Have you ever felt a little bit down and needed a mood lifter? Here are 10 songs that are sure to provide you with inspiration.
10) Cyndi Lauper – True Colors
Cyndi Lauper’s “True Colors” calls on everyone to cast aside their fear and show the world who they truly are. These true colors are beautiful because they are uniquely you.
9) Secret Garden (feat. Brian Kennedy) or Josh Groban – You Raise Me Up
“You Raise Me Up” is a tribute to all of those in your life who raise you up to be the best you can be. It gives thanks to them for their support and kindness.
8) Louis Armstrong – What a Wonderful World
Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World” was meant as the antithesis to the escalating racial and political tensions of life in the United States. The song has an optimistic tone regarding the future.
7) R.E.M. – Everybody Hurts
R.E.M.’s “Everybody Hurts” addresses the common feelings of loneliness and depression, telling those who would despair that they’re not alone, that everyone feels this way at some point in their lives. The song tells them to hold on, because you’re not alone.
6) Michael Jackson – Earth Song
“Earth Song” calls in the people of this world to join together and help each other, the world. We destroy it with all the wars and the greed, and “Earth Song” eloquently tells us to stop our petty squabbling, because we’re destroying the best part of life.
5) Dream Theater – The Spirit Carries On
Dream Theater’s “The Spirit Carries On” speaks of overcoming one’s fears. The song tells everyone that there is no need to fear death, because there’s something more out there. It’s a very uplifting and optimistic piece, which is unusual for a song that revolves around death.
4) Journey – Don’t Stop Believin’
Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’” follows two people as they search for something, for love. For those who haven’t found love yet, to them the song says don’t stop believing.
3) Survivor – Eye of the Tiger
“Eye of the Tiger” inspires the listener to persevere, to get back up every time you fall. It motivates the listener to keep fighting, to keep their dreams alive, and to never give up.
2) Peter Gabriel (featuring Kate Bush) – Don’t Give Up
Peter Gabriel’s “Don’t Give Up” deals with the devastation of unemployment and never giving up hope, because there are so many others. The song tells the listener that you’re not alone, that life will get better.
1) Imagine – John Lennon
Lennon’s “Imagine” asks us to imagine a world that isn’t divided by religion, possessions, politics, and so there is no war. It is a much better place. The words inspire us to strive for peace and to live in harmony with other people.
Listen to any one of these with your headphones on, tune in and turn up.