53 Best Songs About Strength, Courage, Bravery and Power

Songs About Strength

There are many moments in life where we need a boost of strength and courage to get through a situation. While we can get this strength from a number of sources, one of my favorite ways is through motivational songs.

Today we look at the best of those tunes. Here’s our top songs about strength, power, bravery and courage.


“Brave” by Sara Bareilles

Song Year: 2013

We all have to be brave to face what life throws at us, and sometimes the difficulties of our modern world can get us down. Sara Bareilles reminds us to find our inner bravery and allow it to destin our future, rather than letting fear control us. “Brave” is an upbeat, positive song with beautiful lyrics that will bring encouragement to your day. Allow this song to remind you of all that you are capable of.

“Keep Holding on” by Avril Lavigne

Song Year: 2006

Punk rocker, Avril Lavigne brought the world a gem when she released “Keep Holding On”. This song is deep and dramatic but brings a true sense of joy when reminding listeners to persevere through the hardest of moments. When you feel like giving up, turn this song on and you will be reminded of your purpose and encouraged to push through.

“Hero” by Mariah Carey

Song Year: 1993

Mariah Carey always sets the stage well to motivate and remind us how powerful we can really be. “Hero” is no different than many of her powerful songs, but it reminds us even more that we can look within to find a hero. It is not always about looking outwards but knowing who you are to be strong. Hero will remind you that you have all it takes to push through and achieve everything you could want.

“Waiting for Love” by Avicii

Song Year: 2015

Avicii is one of the greatest DJs to ever live and all of his songs not only give you an exciting experience but also motivational lyrics. “Waiting for Love” reminds us that there is hope, even when we are in a season of waiting rather than experiencing. Avicii reminds us that there is joy even in the moments when you are unsure of what will happen next. If you need to appreciate the pauses in life this song will open up your eyes to joy in a time of waiting.

“Give Me a Reason” by Pink

Song Year: 2012

Sometimes you need a classic sad song to get you out of a funk, “Give Me a Reason” has a melancholy melody but the lyrics will remind you how important it is to persevere. Pink’s song gives us a look into someone experiencing the need for motivation to go on, and the gorgeous melody and relatable words will help anyone who needs a boost of courage.

“Dare You to Move” by Switchfoot

Song Year: 2000

Switchfoot provides us with an epic song that can motivate you to make life happen. “Dare You to Move” not only has a beat that will pump you up and help light a fire within, but the words also remind you that you can do it! This energetic and emotional message is a go to for those days that you need a push for courage. You will not be able to stay stagnant after listening to these incredible lyrics.

“Unwritten” by Natasha Bedingfield

Song Year: 2004

A classic song that reminds us all that we do not know what is ahead but it is an open book, you have a story that needs to be written and that story is up to you. This upbeat pop song reminisces on those hard times that lead to a beautiful story and though it is unwritten now, we can push through knowing there are beautiful days ahead. “Unwritten” will give you the hope to see that there are such beautiful times ahead.

“Fight Song” by Rachel Platten

Song Year: 2014

Rachel Platten gives us beautiful metaphors for the hard moments in life that makes this highly literary song a beautiful reminder of how emotional sad times can be. She does not live within the negative experiences, she claims that this is her fight song and that she will always push through even in the struggle. Listen to “Fight Song” when you need a reminder to hold on and continue through even in the hardest struggles.

“Dear Younger Me” by MercyMe

Song Year: 2014

Have you ever wanted to tell your younger self a story to make things better? If you sometimes live in your regrets, this amazing song by MercyMe will help you realize that life is an ever moving forward journey. Though we sometimes want to live in the past, we also have the passion to move forward and live the future better than we did the previous moments in our life. “Dear Younger Me” is an inspiration to let the negative of the past go and focus on what we can control now.

