Top 15 Inspirational Songs to Motivate and Inspire You!

We all are consumers of music. Many of us are producers of music. Some of us have a natural ability with an instrument. Some of us have brilliant voices. Errm. I’m not one of them! But I certainly listen to music. The point I want to make is that regardless of how much or little music we consume or create, it massively shapes how we feel and interpret the world.

We might make a conscious decision to play our favourite artist, or perhaps you’re being forced to listen to background music. Regardless, that piece of music is going to impact upon you in some way. Maybe big, maybe small. Sometimes we hear music that instantly brings back a memory. It takes you back to that very moment. More importantly, you re-live how you felt in that moment.  Other music will simply make you feel something – depending on the nature of the song.

If you create music, then it’s likely an expression of how you feel, or perhaps how you want to feel. In essence, we link our memories and feelings to music!

But what happens when we just get out of bed the wrong way? It might be a bad hair day, getting stuck in traffic or sometimes we just feel like shit for no apparent reason. What do we instinctively do? We automatically adapt our music to how we feel. If we feel good, we listen to positive upbeat music (insert your favourite feel good music here), if we feel bad, we find appropriately depressing music to enhance how we feel in that moment.

Using Music as a Pattern Interruption

I’m a big believer in making a conscious choice in the selection of positive upbeat music that will influence our feelings and mood. It does feel quite strange to listen to overly positive music when you feel absolutely lousy. I think to myself ‘why the hell do I want to listen to this!’. But, my ultimate goal is to help change my thoughts and feelings – even if only slight.

Top 15 Inspirational Songs

So, I thought I would share with you, my current top 15 songs to motivate and inspire. Let me know if you can relate, and leave your song suggestions in a comment below!

01. Heather Small – Proud

Sample lyrics:

I look into the window of my mind
Reflections of the fears I know I’ve left behind
I step out of the ordinary
I can feel my soul ascending
I’m on my way
Can’t stop me now
And you can do the same (yeah)
What have you done today to make you feel proud?

Why I like this song: To me, Proud is all about standing up tall and strong, exactly as you are – and learning to feel proud about being the ‘real’ you – with all eccentricities and unique talents and abilities included!  I found this song years ago as part of the Queer As Folk soundtrack, and it’s always stuck with me as a ‘pick me up’ song to be proud of who you are now and all your accomplishments!


02. Jimmy Eat World – The Middle

Sample lyrics:

Hey, don’t write yourself off yet
It’s only in your head you feel left out or looked down on.
Just try your best, try everything you can.
And don’t you worry what they tell themselves when you’re away.

Live right now.
Yeah, just be yourself.
It doesn’t matter if it’s good enough for someone else.

Why I like this song: I think this is a great reminder to stop ‘overthinking’ and live in the present moment. Who cares about what others think about you – it’s far more important to be yourself!

03. OneRepublic – Good Life

Sample Lyrics:

Woke up in London yesterday
Found myself in the city near Piccadilly
Don’t really know how I got here
I got some pictures on my phone

New names and numbers that I don’t know
Address to places like Abbey Road
Day turns to night, night turns to whatever we want
We’re young enough to say

Oh this has gotta be the good life
This has gotta be the good life
This could really be a good life, good life

Why I like this song: This brings back many happy memories of travelling Europe with my sister. It’s upbeat, uplifting and always puts me in a great mood. It’s a great song to make you feel like the world is your oyster – ready and ripe for exploration with lots of new experiences to be had.


04. Black Eyed Peas – I Gotta Feeling

Sample Lyrics:

I gotta feeling (oooooo hoooo) that tonight’s gonna be a good night
That tonight’s gonna be a good night
That tonight’s gonna be a good good night

Why I like this song: Ok, so the lyrics aren’t amazingly inspirational, but its a really fun song. A great mood booster!


05. Katy Perry – Firework

Sample lyrics:

Do you ever feel like a plastic bag
Drifting through the wind, wanting to start again?
Do you ever feel, feel so paper thin
Like a house of cards, one blow from caving in?

Do you ever feel already buried deep?
Six feet under screams, but no one seems to hear a thing
Do you know that there’s still a chance for you
‘Cause there’s a spark in you?

You just gotta ignite the light and let it shine
Just own the night like the 4th of July

‘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

Why I like this song: the lyrics really speak for themselves. I love the fact that it’s a really fun song, it’s upbeat, uplifting. More importantly, it’s about getting in touch with your inner power and being yourself. Looking beyond those self doubts and negative self talk.


06. Natasha Bedingfield – Unwritten

Sample lyrics:

I am unwritten, can’t read my mind, I’m undefined
I’m just beginning, the pen’s in my hand, ending unplanned

Staring at the blank page before you
Open up the dirty window
Let the sun illuminate the words that you could not find

Why I like this song: Unwritten to me is a reminder that we can write the story of our life exactly as we wish. I think it makes a good morning song, as you could relate it to shaping your day ahead.


