Keep on fighting, out of the dark into the light! Shania Twain at the 2011 Juno Awards in St. Lawrence Market, Toronto, Ontario, Canada in March 2011. Voted up, Great Job! Rachel Platten "Fight Song" #1? Keep updating this amazing hub! Hi pstraubie48, I am glad many of these songs are able to soothe the raw edges and calm the angst! 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. It’s fun. Have a wonderful day! “To sing the blues you’ve got to live the dues / And carry on,” they sing, and that sentiment might sound like a bit of a downer, but unfortunately, we live in a yin and yang world. Nalini Marquez (author) on April 07, 2016: Hi ProfessorTaudio, thank you for your comment, for the vote up, and for checking out my hub! It's a great song. At least I'll know I tried.") If you’re trying to psych yourself into getting out of a mundane job/relationship/town this is the song to scream. Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on December 16, 2015: Great list, Nalini. This song is, in truth, about a break-up with self…facing one’s fears and becoming who one truly is, BUT most people going through a break-up with another person can relate to the very same words. I think you are the first commenter to name "I Can See Clearly Now" as one of their favorites. Some people might find this song morbid and others might find it more comforting, but no one can argue with its brilliance. The Impressions had range. In troubled times, we just have to wait and work hard to see our troubles through. So thanks for the list. I send you loving and positive angels too. Do your best, Such an amazing and beautiful song about the power and capacity of the human spirit. I like this movie title: Eye of the Tiger" by Survivor. :-). 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). But damn let people enjoy things. Terry Wyatt/Getty Images. I like it. © 2021 Paste Media Group. Demi Lovato" Skyscraper is interesting. Take for example its final track “Can’t Stop the World”—a bouncy, driving guitar pop song about a broken heart and car. 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. Thanks Nalini. When they teamed up with similarly mythical figure David Bowie on 1982’s “Under Pressure,” it was always going to be a megahit. Nalini Marquez (author) on April 07, 2015: Thank you for your comment and for letting me know about that song! on September 16, 2015: Well detailed I can see why it's hard to maintain this post. Primal Scream’s 1991 album Screamadelica is near perfect, blending rock, dance and gospel music seamlessly, and you’d be hard pressed to find a better combination of those genres on an album since then. Nalini Marquez (author) on January 27, 2016: Hi Bob, you're welcome! There are so many different voices present in this song. 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. Cereal and orange juice You’ll be in the finest mood, And get your highest score! I have always found something to sing about, and for that I cannot apologize.". 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. Nice meeting you. It’s about as whimsical as hip-hop albums come. It is an empowering song and it does make it like things are not as bad as they seem. There’s a reason that “A Change is Gonna Come” became one of the most important songs of its era. Daft Punk – ‘Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger’ Nalini Marquez (author) on February 11, 2016: I (the hub author/Nalini Marquez) am the one who checks the messages and adds songs to the list. Looking for more songs? Remember, it's the thought that counts with respect to the message! The lines of the song strive to bring together lovers who are separated by distance, but the metaphorical obstacles here (mountains, valleys and rivers) can be just about anything. Listen with an open mind and you might realize the words also apply to you. She tends to write about having a positive attitude. I am glad to see it grow too and to have people enjoy it. 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. 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. 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.”. Music that makes you feel powerful and strong! In a time of global quarantine, we’re perhaps more aware than ever of the passage of time, particularly the slowness of it when everything around us comes grinding to a halt. I need songs like this to inspire me every day. I need song about trying your best and still failing. it is nice and interesting. "It’s Not Over" by Secondhand Serenade . Ask someone who invented rock ‘n’ roll and the answers you’ll probably get are Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Bo Diddley or Fats Domino. “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. 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. Sing to whatever you need to in order to overcome those challenges and go forward. This song has been motivating people since a very long time. Nalini Marquez (author) on October 24, 2016: Hi whatwhat9, thank you for your opinion. 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. It’s amazing what a song can do in just two-and-a-half minutes. This isn’t a time for the trite theatrics of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’” or the overwhelming garishness of Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger.” We need the riches of gospel and soul music and heartfelt, melancholy classic rock—music that’s been bruised and lived to tell the tale. Hi GlennAnderson856, you are most welcome! "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. We've got the modern dance winner anthems you deserve for being awesome and the best. Beck – Loser. Hi, thanks for these songs, you have good taste! All of them are powerful! :-). This coronavirus pandemic is testing our will power, and we’re not even sure how long we have to endure these circumstances. Thank you so much for this list. This is your time, your moment. Even though I cried my eyes at on most of the songs, they still gave me inspiration to keep fighting through this. Nalini Marquez (author) on April 06, 2016: Hi greeneyedblondie, thank you for your comment and for appreciating the growth of this list! Nalini Marquez (author) on March 05, 2016: Hi Jordi Bassaganas, thank you for the comment and follow. I shall listen them sometime. "I'll Make a Man Out of You"—Roger Bart, from Disney. Thank you for your comment and song suggestion! Nalini Marquez (author) on October 29, 2015: Hi sammy, I'm glad you love the list and you are most welcome! Follow her on Twitter @LizzieManno. Queen are essentially gods of uplifting, gargantuan rock. The problem is, most people don't take note of the lyrics. 