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Lessons We Can Learn From 10 Inspiring Songs of All Time

Songs and their lyrics evoke emotions. Inspiring songs perk us up when everything seems gloomy, remind us that we are beautiful no matter what others say, and motivate us when there seems to be no way out. Here are excerpts from the 10 best inspiring songs of all time and their key messages.

1.    ‘Beautiful’ by Christina Aguilera

“ I am beautiful
No matter what they say
Words can’t bring me down”
This song reminds you to see the beauty within yourself. Do not become obsessed with your imperfections, as they are your strength. Do not let other’s define who you are. Let what makes you special shine through.

2.      ‘The Climb’ by Miley Cyrus

“There’s always gonna be another mountain

   I’m always gonna wanna make it move

  Always gonna be a uphill battle

  The struggles I’m facing…

  The chances I’m taking, Sometimes might knock me down,

  But no, I’m not breaking.”

The ability to achieve is one’s greatest asset. There will always be challenges along the way in life. No matter how difficult a journey is, it is worth seeing through to the end.

3.    ‘Don’t Worry, Be Happy’ by Bobby McFerron

“Don’t worry, be happy
Listen to what I say, “In your life expect some trouble, but when you worry you make it double”

One of the best songs ever written to quell anxiety, McFerron wrote this song to help anyone take a moment, relax and join him in his happy feeling. Spending time worrying only causes more difficulty. Instead, just accept that good feeling you can illicit from how wonderful life is.

4.    ‘Power of Dreams’ by Celine Dion

“Deep within each heart
There lies a magic spark
That lights the fire of our imagination
And since the dawn of man
The strength of just “I can”
Has brought together people of all nations”

Deep within our hearts, we all have a dream. The only reason dreams are not realized is because you do not attempt to achieve them. Never undermine your ability and have full faith that if you believe you can do it, you will be able to turn your dreams into reality.

5.    ‘You Gotta Be’ by Des’ree

“You gotta be, you gotta be bad
You gotta be bold, you gotta be wiser
You gotta be hard, you gotta be tough, you gotta be stronger
You gotta be cool, you gotta be calm, you gotta stay together
All I know, all I know love will save the day”

While life is full of challenges and tribulations, take them as a challenge. Release your fears, stand up for what you believe for, do not be afraid to love or to tear. Love will guide us all to succeed and be a better person.

6.     ‘Fireworks’ by Katy Perry

“Cause baby, you’re a firework

Come on, show ’em what you’re worth

Make ’em go, oh, oh, oh

As you shoot across the sky”

This song reminds us to never undermine about abilities. If you ever feel downtrodden or lacking ambition in life, pick yourself up and show the rest what you are worth. Shine bright and achieve what you want. Because you are special and irreplaceable.

7.     ‘If Today Was Your Last Day’ by Nickelback

“Against the grain should be a way of life

What’s worth the price is always worth the fight

Every second counts ’cause there’s no second try

So live like you’re never living twice

Don’t take the free ride in your life”

Never take life for granted. Make every day count and never allow a moment to pass by without giving it meaning. Life is better lived with every moment being lived as if it was your last chance to make a difference.

8.    ‘What a Wonderful World’ by Louie Armstrong

“I see trees of green, red roses too
I see them bloom for me and you
And I think to myself what a wonderful world.

I see skies of blue and clouds of white
The bright blessed day, the dark sacred night
And I think to myself what a wonderful world.”

The song is one of the most powerful and simple messages ever written. The message: to take notice of every bit of the magnitude to life’s amazing aspects. It is awe inspiring and worth appreciating in its every manifestation.

9.     ‘Only Time’ by Enya

“Who can say where the road goes
Where the day flows, only time
And who can say if your love grows
As your heart chose, only time

Who can say if your love grows
As your heart chose
Only time
And who can say where the road goes
Where the day flows, only time”

An enchanting piece that tells us that time brings forth all answers. While knowledge is imperfect, hindsight will help us piece together the answers. Faith in our future is important to keep our spirits high.

10.  Eye of the Tiger’ by Survivor

“Risin’ up, back on the street
Did my time, took my chances
Went the distance
Now I’m back on my feet
Just a man and his will to survive

So many times, it happens too fast
You trade your passion for glory
Don’t lose your grip on the dreams of the past
You must fight just to keep them alive”

Never give up and keep your spirits high to strive through any adversity or obstacle.

