Music holds so much power. It can make us cry, smile, dance and sing. Finding the right music for your mood can give your day an instant lift which is why so many people turn on the radio or reach for their iPod when times get tough. Some days, feelings of sadness, depression or defeat can grip you and it becomes almost impossible to find the strength to lift yourself up and get motivated again. When you are in need of a little inspiration, try turning to the best motivational songs of all time!
Best Motivational Songs
“The Voice Within” by Christina Aguilera
“When there’s no-one else, look inside yourself, like your oldest friend just trust the voice within.”
Hearing these uplifting words sung by Christina Aguilera’s amazing voice is an incredible pick-me-up on a bad day. “The Voice Within” talks about how we can sometimes feel alone. At times when it seems hope is lost, we should delve inside our own mind and find the strength to carry on because nobody really knows us better than we know ourselves. This song may be particularly motivational for people who are feeling low due to mild depression, illness or anxiety because it has a strong emphasis on things getting better – but also finding the inner strength to help yourself to overcome the things which are holding you back.
“I Believe I Can Fly” by R.Kelly
“If I can see it, then I can do it, if I just believe it, there’s nothing to it.”
R.Kelly’s “I Believe I Can Fly” is one of the most motivational songs ever written. It speaks of a person who managed to break free of a bad time by focusing on the things they wanted to achieve. This song is particularly apt for the self employed who occasionally feel their inner drive slipping away and need to regain their focus! Similarly to “The Voice Within”, it gives the reminder that achieving your goals begins from within yourself and to reach them, all you have to do is believe.
“Survivor” by Destiny’s Child
“Thought that I would self destruct but I’m still here, even in my years to come
I’m still gonna be here.”
Technically, “Survivor” is more of a break up song, but it is also suitable for someone who has been betrayed by a friend or even a colleague. The song is about showing a person who has hurt you that you can get along just fine without them. The pain of such a betrayal can last for a very long time, and listening to “Survivor” is motivational because it can give you a morale boost to inspire you to keep going, even when it feels as if you will never get over it.
“Breakaway” by Kelly Clarkson
“I’ll spread my wings and I’ll learn how to fly, I’ll do what it takes ’til I touch the sky.”
“Breakaway” is one of the best motivational songs for young people, or for those who feel trapped in a situation and are not quite reaching their full potential. The lyrics are about a girl from a small town, dreaming of bigger things and promising herself that one day she will get away and make those dreams a reality. A quick blast of this song will give you a little courage to make a start on finding a way forward.
“Born This Way” by Lady Gaga
“I’m beautiful in my way, ‘cos God makes no mistakes.”
Disregarding whether or not you like Lady Gaga, there is no denying that “Born This Way” is oozing motivation. It is a very upbeat track and the lyrics are geared towards making everyone believe that looks, race, sexual preference or anything else people can be prejudiced about just don’t matter. It’s about loving who you are. If you are having the kind of day when you doubt your worth, this is one of the best songs to listen to!
“Tubthumping” by Chumbawumba
“I get knocked down, but I get up again, you’re never gonna keep me down.”
Lyrically, this song is really only motivational through the chorus, but the message is very clear. When life knocks you down, you must get up and keep on going. Everyone experiences trials in their lives and when the options are to let it defeat you or to stand up and fight, “Tubthumping” might be the song to give you that push.
“It’s My Life” by Bon Jovi
“My heart is like an open highway, like Frankie said, ‘I did it my way.'”
Just listening to any Bon Jovi song can give you the urge to start jumping around the room, but “It’s My Life” has a special meaning to drive you out of despair. A little similar to “Breakaway”, the lyrics are focused on a person doing all they can to reach their dream. The added message is that you don’t get anywhere without putting in some effort – so if you want out to break out of a rut, it’s time for you to start making it happen!
“The Climb” by Miley Cyrus
“There’s always gonna be another mountain, I’m always gonna wanna make it move, always gonna be an uphill battle, sometimes I’m gonna have to lose, ain’t about how fast I get there, ain’t about what’s waiting on the other side, it’s the climb.”
If something you are doing feels like it is endless and not getting you anywhere, listen to “The Climb”. It’s about a long journey, a journey that may seem as if it isn’t leading anywhere or you just aren’t getting there fast enough. The song reminds you that everything worthwhile takes time, and while you may not necessarily get everything you want on the way, you learn lessons and it makes you stronger.
The best motivational songs are the ones which strike a chord with whatever situation you happen to be in. Whether it’s a job, a relationship or an illness which is sapping your will to keep going, there is a song out there somewhere to inspire you!