Thank you. It is a terrific encouraging song that may help many. I haven't seen Captain Corelli's Mandolin but based on that quote, it seems like the movie would be sad (especially since Cruz's character sees nothing to sing about). Nalini Marquez (author) on April 16, 2015: Thank you for the comment and feedback. I just heard this song recently and I was hooked. It seems we have kind of similar taste when it comes to music choice. Such an amazing and beautiful song about the power and capacity of the human spirit. Downer songs in moderation can sometimes help in catharsis up to a certain point and only for certain states, but after that it only makes things worse and feeds negative things. Happy listening. “Keep on Truckin’” is not technically about overcoming a personal struggle, but it is an anthem of romantic persistence, and determination against the odds is what we’re trying to celebrate here. Pat Mills from East Chicago, Indiana on April 23, 2015: If you're still building this list, may I suggest Lean On Me by Terry Callier? ("Big deal. If you want to do your best, Every time you take a test, Get yourself some extra rest On the night before! / Oh no, not I, I will survive,” Gaynor proclaims with glitzy flair. Finding oneself in times of trouble and darkness, Having light and shining even in darkness, Sometimes you can't change the world, you can only change your reaction to it, Working through the difficult experiences in life, Facing and overcoming one's challenges and obstacles, Some win; some lose: we're in it together. I've been guilty of doing this. LaZeric Freeman from Hammond on January 31, 2016: Splendid job. Music gives courage and it heals, not every song will be "your thing". I am glad you liked it :-). This song is available on Life's Lessons 3rd - 5th Grade. Rise up! “I Will Survive,” easily the most lip-sync-worthy song on this list, may be one of the greatest anthems of resilience we have—at least in terms of popular music. Secondhand Serenade boldly states that … I look forward to checking it out :-). I am glad you liked it! "Shake it Out"—Florence + The Machine, 45. Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell essentially achieve everything great about pop music on “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” a soul duet of epic proportions. Natasha Bedingfield Attends the 2013 Australian Hair Fashion Awards. On “Time,” Starr is repeatedly told to wait things out and that better days will come, and just like the song implies here, time will help, but it’s going to take a deliberate effort to improve things as well. Nalini Marquez (author) on December 14, 2016: Thank you for your comment and for sharing your "Fight Song" :-). Have a nice day! I haven't heard those songs but I will check them out :-). Unsurprisingly, one of them was war, which was discussed on the track of the same name, and the other was time, also explored on the song of the same name. With this list of songs you remind us of how influential music can be. David Bowie): “Under Pressure”, Sister Rosetta Tharpe: “Strange Things Happening Every Day”, The Staple Singers: “I’ll Take You There”. I think you are the first commenter to name "I Can See Clearly Now" as one of their favorites. Thank you for your comment and for the song suggestions! I'm trying to keep my cool I know it shows ... RELATED: 23 Best Love Songs About Falling For Your Best Friend. "Move Along" by the All American Rejects is quite creative: good stuff guys. Follow her on Twitter @LizzieManno. I am glad I was able to inspire you to create that playlist and hope that it provides a little more motivation on the days you need it :-). Nalini. From my Baby Boom generation, I would recommend "Long Promised Road" by the Beach Boys. Fundamental questions: What are we living for? "That's stupid talk, Maya. It is a shame so many are disappointed with "Fight Song". On “Move on Up,” singular soul great Curtis Mayfield warns us that “There may be wet road ahead” and “You may find from time to time / Complication,” but it’s easy to forget about hardship when jubilant horns meet funky hand drums and Mayfield’s impossibly high and joyous chorus yelps. :-). You've come so far, so keep going. There are a wide range of genres represented here. What kind of music do you need? 1. Maree Michael Martin from Northwest Washington on an Island on October 12, 2015: A fabulous music list, uplifted my spirits just reading through the list and recognizing old time favorites that still make me happy. Glenn Anderson from Airlie Beach on March 31, 2016: Thank you for the list Nalini, you have inspired me to create a playlist for those days that just need a little more motivation :). From your message, I know that there were many struggles and sacrifices involved, and I am glad that this music was able to help you in a difficult time. Some other songs I would recommend are "My Morning Song" by the Black Crowes," "Stuck in a Moment" by U2," "Thunder Road" by Bruce Springsteen, "Series of Dreams" by Bob Dylan. "Fight Song" is a great and empowering song; I think some people weren't able to appreciate it after hearing it so much and it being associated with different causes and contexts but the reason it was so