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. Here are the 20 best songs for writers and about writing in an ultimate writing mixtape that spans from Fats Waller to Kate Bush and Weird Al Yankovic. "Move Along" by the All American Rejects is quite creative: good stuff guys. Linda Robinson from Cicero, New York on October 02, 2015: Hi Nalini what a fun and very interesting hub to read. Especially "I Can See Clearly Now by Johnny Cash" and the video of "Carry On" by Fun is really joyful...Some of these songs are already on my iPod. Chances are she's made (or will eventually make) a list that fits your musical needs. Nalini Marquez (author) on December 14, 2016: Thank you for your comment and for sharing your "Fight Song" :-). People are feeling dejected and powerless, and it can be easy to just hang our heads and wallow in sorrow. But she’s the best girl I’ve ever had. Answer: I hadn't heard that song before you mentioned it. What are your favorite leadership songs—the ones that get you fired up and ready to run the world? Fundamental questions: What are we living for? Nalini Marquez (author) on February 07, 2016: Hi trusouldj, thank you for your comment and for the song suggestion! Thumbs up. Check out the Spotify playlist I’ve created at the very bottom. 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. Every try will not succeed. Say Anything performing live at the House of Blues in San Diego, CA on the "Hebrews Tour" July 26, 2014. I love these songs! Here, Levi Stubbs asks if our “hope is gone,” “life is filled with much confusion” or if our “world around is crumblin’ down.” In this scenario, we’ll say yes to all three—to which, Stubbs lovingly replies (yep, you guessed it), “I’ll be there!”. His slight yet easily recognizable vocal drawl is uniquely American and perfect for lofty radio rock songs like “I Won’t Back Down” and “Free Fallin.’” The gripping former track is fairly nebulous, hence why it was used in political campaigns of both parties, but Petty posits an important universal truth without sounding like a sap: most things worth doing are hard. “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'm trying to keep my cool I know it shows ... RELATED: 23 Best Love Songs About Falling For Your Best Friend. From my Baby Boom generation, I would recommend "Long Promised Road" by the Beach Boys. You have every reason to remember the name! You’re gonna do your best, When you take a test. Nalini Marquez (author) on March 31, 2016: Hi bryanmatthew, thank you for your comment. I am glad you liked it :-). Happy listening :-). Don't give up! Nalini Marquez (author) on November 11, 2015: Thank you for your comments and for taking the time to check out my hub! 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. You are most welcome and thank you for the comment! It is wonderful to hear that this hub is being used to help others in such varied and new ways. Songs: "Big Deal" by Carolyn Arends. Nice list, there are no doubt many songs like these around. You must fight adversity with all you got. Nalini Marquez (author) on March 17, 2016: Thank you for your comment and you are most welcome for the list! Move mountains. Hit hard at the battle that's confronting you! When we feel at our weakest, sometimes the best pep talk can come from a song. Check them both out below. While it has a catchy and almost upbeat feel concerning hard times, the message in the song doesn't have much in it that uplifts during hard times. It’s wild. Voted up☺. I fought the law and the law won. suraj punjabi from jakarta on October 10, 2015: The Beatles Let it be is probably one of my favorite songs of all time. Music is a breath of life as far as I am concerned. I've been guilty of doing this. 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. That and When you believe by Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston (RIP). 1, 21 guns, put down your arms. 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. :-). to listen to all the time. I admire its message of undying concern. I think lots of modern pop music has simply lost or denied its true ability to convey powerful messages as a form of art. Find the fighter. A good song that everyone can relate to at different points in their lives and that has a message of hope, strength, and resilience. 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." Something like "Fix You" by Coldplay, especially when they say "when you try your best and you don't succeed." 