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. This anthem rocks and is empowering. Finding solace in the music of someone who has passed away is a meaningful experience. Hi Robert Levine, thank you for the comment and song suggestions! Check them both out below. Here are 10 perfect songs for when you know something really great is on the horizon. The problem is, most people don't take note of the lyrics. A good song that everyone can relate to at different points in their lives and that has a message of hope, strength, and resilience. "You Are Loved [Don't Give Up]"—Josh Groban, 38. LaZeric Freeman from Hammond on January 31, 2016: Splendid job. Check out the Spotify playlist I’ve created at the very bottom. That is what I hoped these songs/this list would do! suraj punjabi from jakarta on October 10, 2015: The Beatles Let it be is probably one of my favorite songs of all time. 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. "Hey Hey Hey"—Michael Franti and Spearhead, 22. Thank you for taking the time and for sharing. 8. Have a great day! R.E.M.’s “Everybody Hurts,” taken from their classic 1992 album Automatic For The People, wouldn’t have anywhere near the amount of emotional zeal without the passionate vocal timbres of Michael Stipe, who gives this song a timeless woe. These are 10 of the best country songs with an inspirational theme. In the movie Captain Corelli's Mandolin, Penelope Cruz's character says to Captain Corelli, "What is there to sing about, anyway?" Now I just have to film and edit the video by Monday. The other relationship milestones are great too, of course, but that early process of falling in love with them is one we always look back on with nostalgia. Rachel Platten "Fight Song" #1? 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. Absolute Rapture can be felt through the song. Daft Punk – ‘Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger’ Welcome to HubPages and thank you for the follow. Nalini Marquez (author) on February 07, 2016: Hi trusouldj, thank you for your comment and for the song suggestion! I hope you enjoy the videos too. I am glad you love these songs and hope that they give you inspiration! Oh, here comes the comeback! There’s a reason that “A Change is Gonna Come” became one of the most important songs of its era. 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. I will look into those when I am updating the list and look forward to hearing the music. "The End is Where We Begin" by Thousand Foot Krutch. Bob Smith from Plymouth, MI on January 27, 2016: Thanks for this list - lot of newer artists that I'll have to check out. In troubled times, we just have to wait and work hard to see our troubles through. It's a great song. 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. I like the black guy with young Mandela kind of hair style: nice one and nice story. It is wonderful to hear that this hub is being used to help others in such varied and new ways. Music is so powerful, it goes directly to both your heart and brain. Why bother? Lizzie Manno is an associate music editor, Coldplay apologist, bread obsessive and lover of all things indie, punk and shoegaze at Paste. I just heard this song recently and I was hooked. Thanks again. I love it! 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. Sing to your cat. “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. Nalini Marquez (author) on June 24, 2017: I am glad you found three songs that you liked and thank you for your opinion and for dropping by. Thanks for sharing us your Hub. Nalini Marquez (author) on March 05, 2016: Hi Jordi Bassaganas, thank you for the comment and follow. 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. They're both part of important stages. 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 :). Every try will not succeed. When The Staple Singers holler about a place where “Ain’t nobody cryin’” and “Ain’t nobody worried” on their 1972 single “I’ll Take You There,” it’s hard to imagine a more appealing setting than that right now. Ask someone who invented rock ‘n’ roll and the answers you’ll probably get are Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Bo Diddley or Fats Domino. 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. 31 Christian Songs for Overcoming Obstacles, Hard Times, Adversity and Not Giving Up, The Most Powerful, Beautiful, and Epic Movie Scores, Being able to come back after feeling defeated, Continuing and fighting even when ready to give up, The strength inside that allows us to rise and overcome obstacles, Fighting for and taking ownership of your life, Believing in yourself even when no one else does, Staying strong and going on even when you're tired, Achieving things and overcoming adversity, Working hard against all odds in order to get where one wants to go, Achieving and finding greatness in oneself, Being strong against obstacles and opposition, The importance of not giving up and rising again, even if you fall, Doing the positive opposite of the negative people expect, Gaining happiness outside of darkness and sadness, Focusing on the journey and not the destination. Corelli replies, "People sing when a marriage is celebrated, when a baby is baptized; men sing as they work, soliders sing as they march--and yes, there is singing when people die. I am sorry for your loss. 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. Brian Wilson, David Marks, Mike Love, Bruce Johnston and Al Jardine performing at a Beach Boys concert in May 2012. Welcome to HubPages :-). This is a must listen for all those who love being motivated. That is one of the things that makes music pretty impressive! I have found from experience it's better to to stay away from the downer songs when you're down, that only makes it worse, better to listen to uplifting songs in times like that. When we feel at our weakest, sometimes the best pep talk can come from a song. :-). 