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32 Inspirational Songs that Keep You Motivated for Life

Written by Hoi Wan
Hoi is a mobilist who blogs about technology trends and productivity.
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Music has been a source of entertainment, motivation, and mood buster since historical times. Over the years, artists have written songs about life, experiences, love, pain, etc. Depending on the phase of your life, you might have a special inclination towards a specific melody, such as motivational music, romantic lyrics, or inspirational songs.

When you feel discouraged or helpless and don’t feel like discussing it with anyone, finding comfort in motivational songs becomes necessary. While sometimes you just need the inspiration to reach your goals, these songs also provide an emotional lift to a goalless life.

You would be amazed at the power of inspirational music as sometimes they prove to be miraculously boosting to a tired soul. Not only do these songs help you feel motivated but also help you become a better individual. Some seek motivational advice, while others simply get inspired through music.

If you plan to stay focused on the course of life, you will find this list of best motivational songs very uplifting and useful.

32 Motivational Songs You Need to Hear

1. Stronger – Kelly Clarkson

If you found yourself in a situation when things did not go as planned, and you feel down and lonely, then listen to this wonderful composition by Kelly Clarkson. It is one of the most upbeat songs about life. And who knows? You might yourself come back fighting after listening to this one.

2. Don’t Stop Believing – Journey

This one is a gem of a melody that reminds you why you started your journey in the first place. Sometimes people tend to lose focus halfway down on account of minor setbacks. Let this song remind your purpose and bring back the same amount of motivation. Whether it is love or life, this song proves to be relevant to anything and everything dear to you.


3. Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

Setting out to do something unconceivable is very much possible, and history has numerous records to prove it. However, it will never be easy, so you need some external motivation to show you how powerful you are. Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell’s “Ain’t no mountain high enough” is one of those songs that motivate you to achieve the unthinkable.

4. Save the World – Swedish House Mafia

“Nobody kicks a dead dog.” If you want to make a difference, you got to rub off that dust and get back on your journey. The only person that has the power to make it happen is you, and that is what this song is a reminder of. It is one of the most inspirational songs for life.

5. Skyscraper – Demi Lovato

Life is as you plan to take it, and if you are strong, no obstacle can stop you from achieving what you intend to. The song’s first few lines say, “Go on and try to tear me down. I will be rising from the ground”. The song teaches you to keep the fire burning within your heart and win – no matter what!

6. Get up Stand up – Bob Marley

Bob Marley’s “get up stand up” song is the best inspirational song that we know of yet. The lyrics of the song helps to motivate any person who is feeling down or has lost hope.

7. You’re Beautiful – James Blunt

There are times in our lives that we like to relish certain moments. “You’re beautiful” by James Blunt is one such melody that takes up back in those memorable moments and gives you the motivation to keep going in life.

8. It’s My Life – Bon Jovi

You and only you get to make choices for your life. And there should be no procrastination about things that matter to you. In the words of Bon Jovi, “It’s my life. And it’s now or never”.


9. Beautiful – Christina Aguilera

This song teaches you to maintain a positive outlook towards life. It tells you that what others opine of you is irrelevant because you are beautiful in your way.

10. Tubthumping – Chumbawumba

Numerous people give up when they are faced with failures or hit back. They don’t realize that failure is only when you are ready to accept that you have failed. Tubthumping is an uplifting soul song that reminds you never to give up.

11. Fight Song – Rachel Platten

When you need motivation after failing on something, listen to the “fight song” by Rachel Platten. It will motivate you to face any obstacles and shine again with your strengths.

12. You Gotta Be – Des Ree

This song is a blessing for those who feel unsure of their next step. In the light of uncertainty, “you gotta be” helps you challenge whatever the future holds.

13. We are the Champions – Queen

You are not alone if you feel that you made a mistake and had to suffer. Pick up any life story, and you will hear the instances of constant failures. People make bad mistakes, but it is important to think past them and achieve your goals.

14. Not Afraid – Eminem

Why think you are alone when you benefit from support from your near and dear ones. And why not be someone who offers a helping hand to the needy now and then? This melody teaches us the power of walking together.


15. Just Like Fire – P!nk

“Just like fire” shows us how we can excel in everything we desire only if we have the power of self-belief.

16. Where is the Love? – Black Eyed Peas

Not everything in life is in our control. We can only have an impact on things that are in our control. This beautiful song has a deeper meaning that explains that the only thing that matters is focusing and directing your energies to things you can control.

17. Human

The name of the song itself says that we are human. And humans tend to commit mistakes. You need to take a break every once in a while and don’t beat yourself up for past mistakes.

18. Lust For Life – Iggy Pop

If you want to feel inspired, do things you love and crave. That and only that would satisfy your lust for life and lead you to the path of success.

19. Remember the Name – Fort Minor

This melody teaches numerous lessons. It tells us that luck and hard work go hand in hand, and there is no substitute. You need to be ready to give your 100% to reach your destination.

20. What a Feeling – Irene Cara

Almost every success story started with something small, but the belief and focus turned them into magnificent. “What a feeling” is a reminder of this message.


21. Harder, Better, Faster – Daft Punk

If you read the words and feel motivated a little, wait until you listen to this song. You will have a renewed energy to work harder, better and faster.

22. Walking on Sunshine – Katrina and the Waves

There are times when it just becomes very important to stop and feel good. Life is not a race, so it’s okay to feel good sometimes. This song is just a reminder to enjoy the good feeling.

23. Perfect Day – Lou Reed

Lou Reed’s “perfect day” is another song that focuses on the importance of leaving the problems alone for a while. They must enjoy a break now and then.

24. Don’t Worry be Happy – Bobby McFerrin

If nothing motivates you or you feel that your life has disappointed you with so many troubles, listen to this song. It is one of the evergreen and soul uplifting songs that are guaranteed to bring a smile to the faces of tired souls.

25. Imagine – John Lennon

Other people and events directly impact your life. Imagine what it would be like if they were not on your journey. Everything matters, and that is what this John Lennon song is about.

26. Always Look on the Bright Side of Life – Monty Python

It’s not just a song but a clear message on how one should live their life. Bad things will keep happening as they are a part of your life but what matters is that you focus only where you see sunshine.


27. Here Comes the Sun – The Beatles

Are you tired of taking too long to reach your desired goals? Here is a soul-assuring song that is sure to lift your spirits.

28. Beautiful Day – U2

This song is a great reminder of how we have a choice every to either celebrate our triumphs or cry over the spilled milk. Every day is beautiful only if you open your eyes to it.

29. Lovely Day – Bill Withers

There are times in life when we cannot find proper answers or solutions. “lovely day” by Bill Withers reminds us that there is always an answer that we haven’t yet found. Keep digging, and you will seek.

30. Stand By Me ~ Ben E. King

If you want to self-assure that you are on the right path and even when things are tough, it has not shaken your resolve.

31. Teardrop – Massive Attack

It’s okay to realize that you made a mistake. The teardrop song is an ode to those who have lost faith and are looking for the light at the end of the tunnel.

32. What a Wonderful World –  Louis Armstrong

If you haven’t yet listened to this wonderful piece of lyrical melody by Louis Armstrong, you have yet to realize the power of inspiration. The lyrics would rejuvenate your soul and fill it with hope and happiness. “What a wonderful world” will make you fall in love with life again.


Final Words

The world has been blessed with the songs of countless artists whose melodies are meant to bring back your enthusiasm and courage. We are humans and undeniably likely to make mistakes, fail, or get demotivated. In times like these, one needs the power of positivity.

The list of motivational and inspirational songs mentioned in this write-up would lift your morale and bring back the same gusto that you were meant to ride on.

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