played and used for different causes and contexts was because it was as empowering and as positive as it was. A trio of Curtis Mayfield, Sam Gooden and Fred Cash absolutely mop the floors with their sky-high falsetto, and the lyrics clearly resonated as well—it became a civil rights anthem, and its title was also used as a slogan for a number of progressive political causes. Music is a breath of life! Trade ad for Johnny Nash's single "Let's Move & Groove (Together)". Nalini Marquez (author) on October 29, 2015: Hi sammy, I'm glad you love the list and you are most welcome! Have a wonderful day! She famously sang the song at the March on Washington in 1963, and other early live versions capture that same powerful weight as well. I fought the law and the law won. I hope it is able to help others as it has helped you. I am glad hearing a song from my song selection is empowering and uplifting as that is what I wanted it to be! These songs are about getting through hard times and overcoming adversity, challenges, and obstacles. I have always found something to sing about, and for that I cannot apologize.". Queen are essentially gods of uplifting, gargantuan rock. Thanks Nalini. Hi Hanzamfafa, thank you for your comment and you are most welcome for the hub! Thanks. It's hard to battle with challenges, so it is great to get all the help that we can get. Nalini Marquez (author) on August 13, 2015: Thank you for your comment and for voting up! :-). The best running songs to add to your playlist when you need to keep your motivation up—and for your listening (and sweating) pleasure ... making it the song you'll turn to when you're trying … I love "survivor" by Destinys child, as it is sentimental to me. There’s a reason that “A Change is Gonna Come” became one of the most important songs of its era. What are your favorite leadership songs—the ones that get you fired up and ready to run the world? Coldplay, "Shiver" Nalini has an ear for curating good music. This list is going to help me with a music video project for a Video Production class I am in. :-). Lines like “You’ll find that life is still worthwhile / If you just smile” may exude Disney energy, but it’s still comforting, especially sung over opulent strings. Nalini Marquez (author) on April 03, 2016: Hi GJones100, I like listening to that song too. Is there a more necessary song right now than one that contains the line “I’m a little sick, unsure, unsound and unstable / But I’m fighting my way back”? Keep on goin', believin', fightin', survivin', and thrivin'! In troubled times, we just have to wait and work hard to see our troubles through. Compare his list to yours and share your feedback. Thank you for the kind and encouraging comment. Hopefully we can all help each other in that process on this planet. Is there anything more new wave than that? “Can’t stop the world / Why let it stop you?” asks lead singer Belinda Carlisle, and in that moment, you have no choice but to nod forcefully in agreement. The 22 Best Songs About Friendship That'll Make You Want to Text—Wait, No—*Call* Your Bestie ASAP I can't wait to hug my friends for 37 years. © 2021 Paste Media Group. I fought the law and the law won. 3 of 11 Donny Hathaway, "A Song for You" Sing them to the pains of your soul. Jennifer Pena from California on July 20, 2015: Great article I like the list of songs that you put some are my favorite and they do really inspire me to become a better person and to reach my goals without never giving up. I can definitely say that when I am feeling down or that my confidence has taken a toll I tend to look for songs which are going to bring good vibes and lift up my spirits. Bryan Mathew from Hawaii on March 31, 2016: You have a great list..i love most of the songs you lasted in this blog. Nalini Marquez (author) on September 19, 2015: Sam Tumblin from Eunice, La. People are feeling dejected and powerless, and it can be easy to just hang our heads and wallow in sorrow. Brian McKnight at Celebrity Fight Night XXIII in Phoenix, Arizona. Thanks for sharing. I am glad you found some songs that you liked and that were interesting and encouraging. A good song that everyone can relate to (especially after the different challenges we experience in life). The source of Gaynor’s pain is a partner who didn’t treat her right—imagine being the person that spawned one of the greatest displays of “I’m thriving without you” of all time. Ask someone who invented rock ‘n’ roll and the answers you’ll probably get are Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Bo Diddley or Fats Domino. His 1954 track “Smile” fills me with the same sense of wholesome, childlike wonder as Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World,” the designated clean-up song of my fourth grade class. I need songs like this to inspire me every day. I actually like all the songs in your list. “It don’t make sense / Not to keep on pushing,” they sing, and you can’t really argue with them there. Could this be your "Fight Song"? This coronavirus pandemic is testing our will power, and we’re not … This is the most uninspired song about being inspired I've ever heard. When we feel at our weakest, sometimes the best pep talk can come from a