“When the going gets tough, the tough get going”. But sometimes, the tough need a break as well. You can’t keep going all the time and not expect to be burned out. During hard times, it’s easy to feel like you’re all alone. Music, however, has the wonderful power of moving people into action.
By making a playlist consisting of songs not giving up, you can use it as a break to take some time off, or have it as a distraction from what’s bringing you down. Knowing that the artists singing these songs have gone through their fair share of troubles and came out stronger from it is sure to inspire you to stay strong throughout the tough times.
When creating a playlist consisting of songs about not giving up, it’s important to keep in mind that the song selections that we’re recommending are just that. If there are songs that are personally significant to you, then you should definitely include them as well.
But with the vast variety of songs that exist, coming up with a mere 10 or 20 songs can seem like a daunting task. Which songs to include? Which ones would be apt? Well luckily for you, we’ve made a list of 16 great songs about not giving up and staying strong.
1. I Will Survive (Gloria Gaynor)
A staple at karaokes, this upbeat is song is perfect for belting out your sorrows with its strong lyrics about self-empowerment. No matter what you’ve gone through, you’ll survive and come out stronger than ever. This also makes it a wonderful song for a retirement party.
2. Don’t Stop Believing (Journey)
As young adults, we’re all hopefully optimistic about the future. But as we grow older, our expectations begin to temper, and we start losing that sense of optimism. This inspiring song is about holding on to that youthful faith in life.
3. With a Little Help from My Friends (The Beatles)
While it’s important to stay strong when you’re by yourself, you should always know that your friends will be there for you. As the title of the song suggests, this song is about relying on your friends when you’re faced with any trouble. Ringo’s involvement in the song is perhaps the most notable aspect of the song.
4. Feeling Good (Michael Bublé)
While the original from Nina Simone is quite the song, it’s Bublé’s version with the wonderful orchestra accompaniment that brings an added dimension of freedom and badassery.
5. Don’t Worry, Be Happy (Bobby McFerrin)
The iconic whistle, the straightforward, almost too simplistic lyrics, McFerrin’s jovial voice. This song was meant to lift moods, and it does a very good job of doing that. No matter how bad things may get, just weather through it because good times will come.
6. I Hope You Dance (Lee Ann Womack)
When life comes at you fast, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and lose sight of what’s really important. I Hope You Dance is a song about having the courage to start over no matter what happens.
7. Under Pressure (Queen And David Bowie)
A collaboration that no one expected at the time, Under Pressure is a song about the pressures of life that takes place when you’re battling an illness.
8. Brand New Day (Sting)
Everyone hurts. And it can be hard to bounce back to your good old happy self. But Sting’s song about seeing each day as a new opportunity for a better life is sure to help you in getting one step closer to a new beginning.
9. Let It Be (The Beatles)
As we grow older, we realize that life isn’t always sunshine and rainbows. And it’s not hard to get caught up with dwelling on your mistakes. One of the most popular songs by the Fab Four, Let It Be is a song about just letting things be when it is clear that there’s nothing that we can do.
10. What A Wonderful World (Louis Armstrong)
Another classic and uplifting song, What A Wonderful World never fails to give you the hope that you would require following the death of a loved one. For all its flaws, humanity still has a way of redeeming itself. And that is the wonderful world that Armstrong is singing about.
11. We Are The Champions (Queen)
An iconic song by an iconic band, We Are The Champions is still played all around the world during victory parades as well as in smaller functions. It’s one of the best songs to give you a feeling of triumph and glory.
12. If Tomorrow Never Comes (Garth Brooks)
Human beings are often victims of not living in the moment. They worry about what may be or what was rather than focusing on the present. If Tomorrow Never Comes is about not taking our lives for granted and living every day to the fullest.
13. Never Gonna Give You Up (Rick Astley)
A song that is still widely popular due to the infamous Rick Roll meme. (No, this isn’t a Rick Roll, we’re genuinely suggesting the song) Just like the title suggests, this song is about never giving up on the people you love.
14. Time After Time (Cindi Lauper)
Some people come into your lives to eventually leave. But some of them who leave eventually come back to you. This beautiful song by Cindi Lauper is about how you’ll be waiting for them to come back Time After Time.
15. The Show Must Go On (Queen)
Written by the frontman Freddie Mercury nearing his death (meaning it was following his diagnosis of AIDS), the song is a testament to his determination to move forward in life. And that is exactly what he sings of through the song. Whatever happens, the show will go on.
16. Stronger [What Doesn't Kill You] (Kelly Clarkson)
When life gets hard, it’s easy to lose hope. You might be left questioning why you can’t seem to catch a break. But it’s overcoming the hardships and painful experiences that make you stronger. After all, isn’t that what makes life worth living?
17. Brave (Sara Bareilles)
You might’ve seen people on TV who speak about their experiences about overcoming a life-threatening illness. You might know some of them. Or you might even be one of them. Kudos to you. Staying brave through your fight against illness is what this Sara Bareilles song is about.