THE annual celebration of chocolate eggs (and, of course, the resurrection of Christ) has arrived again with Easter Sunday just around the corner.

It's a day for quiet reflection, rolling painted hens' eggs down hills and overindulging in chocolate goodies - plus listening to our Easter-themed playlist.

To get you in the festive spirit, here are 10 tracks extolling the joys - in some shape or form - of Easter.

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Bank Holiday


Part of the band's Parklife album, Bank Holiday was released in 1994 and helped the band return to prominence following disappointing sales for their album Modern Life Is Rubbish.

Ready For The Weekend

Calvin Harris

Featuring guest vocals from British singer Mary Pearce, Harris's 2009 track Ready for the Weekend appeared on his second studio album of the same name.

I Am The Resurrection

Stone Roses

The final song on the Roses' debut album, the second half of I am the Resurrection is an instrumental outro, while the first half uses lyrics containing biblical language.


Patti Smith Group

Patti Smith Group's Easter was released in 1978 to critical acclaim and is now regarded as the band's commercial breakthrough.



Headed up by singer Alison Goldfrapp, Hunt appeared on the 2010 album Head First which received a nomination for Best Electronic / Dance album at the 2011 Grammy Awards.

It Will Rain

Bruno Mars

The pint-sized pop star released love ballad It Will Rain in 2011 and the single featured in the end credits of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1.

White Rabbit

Jefferson Airplane

The second song to achieve top ten success for the band, White Rabbit uses imagery found in the works of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and comes from the album Surrealistic Pillow.


The 1975

A band fronted by the son of TV actors Denise Welsh and Tim Healy, Chocolate went silver in 2013 and peaked at number 19 in the UK singles chart.

Bank Holiday Monday

The Stereophonics

Bank Holiday Monday served as a taster track for the sixth studio album from welsh indie band The Stereophonics, which was entitled Pull the Pin. It was released through record label V2 back in 2007.

All Rise


Arguably the most successful single by boy band Blue, All Rise went to number four in 2011 and formed part of the album by the same name which spent a total of 63 weeks in the United Kingdom albums chart.