Top 42 Motivational Songs Playlist

These are the most motivational, inspirational and smile inducing songs out there

Ever have one of those days where you just can't seem to get anything done. You know, feel completely unmotivated? It's interesting how we can be completely motivated one day, and the very next day, have none at all. You might be experiencing a rough patch. But as all things to, change is always possible. Things will get better and with time, change is imminent.

Judging by the fact that you’re reading this article, you probably already know that music is one of the best remedies for getting motivated. It can easily change our mood. Listening to music is a great way to lift ourselves up and get back on our feet. We’ve gathered 42 of the absolute best motivational, inspirational and depression-supressing songs out there and hopefully, our playlist will help bring your smile back or get you back in the game!

We chose these motivational songs based on their ability to encourage and promote hope, the meanings behind their lyrics, their uplifting beat and their ability to put you in a good mood. If you like motivational songs, we invite you to also checkout our list of the 65 best happy songs of all time.

Here is a preview of the top motivational songs. Keep reading for the full list.

42

Survivor - Destiny's Child

Choice Lyric:


I'm a survivor
I'm not gonna give up
I'm not gonna stop
I'm gonna work harder

I'm a survivor
I'm not gonna give up
I'm not gonna stop
I'm gonna work harder

41

Tubthumping - Chumbawumba

Choice Lyric:


I get knocked down
But I get up again
You're never gonna keep me down

I get knocked down
But I get up again
You're never gonna keep me down

40

Stronger - Britney Spears

Choice Lyric:


Stronger than yesterday
Now it’s nothing but my way
My lonliness ain’t killing me no more
I’m stronger

Stronger than yesterday
Now it’s nothing but my way
My lonliness ain’t killing me no more
I’m stronger

39

With a Little Help from My Friends - The Beatles (or Joe Cocker)

Choice Lyric:


Oh I get by with a little help from my friends

Oh I get by with a little help from my friends

38

Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You) - Kelly Clarkson

Choice Lyric:


What doesn't kill you makes you stronger
Stand a little taller

What doesn't kill you makes you stronger
Stand a little taller

For your easse, we've also made our motivational songs playlist available on Spotify but since not all songs can be found on the platform platform, keep reading for the full list.

37

Don't Give Up - Peter Gabriel

Choice Lyric:


Don't give up
you still have us
don't give up
we don't need much of anything
don't give up
'cause somewhere there's a place
where we belong

Don't give up
you still have us
don't give up
we don't need much of anything
don't give up
'cause somewhere there's a place
where we belong

36

Right Now - Van Halen

Choice Lyric:


Make future plans, don't dream about yesterday, hey

Make future plans, don't dream about yesterday, hey

35

Harder, Better, Faster - Daft Punk

Choice Lyric:


Work It Harder Make It Better
Do It Faster, Makes Us stronger
More Than Ever Hour After
Our Work Is Never Over

Work It Harder Make It Better
Do It Faster, Makes Us stronger
More Than Ever Hour After
Our Work Is Never Over

34

I Won't Back Down - Tom Petty

Choice Lyric:


Well I won't back down, no I won't back down
You could stand me up at the gates of hell
But I won't back down

Well I won't back down, no I won't back down
You could stand me up at the gates of hell
But I won't back down

33

The Show Must Go On - Queen

Choice Lyric:


I'll face it with a grin
I'm never giving in
On - with the show

I'll face it with a grin
I'm never giving in
On - with the show

32

Let It Be - The Beatles

Choice Lyric:


When I find myself in times of trouble
Mother Mary comes to me
Speaking words of wisdom, let it be

When I find myself in times of trouble
Mother Mary comes to me
Speaking words of wisdom, let it be

31

I Feel Good - James Brown

Choice Lyric:


I feel good, I knew that I would
So good, so good, 'cause I got you

I feel good, I knew that I would
So good, so good, 'cause I got you

30

Lose Yourself - Eminem

Choice Lyric:


You better lose yourself in the music, the moment
You own it, you better never let it go
You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow
This opportunity comes once in a lifetime yo

You better lose yourself in the music, the moment
You own it, you better never let it go
You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow
This opportunity comes once in a lifetime yo

29

Dare you to Move - Switchfoot

Choice Lyric:


I dare you to move
Like today never happened
Today never happened before

I dare you to move
Like today never happened
Today never happened before

28

Heroes - David Bowie

Choice Lyric:


Though nothing, will keep us together
We could steal time,
just for one day

Though nothing, will keep us together
We could steal time,
just for one day

27

You Raise Me Up - Josh Groban

Choice Lyric:


I am strong when I am on your shoulders;
You raise me up to more than I can be.

I am strong when I am on your shoulders;
You raise me up to more than I can be.

26

Unwritten - Natasha Beddingfield

Choice Lyric:


Staring at the blank page before you
Open up the dirty window
Let the sun illuminate the words that you could not find

Staring at the blank page before you
Open up the dirty window
Let the sun illuminate the words that you could not find

25

Heal the World - Michael Jackson

Choice Lyric:


Heal The World
Make It A Better Place
For You And For Me

Heal The World
Make It A Better Place
For You And For Me

24

Always Look on the Bright Side of Life' - Monty Python

Choice Lyric:


if life seems jolly rotten
There's something you've forgotten
And that's to laugh and smile and dance and sing

if life seems jolly rotten
There's something you've forgotten
And that's to laugh and smile and dance and sing

23

Get up Stand up - Bob Marley

Choice Lyric:


But if you know what life is worth,
You will look for yours on earth

But if you know what life is worth,
You will look for yours on earth

22

Return to Innocence - Enigma

Choice Lyric:


That's not the beginning of the end
That's the return to yourself
The return to innocence

That's not the beginning of the end
That's the return to yourself
The return to innocence

21

Walk - Foo Fighters

Choice Lyric:


I'm learning to walk again
I believe I've waited long enough
Where do I begin?