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. I hope the song is able to help others too and I will keep the song in mind for when I go back to adding songs to this hub. Thank you for your comment and for the song suggestions! Hopefully we can all help each other in that process on this planet. ("Big deal. Nalini Marquez (author) on March 18, 2016: Hi techwindow, thank you for your comment and you're welcome for the list. Great job! Nalini has an ear for curating good music. And thank you for sharing that quote with me. I wish you a wonderful day :-)! :-). I think I've heard the chorus of that song but I am going to give it a "true listen" as I don't think I've heard the whole thing. I hope these songs keep you motivated! Music has a very powerful effect on how people think and feel; therefore, songs like this can be extremely helpful. (Facebook) 18. I like this hub and the way you've put it together, great job! If executed properly, vocal harmonies can sound like a chorus of angels, and as demonstrated by their song “Carry On,” David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash and Neil Young definitely figured out how to squeeze ample radiance from their shared vocals. Hi Learn Things Web, I am glad you like the list and thank you for the song suggestions! I am glad you love these songs and hope that they give you inspiration! Andy Grammer performing live at The Grove L.A. shopping center in Los Angeles California on Wednesday July 30th, 2014. Thank you for your message and I apologize for the delay in response. It’s got one of the most recognizable song intros ever, and though its lyrics are largely what you’d expect, there are a few surprising moments of profundity about the one thing that will save us all: “And love dares you to care for / The people on the edge of the night.”. 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 :). "Shake it Out"—Florence + The Machine, 45. Question: Why don't these songs follow the epic hero cycle? Nalini Marquez (author) on April 20, 2015: Thanks for the feedback and for bookmarking it. All Rights Reserved, Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell: “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”, Nina Simone: “I Think It’s Going to Rain Today”, Queen (feat. Very few things can do that and music does it so well. I am glad you found some song ideas! Thanks! Michael Franti's "Hey World (Don't Give Up)" is really encouraging. This list is going to help me with a music video project for a Video Production class I am in. I am going through a very bad bout of depression and I'm constantly looking for something to uplift me. It's not quite a fit for this list, but it was neat to hear the song. Trade ad for Johnny Nash's single "Let's Move & Groove (Together)". :-). 24. With an angelic gospel boost from backing vocalist Denise Johnson and a killer rhythmic guitar motif, this song will make you feel unstoppable. 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. This song can have a couple of interpretations. It's hard to battle with challenges, so it is great to get all the help that we can get. "You Are Loved [Don't Give Up]"—Josh Groban, 38. 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. These are 10 of the best country songs with an inspirational theme. Secondhand Serenade boldly states that … I think that's one of the things that makes music great. If there’s a better song about human struggle, I would love to hear it immediately. As a quote, and I imagine in the context of the movie, it's a good reminder of the importance and power of music/singing at important points in life, in hard times, and when we can't find things to sing about. Track 12 “Tread Water” features talking animals like a hungry squirrel and a crocodile in a flower-covered hat, and each of these zany creatures agree on the same life advice during their conversations with Trugoy the Dove and Posdnuos: to tread water. Nalini Marquez (author) on March 12, 2016: Hi Discordzrocks, thank you for your comment and song suggestion. Sing to your cat. Thanks. I agree with you on music and I think that that is part of what makes it great. I'd rather not try and fail." One of her biggest hits “You Gotta Be” might set the bar high, but it’s good to remember that fixing our problems often comes down to the same basic things, albeit easier said than done. "Pocketful of Sunshine"—Natasha Bedingfield, 8. Whatever the method you choose to try and make your argument to get back together, here’s a great selection of getting back together songs to choose from. :-). / Oh no, not I, I will survive,” Gaynor proclaims with glitzy flair. One of them is symbolic and inspiring, and fits with the message of this hub. “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. Hi Linda, nice to meet you too! Hopefully we come to hear more music that conveys these kinds of messages in the future as that is music of the best kind! Help me keep adding to it! I fought the law and the law won. There are many inspiring tracks on here Super hub! 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. Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora on stage. 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! I wish you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Guys! Everybody Hurts by REM and Animal by Kesha are two other great inspirational songs. Songs about being strong, not giving up on yourself or whatever you're facing, are prevalant in music. 8. Coldplay, "Shiver" She famously sang the song at the March on Washington in 1963, and other early live versions capture that same powerful weight as well. 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." Nalini Marquez (author) on October 12, 2015: Hi minato, thank you for your comment and feedback. They're both part of important stages. Listen to the full playlist on Spotify right here. Pretty much any version of this protest anthem will do—Pete Seeger has a goosebump-inducing live version where the crowd joins in, Toots and the Maytals turned the song into reggae gold and Bruce Springsteen recorded a calming studio version—but Joan Baez’s rendition makes me weep the most. This is a must listen for all those who love being motivated. I played this song to my mum when she was battling cancer and although it beat her in the end, she fought a great 7 year battle. :-). 3. country, or opera, you'll find something that resonates with you and there is a lot of inspirational music for difficult times to be found! Because "Mr. Music Executive" is given two choices: "lay on your ass and get richer or write your own songs." Good and uplifting music is always a great addition to life. Welcome to HubPages :-). Music is so powerful, it goes directly to both your heart and brain. Mood, and we ’ ve ever had video by Monday Shiver these! 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