The Best Motivational and Inspirational Songs Ever

I’m happy to be able to share this list with you. I love music and find that it both motivates and inspires me. It pulls me out of those lulls that yes, even I can get into upon occasion.

Watch the video’s and get your daily dose of inspiration. Listen to them in the background while reading some of my articles, checking emails, paying bills, writing your next novel or taking brainstorming notes!

In my opinion these are the most motivational and inspirational songs of all time. They include YouTube videos that we hand-picked. Some are slow and some fast, but the bottom line is they will have you singing along.

Meaningful Lyrics

I added some meaningful lyrics from each song. They are in no particular order, but please tell me your favorite song so that I can add it to the growing list.

These are currently my top two motivating songs:
1.  Pachelbel performed by my daughter,
and
2.  Hey, Hey, Hey by Michael Franti and Spearhead

Work Out and Running Songs

Most of these are great running songs and work out songs, so don’t just listen, get busy! Turn up the music and Live it Loud!

  1. Eye Of The TigerSurvivor
    Went the distance, now I’m back on my feet
    Just a man and his will to survive
  2. It’s My LifeBon Jovi
    I ain’t gonna be just a face in the crowd
    You’re gonna hear my voice
    When I shout it out loud
  3. Beautiful DayU2
    It’s a beautiful day
    Don’t let it get away
    It’s a beautiful day
  4. What a Wonderful WorldLouis Armstrong
    I see skies of blue and clouds of white
    The bright blessed day, the dark sacred night
    And I think to myself what a wonderful world.
  5. I Feel GoodJames Brown
    I feel good.
  6. Walking On SunshineKatrina and the Waves
    Hey, alright now
    and don’t it feel good!!
    hey yeah, oh yeah
    and don’t it feel good!!
  7. Live Like You Were DyingTim McGraw
    I went skydiving
    I went rocky mountain climbing
    I went two point seven seconds on a bull named Fu Man Shu
  8. I Believe I Can FlyR. Kelly
    If I can see it, then I can do it
    If I just believe it, there’s nothing to it
  9. HeroMariah Carey
    Look inside you and be strong
    And you’ll finally see the truth
    That a hero lies in you
  10. I Will SurviveGloria Gaynor
    Now I hold my head up high
  11. Bad DayDaniel Powter
    Well you need a blue sky holiday
    The point is they laugh at what you say
    And I don’t need no carryin’ on
  12. Man In The MirrorMichael Jackson
    I’m Starting With The Man In
    The Mirror
    I’m Asking Him To Change
    His Ways
  13. Tub ThumpingChumbawumba
    I get knocked down, but I get up again
    You’re never gonna keep me down
  14. Pachabel Canon - as played by my daughter
  15. Return to InnocenceEnigma
    If you want, then start to laugh
    If you must, then start to cry
    Be yourself don’t hide
    Just believe in destiny
  16. Break My StrideMatthew Wilder
    Nobody’s gonna slow me down, oh-no
    I got to keep on movin’
  17. Livin’ On A PrayerBon Jovi
    We gotta hold on ready or not
    You live for the fight when it’s all that you’ve got
  18. Someday I’ll Be Saturday NightBon Jovi
    Hey, man I’m alive I’m takin’ each day and night at a time
    I’m feelin’ like a Monday but someday I’ll be Saturday night
  19. Where The Streets Have No NameU2
    I want to run
    I want to hide
    I want to tear down the walls
    That hold me inside
  20. Three Little BirdsBob Marley
    Don’t worry a-bout a thing, ’cause ev-ry little thing gonna be all right.
  21. The ClimbMiley Cyrus
    The struggles I’m facing
    The chances I’m taking
    Sometimes might knock me down, but
    No I’m not breaking
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  23. Live Out LoudSteven Curtis Chapman
    This is life we’ve been given, made to be lived out
    So, la, la, la, la, live out loud
  24. JumpVan Halen
    Go ahead and jump
    Might as well jump
  25. It’s A Beautiful LifeAce of Base
    You can do what you want, just seize the day
  26. Never SurrenderCorey Hart
    With a little perseverance you can get things down
    Without the blind adherence that has conquered some

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  27. Gonna Fly Now – Theme from Rocky by Bill Conti
    Getting strong now
    won’t be long now
    getting strong now
  28. Get Back UpTobyMac
    We lose our way, we get back up again
    It’s never too late to get back up again
  29. HopeShaggy
    In this life you could lead if you only believe
    And in order to achieve what you need
    You can never give up
    You can never give up
  30. Bang A DrumBon Jovi
    Well I’m gonna die believin’ each step that I take
    Ain’t worth the ground that I walk on
    If we don’t walk it our way
  31. Born to RunBruce Springsteen
    `cause tramps like us, baby we were born to run
  32. Soak Up The SunCheryl Crow
    I’ve got no one to blame
    For every time I feel lame
    I’m looking up
  33. Hey, Hey, HeyMichael Franti and Spearhead
    I just wrap my arms around you
    Don’t give up, this song is for you
  34. Upside DownJack Johnson
    Who’s to say
    I can’t do everything
    Well I can try
  35. Somewhere over the Rainbow – Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwoʻole
    And the dreams that you dare to dream of
    Really do come true
    (Requested by Eugene)
  36. UnwrittenNatasha Bedingfield
    Live your life with arms wide open
    Today is where your book begins
    (Requested by Hajra)
  37. A Beautiful DayIndia Arie
    Just chances we’ve taken
    Lay down your regrets
    ‘Cause all we have is now
    (Requested by Bryan)
  38. Live Like We’re Dying – Kris Allen
    We only got 86,400 seconds in a day to
    Turn it all around or to throw it all away
    We gotta tell them that we love them
    While we got the chance to say
    Gotta live like we’re dying
    (Requested by Lynne)

The Most Inspiring Songs that I can’t get out of my head.

