5 Songs to Include in the Christian Writer’s Playlist

I remember the days before Spotify, iTunes, and Amazon Music, where a swipe of the finger pulls up your favorite songs. I even remember the pre-CD days, when I had shoeboxes of my favorite music neatly organized beside my stereo.

In my high school days, I kept a blank cassette tape in the jam box. When I song I liked came on the radio, I would rush over and press “record” so I could have that song whenever I wanted it. Now, to listen to it, I had to alternately press “play” and “fast-forward” until I found it. Those were the days.

Mixtapes were the precursors to today’s playlists. My homemade cassettes from the 90’s had everything from George Strait to Steven Curtis Chapman to (gasp) Michael Bolton (and maybe some “Achy Breaky Heart” too).

I like to think my playlists are a little more cultured these days (although JT is right—I can’t seem to stop “Can’t Stop the Feelin'”). I have a playlist for runs that keep me moving when I want to stop. My early morning quiet time often starts with a selection from my worship playlist.

Sometimes, I find music helps when I write. It inspires me, helps me keep my focus, and sometimes provides a needed distraction. So, for today’s #FridayFive, I’m sharing five songs to include in the Christian writer’s playlist.


5 Songs to Include in the Christian Writer's Playlist

5 Songs to Include in the Christian Writer’s Playlist

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When you feel unworthy to write.

“Broken Vessels,” by Hillsong Worship, is a great place to start your writing time. The worshipful spirit will help you remember your true motivation for writing.

Listen for this part:

You take our failure // You take our weakness
You set Your treasure // In jars of clay
So take this heart, Lord // I’ll be Your vessel
The world to see // Your love in me


When you need some lyrical inspiration.

If you need some inspired songwriting to in hopes of crafting your own creative phrases, Andrew Peterson is your man. You really can’t go wrong with any of his songs. Try “The Sower’s Song” to get started. The first few lines—it’s enough to take my mind to the deep places.

Oh God, I am furrowed like the field
Torn open like the dirt
And I know that to be healed
That I must be broken first
I am aching for the yield
That You will harvest from this hurt


When you need to get out of your chair.

Writers sit. A lot. You can’t hear a Toby Mac joint without at least tapping your feet. “Move (Keep Walkin’)” will get you out of your seat and motivate you to keep writing once you finish movin’.


When you feel like you don’t have enough hope to write.

The first time I heard this on the radio, I knew I would include it in my writer’s playlist. In more than one season, I felt as if real life were too hard to write anything hopeful or encouraging. MercyMe captures the hope found in Christ in their newest song, “Even If.”

It’s easy to sing
When there’s nothing to bring me down
But what will I say
When I’m held to the flame
Like I am right now


When you need a reminder that your story matters.

Not to get off the CCM tracks, but La La Land, y’all. I had so many feelings while watching Mia and Sebastian’s story unfold on the big screen. When Emma Stone stood with her heart in her voice singing “The Fools Who Dream,” I wanted to stand up in the theater. (Feel free to skip this one until you see the movie. It’s a writer’s kind of movie, friends (with an unsavory word or two, just so you know).)

A bit of madness is key
To give us new colors to see
Who knows where it will lead us?
And that’s why they need us


Now that you’ve been musically inspired, it’s time to write!

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  1. Great compilation of songs! Can’t wait to listen to them all and now I am adding La La Land to movies to see. Also, I may have gone to a Michael Bolton concert back in the day…

  2. Love this.

    SO TRUE. Fast Forward. Play. Fast Forward. Play. that sums up my previous music listening AND my writing!!

  3. Love this list. Toby Mac is one we listen to a bunch here too!

  4. I cannot listen to Mercy Me’s “Even If” all the way through without crying. Such a beautiful, heartbreaking message.

  5. I’ve got to watch La La Land! You had me at Andrew Peterson, though. These are great songs for us writers. I’m adding them to my playlist for sure.

  6. This is a great list. The MercyMe song is on my playlist too. I liked The Sower’s Song too- that one was new to me. I’ll try to come back and link up a post with a playlist, though I might not get the chance until Sunday.

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