57 Songs About Life

Songs About Life

There are many songs in the music industry that are inspiring and motivational. What is inspiring and motivational varies from person to person.

This list should have a few songs about life for everyone to boost your motivation and help inspire you in life, whether that is in a relationship or to improve yourself.


“Woman” by Kesha featuring The Dap-Kings Horns

Song year: 2018

Released on her third studio album, “Rainbow,” this song is about empowering women and embracing a life that steps out of the shadows of men. This message was strengthened by the legal matters surrounding Kesha at the time, which influenced lyrics focusing on men not owning her or being able to touch her. Kesha’s song projects an inspirational strength that anyone can learn from and listen to as a pick-me-up.

“Run the World (Girls)” by Beyonce

Song year: 2011

“Run the World (Girls)” was released both as a single and on Beyonce’s album, “4.” This song focuses on how much power women can have and already have. The lyrics mention women being smart in business, being strong in motherhood and returning to work as normal from having children. This song presents an inspirational message to all types of women, no matter the challenges thrown their way, as they will get back on their feet.

“Part of Me” by Katy Perry

Song year: 2012

This song tells a story of an unfaithful partner who betrays Katy in the music video, with a song that focuses on not being broken by those who are not deserving of the time or emotions. Breakups are difficult, but Katy Perry’s song sends a motivational message that there are parts of you that others are not deserving of, and how important it is to hold onto those parts and move on, stronger than before.

“Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift

Song year: 2014

Featured as both a single and on her album, 1989, Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” quickly became a fun song that shared a powerful message in a fun, catchy tune. Swift addresses a few assumptions made about her in this song, and how she keeps moving past them. This song is a motivational message with how the chorus captures the movement of dancing and shaking the criticism and hate away.

“Woman Up” by Meghan Trainor

Song year: 2016

“Woman Up” is a song about embracing femininity and being an independent woman. Trainor mentions female pop icon, Madonna, who has been writing music to create an image of female empowerment since the 1980s. Trainor continues that message in this track, telling women that they do not need a man in their life to feel seen and beautiful.

“Either Way” by The Riflery

Song year:  2016

This song can be interpreted as a long song or a spiritual awakening song, but “Either Way” carries the same message, no matter the interpretation. This song tells an inspirational story about love and how love is worth patience, no matter who is involved. “Either Way” is also about staying in a relationship and loving someone, regardless of what is happening in life.

“Getting There” by The Riflery

Song year: 2016

This song is about being knocked down to your lowest point, but standing up and powering through the dark times. This is an inspirational tune for anyone struggling with the various obstacles in life while promoting a message of positivity. “Getting There” focuses on standing tall without complaining about the difficult journey by carrying the message that you are getting to where you need to be, just with a few more bruises.

“When the Darkness Comes” by Colbie Caillat

Song year: 2013

This song was written for the plot of the movie “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones,” yet it stands alone as an inspirational tale of love and separation. When life pulls people apart, the connection is still there and Caillat’s song relays the message that a person’s love can always be found closeby, and how that person will be waiting to see you again.

“Legendary” by Welshly Arms

Song year: 2016

“Legendary” is a blues-rock song that carries a powerful tune and message. Becoming a legend is a motivation that many seek, and this song relays what it feels like to want to become a legend. While this song can be interpreted as Welshly Arms wanting to become a rock legend in the music industry, this song can apply to anyone who has goals that they want desperately to achieve and to feel their hard work has paid off.

“High Hopes” by Panic! At the Disco

Song year: 2018

This highly motivational song first released as a single, and has since become an anthem to push yourself forward. This song takes a peek into Brendon Urie’s past and how his career has been a complicated journey. “High Hopes” is a song that inspires anyone with a dream to keep pushing because believing in yourself and having hope are the first steps to reaching your goals.

“Lead the Fight on” by She is We

Song year: 2015

This song reaches out to those who have struggled greatly in life, both young and old, and promotes the message of continuing on. The song acknowledges how stressed and tired people of all ages can be, and how they keep fighting and carrying their unique life stories.

“Roar” by Katy Perry

Song year: 2013

“Roar” is a track from Katy Perry’s album, Prism, that focuses on an inspirational transformation. The lyrics discuss transforming from someone who chooses to be agreeable and polite, even when they disagree, and transforms into someone who stands up for what they believe in. “Roar” also mentions others who hold you down and to rise up against them.