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. I made this list so it could be used to help and uplift others through whatever they needed it for and I am grateful that it is being used in this way and that the songs in this list gave you inspiration to keep fighting through. I've ranked them according to the strength of their message and the universal applicability/relatability of the music and message. Nice list, there are no doubt many songs like these around. I am glad that you love most of the songs listed here and that some of these songs are already on your iPod! Could this be your "Fight Song"? Listen with an open mind and you might realize the words also apply to you. Old folks say, Every shuteye ain't sleep and every goodbye ain't gone. However, Dinah Washington’s 1957 version was the first to chart, and it captures a wonderful range of jazz, blues and pop. Hit hard at the battle that's confronting you! Nalini Marquez (author) on November 11, 2015: Thank you for your comments and for taking the time to check out my hub! Because "Mr. Music Executive" is given two choices: "lay on your ass and get richer or write your own songs." Take for example its final track “Can’t Stop the World”—a bouncy, driving guitar pop song about a broken heart and car. Recorded for her 1969 album Nina Simone and Piano, this gorgeous jazz version, with nothing more than the title’s aforementioned elements, will make the tears start to roll and the hairs stick up on the back of your neck. Terry Wyatt/Getty Images. Nalini Marquez (author) on October 24, 2016: Hi whatwhat9, thank you for your opinion. Wow! We’ll allow one exception to this rule, and that’s a Queen song, but it’s only because they recruited David Bowie, and it’s genuinely poignant as opposed to those two previously mentioned tracks. Nalini Marquez (author) on August 13, 2015: Thank you for your comment and for voting up! Just sing along when you’re feeling down. "It’s Not Over" by Secondhand Serenade . (Oh and the acoustic version is just the best!) 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. I fought the law and the law won. The fire, the fight, you're golden. Thank you for the kind and encouraging comment. A good song that everyone can relate to at different points in their lives. I wish you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. 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. I am happy to share it with you! If there’s a better song about human struggle, I would love to hear it immediately. Hi Christy Maria, I agree with you that music has a very powerful effect on how people think and feel, and it can definitely be used as a type of therapy to cope with difficult feelings (such as depression). This song has been motivating people since a very long time. Question: Why don't these songs follow the epic hero cycle? “Movin’ On Up” is arguably the band’s greatest ever track, and though Bobby Gillespie doesn’t have the best voice, his attitude-filled delivery here is so sublime. I am glad you like the list and I hope that these songs inspire you for whatever you need and that you have inspiration-filled days. 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. Beyoncé is quoted with having written "Survivor" in order to write Destiny's Child "out of all [the] negativity" that was surrounding the group at one point in time. Never give in, never give 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. The 1980s might be the perfect metaphor for the job of a recruiter. The Impressions had range. But nothing will ever be quite like this, especially when you’re trying to pump yourself up to break up with a relationship that hasn’t been working for five months. It means the works of an artist have outlived their physical consciousness, and that seems like the highest bar someone can reach in the creative fields. Nalini Marquez (author) on June 03, 2018: Thank you for your message and for letting me know that some of the songs on this list were of help to you up to the day of your surgery. One of them is symbolic and inspiring, and fits with the message of this hub. Voted up☺. Keep on fighting, out of the dark into the light! You’re gonna do your best, When you take a test. 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. I hope you enjoy checking out the songs that you haven't heard of :-). It’s easy to be mentally and emotionally swallowed by our own circumstances, but in her writing and vocal delivery, Des’ree embodies all the qualities she wants us to strive for, and it’s nothing short of inspiring. :-). Nalini Marquez (author) on January 20, 2016: Hi Lukiz Tsjzi, you're welcome! :-) Sending you much health and light in your recovery and journey! I need songs like this to inspire me every day. Thank you so much for this list. I hope it is able to help others as it has helped you. I know now, this is who I really am inside. People are feeling dejected and powerless, and it can be easy to just hang our heads and wallow in sorrow. Something like "Fix You" by Coldplay, especially when they say "when you try your best and you don't succeed." 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 … So when Kendricks sings, “I’m duckin’ / For your love through sleet and snow,” just pretend that said “snow and sleet” is depression and anxiety, and the chorus will probably apply to your current situation. Looking for more songs? Some interesting videos too, as I just have to go back and click another one or two.... Nalini Marquez (author) on October 11, 2015: Hi suraj punjabi, I like those two songs too. IDK who checks these messages or who adds songs to the list, but I would like for that person (people) to listen to Kenny Chesney and Dave Matthew's "I'm Alive." I have always found something to sing about, and for that I cannot apologize.". 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