song. (Oh and the acoustic version is just the best!) When we feel at our weakest, sometimes the best pep talk can come from a song. Nalini Marquez (author) on April 06, 2016: Hi greeneyedblondie, thank you for your comment and for appreciating the growth of this list! (By the way, if you love these songs, I’ve got you the complete playlist at … Uatu Zwatcher from blue area, moon on October 24, 2016: when i was a teen my "fight song" was "We're Not Gonna Take it" by twisted sister. Wow! Something like "Fix You" by Coldplay, especially when they say "when you try your best and you don't succeed." I will look into those when I am updating the list and look forward to hearing the music. Say Anything performing live at the House of Blues in San Diego, CA on the "Hebrews Tour" July 26, 2014. :-). :-). I can't take all the credit as a lot of songs were reader-suggested, but I do like or "approve" of most of the songs here. It's alright. The rest are not good like Demi lovato seriously? She tends to write about having a positive attitude. It's so empowering and uplifting to hear a song from your song selection. It’s colorful. Sing to your cat. The one that stands out right now is Linkin Park, Lost in the Echo. Mohiuddin Shawon Mudds from Malaysia on March 17, 2016: Thank you nailini for give us nice songs list ......when i work , i like to listen this type songs :) :) thanks again. This is a dramatic turn from the quiet acoustics of Joan Baez, but Killing Joke harness quite a bit of power as well. Nalini Marquez (author) on January 20, 2016: Hi Lukiz Tsjzi, you're welcome! I am always up for terrific and encouraging songs that will help others and so I look forward to listening to that song and updating the list! I'd rather not try and fail." Nalini Marquez (author) on October 16, 2015: Hi Robert, based on what you've sad and the reviews I've read about it, it sounds like an interesting movie. Nice list, there are no doubt many songs like these around. Michael Franti's "Hey World (Don't Give Up)" is really encouraging. Bob Smith from Plymouth, MI on January 27, 2016: Thanks for this list - lot of newer artists that I'll have to check out. Thanks for sharing us your Hub. Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on December 16, 2015: Great list, Nalini. But on any version, this lyric still stands up as one of the most touching and universally felt lines ever written: “But I won’t be blue always / ‘Cause the sun’s gonna shine in my back door someday.”. I am glad you found some song ideas! 2. That and When you believe by Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston (RIP). Best to you on your project and have a wonderful day! Best lyrics: "Any boy can go find a girl and try to satisfy her for a whole night, but a real man can take one woman and satisfy her for a whole life." It does not matter who you are or where you come from, we have all experienced hard times in our lives. Nalini Marquez (author) on March 12, 2016: Hi Discordzrocks, thank you for your comment and song suggestion. Have a healthy breakfast, too! The fire, the fight, you're golden. The other, based on the lyrics and music video, is darker and occult in meaning. Question: Why isn't "Hard Times" by Paramore on here? I am sorry for your loss. Move mountains. (Facebook) 18. All four wear white shirts and dark coats. This is a must listen for all those who love being motivated. But she’s the best girl I’ve ever had. I am glad that some of your favorites made it into the list and that these songs inspire you in the way that you mentioned. Chances are she's made (or will eventually make) a list that fits your musical needs. "Hey Hey Hey"—Michael Franti and Spearhead, 22. Nice meeting you. Brian Wilson, David Marks, Mike Love, Bruce Johnston and Al Jardine performing at a Beach Boys concert in May 2012. The list of songs ranged from the 70s, 80s and 90s hits to recent pop songs, you’ll definitely find positive vibes from one of them. Going to help me the the project. Have a great day! Don't give up! Hopefully we come to hear more music that conveys these kinds of messages in the future as that is music of the best kind! Demi Lovato" Skyscraper is interesting. It is so powerful, especially in the context of the story. There are 3 good songs the journey , survivor and the script. This list just keeps on getting bigger! There are many inspiring tracks on here Super hub! :). But the "you" they sing to could be anything or anyone. You gave me a new perspective and a lot to think about and be thankful for. I have to make a music video. Even for those who suffer from mental illness use music as a type of therapy to cope with their feelings. Have a wonderful day! Sing to whatever you need to in order to overcome those challenges and go forward. Andy Grammer performing live at The Grove L.A. shopping center in Los Angeles California on Wednesday July 30th, 2014. I send you loving and positive angels too. Considering he died during a global pandemic and his most famous song is called “Lean on Me,” it’s almost as if the world is nudging us to fall back on Withers’ music. What doesn't kill you makes you stronger. Some people might find this song morbid and others might find it more comforting, but