xoxo

  7. Very cool, I’ll have to pass this on to my mom and sister-in-law, they love Christian music. I really love listening to music though, especially songs that inspire me. Music really plays a crucial role in helping us sort out our thoughts and feelings!

    • AileePetrovic Reply

      Music really does play such a crucial role! It’s amazing the power it has. I would love if you passed it along to them! I’d love to know what some of their favorites were too!!! Thanks, Jessica! xo

  8. I love this and just love seeing people who have such a powerful faith 🙂 I am not religious but I am very spiritual so I get it and I used to be a very strong Christian and I found the best way to connect to God was through music. To be honest I still enjoy worship music and feel connected/grounded when I tune in, I’ll have to listen to a few of these 🙂

    XO

  9. Actually listening to some of them now and a few are familiar… thanks for reminding me of how much I do enjoy this music 🙂 xo

    • AileePetrovic Reply

      Oh gosh, you are more than welcome! They really do help me feel so connected. The power of music is amazing. Happy listening! Makes me so happy to read your comment!! xo

    • AileePetrovic Reply

      Thank you so much for commenting, Kelley! I’m glad we have similar taste in music!

  10. Just love this list and so many of the songs. I can listen to them over and over… thank you for sharing!!! I’m going to pin this now so I can save it to look up later 😉

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