Eminem – Lose Yourself
Success is my only motherfucking option, failure’s not
Mom, I love you, but this trailer’s got to go
I cannot grow old in Salem’s lot
So here I go it’s my shot.
Feet fail me not, this may be the only opportunity that I got.”
Why it will inspire you:¬†This song is from Eminem’s film debut,¬†8 Mile, about a guy struggling to make it big as a rapper. ¬†The song talks about the struggles that he faced, but how, no matter what, he was determined to succeed.
The All-American Rejects – Move Along
Move along, move along like I know you do
And even when your hope is gone
Move along, move along just to make it through.”
Why it will inspire you:¬†We’ve all got a past event that we’re holding on to. ¬†This song reminds us that we need to let go of those past events so that they don’t hold us back.
The Donnas – Fall Behind Me
You’re gonna cry and beg for mercy
‘Cause you’re not ready baby
And you got nothing on me.”
Why it will inspire you:¬†Think of someone you hate. ¬†Now think of how amazing it will feel when you earn more money than them, when you have a better job than them, a better partner, a better wardrobe, better friends…see? ¬†It’s a great feeling. ¬†Bitchy, but great.
Gwen Stefani – What You Waiting For?
You know it all by heart
Why are you standing in one place?
Born to blossom, bloom to perish.”
Why it will inspire you:¬†The majority of this song was written for Gwen whilst she was out of the studio, by Linda Perry, who grew impatient with Gwen after she was taking her time to come up with new material for her debut solo album,¬†Love. Angel. Music. Baby. ¬†She asked her¬†what she was waiting for, and the song soon followed…
Katy Perry – Firework
You’re original, cannot be replaced
If you only knew what the future holds
After a hurricane comes a rainbow
Maybe your reason why all the doors are closed
So you could open one that leads you to the perfect road
Like a lightning bolt, your heart will glow
And when it’s time, you’ll know.”
Why it will inspire you:¬†Katy had the idea for this song after her ex, Russell Brand, made her read Jack Kerouac’s¬†On the Road. ¬†One of the book’s most famous quotes talks about how,¬†”The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centrelight pop and everybody goes ‘Aww!’” ¬†This inspired her to write¬†Firework,¬†about how we’re all unique and should embrace it.
Hilary Duff – Fly
You can shine,
Forget about the reasons why you can’t in life,
And start to try, cause it’s your time,
Time to fly.”
Why it will inspire you:¬†I know what you’re thinking. ¬†”Hilary Duff? ¬†Really?” ¬†But just give me a minute to explain. ¬†It’s about letting go, it’s about moving on, it’s about how “it’s your time, time to fly.” ¬†What’s more inspirational than that?
Take That – Shine
It’s not good for your health
I know that you can change
So clear your head and come round
You only have to open your eyes
You might just get a big surprise
And it may feel good and you might want to smile, smile, smile.
Don’t you let your demons pull you down
‘Cause you can have it all, you can have it all.”
Why it will inspire you:¬†When you’re stuck in a rut, this is a great, cheesy, catchy song to snap you out of it (with a strange video you won’t believe is from 2009). ¬†It acts as a reminder of how awesome we all are, and how it’s not good to be “so hard on yourself”, as it really¬†is¬†bad for your health.
Bon Jovi – It’s My Life
You’re gonna hear my voice
When I shout it out loud
It’s my life
It’s now or never
I ain’t gonna live forever
I just want to live while I’m alive
(It’s my life)
My heart is like an open highway
Like Frankie said
I did it my way
I just wanna live while I’m alive
It’s my life.”
Why it will inspire you:¬†It’s¬†your¬†life. ¬†You only get one, so you shouldn’t be “just a face in the crowd”; you should do your best to stand out.
Weezer – Pork and Beans
That I wanna do
I ain’t got a thing
To prove to you
I’ll eat my candy
With the pork and beans
Excuse my manners
If I make a scene
I ain’t gonna wear
The clothes that you like
I’m fine and dandy
With the me inside
One look in the mirror
And I’m tickled pink
I don’t give a hoot
About what you think.”
Why it will inspire you:¬†The video may be random, but the whole song focuses on the idea of doing what you want, regardless of what other people think, do or say.