no one can argue with its brilliance. If you’re looking for some music with a bit more lived-in wisdom and durability than your average songs of today, look no further than this list. Nalini Marquez (author) on April 20, 2015: Thanks for the feedback and for bookmarking it. A good song that everyone can relate to at different points in their lives. Find the fighter. As an overall approach and process, I agree with you and think it's better to listen to uplifting songs in times like that. The masks people wear to protect themselves and others, Recognizing the challenges in life and the weight of the world, Having an inner escape from external problems, Being what you can be despite the challenges, Being bad, bold, wiser, hard, tough, stronger, cool, calm, and staying together, Releasing fear and finding your inner strength, Making it through, not holding back, holding yourself up, Keeping on when things get difficult and complicated, Fighting for what is important in your life and in life, The experiences that make us stronger, wiser, faster, smarter, Having a more resilient response to people who have influences in our lives, Not letting things and other people get to you, Continuing to move on and go forward when there is resistance, Choosing between being small or being powerful, The process and importance of being brave, Getting enough bravery to say what you need/want to say, Shining through darkness and no matter where you are, Illuminating in a world that will try to bring you down, Coming out as survivor through difficult hardship, Picking up the pieces of one life and continuing forward, Continuing to persevere through difficult times, Being brave enough to make the best choices in life, Leaving behind the old/past for the new/present and future, Knowing bad as things are, things get better, Having clarity after a difficult situation and going forward, Finding strength, courage, and motivation within oneself, Some of the struggles and injustices of the world, Having strength and resilience in hard times, Letting go of the things that hold us back, Overcoming obstacles in order to reach one's goals, The importance of carrying on and continuing even in difficult times, Being able to find one's way and find strength even when lost and alone. Answer: I hadn't heard that song before you mentioned it. Although music changes your mood and makes you feel stronger, I don't know any of the songs mentioned above. Robert Levine from Brookline, Massachusetts on October 14, 2015: Hi Nalini, it is a sad movie, taking place as it does during WWII, but it has a happy ending. Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on December 31, 2015: Nalini Marquez (author) on December 30, 2015: Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on December 23, 2015: Nalini Marquez (author) on December 22, 2015: Hi Kristen, thank you for checking out the songs and for the comment. When Thin Lizzy’s Phil Lynott sings the song title in the chorus, it’s like a microdose of serotonin, and the song itself is an urgent call for air guitar if I’ve ever heard one. Keep on fighting, out of the dark into the light! Thank you for taking the time and for sharing. You're wonderful for making this :-). I like the black guy with young Mandela kind of hair style: nice one and nice story. Guys! Hope is rising. By Laura Hanrahan I am taking a break from building this list for the present as I am not on HP as much right now but will be looking to the comments starting with yours and going forward when I come back to build the list more and make updates. Thank you for taking the time to share it. Nalini Marquez (author) on October 14, 2015: Hi bluebird, I am glad you found some songs you like and thank you for the positive and encouraging comment! "Go the Distance"—Michael Bolton, from Disney, 46. When Nina Simone sings “human kindness is overflowing,” on her rendition of Randy Newman’s “I Think It’s Going to Rain Today,” you feel that ripple of humanity’s warmth. And that is fine. With the recent passing of Bill Withers, his songs certainly resonate even more deeply than normal, and there’s no doubt that they will have a near-infinite life span. The Impressions had range. Listening to that songs makes me feel that things are not bad as them seem. It is an empowering song and it does make it like things are not as bad as they seem. The problem is, most people don't take note of the lyrics. Here are some touching songs about trying to make your relationship work that'll reassure you things can change: 1. Robert Levine from Brookline, Massachusetts on October 13, 2015: I haven't heard most of the songs on the list, and haven't heard of many of the artists. Nalini. And thank you for sharing that quote with me. This anthem rocks and is empowering. “Try” by Pink. All of them are powerful! Swift has a few songs about unrequited love, but this is the best one about having a crush on your best friend and deeply resenting his girlfriend. Pink’s love song, “Try” explains that, “Where there is desire, there is gonna be a flame.” That flame can burn you, but it also keeps that love alive. You’re gonna do your best, When you take a test. 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