I'm learning to walk again
I believe I've waited long enough
Where do I begin?

20

Beautiful - Christina Aguilera

Choice Lyric:


I am beautiful no matter what they say.
Words can't bring me down.
I am beautiful in every single way.

I am beautiful no matter what they say.
Words can't bring me down.
I am beautiful in every single way.

19

Don't Stop Believin' - Journey

Choice Lyric:


Don't stop believin'
Hold on to the feelin'

Don't stop believin'
Hold on to the feelin'

18

Not Afraid - Eminem

Choice Lyric:


And I just can't keep living this way
So starting today, I'm breaking out of this cage
I'm standing up, I'ma face my demons
I'm manning up, I'ma hold my ground
I've had enough, now I'm so fed up
Time to put my life back together right now!

And I just can't keep living this way
So starting today, I'm breaking out of this cage
I'm standing up, I'ma face my demons
I'm manning up, I'ma hold my ground
I've had enough, now I'm so fed up
Time to put my life back together right now!

17

Girl on Fire - Alicia Keys

Choice Lyric:


She got her head in the clouds
And she's not backing down

She got her head in the clouds
And she's not backing down

16

It's My Life - Bon Jovi

Choice Lyric:


It's my life
And it's now or never
'Cause I ain't gonna live forever
I just want to live while I'm alive

It's my life
And it's now or never
'Cause I ain't gonna live forever
I just want to live while I'm alive

15

Lovely Day - Bill Withers

Choice Lyric:


When the day that lies ahead of me
Seems impossible to face
When someone else instead of me
Always seems to know the way

Then I look at you
And the world's alright with me

When the day that lies ahead of me
Seems impossible to face
When someone else instead of me
Always seems to know the way

Then I look at you
And the world's alright with me

14

Dream On - Aerosmith

Choice Lyric:


Sing with me, sing it for the year
Sing for the laughter and sing it for the tear

Sing with me, sing it for the year
Sing for the laughter and sing it for the tear

13

I Will Survive - Gloria Gaynor

Choice Lyric:


Oh no, not I
I will survive
Oh as long as I know how to love
I know I will stay alive

Oh no, not I
I will survive
Oh as long as I know how to love
I know I will stay alive

12

Stand By Me ~ Ben E. King

Choice Lyric:


Oh, I won't be afraid
Just as long as you stand, stand by me

Oh, I won't be afraid
Just as long as you stand, stand by me

11

We are the Champions - Queen

Choice Lyric:


We are the champions, my friends,
And we'll keep on fighting 'til the end.

We are the champions, my friends,
And we'll keep on fighting 'til the end.

10

Perfect Day - Lou Reed

Choice Lyric:


Just a perfect day
You made me forget myself
I thought I was someone else
Someone good

Just a perfect day
You made me forget myself
I thought I was someone else
Someone good

9

Don't Worry be Happy - Bobby McFerrin

Choice Lyric:


In every life we have some trouble
When you worry you make it double
Don't worry, be happy

In every life we have some trouble
When you worry you make it double
Don't worry, be happy

8

Walking on Sunshine - Katrina and the Waves

Choice Lyric:


I feel alive, I feel the love, I feel the love that's really real

I feel alive, I feel the love, I feel the love that's really real

7

Imagine - John Lennon

Choice Lyric:


You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will be as one

You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will be as one

6

Here Comes the Sun - The Beatles

Choice Lyric:


Here comes the sun, here comes the sun
And I say it's all right

Here comes the sun, here comes the sun
And I say it's all right

5

Ain't No Mountain High Enough - Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

Choice Lyric:


Ain't no mountain high
Ain't no vally low
Ain't no river wide enough

Ain't no mountain high
Ain't no vally low
Ain't no river wide enough

4

Beautiful Day - U2

Choice Lyric:


Touch me
Take me to that other place
Teach me
I know I'm not a hopeless case

Touch me
Take me to that other place
Teach me
I know I'm not a hopeless case

3

Somewhere Over the Rainbow - Israel Kamakawiwo'Ole

Choice Lyric:

Somewhere over the rainbow
Way up high
And the dreams that you dreamed of
Once in a lullaby

Somewhere over the rainbow
Way up high
And the dreams that you dreamed of
Once in a lullaby

2

Eye Of The Tiger - Survivor

Choice Lyric:

Went the distance, now I'm back on my feet
Just a man and his will to survive

Went the distance, now I'm back on my feet
Just a man and his will to survive

1

What a Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong

Choice Lyric:


I hear babies cry,
I watch them grow,
They'll learn much more,
Than I'll ever know.
And I think to myself,
What a wonderful world.

I hear babies cry,
I watch them grow,
They'll learn much more,
Than I'll ever know.
And I think to myself,
What a wonderful world.

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