14 Best Songs About Life & Powerful Lyrics To Motivate You On Your Journey

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When you're going through a rough patch, finding ways to uplift yourself and convince yourself that life is good can feel extremely difficult at times. 

While it's no cure-all, sometimes a good song about life can help boost your mood and change your outlook — particularly those highlighting the beauty of living and all the lessons that come with it.

No matter the challenges we face, music can help remind us of our inner strength and resilience.  

Life always gets better soon or later. Remember, there's always a light at the end of the tunnel!

Here are 15 meaningful songs about life to motivate you.

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1. "Man in the Mirror" - Michael Jackson 

"I'm starting with the man in the mirror

I'm asking him to change his ways

And no message could have been any clearer 

If you want to make the world a better place

Take a look at yourself and then make a change"

This beloved classic reminds us of the most important life lessons: you won't be able to change the world (or your life) without first working on yourself. 

 2. "The Gambler" - Kenny Rogers

"You've got to know when to hold 'em

Know when to fold 'em

Know when to walk away

And know when to run"

This sentimental song carries a powerful message: don't waste your energy on things that don't serve your highest good. 

3. "The Climb" - Miley Cyrus

"Always gonna be an uphill battle

Sometimes you're gonna have to lose

Ain't about how fast I get there

Ain't about what's waiting on the other side

It's the climb"

This sweet ballad doesn't just remind us of Miley's Hannah Montana days, it also speaks to that perfectionist inside each and every one of us. No matter how many losses we face, success also comes in the form of valuable lessons and personal growth. 

4. "Today My Life Begins" - Bruno Mars

"I will break these chains that bind me, happiness will find me

Leave the past behind me, today my life begins

A whole new world is waiting, it's mine for the taking

I know I can make it today my life begins"

It's never too late to start anew. The power to create a new life for yourself is in your very hands! 

5. "When You Believe" - Whitney Houston & Mariah Carey 

"There can be miracles

When you believe

Though hope is frail, it's hard to kill

Who knows what miracles you can achieve?" 

"The Prince of Egypt" fans will recognize this inspirational song! It reminds us to never give up hope, no matter how desperate a situation may seem.  

6. "Don't Stop Thinking About Tomorrow" - Fleetwood Mac

"Why not think about times to come?

And not about the things that you've done

If your life was bad to you

Just think what tomorrow will do"

One of the many beautiful things about life is that we always get the chance to wipe our slates clean! Don't torture yourself by lingering on the past. 

7. "Be Alright" - Ariana Grande

"Baby, don't you know?

All of them tears gon' come and go

Baby, you just gotta make up your mind

That every little thing is gonna be alright"

Ari says it loud and clear: pain and hardship are temporary. You will get through this okay! 

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8. "You Are Loved (Don't Give Up)" - Josh Groban 

"Everybody wants to be understood

Well, I can hear you

Everybody wants to be loved

Don't give up because you are loved"

This powerful song reminds us that we are loved no matter how down or useless we feel. We will always be worthy of love! 

9. "Life is a Highway" - Rascal Flatts

"There's no load I can't hold

The road so rough, this I know

I'll be there when the light comes in

Just tell 'em we're survivors"

This fun 'n funky country rock song may have been an internet meme at some point, but its lesson still rings true: sometimes all you can do is go with the flow.

10. "Waiting on the World to Change" - John Mayer

"It's hard to beat the system

When we're standing at a distance

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So we keep waiting on (waiting)

Waiting on the world to change"

As much as we'd love to change things with a snap of our fingers, at times all we can do is wait. Do what you can for the moment. 

11. "Meant To Be" - Bebe Rexha ft. Florida Georgia Line

"As long as you're right here next to me

Everything's gonna be alright

If it's meant to be, it'll be, it'll be

Baby, just let it be" 

This song is as self-explanatory as it gets! There's no use beating yourself up over missed opportunities. Life will give you everything you want and need when the time's right. 

12. "No One Is Alone" - "Into The Woods" Cast

"Feel you've lost your way?

You decide, but

You are not alone

Believe me, 

No one is alone" 

Broadway and Disney fans rejoice! This touching song tells it as it is: life is full of people who are willing to forgive and help us through hard times. 

13. "Who You Are" - Jessie J

"Sometimes it's hard

To follow your heart

Tears don't mean you're losing

Everybody's bruising

Just be true to who you are"

Setbacks are always upsetting. Don't beat yourself up though, because life will continue giving you chances to prove yourself!

14. "Step By Step" - Whitney Houston 

"You got to keep on moving on, don't stop 

I know you're hurting, and I know you're blue,

I know you're hurting but don't let the bad things get to you"

Even though it seems like it (thanks, social media), no one's making quantum leaps in their lives! We're all taking things little by little. Stay strong! 

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Yona Dervishi is a writer who is currently working at YourTango as an editorial intern. She covers topics pertaining to news and entertainment.