“Courage” by Orianthi featuring Lacey Mosley

Song year: 2010

“Courage” is a song about taking the bad experiences in life and using them to inspire courage to continue on. Lacey Mosley’s lines relate the song’s meaning to a bird and how even if the wings are broken, the song carries on even farther. Words are as courageous as actions can be, and this song inspires people to rise above the bad with the good, both in words and actions.

“Talk to Me” by Cavetown

Song year: 2018

This Cavetown song is an inspirational message to those who fear being viewed as inferior and the anxiety that comes with having to live up to others’ expectations. “Talk to Me” is about reaching out to a friend and talking out these anxious thoughts no matter how dark the day may seem. Reaching out to talk about life’s worries does not make you less of a person, and this song reminds listeners of this message.

“I Am the Fire” by Halestorm

Song year: 2015

This song tells a motivational message about personal growth. This Halestorm track focuses on a strong, loud take on personal growth, describing personal growth as becoming a roaring fire that burns hotter and brighter than ever before. With personal growth, the past is a moment in time to learn from in order to grow, which the song notes as not letting the past decide what happens in the future.

“Stand by You” by Rachel Platten

Song year: 2015

“Stand by You” is a song that motivates the listener with a story about standing by the person you love even in their darkest moments. When someone you love is hurting, you share the hurt and help carry their burdens, which is the main message of Platten’s song.

“Stars” by Arrows to Athens

Song year: 2011

“Stars” is a song about taking a precious moment and making it count for all that is worth. The song motivates the listener to be aware of the history they are living through, and to not squander a single moment because they are alive now. The song also reminds the listener that the dark times are there to serve as a reminder of where they have been, not where they will stay.

“Misguided Ghosts” by Paramore

Song year: 2009

Life can feel overwhelming and confusing at times, and Paramore’s “Misguided Ghosts” reminds the listener that this is normal. This song is an inspirational reminder that feeling misguided happens and it is important to take time to learn where you feel most wanted and comfortable, even if the journey makes you feel alone. “Misguided Ghosts” is also a song about how life is a cycle that everyone shares, just in different ways.

“Hall of Fame” by The Script featuring will.i.am

Song year: 2012

“Hall of Fame” is a song about being at the top of your game and coming out triumphant in time. This is a song to motivate the listener that they can be everything they aspire to be, as long as they believe that they can get there. The important takeaway from this song is that you have to try to reach your goals if you hope to reach them one day.

“Dream Catcher” by Set It Off

Song year: 2012

This song relays the band’s and lead singer’s feelings toward where their musical story started, and how they have reached where they planned to get. “Dream Catcher” takes this story and relates it to their audience, inspiring their listeners that anyone can achieve their dream if they fight for it. Even when others are calling you a fool, this song tells the listener to prove those who do wrong.

“Fly” by Avril Lavigne

Song year: 2015

Avril Lavigne wrote this song for the Special Olympics and created an everlasting tune that inspires the listeners who feel that they can not do what others can. The song tells a story about fighting for your right to fly and how the universe has a place for everyone, no matter their situation. 

“Victorious” by Panic! At the Disco

Song year: 2015

With Brendon Urie’s usual poetic lyrics, “Victorious” is a song about living life to the fullest and striving for victory. The song has a chaotic pop tone to it that motivates the listener with lyrics that talk about a lavish way of life. The song can also be an inspiration to take a risk once in a while, celebrating when you can in life.

“Utopia” by Within Temptation featuring Chris Jones

Song year: 2009

“Utopia” is an all-encompassing song that discusses romance and the world as a focal point. This song is both heart-breaking and inspiring, as it discusses how it rains in an ideal world, exposing that not all is perfect in utopia. “Utopia” shares feelings of exploring the world and all it offers in order to find a cure for the hurt mankind lives through.

“This is Gospel” by Panic! At the Disco

Song year: 2013

Both versions of this song deliver the same message yet with different emotions behind the lyrics. The original upbeat version shares a moment of inspiration to take a moment for those who have struggled greatly in life and to let go of those who have hurt the listener. The piano version carries the same message, yet in an acoustic manner that reaches into the soul to tell the listener to not throw the fight.

