20 Best Songs About Believing In Yourself

Because we all feel low sometimes.

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So, maybe you didn't start 2019 off on the right foot, and that's okay! We've compiled a playlist to help ramp up your energy and your self-esteem so you can finish January off the proper way.

With the help of female powerhouses like Shania Twain, Taylor Swift, and Miley Cyrus, who wouldn't want to jam out to these inspirational songs when you're needing a pick me up? Whether you're journaling and setting intentions for the week, or working at a local coffee shop, let 2019 be the year you learn how to believe in yourself and practice self-improvement for you and all your girlfriends.


1. "Fight Song" by Rachel Platten

This is my fight song

Take back my life song

Prove I'm alright song

My power's turned on

Starting right now I'll be strong

I'll play my fight song

And I don't really care if nobody else believes

'Cause I've still got a lot of fight left in me


If you feel like you're at rock bottom and there's no way out, this song harnesses all of that emotion and bringing yourself back up. Sometimes all we need is a little push.

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2. "The Climb" by Miley Cyrus

The struggles I'm facing


The chances I'm taking

Sometimes might knock me down but

No I'm not breaking

I may not know it

But these are the moments that

I'm going to remember most yeah

Just got to keep going

The song of our teenage years. It just goes to show that there is always going to be another hurdle we have to conquer — you just have to keep fighting. This song will also make you want to throw on Hannah Montana: The Movie.

3. "The Middle" by Jimmy Eat World



Don't write yourself off yet

It's only in your head you feel left out or looked down on

Just try your best

Try everything you can

And don't you worry what they tell themselves when you're away

We've all been there shouting this song at the top of our lungs at a bar or even alone in our room. Great things in life take time, so we just have to sit back and let it happen as it's supposed to.

4. "Breathin" by Ariana Grande

Just keep breathin' and breathin' and breathin' and breathin'


And oh, I gotta keep, I keep on breathin'

Just keep breathin' and breathin' and breathin' and breathin'

And oh, I gotta keep, I keep on breathin', mmm, yeah

Pretty sure there is nothing Ariana Grande can't do. She originally wrote this song about her anxiety and overcoming everything that comes along with it. Sometimes the first step in learning how to believe in yourself is just taking a deep breath and taking a step forward.​

5. "Confident" by Demi Lovato

I used to hold my freak back


Now I'm letting go

I make my own choice

B****, I run this show

So leave the lights on

No, you can't make me behave

Being confident and believing in yourself go hand-in-hand. Just fake it 'til you-make it, and walk in like the fabulous and fearless woman you are!

6. "Ready" by Cherie

I know that you're out there somewhere


Waiting on a deeper connection

Now I'm looking to my left

Searching on my right

Cause we could be the greatest adventure

I'm ready come and find me

I'm not gonna hide 

Got the sun on my side

It's heavy 'cause I'm finally

Open to the one and I'm ready ready

If you're reinventing yourself in 2019, don't be afraid to begin again and let yourself radiate and seek deeper connections. Be open to new relationships and invitations the world has to offer you.

7. "Keep Your Head Up" by Andy Grammer

I'm seeing all the angles, starts to get tangled 


I start to compromise 

My life and the purpose 

Is it all worth it, 

Am I gonna turn out fine? 

Oh, you'll turn out fine 

Fine, oh, you'll turn out fine

Life can get pretty low sometimes (okay, a lot). You just have to get past that small voice in your head telling you that you'll never be okay, and push past and keep your head up.

8. "Mean" by Taylor Swift

Someday I'll be living in a big old city


And all you're ever gonna be is mean

Someday I'll be big enough so you can't hit me

And all you're ever gonna be is mean

Why you gotta be so mean?

You don't have time to not feel valuable or unappreciated in your relationships. Make time for the people who love you and lift you up. As Taylor Swift once said, "All you're ever going to be is mean."

9. "Note to Self" by Ben Rector

Note to self


Clean the living room

Do the things you don't wanna do maybe

Fold that week old pile of clothes

Note to self

Get some exercise

Feels bad and you have to try

But as far as I can tell that's how life goes

Note to self

Don't let yourself worry quite as much

It'll end up fine enough

It always has up until now

​Do yourself a favor and listen to this song. Sometimes we just have to have long, meaningful conversations with ourselves to set good intentions and reminders to be kind to ourselves and the people that we love.​

10. "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" by Kelly Clarkson

What doesn't kill you makes you stronger


Stand a little taller

Doesn't mean I'm lonely when I'm alone

What doesn't kill you makes a fighter

Footsteps even lighter

Doesn't mean I'm over 'cause you're gone

Fall down seven times, stand up eight. Kelly Clarkson's song truly inspires everyone. No matter how hard you fall, you can always get back up and stand even taller.