07. Haddaway – Life

Sample lyrics:

Time is gettin’ cold what is going on
What is on your mind are your feelings gone

Need to see it clear where do we go
Why are you doing things all the things you do yeah

Life will never be the same life is changin’ yeah yeah
Life will never be the same life is changin’

Everybody needs somebody to love to love

Why I like this song: This song has obvious lyrics to do with relationships and needing somebody to love, but I love the line ‘Life will never be the same, life is changing’. To me it’s all about focusing on making positive changes in life. Taking one step forward, knowing that you can never go back but it’s all okay because the change is for the best!


08. David Guetta – Just for One Day (Heroes)

Sample lyrics:

We can be heroes, just for one day.

Why I like this song: David Guetta’s take on the song ‘Just for One Day’. The lyrics couldn’t be more obvious! It’s a ‘pick me up’ feel good song about being heroes. I’ll let you pick the meaning you get from it!


09. Widelife feat Simone Denny – All things

Sample lyrics:

You came into my life
And my world never looked so bright
It’s true, you bring out the best in me
When you are around
When you are around
All things just keep getting better!

Why I like this song: This song was the theme tune to the TV show ‘Queer Eye for the Straight Guy’. The TV show highlighted a team of gay guys who would pick a straight male for a ‘makeover’. This would not only be a physical transformation but a change in habits and mindset, more importantly a change in confidence. I think this song captures the element of ‘life getting better’, as well as you becoming more confident in your own skin.

10. LMC vs U2 – Take Me To The Clouds Above

Sample lyrics:

There’s a boy i know
He’s the one i dream of
Looked into my eyes
Take me to the clouds above
Take me to the clouds above
(clouds above clouds above…..)
Take me to the clouds above
(clouds above clouds above…..)

Why I like this song: Although still a happy / upbeat song, For me, ‘Take Me to The Clouds Above’ is a great ‘reflective’ / chill out song. It’s not heavy on lyrics, but makes great positive thinking music!

11. Ace of Base – Beautiful Life

Sample lyrics:

You can do what you want to, just seize the day
What you’re doing tomorrow’s gonna come your way
Don’t you ever consider givin’ up, you will find, oh

It’s a beautiful life, oh oh
It’s a beautiful life, oh oh
It’s a beautiful life, oh oh
I just wanna be here, beside you
And stay until the break of dawn

Why I like this song: Another song where the lyrics speak for themselves. A perfect song to help you feel more gratitude for your life, and keep working towards your dreams!


12. Enigma – Return to Innocence

Sample lyrics:

Love, devotion
Love, devotion
Feeling, emotion
Feeling, emotion
Don’t be afraid to be weak
Don’t be too proud to be strong
Just look into your heart, my friend
That will be the return to yourself
The return to innocence

Why I like this song: This song is also another great chill out song with some really positive lyrics. I love the line ‘Just look into your heart, my friend, that will be the return to yourself’. To me, this makes for a strong reminder to continually reconnect with our inner self, our inner strength and talents. Time to be true to YOU!


13. Justice Crew – Best Night

Sample Lyrics:

This is, the best night night.
This is the best, This is the best night.
This is the best, and everything’s alright,We live the best life.
This is the best night of my life.

Why I like this song: Another fun / upbeat song which I think is important to help you get in the mood for many mini-celebrations (and I think we should all celebrate OFTEN!)

14. Matthew West – The Story of Your Life

Sample Lyrics:

Is this the end?

Or only the beginning?
The second chance
You never thought you’d get

The question is
Will you do something with it
Or spend your days
Lost in your regret

This is the story of your life
You decide
How the rest is gonna read
This is your chance between the lines
To redefine what kind of legacy you leave
This is the story of your life
And it’s a story worth telling

Why I like this song: This is a really powerful song and a strong reminder to take charge of our lives, as we are the only one to be able to write our individual story.  I also love the line ‘And it’s a story worth telling’. Your life IS worth LIVING, and the story of your life is certainly worth TELLING!


15. Alesso – Years

Sample lyrics:

The sun hits like a bullet of faith
And then suddenly I’m wide awake
Fake bliss, our apologies made
Was an enemy with no escape
My hands were tied
But now they’re not
So grab on to desire and run away

These will be the years
These will be the years
Lights will all appear
These will be the years

Why I like this song: To me, this song is about a chance for freedom and the opportunity to live your life exactly as you planned. It’s about making the most of the NOW and removing any excuses that you previously were holding onto, because you are going to look back on now and realise just how amazing it was.

So that’s my list of top 15 inspirational,  motivational or just simply positive or fun songs! What songs do you listen to to keep you inspired and on track? Feel free to share your list, or individual songs in a comment below! 

Image by Andrew Butitta, flickr. Licensed under Creative Commons.

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