“Wherever You Will Go” by The Calling

Song year: 2001

This song is a bittersweet one that discusses being separated from loved ones, either temporarily or permanently. Although everyone wants to be there for loved ones as long as possible, this song focuses on worrying about not being there for loved ones and what they will do to move on. But this song also focuses on the heartfelt message that even while apart, loved ones will always be there, no matter the location.

“The Technicolor Phase” by Owl City, A Song About Life

Song year: 2008

This artistic song by Owl City is one that inspires mental imagery in the listener. This song was featured in an alternative soundtrack for the Tim Burton “Alice in Wonderland” movie and provides a subtle tale about being there for your loved one, no matter where they are or choose to go because they give color to life.

“Human” by Christina Perri

Song year: 2013

Christina Perri’s song is a relatable tune that has tugged many heartstrings, as maintaining relationships is one area that humans give their all and sometimes too much. This song is about having limitations and for others to accept those limitations, because being human means being vulnerable and breakable. It can be difficult to accept being open, but this song inspires people to take a stand for themselves.

“Could Have Been Me” by The Struts

Song year: 2013

This song is about following a dream and living it out to the fullest, not allowing fear to stop you. This song promotes feeling every emotion that comes with living your dream, even the proclaimed bad ones because, at the end of the day, you are living a life that many still wish to have.

“Who You Are” by Jessie J

Song year: 2011

“Who You Are” is a song that connects with anyone who is stuck worrying about every detail of their body and self because it does not match up to society’s expectations. This song is about acknowledging that everyone is hurting in some way and that it is okay to cry but to not lose yourself over a tiny detail that should not define you as a person. Jessie J’s track reminds the listener that they do not have to be perfect.

“Everything at Once” by Lenka

Song year: 2012

This song is an interesting one because the lyrics are reminiscent of a fairy-tale, describing simple characteristics of animals and objects. This is inspiring because the song presents the idea of being all the mentioned characteristics at once, which can often feel like daily life as people are pulled in different directions to be every kind of person at once.

“That B*tch” by Bea Miller

Songs about living life

Song year: 2019

This song discusses the double standards placed on gender, specifically those who identify as female. Both the title and the song are abrasive, yet captures the anger and reclamation of the derogatory name. This is an inspiring song because it provides a motivational strength to stand up for women and against the standards placed on them.

“Hang on a Little Longer” by Unsecret featuring Ruelle

Song year: 2019

This song is an inspiring tune because of the comforting lyrics about everything being okay and how that healing takes time. The song is touching for those struggling and who believe that there is nothing good left when all they need to do is to hold on to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

“Sweeter Place” by Svrcina

Song year: 2016

“Sweeter Place” is about creating a world that is sweeter and how it is with everyone’s help that the world can be improved. The song also mentions possessions, which will not bring long-lasting happiness, rather love will if the listener lets love create happiness.

“Shattered” by Trading Yesterday

Song year: 2011

“Shattered” is about shaking faith and feeling as if you have lost everything that matters, yet hope still lingers in the end. The darkest moments in life may feel like a war going on in your head, which is the theme that this song is centered around.

“Who Says” by Selena Gomez and The Scene

Song year: 2011

This song focuses on the negativity directed to others in life and being told everything you are not. Being told you are not good enough is a painful experience, in which Gomez and her band ask the listener who is allowed to decide that for you. This song inspires others to let go of others’ assumptions about you and tell yourself that you are good enough.

“Firework” by Katy Perry

Song year: 2010

This hit song inspires listeners of all ages that everyone is capable of greatness and that there is still time to be the greatest you can be.

“Can’t Hold Us” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, featuring Ray Dalton

Song year: 2011

This is a motivating song about breaking free from labels that people place on each other and chasing after precious moments in life. After moving past others’ critiques about you, this song shows that you can move forward and improve.

“F*ckin’ Perfect” by P!nk

Song year: 2010

This hit song inspires people to let go of the past and the mistakes made in their youth. Making mistakes is necessary to grow and P!nk makes a point to mention in the song that making mistakes does not make you less than perfect.

“Unwritten” by Natasha Bedingfield

Song year: 2004

“Unwritten” is about how life is not set in stone, as you live each moment one day at a time. This song motivates you by reminding you that the past does not mean you are stuck on one path since the rest can be changed because it is not written yet.

