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Best Songs For Encouragement, According To Enthusiasts

When you want to feel motivated, you need motivating songs from people who’ve taken on the hard times and come through life unscathed.

That’s why we’ve found some awesome musical affirmations that are among the most inspirational songs ever written. Listening to these is going to ensure you have plenty of “get up and go”!

The Best Motivational Songs To Get You Moving

Daft Punk – Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger

Daft Punk - Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger

You don’t have to be a gym bro to use this inspiring song as your daily backdrop to give you a lift! (And yes, you can hear this one of our best inspirational songs in the Kanye West number “Stronger” too as it’s been sampled into that track.

Give it a listen here.

Louis Armstrong – What A Wonderful World

Louis Armstrong - What A Wonderful World

The music video is awesome for this inspirational music but you don’t really need visuals to realize that this one of our inspiring songs is written directly from the heart.

Some people have said that this song saved their lives when they heard it at the right moment in their lives and we can believe it.

Give it a listen here.

Kelly Clarkson – Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)

Kelly Clarkson - Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)

‘What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger,’ might sound like a throwaway line from a pop artist like Katy Perry but in reality, Kelly Clarkson took her inspiration from Nietzsche the German philosopher!

It’s a call to get back up again once you’ve been knocked down.

Give it a listen here.

Rachel Platten – Fight Song

Rachel Platten - Fight Song

This is drawn from Rachel’s life story and it encourages you to fight when confronted with the obstacles of life.

We often feel like we’re gonna live forever when we listen to this original song which has so much power and energy in it.

Give it a listen here.

Bon Jovi – Livin On A Prayer

Bon Jovi - Livin On A Prayer

This is the anthem of Tommy and Gina, a working-class couple getting together and then trying to make ends meet.

It’s their love and drive that keeps them together and this solid rock record is enough to lift anybody’s heart. (We like to play it back to back with Europe’s The FInal Countdown for maximum effect – a song that charted at the same time as this one).

Give it a listen here.

Christina Aguilera feat. Lil Kim – Can’t Hold Us Down

Christina Aguilera feat. Lil Kim - Can't Hold Us Down

This one’s for the ladies – it involves two tough women who’ve been through tough times making a bold statement about their own sexuality and it sees creepy men being put in their place.

This is one of those songs that is really “out of the mold” for the artist who is best known for less confrontational tunes like “Beautiful”.

Give it a listen here.

Destiny’s Child – Survivor

Destiny's Child - Survivor

This was a massive hit for Queen Bey and the superstars of Destiny’s Child and it was meant to be used to give a finger to your haters as you show that life’s got nothing that can hold you back and spoil your good time.

Listening to this can help you get through nearly any though situation and it sounds great!

Give it a listen here.

Survivor – Eye Of The Tiger

Survivor - Eye Of The Tiger

Yes, it was the Rocky theme and it’s one of the most inspirational songs ever put together. It details the boxer’s struggles to go from down and out to the top of the world.

You can almost hear Slyvester Stallone’s footsteps on the stairs in Philadelphia while listening to this. You know this is for winners.

Give it a listen here.

Elton John – I’m Still Standing

Elton John - I'm Still Standing

A nice tune from Sir Elton that deals with the best way to come back from a relationship challenge – get back on your feet and face the world with your head high.

It’s meant to help you deal with the tough times and it works.

Give it a listen here.

John Lennon – Imagine

John Lennon - Imagine

This was released as an anti-Vietnam war song but has become an anthem of everyone who wants to be inspired by a vision of a better, kinder world.

Give it a listen here.

David Bowie – Heroes

David Bowie - Heroes

This song is about a couple kissing as the Berlin Wall comes down and it has become one of Bowie’s most loved songs.

It’s meant to be a song of the strength of the human spirit in the face of the deepest adversity.

Give it a listen here.

Journey – Don’t Stop Believing

Journey - Don't Stop Believing

Nothing, perhaps, on our list has as blunt a message as this song. It’s speaking directly from the heart as it encourages you to keep on believing in yourself as you go for gold.

Give it a listen here.

Final Thoughts On the Most Inspirational Songs

We hope that you’ve found an inspirational song to act as your personal theme song here and that the right track has inspired you to get started with that project you’ve been putting off.

Self-empowerment via the medium of music has never been easier. Tap into that self-belief and soar!

We’ve got some other awesome tracklists for you too including the best songs for underdogs, the best songs for speed, and the best songs about victory too! Enjoy!