Best Motivational Songs

Music can be such a fantastic source of motivation, it’s almost like a waste  not to make use of it! The reason why your favorite song can be a great motivator lies therein that music is able to elicit positive emotions within you, hence it can stir a spirit of optimism, energize you and get you into that epic “I can do anything” mindset – if the songs are chosen wisely.

No matter if you need to get motivated for work or studying, search for pump up music for sports or songs that will simply inspire you to boost your creativity, the following list will offer you a huge variety of motivational songs, from all kinds of different genres. If you feel that my list is lacking your favorite motivational songs, please feel free to submit all of your favorite songs that boost your motivation via the comments section at the end of this article and I will make sure to include them into this list as well!

In the following you can find a collection of some of the utmost motivational songs and the best motivational music, separated into the categories Soundtrack Music, Pop, Hip-Hop & Rap, Classic, Rock & Metal and Techno & House. Hint: you should stay away from music that either creates sadness or tiredness, such as ballads and lounge music, as they won’t have a noteworthy motivational benefit. Feel free to skip to each section by using the following short-links.

Table of Content

I. The Top 10 Motivational Songs
II. Motivational Songs sorted by Category

A) Motivational Soundtrack Music
B) Motivational Pop Songs
C) Motivational Hip-Hop & Rap Songs
D) Motivational Classic Songs
E) Motivational Rock & Metal Songs
F) Motivational Techno & House Music

III. Motivational Music submitted by Readers

All right, let’s get started with this list. I hope you like it and even more important, I hope you find some amazing songs that allow you to boost motivation!

I. The Top 10 Motivational Songs

#1 Jorge Quintero300 Violin Orchestra

Some call it an epic song, others consider it to be “the best pump up song that ever existed“. But these are just notations, more important is what this song makes you feel like. For me, it makes me want to get up, running around the block or doing something productive/creative.  Amazingly, it radiates a feeling of optimism and stirs the desire for heroic adventures. This song has everything an excellent motivational song needs, stomping drums, main strings accompanied by string hits and an epic choir rounded up with a supporting bass in the background. The song was featured in the introduction video of the first MLB game in 2009 and the ABC television series “Flash forward“.

#2 Steve JablonskyArrival to Earth

If you haven’t considered listening to motivational soundtrack scores for motivation, you should definitely give it a trail. Steve Jablonsky‘s songs for the Transformers trilogy are highly addictive and the song “Arrival to Earth” is amazingly motivating, even though I haven’t even seen the movies themselves. I simply wasn’t interested in the Transformers movies. Nonetheless, this motivational soundtrack song elicits a feeling of hope, but also peace and tranquility mixed with glory. All in all, I consider this song as a heroic theme that leaves a lasting impression on the listener.

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#3 50 CentReady for war (Mayweather vs De La Hoya remix)

I’m not sure if you are into hip-hop, but this remix is just fantastic, even if you do not like hip-hop at all. It’s a fantastic remix of a song by 50 cent, called “Ready for war“. It’s only instrumental, but nonetheless, very motivating and energizing. The perfect work-out music! The continuously clapping drums will make you want to go for more than you ever achieved, to overcome the obstacles and to reach even the most aspiring goals!

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#4 Ennio MorriconeThe Ecstasy of Gold

This song is a fabulous classic. It’s (once again) a truly motivational soundtrack song from the film “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” (1966) and was composed and orchestrated by Ennio Morricone. Every part of this song is epic, from the tranquil opening that is followed by brooding vocals to the part where the whole orchestra steps in. This song is pure ecstasy that makes you collapse in an exhaustive state at the crescendo! A song that is made to give you goosebumps all over your body.

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In case you prefer listening to heavy metal, you should give Metallica’s cover of this song “The Ecstasy of Gold” a try.

#5 Bill ContiGonna Fly Now

Bill Conti’s theme to the “Rocky” movie series the perfect song to boost motivation not only for your work-out, bodybuilding or running endeavors, but also for finding the right motivation while on the way to work, or when trying to get motivated to study. It’s a song that mustn’t miss in any list of motivation songs, it’s simply too good! Every time I listen to this great song, I envisage the movie’s main character Rocky Balboa completing his famous training, by running up the stairs of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, raising his arms in the victory pose, once he finished. Also, this fantastic song makes me think about all my dreams and aspirations in life, not to mention the huge boost in motivation I get while listening to it.

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#6 Paul PottsNessun Dorma

The following song isn’t one of the “typical motivational songs” that can be found in this list. Instead, it’s an aria from the final act of Giacomo Puccini’s opera entitled “Turandot“, which is traditionally performed by a tenor such as Pavarotti. I’ve chosen to include Paul Potts’ performance of Nessun Dorma (English: None shall sleep) on Britain’s Got Talent, because it’s stunning. I don’t speak Italian, hence I do not understand the message of this song, but the motivating message that comes with Paul Potts‘ amazing performance is clear. The aria literally screams: you can achieve anything in your life! Focus on your goals, dream your dreams and then go for it. If you can imagine it, you can get it! I personally recommend this song to anyone, even those who don’t like opera’s in general. Unfortunately, YouTube prohibited this song from being embedded.