“Scars to Your Beautiful” by Alessia Cara

Song Year: 2015

Sometimes we want to hide away because we are ashamed of the way we look or the way we act. Alessia Cara struggled through hair loss and wrote this gorgeous song to remind us that we can get through those hard times and that no struggle is too small. Even if you are dealing with issues around your appearance, “Scars to Your Beautiful” reminds us that we are beautiful in spite of what we have gone through, not because of it.

“You Raise Me Up” by Josh Groban

Song Year: 2003

We can always look within for courage, but we also need the people around us to help provide strength and positivity. Josh Groban’s intricate ballad brings to light the joys of having people in your life that support you. If you are feeling thankful for those that bring encouragement to your life then think of this song. “You Raise Me Up” does not only have beautiful words, but Groban’s voice is so powerful it will inspire you.

“Courage” by Celine Dion

Song Year: 2019

Celine Dion is famous for her power ballads that get you out of your seat and ready to live life. Courage is a bit different than her normal music as it reminisces on a hard time in her life when she lost her husband. “Courage” is provocative and melancholy reminding us that the sad moments are meant to be lived but we can have the strength to live through them. If you have lost a loved one then this will make you feel less alone.

“Keep Your Head Up” by Andy Grammar, A Song About Bravery

Song Year: 2011

As the title says, this song is all about standing strong in the face of adversity. Andy Grammar brings us an upbeat and positive song reminding us that nothing can truly get us down if we remember who we are and what we stand for. If you need a burst of positivity then this is the song to blast, it will remind you of how good life can truly be. It isn’t always easy but you can always try to stand tall, even in the tough moments.

“The Show Must Go On” by Queen

Song Year: 1991

An intense and fun-filled song by Queen that discusses the idea that even if we do not know what we want we must continue to push forward. Freddie Mercury, Queen’s lead singer, mentioned this would be a hard song to sing during concerts due to the fluctuating vocal requirements. This song will pump you up and remind you, the show will go on.

“Home” by Phillip Phillips

Song Year: 2012

Home may be a place or a feeling for you, but Phillip Phillips brings us that true experience of what home means in his lovely song. “Home” reminds us to let go of fear in the moments we may feel out of place because there is always a home somewhere. Sometimes you just have to find it and though that may not be easy “Home” will encourage you to try. If you feel you are looking to achieve that sense of belonging, put this song on to find encouragement for where you are headed.

“Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor

Song Year: 1982

This classic is a popular song for sporting events, parties and moments when someone just needs a reminder to focus on the prize. “Eye of the Tiger” is most popular for being in Rocky III, and inspires listeners just like it did Rocky. Survivor will remind you to focus on your strength when you turn on this popular jam.

“Let It Be” by The Beatles

Song Year: 1970

Sometimes we just need to be reminded that it is okay to let go. “Let It Be” is a classic Beatle’s mix of rock and blues that will encourage you to choose the path that is best for you. When you  face a moment of trouble this 70’s hit will realign your mind.

“Praying” by Kesha

Song year: 2017

Kesha embarks on a journey to remind us how hard it can be to get rid of our demons and move past our struggles. Many people struggle with the evil within their minds and have a hard time seeing the joy of life. Kesha’s song “Praying” pushes us to look inward on how we deal with our problems and what resources we can use to push past the negativity in our mind. This powerful song will awaken your soul to how courageous you can truly be.

“Firework” by Katy Perry

Song Year: 2010

Katy Perry’s “Firework” is a reminder of how incredible each individual person is. She urges listeners to truly show the world what they have to offer and not give up on themselves with this upbeat song. “Firework” will give you a boost of energy when you need a reminder of who you are through its purposeful lyrics and joyful melody.

“The Climb” by Miley Cyrus

Song year: 2000

Cyrus’s sentimental song describes the realization that learning from life isn’t about what happens in the good moments, its the struggles that helps you move forward. “The Climb” talks about how hardship can allow you to realize all there is to thankful for. This is a powerful pop song that emphasizes Cyrus’s beautiful and raspy voice.