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79 Responses to Lessons We Can Learn From 10 Inspiring Songs of All Time

  1. Eri says:

    Music is one of my go-to for drawing inspiration.  “Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible
    to be silent.” –Victor Hugo

  2. Hi Eri, 
    I absolutely agree that music is one great source for drawing inspiration. It can evoke emotions much better than just plain words. Thank you for sharing your thoughts :)

  3. Chrisdaniels22 says:

    #1 “First Breath After Coma”–Explosions in the sky

  4. Hi Chrisdaniel22,
    Thanks for adding more songs to the list. I am listening to this s/ng on Youtube now and must say that I really love the melody! :)

  5. Hi Chrisdaniel22,
    Thanks for adding more songs to the list. I am listening to this s/ng on Youtube now and must say that I really love the melody! :)

  6. Hi Chrisdaniel22,
    Thanks for adding more songs to the list. I am listening to this s/ng on Youtube now and must say that I really love the melody! :)

  7. DD says:

    I am surprised that ypou did not include reggae. Its lite and upbeat tempo is a mood lifter any day.

    my personal favourites are two reggae songs:
    I can see clearly now -Jimmy Cliff
    and
    Shine – Aswad
    Add Tiesto’s “Just Be” to the list

  8. DD says:

    I am surprised that ypou did not include reggae. Its lite and upbeat tempo is a mood lifter any day.

    my personal favourites are two reggae songs:
    I can see clearly now -Jimmy Cliff
    and
    Shine – Aswad
    Add Tiesto’s “Just Be” to the list

  9. DD says:

    I am surprised that ypou did not include reggae. Its lite and upbeat tempo is a mood lifter any day.

    my personal favourites are two reggae songs:
    I can see clearly now -Jimmy Cliff
    and
    Shine – Aswad
    Add Tiesto’s “Just Be” to the list

  10. Hi DD,
    I am listening to “Shine” now..it’s really awesome – The groove of the music is indeed upbeat and cheery! Thanks so much for sharing! These are incredible songs :)

  11. shenz says:

    “Fighter” – Gym Class Heroes — fairly new song, but definitely gets me going!

  12.  Hi Shenz,
    Yes, “Fighter” is a great choice too! The lyrics  inspire us to pick ourselves up when we meet with failure as we would emerge stronger as a person. Thanks for sharing your thoughts! :)

  13.  Hi Shenz,
    Yes, “Fighter” is a great choice too! The lyrics  inspire us to pick ourselves up when we meet with failure as we would emerge stronger as a person. Thanks for sharing your thoughts! :)

  14. Natalie says:

    Thank You for this reminder. There are many songs throughout time that inspire us. I’d like to add an old favorite of mine: Be by Neil Diamond.

    Be

    As a page that aches for a word

    Which speaks on a theme that is timeless

    And the one God will make for your day

    Sing

    As a song in search of a voice that is silent

    And the one God will make for your way

    And we dance

    To a whispered voice

    Overheard by the soul,

    Undertook by the heart

    And you may know it

    If you may know it

  15. Hi Natalie,
    This song is incredible too! Thanks for sharing! :)
    For those who are interested, do visit the link here to check out the song- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Evht41pyNGU

  16. Fit4brain says:

    Wonderful collection!

  17. Erik says:

    Painful list… Whatever works for you though! Music is very powerful. I usually listen to something upbeat & energetic to start my day off on the right foot

  18. Navjot says:

    What a beautiful way to put your thots and so inspiring…i think i will make a list too.

  19. Amit Shaw says:

    Really Superb Collection.

  20. Gloria says:

    Music is a universal language it speaks to all, comforts all and brings peace with its melodies.

  21. Amit Shaw says:

    Yeah Fully Agree with you Gloria. Have a nice weekend.
    Cheers.

  22. Enya songs really makes me feel really great.
    Its like my soul is on peace.

  23. reallty i love all these songs 😀

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  25. Wamstar says:

    one song that comes to my mind is lose yourself  by eminem. It is definitely motivating and sends a very powerful message to not give up.  

  26. Mikel Lito says:

    This insight on motivation is wonderful. While reading through it I was able to apply these traits to achieving success in many aspects of life and business.

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