#7 QueenWe will Rock You

Queen’s “we will rock you” is one of their most popular songs, besides the power ballad “we are the champions“. Both songs are amazingly motivating, but I’ve chosen to include the more powerful and energetic “we will rock you” into this list. The stamping and clapping are forming the rhythmic beat that is accompanied by a capella vocals make this song so unique, energizing and motivating.

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#8 Carl Orff - O Fortuna

We can agree to disagree, but this song has to be included into the top 10 of motivational songs, in my opinion. “O Fortuna” is a Latin poem, dedicated to the Roman goddess Fortuna, the personification of luck. The German composer Car Orff set the poem to music and created a masterpiece for his cantata “Carmina Burana“. From the beginning to the end, this masterpiece is just epic. In the beginning, the choir welcomes you with a fabulous aria, accompanied by thumping drums, building into a crescendo of horns, strings and drums until it peaks. “O fortuna” has become so popular that it was adapted in popular movie scenes, such as Excalibur, Hunt for Red October, Speed, The Doors, Natural Born Killers, Jackass: The Movie and many more. It’s an epic masterpiece that makes me envision hordes of warriors chasing on the backs of their horses across the horizon. Not to mention the elusive boost in motivation when listening.
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#9 VangelisChariots of Fire

Chariots of fire” is a very simplistic, yet very beautiful song. It’s THE motivational running song, every time I listen to it, I envision people running on the beach, breaking new and greater records, overcoming boundaries that no one else has ever overcome. It’s an inspiring song, that awakens the desire to do great things in life and to become just awesome.

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#10 U2Beautiful Day

U2′s “Beautiful day” is one of those amazing songs where you close your eyes, forget everything around you, feel the warmth of the sun on your skin and know that life’s a wonderful miracle. Listening to this fantastic song is a wonderful experience that gives you chills thoroughgoing. When you are feeling down, this is the song that uplifts your mood in an instant.

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 Encore

#11 EnigmaReturn to Innocence 

The song has wonderful lyrics and the aboriginal Taiwanese chants make this song so special and interesting.

II. Motivational Songs sorted by Category

The following songs are sorted by genre, beginning with motivating soundtrack music and followed by pop, hip-hop, classic, rock and house music.

A) Motivational Soundtrack Music

Steve JablonskyArrival to Earth (Transformers Soundtrack)
James Newton HowardEpilogue (I am Legend Soundtrack)
John PowellTest drive (How to train your Dragon Soundtrack)
Howard ShoreThe Ring goes South (Lord of the Rings I Soundtrack)
Howard ShoreThe Fellowship (Lord of the Rings I Soundtrack)
Hans ZimmerTime (Inception Soundtrack)
Hans ZimmerRed Warrior (The Last Samurai Soundtrack)
Hans Zimmer & James Newton Howard – Like a Dog chasing Cars (The Dark Knight Soundtrack)
Gustav HolstJupiter, the Bringer of Jollity (The Planets Suite)

B) Motivational Pop Songs

U2It’s a Beautiful Day
Michael JacksonBeat it
Michael JacksonMan in the Mirror
U2Elevation
Katrina and the WavesWalking on Sunshine
Bon JoviUnbreakable
Bon JoviIt’s my Life
Elton JohnI’m still standing
Beach BoysGood Vibrations
Ace of BaseIt’s a Beautiful Life
Paul EngemannPush it to the Limit
Paul HoffmanYou’re Unstoppable
Jimi JamisonI’ll be ready
Men at WorkA Land Down Under
The RembrandtsI’ll be There For You
TotoAfrica
Smash MouthAll Star
Cristina AguileraFighter
Mariah CareyHero
NickelbackGotta be Somebody
Jana StanfieldBorn for Greatness
Emily Shackelton ft. David CookDream Big
Tina TurnerSimply the Best
Jakata ft. SealMy Vision
HurtsWonderful Life
Nelly FurtadoManos al Aire
ShaggyHope
Johnny Nash - I can see clearly now
Des’reeYou gotta be
Jimmy Eat WorldThe Middle

C) Motivational Hip-Hop & Rap Songs

SnapI got the Power
TupacMe against the World
Eminem - Till I Collapse
EminemLoose Yourself
The Notorious B.I.GSky’s the Limit
The Notorious B.I.G ft. Puff DaddyVictory
The Notorious B.I.GJuicy
NellyHeart of a Champion
NAS ft. P.DiddyHate me now
NASHero
NAS – I can
NASOne Mic
50 CentReady for War
50 CentGet Up
Kanye WestGood Friday
Kanye WestTouch the Sky
Kanye WestGo Hard
Kid CudiHeart of a Lion
Kid CudiPursuit of Happiness
Kid CudiUp Up and Away
Jay-ZHeart of a city
Jay-ZDirt Off Your Shoulders
Jay-Z ft. Mr. HudsonForever Young
NWAExpress Yourself
T.I.No Matter What
Ghostface KillahThe Champ
Rick RossPush It
OutcastGit Up, Git Out
Cypress HillRock Superstar
MC HushAll I got
ClassifiedAll about you
Roy Jones Jr.Can’t be touched
DMX ft. Fort MinorGive me a Sign (Remix)
Fort MinorRemember the Name
R. KellyI believe I can fly
Royce Da 5’9Can’t Nobody Stop Me
FlipsideSomeday
Gym Class HeroesShoot Down The Stars
Ice CubeYou Can Do It
Magnetic NorthDemons (remix)

