Do you feel trapped in your own little world?
When your world is all about you, your problems seem big and overwhelming. However, if you extend yourself to others and the world outside of yourself, you will find that those petty things in life that annoy you are likely insignificant compared to the large world out there.
Here are 15 songs that will remind you that the world is large while yours is small.
1. “Imagine” – John Lennon
“Imagine all the people living life in peace… Imagine all the people sharing all the world.”
A beautiful song that asks you to look beyond your religion, nationality and material possessions.
2. “Over the Rainbow” – Judy Garland
“Somewhere over the rainbow, bluebirds fly…If happy little bluebirds fly beyond the rainbow why, oh, why can’t I?”
Written for the movie “The Wizard of the Oz” in 1939, this song reminds you that there’s always a happy place out there regardless of whatever situation you are in now.
3. “Colors of the Wind” – Judy Kuhn (as Pocahontas)
“You think the only people who are people, are the people who look and think like you. But if you walk the footsteps of a stranger, you’ll learn things you never knew.”
This Disney classic reminds you to explore the world, people and animals around you from their perspectives.
4. “You Are A Tourist” – Death Cab For Cutie
“And if you feel just like a tourist in the city you were born, then it’s time to go and define your destination.”
This song encourages you to go for your passion, reframe your thinking, and change your current situation when you feel unsatisfied with where you are now.
5. “I’ve Been Everywhere” – Johnny Cash
“I’ve been everywhere, man.”
A fun, country song in which you can replace all the cities’ names with places you have been. The original song lists Australian cities. It was later adapted into many other versions by singers such as Johnny Cash.
6. “Beauty in the world” – Macy Gray
“There is beauty in the world, so much beauty in the world, always beauty in the world.”
A simple, happy song that reminds you to see the beauty around you.
7. “Beautiful Day” – U2
“It’s a beautiful day. Sky falls, you feel like it’s a beautiful day. Don’t let it get away.”
This song encourages you to look for positivity in the world even when your life isn’t going the way you would like it to be.
8. “Heal the world” – Michael Jackson
“Heal the world, make it a better place for you and for me, and the entire human race.”
This Michael Jackson classic reminds you to care for the world outside of your own. Don’t do it just for yourself. Do it for your children and the next generation too.
9. “We Are The World 25 For Haiti” – Various Artists
“We are the world, we are the children, we are the ones who make a brighter day. So let’s start giving.”
Originally recorded for Africa, this song was rerecorded by a group of superstar artists for the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. This song reminds you that you are connected with the rest of the world and empowers you to give to and help others.
10. “A World with You” – Jason Mraz
“Think how many doors we’ll open. Just as many stars are shining. Who knows where we’re going? Yeah who knows what we’ll find?”
This song is about exploring the world and a relationship you are uncertain about.
11. “A Whole New World” – Brad Kane and Lea Salonga (as Aladdin and Jasmine)
“A whole new world. A new fantastic point of view.”
This is a love ballad, but it’s also about seeing the world from a new perspective and discovering its beauty.
12. “How to Save a Life” – The Fray
“And I would have stayed up with you all night, had I known how to save a life.”
A meaningful song that reminds you to step out of your world and reach out to your friends who need help. It’s not about judging or giving advice to your friends. It’s about seeing their world from their point of view, listening to them and giving them the support they need.
13. “World” – Five for Fighting
“What kind of world do you want? Think anything. Let’s start at the start. Build a masterpiece.”
This song empowers you to build your own world.
14. “Heaven on Earth” – Jill-Marie Thomas
“Is this Heaven on Earth? Why have we forgotten? Does our heaven deserve all the pain we’ve given?”
This is the theme song for Clean and Green Singapore 2011. It reminds you to not forget the natural beauty of the world we live in and to be kind to it.
15. “What a Wonderful World” – Louis 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.”
How you feel depends on what you choose to see in life. This song reminds you to take a step out of your life for a moment and admire the beauty around you.
When is the last time you explored the world and did something for the world?
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