Songs of Empowerment

Music equals emotion. Music can put you into different moods, remove you from different moods… as I’ve said before, it’s a powerful force. Six months ago, I made a list of happy, upbeat, empowering songs that make me feel better. Here they are for your enjoyment:

1. What Makes You Beautiful – One Direction

I know, I know. It’s a mainstream pop song, the meaning of which was totally ripped apart by Stephen Colbert in a rather hilarious way. But it makes me happy when I hear it. 🙂

2. No One Like You – David Crowder Band

The lyrics are talking about God, and how he is unchanging, unique, and lovely. I think there’s also another meaning to the song: you, as a person, are unique and there is no one out there exactly like you, either.

3. Because I’m Awesome – The Dollyrots

The Dollyrots is one of my all-time favorite “happy” bands, and this song’s ludicrous lyrics are funny.

4. So What – Pink

I like breakup songs when they’ve got that happy-go-lucky screw-you thing going on, and this song has that quality. Also, Pink is just plain awesome.

5. Born this Way – Lady Gaga

Another mainstream pop song, but it has been an anthem of empowerment for so many. Even though I’m getting a little sick of Lady Gaga as a person, the song is still awesome.

6. Brave – Nichole Nordeman

Like #2 on this list, this song is more religiously oriented. It’s about breaking free of the status quo, no longer caring about what has previously held you back… being brave.

7. What You Want – Evanescence

Nowadays, as I listen to Ev, I find most of their songs incredibly depressing, but this is one of the exceptions. It’s an affirmation of strength and going your own way, despite opposition.

8. Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up) – Florence + the Machine

The lyrics of the song aren’t entirely positive, but as I see it, the prevailing meaning is you have to sacrifice certain things in life if you want to face your fears.

So what are your songs of empowerment?

3 thoughts on “Songs of Empowerment

  1. Number 5 all the way – I particularly love the line ‘don’t be a drag, just be a queen’, a clever way of Gaga telling us to be ourselves and do that proudly. I also like number 8.
    In terms of my personal favourites, I’d have to say ‘Listen’ by BeyoncĂ©.
    Great post :).

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