15 Songs About Believing in Yourself and Motivation

Songs About Believing in Yourself and Motivation

Life is hard, and when it gets you down, it’s always a great idea to listen to songs about believing in yourself. These kinds of songs, which can range from country and rap tunes to hard hitting pop or rack songs, can be the motivation you need to keep you in a positive state of mind.

So in this article, I’m going to provide you with fifteen amazing songs that deal with the topic of believing in yourself.  Hopefully, they will inspire you like they have motivated me.

Country Songs About Believing in Yourself

Let’s begin with a song by Toby Keith.

I’m Not as Good as I Once Was by Toby Keith

There are a lot of country songs about believing in yourself, so it was hard to narrow it down for this list.  But this is a song I enjoy, as it’s about a cowboy that is getting older but still likes to party and hang out with his friends. 

In the song, Toby Keith sings of a man that can find himself in a couple circumstances that might just tire out an older guy—such as a first fight or even a lucky night with two girls wanting to bring him home. 

But instead of Keith being too tired or saying he is too old, he believes in himself. 

His motto is, “I’m not as good as I once was, but I am as good once as I ever was.” 

So he is confident he is going to win that fight.  And has the confidence to be with two women. 

That, my friends, is the power of having the right attitude in life.  You can’t go wrong believing in yourself when you have the right attitude adjustment. 

The Champion by Carrie Underwood and Ludacris

Pretty much every word in this song exudes self-confidence. It was written for the Superbowl, and they were trying to depict athletes who are at the top of their game—but can still relate to everyday people.

When I hear this song by Carrie Underwood and Ludacris, it makes me think about what I’ve done in life, and what my goals are. For at least a brief moment in time, I feel like I can do anything. I feel invincible, unbreakable, unstoppable unshakable. 

Rock Songs About Believing in Yourself

Let’s begin with a song by Shinedown.

Get Up by Shinedown

This is a song I like to listen to when I am sad or depressed. Sometimes I struggle to even get out of bed in the morning. I also sometimes struggle with feelings of inadequacy.  

Sometimes when I am having one of those days, it literally feels like it’s telling me to get up. 

It helps a lot. The chorus also has some of the best lyrics I have heard that relate to believing in yourself. 

If you were ever in doubt
Don’t sell yourself short, you might be bulletproof
Hard to move mountains when you’re paralyzed
But you gotta try
And I’m calling out

Get up, get up
Get a move on
Get up, get up
What’s taking so long?
Get up, get up
Get a move on

When I am in a funk, and I hear this, it helps me remember who I am and what my goals are. I feel as if maybe the song is right and, I can move mountains if I just stopped being paralyzed by fear of rejection and failure. 

F****** Perfect by Pink

Pink was named woman of the year by the Billboard Music Awards in 2013. She has written so many songs that I can relate to. 

But this song is close to my heart. I have made a lot of mistakes in life—I spent 15 years in a bad marriage, and I came out less than I was before. Once I was out, I didn’t know who I was, so I continued to make bad decisions. 

This song is made for people like me. People who went down the wrong road, and are now trying to do the right thing and live a clean, straightforward, and honest life. This song by Pink is saying “Don’t hate yourself. Embrace your mistakes.  Grow from them. But whatever you do, don’t dwell on them. You are perfect just the way you are.”

My Name is Human by Highly Suspect

This is a strange song to put on this list. I actually questioned whether anyone else would think it belongs, but in my opinion, this is the highest form of believing in oneself. 

You see, Johnny Stevens sings of a man that believes humans are more than just people.  That they they are part of the universe, and the universe is part of their core being. They believe they can tap into the universe to gain strength.

Pop Songs About Believing in Yourself

Let’s kick this off with a track by Imagine Dragons.

Thunder by Imagine Dragons

This is another one of those songs that make you want to do more. In this song, Imagine Dragons sing about a man that no one ever believed. So he had to learn to believe in himself. 

Everyone always thought he was not going to amount to anything, and this song seems to be the way he is metaphorically sticking up his middle finger at them. 

I can relate to when I started writing my book, and everyone laughed at me saying I would never finish it. So, when I did, and I published, I felt kind of like I was the lightning before the thunder.

Fight Song by Rachel Platten

A great song about inspiration and motivation is called "Fight Song" by Rachel Platten.

This is another song I listened to when I was going through my divorce. It is a song of empowerment. It makes you feel as if you have the fight in you to make everything alright. This song is about a girl who didn’t feel like she had a voice. 

Whether it be a relationship, friendship, or family – something was holding Rachel back and keeping her down. Something lit a match inside her soul and she left her bad situation to embark on a mission to realize her dreams.

Roar by Katy Perry

I love this song, it is such a fun track, and it has such a special meaning to me. My ex-husband was not a kind man, to put it lightly. After 15 years, I finally found the courage to leave. This was my theme song. I played it every day, multiple times a day. 