“Courage” by Pink

Song year: 2019

Pink does not leave us alone in our sadness as she sings about the hardships of getting through struggles and tough moments. “Courage” is a beautiful picture of strength and passion, encouraging listeners to have courage to change even when they feel it is impossible. Pink’s incredible voice will remind you of what you have within, as you soak in the intentional words of this song.

“I Hope You Dance” by Lee Ann Womack

Song year: 2000

Sometimes we all need a reminder of our hopes and dreams, it is not always easy to keep an eye on the prize. With this lovely melody and beautifully written song Lee Ann Womack urges listeners to get up and dance rather than sitting on the sidelines. We do not want to watch the beauty of life pass by without truly experiencing each moment. “I Hope You Dance” will inspire you to participate fully in your life.

“Girl on Fire” by Alicia Keys

Song year: 2012

Alicia Keys brings us a beautiful hymnal that has an awesome beat that will not only pump you up but remind you of who you are through the song’s lyrics. We all need that motivation to remind us how epic we truly are at living everyday life and this song reminds us that we are more than what appears to the eye. If you need motivation for a work presentation or to confront an uncomfortable situation this song will be there for you.

“I Will Wait” by Mumford and Sons

Song year: 2012

Mumford and Sons bring us this banjo heavy, upbeat song to remind you to use your head and also your heart when you approach any moment that may cause you to be scared. “I Will Wait” expresses the importance of being sure in your path forward but understanding we can never truly know what lies ahead.

“It’s A Beautiful Day” by Michael Buble

Song year: 2013

Michael Buble’s lovely voice could bring joy to any moment, but this particular song is such an easy listen to will immediately brighten your mood. We do not always need a deep message to remind us how beautiful life can be, each day is a gift and “It’s A Beautiful Day” reminds us to take the day we have been given and embrace it with happiness and strength.

“More Than a Feeling” by Boston

Song year: 1976

This classic is a perfect song to listen to when you need a reminder that even gloomy days and sad moments can be forgotten when you have a good perspective. The classic rock beat is so simple and brings an ultimate happiness to any moment. If you need an upbeat reminder that you can control any moment then this is the song for you.

“Fighter” by Christina Aguilera, A Song To Encourage Braveness

Song year: 2002

This powerful song will give you hope and gumption to become a fighter in your own life. Aguilera is famous for her incredible voice that intensely pushes the songs message across to listeners. “Fighter” talks about someone that has come through hard times and has turned out even better for what they have gone through.

“It’s My Life” by Bon Jovi

Song year: 2002

This powerful song will give you hope and gumption to become a fighter in your own life. Aguilera is famous for her incredible voice that intensely pushes the songs message across to listeners. “Fighter” talks about someone that has come through hard times and has turned out even better for what they have gone through.

“Build Me Up Buttercup” by The Foundations

Song year: 1976

Some songs just bring such joy to every moment, “Build Me Up Buttercup” has an awesome beat and reminds us how important it is to build others and ourselves up. Though there can be tension in our lives when we feel a disconnect between what we want and what we are given, we can always persevere.

“I Hold On” by Dierks Bentley

“I Hold On” by Dierks Bentley

Song year: 2014

Country songs often come with themes of persevering and remembering what is important in life. Dierks Bently uses “I Hold On” to remind us to never let go of the things that make us who we are. Even when the world wants to change us we must be steadfast in what we believe is important. This song is a classic reminder to believe in who you are and never let that go.

“Let it Go” by Idina Menzel

Song year: 2013

The song from the movie Frozen that took the world by storm is a perfect reminder that we have to let go of what others think and what we cannot control. What is most important in life is to stay true to us, even through the hard times or when people misunderstand. If you are a Disney fan then this is the perfect go to song for those moments you need to be picked up.

“Thunder” by Imagine Dragons

Song year: 2017

Imagine Dragons speak to the process of growth that happens over our lifetimes. “Thunder” reminds us to be strong, bold and ensure that our presence is known. It takes the tough moments in life to allow us to reach our full potential, if we believe in what we can be we will rise to the occasion.