“Therefore I Am” by Billie Eilish

Song year: 2020

This straightforward song discusses other people who think they know you, yet how they think is not reality. This song inspires others who have people around them using their names for selfish gain to break the connection.

“Kings and Queens” by Ava Max

Song year: 2020

“Kings and Queens” is another song about female empowerment with a royal twist, mentioning how women should have more control in the world and are just as capable of being in power as men.

“Born This Way” by Lady Gaga

Song year: 2011

This song became an iconic and inspirational title in the LGBTQ+ community, as it promotes being proud of who you are, no matter how you identify and present yourself based on your gender, sexuality, or race.

“Raise Your Glass” by P!nk

Song year: 2010

This classic party song is a motivating song that promotes cheering for the underdogs and embracing your inner wild side.

“Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey

Song year: 1981

This classic rock song captures life and how everyone is searching for their own purpose in life. The nightlife is often the time for those struggling the most, but the song motivates those people to keep believing because there is more out in the world.

“Livin’ on a Prayer” by Bon Jovi

Song year: 1986

This song follows the story of two young lovers who are working through a struggling economy to survive. Although they are struggling, the song promotes a motivational message of never losing hope because, at the end of the day, they have each other.

“Imagine” by John Lennon and Yoko Ono

Song year: 1971

Written and produced during the Vietnam war, “Imagine” is an inspirational song about peace and harmony. Lennon promoted the image of removing the boundaries put up against other countries and stopping the violence.

“The Climb” by Miley Cyrus

Song year: 2009

One of Miley Cyrus’s most well-known country songs, “The Climb” tells a story about facing obstacles and overcoming them as if you are climbing a mountain. The moments experienced while climbing are the memories that will last a lifetime.

“Confident” by Demi Lovato

Song year: 2015

“Confident” is a motivational message about being confident and why it is not wrong to be confident in your own body.

“Nightingale” by Demi Lovato

Song year: 2013

This song is about reaching out to someone who is willing to be a saving grace who would offer comfort and support. In times of feeling lost, “Nightingale” is a song that motivates reaching out to someone for help.

“9 to 5” by Dolly Parton

Song year: 1980

A song about dreams and the endurance of working every day at a nine-to-five job. This is a good motivational song for wanting to break free from everyday jobs and chase dreams.

“I Believe in a Thing Called Love” by The Darkness

Song year: 2003

This catchy song is one that inspires belief in love with its catchy guitar rhythm and high vocal notes. Love is a motivational emotion and this song can remind anyone of someone they love.

“Skyscraper” by Demi Lovato

Song year: 2011

This song is about being in the worst state of mind and still being strong enough to not allow others to take advantage of you or hurt you. This inspirational song focuses on rising above what the world and other people dish out.

“Remember the Name” by Fort Minor

Song year: 2005

This song motivates those who are working toward their goals, to let them know to keep at the grind because it will pay off in the end. The song also notes that there will be those who dismiss you and act like they understand the struggles, but the grind is a long journey.

“I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor

Song year: 1978

This top disco track is about a man who left a relationship and expected to come back to open arms, only to be turned away. This song motivates those wronged in a relationship to move on and stand up for themselves.

“Earth Song” by Michael Jackson

Song year: 1995

“Earth Song” is focused on the wellbeing of the Earth and Michael’s ballad to protect the planet. This is an inspirational song because climate change is not a common topic in music and hopes to promote a caring attitude toward the planet.

“With a Little Help from My Friends” by The Beatles

Song year: 1967

This light-hearted song is inspiring for its simplistic take on receiving help from friends. This is an uplifting number that reminds listeners to ask for help when they are in need.

“The Middle” by Jimmy Eat World

Song year: 2001

“The Middle” is about not taking who you are and what you can do for granted. While the lyrics are directed to a girl, everyone benefits from the inspiring reminder to not believe what everyone says about you and that life is a ride to enjoy.

Best Songs About Life, Final Thoughts

Inspiring and motivational music often revives around relationships and feelings of uncertainty, which are times where inspiration and motivation are the most needed. Hopefully one or more of these songs becomes a go-to pick-me-up tune for your lower days.

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