Of course it’s easy for you to understand my daughter being on the list. But, I really do love that darned song (#8).  Any of these are guaranteed to make Rob sing out loud (family loves it!) :)   I didn’t even know the Franti song until recently. My buddy Steve told me it reminded him of me (thanks dude!) and now I can’t get the thing out of my head!

  1. Born To Run by Bruce Springsteen
  2. It’s My Life by Bon Jovi
  3. Get Back Up by TobyMac
  4. Where The Streets Have No Name by U2
  5. Soak Up The Sun by Cheryl Crow
  6. The Climb by Miley Cyrus
  7. Never Surrender by Corey Hart
  8. Anything by my daughter: Pachabel Canon, etc. etc. etc. etc. etc.
  9. Tub Thumping by Chumbawumba
  10. Hey Hey Hey by Michael Franti and Spearhead

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27 Responses to The Best Motivational and Inspirational Songs Ever

  1. Eugene says:

    First of all, I have to give props to any list that includes Enigma in any way shape or form. Love them!

    I would add “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” – Israel Kamakawiwo’Ole version.

  2. Just had to crank up the volume and start dancing around the room to Man In The Mirror!

    Thanks for all the musical motivation today, Rob — wonderful way to jump start the weekend. :)

    Melanie
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    • Rob says:

      Hey Melanie,
      I hope you weren’t looking in the mirror at the time:)
      That song resonates well with me also. I have to be the change I’m seeking.
      I have to be the difference maker for me. I have to be the one who wants it for me, and acts upon that want. If I can do these, the better I will be to help others on their journey.
      Live it LOUD! co-Pres

  3. Julie says:

    Thanks for reminding me about Three Little Birds! I love that you linked to each song. For some reason I tend to pull out Led Zeppelin when I need to crank something, so I guess I can’t really add to the list without taking a weird twist :)

    • Rob says:

      Hey Julie,
      No worries. I must admit there are a few on the list that I would not have chosen. Maybe some more I would have. I was keeping the audience in mind.
      Still trying to figure out what, “who shines white light and wants to show”, actually means:)
      Live it LOUD!

  4. Hajra says:

    I have some of these songs in a folder titled “Listen when Blue” Now all I need to get the ones I missed. Unwritten by Natasha Bedingfield is one my favorites, the chorus speaks a lot! Great compilation!

    Feel the rain on your skin
    No one else can feel it for you
    Only you can let it in
    No one else, no one else
    Can speak the words on your lips
    Drench yourself in words unspoken
    Live your life with arms wide open
    Today is where your book begins

    • Rob says:

      Hey Hajra,

      Indeed, the chorus does speak! It reminds me of the book by Donald Miller, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years.
      His book encourages each of us to live a story worth writing. What a great concept.
      Thanks so much and it will be on the list!

      Live it LOUD!

  5. Hi Rob,
    This is really weird but what gets me most charged up is bagpipe music. I’m American with no ancestral history to explain it, but it always moves me.
    Riley

    • Rob says:

      Hey Riley,

      You’re alone…er, I meant not alone:) I must say hearing Amazing Grace at a funeral on the ‘pipes is touching.
      Maybe bagpipes will be featured in the next Rocky movie and they will be the next ‘big thing’.
      Thanks for stopping by Riley.

      P.S. I love your blog.
      Live it LOUD!

  6. Bryan says:

    So far Rob, the songs listed are awesome.. I would add “A Beautiful Day” by India.Arie

    • Rob says:

      Hey Bryan,

      I will have to research that one as I am unfamiliar with it. Wondering if it is a cover of the U2 song that is on the list?
      I’ll check it out. Thanks for mentioning.

      Live it LOUD!

      • Shewta says:

        I have to admit that i am a very lazy person. Working out has never been a prtiroiy for me. But ever since i read this quote, it just dawned on me that i really have to persevere & set time to take care of my body. Those who do not find time for exercise will have to find time for illness.-Earl of Derbyisn’t that just the truth?I am still lazy, but i’d rather have the time to work out than be sick..^_~

  7. I love all the song listed here. I have an additional to that.. Live like we’re dying by Kris Allen … “We only got 86,400 seconds in a day to
    Turn it all around or to throw it all away
    We gotta tell them that we love them
    While we got the chance to say
    Gotta live like we’re dying”

    Lynne

    • Rob says:

      Hey Lynne,
      I am quite familiar with this song as it was one of my daughter’s favorites. That means I’ve heard it lots:)
      It would be our pleasure to add it to the list.

      Live it LOUD!

  8. Nice list, Rob. Thanks for adding to mine.

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  16. audie says:

    nice list you got there, Rob. “say” by john mayer soundtrack of the movie ” the bucket list” and “colorblind” by overtone soundtrack of the movie” invictus”.

  17. SamanthaRae says:

    I’m doing a project for English class: we have to come up with an iPod playlist for a character in the book we just read. I chose the main character, he’s a fighter. This list helped since the story is supposed to motivational, and the songs on the list are motivational.

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