Empowering Music: A Playlist To Keep You Moving Forward

So in 2018, I was trying to find my strength again, and one thing I did was create a playlist of all my empowering songs and all the songs that reminded me of me – the parts of me I’d forgotten, or who I wanted to be – and listened to it. A lot. I’m not going to say that the playlist was solely responsible for me succeeding in 2018, but I do think it helped. Music affects my mood, always has, and listening to these songs instead of sad songs, or party songs, kept me focused, I think. I strongly recommend making your own playlist, and keeping it on your phone for when you’re having a rough day. I’m not going to share the full playlist because it’s over 200 songs, but here’s some so you can start an empowerment playlist of your own.

PS: You will notice I have songs from a wide variety of genres – I will listen to just about anything. Deal with it. Give the songs a chance.

Start Again – One Republic

Empowering Lyric: “I know that I messed it up, Time and time again, I just wanna roll my sleeves up, And start again”

Whatever It Takes – Imagine Dragons

Empowering Lyric: “I do whatever it takes, ‘Cause I love how it feels when I break the chains, Whatever it takes”

Thunder – Imagine Dragons

Empowering Lyric: “Not a yes sir, not a follower, Fit the box, fit the mold, Have a seat in the foyer, take a number, I was lightning before the thunder”

I Refuse – Simple Plan

Empowering Lyric: “I refuse to apologize for who I am, I refuse to let somebody say I can’t”

Opinion Overload – Simple Plan

Empowering Lyric: “I won’t apologize for what I feel inside, I won’t be pushed around, I won’t be backing down”

“I’m doing things exactly like I want to….And I don’t give a damn if you don’t approve”

I Am What I Am – Gloria Gaynor

Empowering Lyric: “I bang my own drum, Some think it’s noise, I think it’s pretty”

My Way – Billy Gilman (Frank Sinatra)


Empowering Lyric: “I bit off more than I could chew, But through it all, when there was doubt, I ate it, up and spit it out, I faced it all and I stood tall, And did it my way”

Paper Doll – Bea Miller

Empowering Lyric: “Enough’s enough, Go, Leave me alone, Cut me down but I won’t fall, I’m not a paper doll”

“Betcha didn’t think I knew what I was made of, Thought I would lay down, I wouldn’t stand up”

Happy Now – Bon Jovi

Empowering Lyric: “I know I can change, got hope in my veins, I’m telling you I ain’t going back to the pain, Can I be happy now?, Can I let my breath out, Let me believe, I’m building a dream, Don’t try to drag me down”

Fight Like A Girl – Bomshel

Empowering Lyric: “So hold your head high, Don’t ever let them define, The light in your eyes, Love yourself, give em hell, You can take on this world, You just stand and be strong, And then fight like a girl”

History – Lauren Alaina

Empowering Lyric: “Time will tell who’s here for the hardest fight, You’re gonna hear the fire in our hearts beating, Because we didn’t get this far to get defeated”

Thunder – Leona Lewis

Empowering Lyric: “I won’t wait any longer, When you left me down, I got stronger”

The Champion – Carrie Underwood

Empowering Lyric: “I am invincible, unbreakable, unstoppable, unshakeable, They knock me down, I get up again”

Fire Under My Feet – Leona Lewis

Empowering Lyric: “This may not be, not be perfect, But I’m happy and I’ve earned it, Every tear shed will be worth it, Step by step, ain’t looking back, Got no regrets, cause I got, I got fire under my feet, And I feel it in my heartbeat, Oh, you can’t put out these flames, You can’t keep me down in my seat”

I Dare You – Bea Miller

Empowering Lyric: “I’m picking up my sword, To shatter all the pieces that I was before, Because I’m worth fighting for”

Stand – Rascall Flatts

Empowering Lyric: ” When push comes to shove, You taste what you’re made of, You might bend till you break, ‘Cause it’s all you can take, On your knees, you look up, Decide you’ve had enough, You get mad, you get strong, Wipe your hands, shake it off, Then you stand”

I Am The Fire – Halestorm

Empowering Lyric: “Won’t let the past decide my fate”

Stand Back Up – Sugarland

Empowering Lyric: “I’ve weathered all these storms, , But I just turn them into wind, so I can fly, What don’t kill you makes you stronger, When I take my last breath, That’s when I’ll just give up”

What songs make you feel good about getting things done?

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