11. "This Is Me" by The Greatest Showman Cast

When the sharpest words wanna cut me down


I'm gonna send a flood, gonna drown them out

I am brave, I am bruised

I am who I'm meant to be, this is me

Look out 'cause here I come

And I'm marching on to the beat I drum

I'm not scared to be seen

I make no apologies, this is me

A movie about defying the odds of others' opinions and rising up comes with the most beautiful message about always staying true to yourself. This number (and movie) will truly touch your heart.

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12. "Rise Up" by Andra Day

And I'll rise up


I'll rise like the day

I'll rise up

I'll rise unafraid

I'll rise up

And I'll do it a thousand times again

And I'll rise up

High like the waves

I'll rise up

In spite of the ache

I'll rise up

And I'll do it a thousands times again

For you

For you

For you

For you

No matter how much you're hurting or in pain, just know that getting past the wall and waking up every day is a step in the right direction. This song embodies what so many people fight to do each and every day.

13. "Beautiful" by Christina Aguilera

I am beautiful


No matter what they say

Words can't bring me down

I am beautiful

In every single way

Yes words can't bring me down

Oh no

So don't you bring me down today

A song way before its time. It's as if Christina Aguilera was looking into our souls and spoke to each and every one of us when she sang this song. But really, who cares what people think about you? You're beautiful.

14. "Put Your Records On" by Corinne Bailey Rae

Girl, put your records on, tell me your favorite song


You go ahead, let your hair down

Sapphire and faded jeans

I hope you get your dreams

Just go ahead, let your hair down

You're gonna find yourself somewhere, somehow

A feel-good song that you can ride your bike to and have on repeat. Sometimes, believing in yourself is all about feeling good and loving yourself in the moment.

15. "Man! I Feel Like a Woman" by Shania Twain

The girls need a break


Tonight we're gonna take

The chance to get out on the town

We don't need romance, we only want to dance

We're gonna let our hair hang down

Your go-to feel-good karaoke song! There is nothing better than belting this song out with your girls in your best pair of shoes!

16. "Don't Stop Believing" by Journey 

Strangers waiting


Up and down the boulevard

Their shadows searching in the night

Streetlight people

Living just to find emotion

Hiding, somewhere in the night

Don't stop believin'

Hold on to the feelin'


Streetlight people

The song that really intiated that we should all just start beliving in oursevles and hold onto the feeling that it will all get better.

17. "Try" By Colbie Caillat

Get your sexy on

Don't be shy, girl

Take it off

This is what you want, to belong, so they like you

Do you like you?

You don't have to try so hard


You don't have to, give it all away

You just have to get up, get up, get up, get up

You don't have to change a single thing

With social media it's easy to fall down the rabbit hole and think you have to be the person you see everyone on social media being. Life is so much more beautiful than the highlight reel.

18. "What Makes You Beautiful" by One Direction

You're insecure


Don't know what for

You're turning heads when you walk through the door

Don't need makeup, to cover up

Being the way that you are is enough

Everyone else in the room can see it

Everyone else but you

Okay, the message of this song is so corny and true. Our friends and everyone around us can always see our beauty, but when we look in the mirror we always turn up our nose.

19. "Shake It Off" by Taylor Swift

'Cause the players gonna play, play, play, play, play


And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate

Baby, I'm just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake

I shake it off, I shake it off

Heartbreakers gonna break, break, break, break, break

And the fakers gonna fake, fake, fake, fake, fake

Baby, I'm just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake

I shake it off, I shake it off

The fact that Taylor Swift wrote this song about her haters to show the world she loves herself and will continue to always be herself is pure gold. If Taylor can believe in herself, you can do anything.

20. "Steal My Sunshine" by Len

I was lying on the grass of Sunday morning of last week


Indulging in my self-defeat

My mind was thugged, all laced and bugged, all twisted, wrong and beat

A comfortable three feet deep

Now the fuzzy stare from not being there on a confusing morning week

Impaired my tribal lunar speak

And of course you can't become if you only say what you would have done

So I missed a million miles of fun

I know it's up for me

(If you steal my sunshine)

Making sure I'm not in too deep

(If you steal my sunshine)

Keeping versed and on my feet

(If you steal my sunshine)

Don't let the world dull your shine with negative energy and bad attitudes. If the world is dark and gray, make your own and build up others in the process.

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Shelby Slaughter's lifestyle writing has been featured on Martha Stewart, HelloGiggles, Byride, and more. She has a zest for storytelling and sharing news with the world.