Monday, 14 March 2011


I have always liked music with an inspiring or uplifting message. After all don’t we all need that extra strength and determination to get through a bad set of circumstances?

I have compiled a list of personal favourites that I consider to be the best inspirational or motivational songs. As always this list reflects my eclectic music taste; some music, being more recent, other songs being a bit older. I cannot even begin to rate these in an order, as all these singers are legends and very talented.

Do take some time to look up these songs and have a listen. Is your favourite inspirational song listed? Which songs have inspired you the most?

  1. Katy Perry – Firework
  2. Eminem – Not Afraid
  3. Boy George – Yes we can
  4. Boy George – Turn to dust
  5. La Roux – Bulletproof
  6. Gabriella Cilmi – On a mission
  7. Christina Aguilera – Soar
  8. Christina Aguilera – Fighter
  9. Avril Lavigne – Keep holding on
  10. Alicia Keys – Superwoman
  11. Jordin Sparks – One step at a time
  12. Gabrielle – Dreams
  13. Sammy Davis Jr - The Impossible Dream – (there are 75 singers who have sung The Impossible Dream. Do take a look at i-Tunes or Wikipedia to find a version you like).
  14. Marvin Gaye – Aint no mountain high enough (Or Diana Ross’s version)
  15. Nina Simone – I shall be released (Bob Dylan also sang ‘I shall be released’)
  16. Nina Simone – Feeling good
  17. Nina Simone – Please don’t let me be misunderstood
  18. Stevie Wonder – Don’t worry about a thing
  19. Bobby McFerrin – Don’t worry, be happy (Or Jimmy Cliff’s version)
  20. Ben E. King - Stand by me
  21. Louis Armstrong – What a wonderful world
  22. Lighthouse Family – Be happy
  23. Lighthouse Family – Lifted
  24. K’Jon – On the ocean
  25. Seal – A change is coming (Or if you prefer Sam Cooke’s version)
  26. Sade – Soldier of love
  27. Johnny Nash – I can see clearly now
  28. Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush – Don’t give up
  29. Snap – I’ve got the power
  30. Queen – The show must go on

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