This whole song is about how Katy was made to not have a voice or a choice. She let a man run her life because she couldn’t see that was not how things were supposed to be until she had that “aha” moment. 

Those “aha” moments are more precious than gold. 

Katy realized she did have a choice, and that she was much more amazing than she had been led to believe. 

This Girl is on Fire by Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys' "This Girl is On Fire" is a great song about motivation.

This is definitely an Alicia Keys song I listen to when I am feeling down about myself. I’ll listen to it if I have anxiety of some sort, like a job interview, for instance. 

When I sing along with the song, I am transformed into this amazing performer who is on top of the world. When the song is over, I feel a little better about myself. 

What’s better than that?

Almost There by Anika Noni Rose

"The Princess and the Frog" has an excellent song about believing in yourself called "Almost There" by Anika Noni Rose.

This is one of those songs (from the animated film “The Princess and the Frog”) that just makes you feel good. This song is actually new to me, but I have decided I am going to adopt it as my new theme song. The reason why? It makes me feel good about myself, and self-confident, like I am about to make all my dreams come true.

All my life I wanted to be a writer, but I never thought I was good enough, so I just dabbled. I was really just too afraid to take that last step. I would take freelance jobs, but never could finish my novel. 

One day I said enough was enough and finished. Once I finally got an editor and published, I felt so good about myself. You see, even if this book doesn’t do well, I am “almost there,” as Princess Tiana would say.

This is a fantastic song by Disney and Anika Noni Rose sings it beautifully. So if you’re looking for a few songs about believing in your dreams, make sure you begin with “Almost There.”

Shake it Off by Taylor Swift

When I am in the mood to be uplifted, I listen to this song. It is an instant confident booster. 

On this song, Taylor Swift is saying essentially saying “don’t worry about what other people think. Keep moving forward and proving them wrong.”

It’s always important to shake of negativity and criticism.  And no song exemplifies this better.

Eye of the Tiger by Survivor

The first paragraph in this song automatically conjures visions of someone who believes in themselves. This is one of those songs that you listen to at work, at the gym, or on headphones while following your dreams. 

Eye of the Tiger is another one of those songs that makes you believe you can do anything you set your mind to. The song is about a man who ran into a little trouble and had to get back on his feet. He may be down, but he ain’t out—he knows that if he scratches and claws towards the finish line, he’ll no doubt meet his goal.

Rap Songs About Believing in Yourself

Let’s begin with a song by Three 6 Mafia.

That’s Right by Three 6 Mafia

This is my “haters song.” 

I listen to it when people are rude to me, or talk down to me. This song is basically a guy saying he doesn’t care what you heard or what your preconceived notions of him are. 

He doesn’t care what anyone thinks because, in the end, he is going to keep getting cashing checks and accomplishing his goals.

I sometimes struggle with self-confidence, and things people say really get to me. When I listen to this song, I feel like I am on top of the world, like no one can touch me. I envision my book sales skyrocketing, and all the people who said I would never make it standing there with their mouths agape in shock. 

It is a great feeling.

Hunger in My Stomach by OverTime

Where exactly do you fit OverTime in when it comes to music categories? It’s not that we want to pigeon OverTime, but when listening to the music, it could easily fall into rap, country, or even rock.

And that’s a good thing.

Hunger in My Stomach is one of my favorite songs. No matter what mood I am in, this song puts me in a good mood. I relate to this song so much. 

In the song, Overtime talks of a man that used to be broke living in a truck to now being a successful rap artist. How exciting is that, to go from nothing to living your dream?

I Caught Crazy by Tech N9ne

Tech N9ne is one of my favorite artists. He has always been very creative. He was one of the first people to mix opera and rap, back in the 90’s, and it worked out pretty fantastically. Tech N9ne is the co-founder of the record label Strange Music, which produced this song. 

I know this is a weird one, hear me out, though. On this track, Tech N9ne is singing about how he has a mental illness. When he was younger, he used to have nothing but tough luck. But one day, he decided to embrace his “crazy,” and suddenly, his life started to change. 

Once he started to believe in himself, the doors started opening for him. He doesn’t want to change, he likes himself exactly the way he is. 


We all feel down and out sometimes.  It’s inevitable.  That’s why we always need excellent songs about believing in yourself that can serve aa a “pick me up” whenever we are harboring negative thoughts or have even lost hope.

Use these songs as inspiration and motivation to carry on and make your dreams a reality.


Yes, there are quite a few Broadway songs that are about believing in yourself. The one that stands out the most to me would be You Can’t Stop the Beat from the Hairspray soundtrack. 

Yes.  Check out “I’m Strong” by Robert Owens.

This article was written by Lisa.

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