“Honey, I’m Good” by Andy Grammar

Song year: 2014

Sometimes we just want a reminder that things will be okay, Andy Grammar brings us a high energy fun song where we can just remind ourselves that we are in control. If you are looking for something fun to dance to or just jam out in the car turn on this fun tune.

“Counting Stars” by OneRepublic

Song year: 2013

Have you ever felt stuck or desperate for something? This OneRepublic song tells us that we will achieve what we are meant for and that we are all meant for our own greatness. “Counting Stars” is quick-witted and motivational, whether you need to be reminded of your potential or need encouragement in the struggle turn this great song on.

“Believer” by Imagine Dragons

Song year: 2013

Imagine Dragons always bring a fun song to the table, especially when they are telling us to let loose and never let go of who we are. “Believer” tells us to never let others dictate who we are, even if we are broken we can overcome if we believe in our mind that we can. Add this to any workout or positive playlist for an instant motivator.

“Stronger” by Kanye West,

Song year: 2007

This long time rap classic has a strong message around the importance of being everything you can be to achieve greatness. Kanye West is known for being one of the most confident people in the world and we channel his energy from the song “Stronger” we know how epic life can be. If you need a mood boost or a push to show what confidence really is this song will help you get there.

“Something Big” by Shawn Mendes

Song year: 2014

Shawn Mendes brings us an awesome beat as we sing along to the lyrics that tell us exactly what power means. “Something Big” expresses the idea that we are on the peak of greatness and if we keep persevering we will get there. This song truly describes what the fight for greatness is all about.

“Hey Look Ma, I Made It” by Panic! At the Disco

Song year: 2017

This song is a reminder that success and failure in perfect tandem can bring us to our most pivotal moments. Despite any hardship we can remember that there is a peak that we are meant to reach. And then once you achieve your goals, you get to celebrate with the people that matter most to you and that may even be your mother.

“Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” by Michael Jackson

Song year: 1979

Michael Jackson is such a classic singer, “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” will enlighten your mood and remind you what it is to push through. Michael Jackson will bring a smile to your face and a positive attitude to your life when you turn this classic on.

“We Were Us” by Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert

son g year: 2013

Urban and Lambert reminisce on the good old days in this awesome country ballad. They remind us that through the good and bad times memories can be so fond and they can be our guiding light for where we want to go. If you are in a state of reminiscing on the and need to be propelled into the future “We Were Us” is a great song for you.

“Live Like You Were Dying” by Tim McGraw

Song year: 2004

No other song speaks to the value of living your days like they were your last. McGraw tells us a story in this lovely song that will inspire you to look at each moment with an appreciation and renewed spirit for how great life can be. If you need a push to do a scary thing or something you aren’t sure you can accomplish this is the perfect song to listen to.

“I’m Alive” by Celine Dion

Song year: 2000

Dion is such a strong and beautiful singer, her song “I’m Alive” reminds us of the joy that the little moments bring. Life does not have to be epic for us to be so appreciative of how lucky we are to simply be alive. Celine gets her wings to fly in this song and she will remind you that you can spread yours as well.

“Never Gonna Give You Up” by Rick Astley

Song year: 1987

Not only do we need personal reminders to empower us but sometimes our relationships do as well. Astley assures those close to him in this song that he will never leave them, and we need to meditate on that idea when times get tough. This song is the perfect one to turn on when you need help loving those around you.

“Roar” by Katy Perry

Song year: 2013

Katy Perry reminds us to use our voice and be expressive about the things that we believe. This happy pop song tells us to not hold back or be scared to “rock the boat “as we can achieve so much more than we think. “Roar tells us that we are meant to be intentional about who we are and what we believe. This Katy Perry song will always inspire you to push beyond your limits.

