14. Don’t Stop Believin’ by Journey
The song makes use of a powerful metaphor to highlight how each and every one of us seeks to fill the void within. It’s a powerful song that fits perfectly for those who are afraid of being lonely. Even more so, its inspirational message (“don’t stop believing”) will definitely encourage you to keep looking forward to a better future.
13. Party Rock Anthem by LMFAO
This song may not come with the most inspiring message but it is nonetheless uplifting.
12. Right Now by Van Halen
If you have a dream, go for it. If you have something you really want to accomplish, give everything you can to make it happen.
11. Right Here, Right Now by Fatboy Slim
The only thing that is not inspiring about this song is its lyrics. “Right Here, Right Now” conveys its inspiring message in a more subtle manner.
10. Gonna Fly Now by Bill Conti (Rocky Theme)
Bill Conti’s song condenses what the Rocky movies are all about: pushing yourself to the limit and always getting back up on your feet when life knocks you down.
9. Not Afraid by Eminem
What is Eminem’s song all about? It’s about having the courage to face your inner demons. “Not Afraid” deals with the difficulty of overcoming the past and creating a better future. The song will motivate you to courageously face your fears so that you can overcome what is holding you back.
8. Titanium by David Guetta ft. Sia
This song is powerful. It really is. Its lyrics are brilliantly inspiring and will motivate you to face the severest difficulties with great courage. The song is all about taking one blow after another without losing your dreams out of sight. It encourages you to be resilient when life and other people beat you down. Listen closely and you too will be bulletproof like titanium.
7. Girl on Fire by Alicia Keys
Do you know that time in your life when you were incredibly excited about pursuing a dream of yours? This was the time when you were truly on fire. Of course, the song addresses the importance of having an inner fire that fuels all your endeavors in life. Once you’re on fire, once you really burn to see a vision of yours implemented on this planet, you will be willing to do everything it takes to realize your dreams.
6. Levels by Avicii
Simply listening to this wonderful tune is the greatest joy. Its chorus is so joyful and heartwarming that you want to hear this beautiful song over and over again.
5. Can’t Hold Us by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
If you have the courage to dream big, nothing will stop you.
4. In the End by Linkin Park
“In the End” is about the painful realization that you’ve invested much time into something that simply wasn’t worth it. Realizing that it all didn’t matter in the end can be quite painful. At the same time, it marks the important point where an illusion has been shattered so that you can finally see things as they really are.
3. Dream on by Aerosmith
“Dream on” was written by Steven Tyler when Aerosmith was struggling significantly. The band was facing an uncertain future, not knowing what to do next. Their songs weren’t selling and the band did not receive any attention. It was during this difficult phase that Steven Tyler wrote “Dream on” to encourage his bandmates to keep dreaming of a better future. It’s a remarkably beautiful song reminding you to enjoy the beauty of the moment and to make the most of your life.
2. What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong
Louis Armstrong wrote this masterpiece during exceptionally difficult times where people were highly afraid of the outbreak of a nuclear war. The message of the song is simple but beautiful: despite everything bad that happens, there is still much beauty to be found in this world. “What a Wonderful World” encourages you to never lose hope of a better future, no matter how bad things seem to be at the moment.
1. Somewhere over the Rainbow by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
“Somewhere over the Rainbow” is an all-time favorite of millions. It’s a classic that is beautifully peaceful and calming. The inspiring song will cheer you up when you’re going through a difficult time. It will encourage you to keep going despite the circumstances. But what is the song all about? Israel Kamakawiwo’ole sings of a magical or even heavenly place where things are better than they are here. He dreams of a better place where things are just fine without all the turmoil we experience in this world.
The inspiring message of this song could be understood as an encouragement for each and every one of us to participate in the creation of this better place. If we all work together, this world can be transformed into the most beautiful place so that no one has to go over the rainbow to find a truly magical place.
“And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
I hope you enjoyed this article on the best inspirational songs of all time. What are your favorite songs? Feel free to share the soundtrack of your life with us in the comments section below.