D) Motivational Classic Songs

Jose Quintero300 Violin Orchesta
Carl OrffO Fortuna
Ennio Morricone - The Ecstasy of Gold
Bill ContiGonna Fly Now
Luis ArmstrongWhat a Wonderful World
EnyaOrinoco Flow
PavarottiNessun Dorma

E) Motivational Rock & Metal Songs

Phil CollinsSussudio
Phil CollinsIn the Air Tonight
QueenWe Will Rock You
QueenWe are the Champions
ACDCThunderstruck
MetallicaEnter Snadman
The WhoPinball Wizard
SurvivorEye of the Tiger
EuropeThe Final Countdown
Van HalenRight Now
Kenny LogginsDanger Zone
Tom Cochrane & Red RiderLife Is a Highway
Savage GardenAffirmation
NirvanaSmells Like Teen Spirit
Red Hot Chili PeppersCan’t Stop
Billy TalentRed Flag
The KillersWhen you were young
BlurSong 2
SkilletAwake and Alive
Breaking BenjaminI will not bow
P.O.D.Boom
Linkin ParkIn the End
PillarFrontline
Blue October - Jump Rope
Paul StanleyLive to Win
All American RejectsMove Along
Drowning PoolLet the Bodies hit the Floor
Rise AgainstPrayer of the Refugee
DisturbedDown with the Sickness
DopeSurvive
Pantera5 Minutes Alone
Rob ZombieDragula
Amon AmarthGods of War Arise
Nine Inch NailsWish
Dope Stars IncBang Your Head
ProbotShake Your Blood
SalivaLadies and Gentlemen
SkilletMonster
SkilletHero
ACDCHighway to Hell

F) Motivational Techno, Electronic & House Music

Tom PulseCuando
Daft PunkHarder Better Faster Stronger
Daft PunkAround the World
David Guetta vs. David BowieJust For One Day (Heroes)
TiëstoPower Mix
Big AliNeon Music
Guru Josh ProjectInfinity
Dave DarellFreeloader
Spencer & HillHousebeat
Eiffel 65Move Your Body

III. Motivational Music submitted by Readers

KutlessWhat Faith Can Do
Bon JoviUnbreakable
Irene CaraWhat A Feeling
OptimisticSounds Of Blackness
Tracy ChapmanFast Cars
SuedeBeautiful One
Powerman 5000Bombshell
SurvivorThe Moment of Truth
Moody BluesThis is the Moment
Michael FrantiHey Hey Hey
Guano ApesOpen Your Eyes
Foo FightersEverlong
Bon JoviLay Your Hands on Me
Stevie WonderI Wish
Gary GlitterThe Hey Song
PODBoom
MuseInvincible
MuseButterflies and Hurricanes
The best Hip Hop melody by The Knarly Project
Crysis 2 Full Soundtrack – Hans Zimmer
Crimson Tide Theme – Hans Zimmer
The Rock Theme – Hans Zimmer
Heavy Rain – Ethan Mars Theme
Journey to Transilvania – Alan Silvestri (van Helsing Soundtrack)
Assassins Creed, Access the Animus – Jesper Kyd
Matrix Revolutions, Burly Brawl – Don Davis
Assassins Creed II, Venice Escape – Jesper Kyd
Crysis Warhead, Hovercraft Pursuit Theme – Peter Antovszki
Europa – Globus
Truth Be Known – Atlas Plug
Clint Mansell – Lux Aeterna
Watch me shine – Joanna Pacitti
Through The Rain – Mariah Carey
Winner – Kizzy McHugh
Go the distance – Michael Bolton
Can Do It – Helloween
Red Hot Chili Peppers- Soul to squeeze
Stone Temple Pilots- Plush
Manowar- Master of the wind


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  1. ashok on Apr 13, 2013

    what is ur facebook id or address ..type here we ll follow in fb.

  2. ashok on Apr 14, 2013

    i want fb page only for motivational and inspirational song

  3. ashok on Apr 14, 2013

    like dogs chasing cars track is done by hans zimmer AND JAMES NEWTON HOWARD…correct it

  4. Kaushik on Apr 21, 2013

    These are some of the classic slow rock songs with good rhythm and and motivating lyrics.

    RHCP- Soul to squeeze

    Stone Temple Pilots- Plush

    Manowar- Master of the wind

    • Steve Mueller on Apr 21, 2013

      Excellent suggestion, the songs are now included!

  5. Rhoda on Apr 26, 2013

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on motivational songs.
    Regards