“Hold On” by Shawn Mendes

Song year: 2016

Mendes discusses how hard it can be to push through during difficult times, and how important family can be when helping you push through those struggles. “Hold On” shows you that it is ideal to get support from those you love. The intense beat and energy of this song will invigorate you to push through.

 “Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey

Song year: 1989

This classic is known to fire up listeners and remind people that the only option is to continue believing. The lyrics of “Don't Stop Believing” are known throughout the world as purposeful and energizing. It is truly an anthem for the downtrodden.

“Blank Space” by Taylor Swift

Song year: 2014

Taylor Swift is famous for her songs about ex-boyfriend’s, she does not leave us wanting here as she reminisces on how epic she is when it comes to relationships. “Blank Space” is a reminder to pursue people, experiences and desires for what they are. Not everything has to be perfect but if you have a good perspective then maybe it can be?

“You Say” by Lauren Daigle

Song year: 2018

If you are religious then this is an awesome song to turn on when you need a sense of motivation. “You Say” speaks to the idea that there are many negative voices in our head that will tell us we are not enough, that we cannot achieve what we want. Daigle goes on to remind us that we are meant for a purpose, that we can look to our beliefs for what we want to know about ourselves.

“How Far I’ll Go” by Alessia Cara

Song date: 2016

“How Far I’ll Go” comes from the Disney movie “Moana”, which is about a girl who works to achieve her goals even though her family does not agree. It reminds us to go past our boundaries and to work to achieve our dreams. Even if those we are close to do not see our vision we can make every experience epic when we walk into the dreams that we have created for ourselves.

“Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger)” by Kelly Clarkson

Song date: 2011

Clarkson’s song “Stronger” is an anthem that will fire listeners up and ensure you remember how powerful you truly are. The mantra that what is hard only makes you better reminds listeners that they can overcome the struggles they have.

“Imperfections” by Celine Dion

Song date: 2019

Dion’s 2019 album was an ode to her husband who passed away from cancer. The words from this song align to the idea that we all have the internal issues and disbeliefs that we have that we must work through. Though we are not perfect we are still capable and powerful.

“Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift, A Song With Bravery In The Lyrics

Song date: 2019

Though it can be relatable to listen to serious and intense songs, Swift’s “Shake It Off” is an upbeat, fun reminder to just let the hard things go and embrace the fun parts of life. Even if life isn’t going exactly how you want, this pop favorite will remind you it’s all going to be alright, you can just have fun and enjoy the moment.

“Titanium” by David Guetta

Song date: 2011

Guetta’s song Titanium talks about how your mindset can make you powerful, the lyrics talk about being bulletproof like titanium. This upbeat EDM style mix will remind you how strong you can be, and you can’t help but dance to this awesome song.

“Keep Your Head Up” by Ben Howard

Song date: 2013

Howard is known for is somber and poetic music, “Keep Your Head Up” talks about overcoming the sadness that comes with a relationship ending. This song reminds us that we have everything within us to be satisfied and we do not have to look to others. Howard brings us a meaningful reminder of how important it is to be okay with who you are to find happiness.

“Made For This” by Carrollton

Song date: 2018

This hype song has an intense beat and strong lyrics that will push you through any moment. “Made for This” reminds listeners that you do not want to have any regrets, so you must remind yourself every moment that you have the strength to accomplish what you set out to do. Carrollton’s rock style is perfect for anyone who wants to feel the music through their soul.

Top Song About Strength, Final Thoughts

That’s out best songs about strength and power. You may be going through a difficult time, and with every season of life we can have moments where we need the courage and energy to push on. It is not always easy to persevere but we can take strength from upbeat songs and creative words to help us. These songs will allow you to realize your full potential and push you to go on even in the hard moments.

Every once in a while we need that upbeat song to give us the motivation to push through a difficult situation. The songs in this list are the perfect addition to your playlist when you want to feel encouraged, upbeat and ready to take on the world. It doesn’t always take a sad song for us to identify our emotions, even joyful beats can help us understand what we need to become a better person.

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