Warm Up Your Playlist

Ten Songs with Powerful Messages

By Brielle Sparacino

To many, music is everything. It is a vice, a cure and a form of therapy. When you hear a song you know is meant for you, it’s like the universe is sending you a message telling you to hang in there; everything will turn out just fine.

Even if you’re someone who doesn’t feel as strongly about music as others do, it’s nice to get a bit of empowerment, confidence and reassurance once in awhile.

Luckily, you’ve stumbled upon the right article if you happened to be looking for music with a strong, positive message.

Here are some of my current favorite songs that are meant to inspire and empower.

One of my absolute favorite songs at the moment is “Mother Earth” by BANKS.

A musician who has battled depression since her teenage years, she wrote this song as part of her internal healing process and to encourage other women to support each other instead of tearing each other apart.

BANKS’ haunting and hypnotic vocals have the power to draw you in and put you at ease, no matter the situation.

The next song is an oldie but a goodie. Sung by Victoria Justice, a former Nickelodeon starlet, “Shake” is one of those feel-good songs that make you just want to get up and dance wherever you happen to be.

With lyrics like “Sometimes, you gotta get down, down at the supermarket, even if there’s people watchin,’ Just because you like the song” and an infectious beat, I guarantee you’ll be playing this song on repeat.

Another one of my favorite songs is “Hurricane” by Halsey. This singer is known for her distinct style of music and incomparable lyrics. “Hurricane” is a perfect example of that combination.

The track is meant for women to feel strong and independent without the annoying catchiness of a standard Top 40 pop song and it certainly does its job.

“Put Your Records On” by Corinne Bailey Rae is another favorite throwback jam of mine. The lazy, nostalgic vibe of this song makes for a great addition to any summertime or rainy day playlist.

It makes you want to twirl around your living room and sing with all the windows open.

It’s such a “feel-good” song that even if you haven’t heard it in a while, you’ll cheer up instantly as soon as it flows through the speakers.

“Confident” by Demi Lovato is a Top 40 hit song that is so freaking catchy, you’ll find yourself strutting down the sidewalk with a “try-me” expression etched onto your face the entire time. With a tagline of “What’s wrong with being confident?” — you’ll never feel as truly confident as you are when you’re listening to this song.

“Yellow Flicker Beat” by Lorde. This song is definitely underrated even though it contains some amazingly empowering lyrics.

For example, the track opens with “I’m a princess cut from marble, smoother than a storm,” and instantly sets the mood for the rest of what’s to come.

If the stereotypical Top 40 tracks aren’t for you, this next one might be.

Ellie Goulding’s “Army” is another song full of powerful lyrics and vocals. “When I’m with you, I’m standing with an army,” are lyrics that, for once, haven’t already been overused by a mass of musicians, and it really speaks to the heart.

This track is about showing appreciation and gratitude to the people who’ve stuck by you through the best and worst of times.

It is a true example of empowerment.

Song choice number eight is “***Flawless” by Beyoncé featuring Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. This track promotes feminism in its simplest and most powerful form through Beyoncé’s unbeatable vocals and Chimamanda’s spoken word.

Not only does this song promote equality of the sexes, it’s a badass anthem for ladies (and men) everywhere.

Brave” by Sara Bareilles is another track that I feel is completely underrated. This song is all about being unapologetically you and loving yourself to the fullest.

It’s a perfect confidence booster and it asks you to call on your inner strength, which many of us tend to underestimate.

My final song choice would have to be “Fight Song” by Rachel Platten. Yes, I know it has been played on the radio so much it shouldn’t be allowed anymore but this song is optimistic and infectious.

Its inspiring message of strength and self-love is undoubtedly moving and is sure to give you the reassurance and motivation you need to get through a rough day.

Everyone feels discouraged; it’s only natural and even the most optimistic people can feel down in the dumps sometimes.

The best thing to know is that bad times don’t last forever and with the help of a good song, they might end even sooner than you think.

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