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Top 10 Songs for Self-Empowerment

Updated: May 11, 2022

Have you ever heard a song and thought “that’s exactly how I feel”? You probably have! Maybe that feeling was happiness, sadness, loneliness, etc.

The song made you realize you’re not alone.

However, have you ever heard a song and thought “that’s exactly how I want to feel”?

If you clicked on this blog post, I’m guessing you want to feel empowered? more confident in yourself? Be confident in sharing your voice or your passion? Or maybe you know someone who needs to feel this way.

Continue reading for my top 10 songs that I use to remind myself and others that every voice matters and you’ve got something to say!

1. Brave – Sara Bareilles

Sara Bareilles - Brave (Lyrics) - YouTube

Being self-empowered requires much bravery and self-trust. The first step to being brave, is to “say what you wanna say”. I know, easier said than done. You are not alone, being brave can be scary. When you are brave enough to share your voice, your ideas, and your thoughts with those around you great things can happen. What do you want to say today? “I want to see you be brave” 😊

2. Fight Song – Rachel Platten

Rachel Platten - Fight Song (Lyrics) - YouTube

Sometimes daily life can feel like you’re “fighting” just to get through. Sometimes the hardest thing is believing in yourself, knowing that you are strong enough. Let the words of this song remind you, that you’ve still got a lot of fighter left in you.

3. This Is Me from The Greatest Showman

This Is Me - The Greatest Showman {LYRICS} - YouTube

Being self-empowered is about knowing your strengths and not letting the noise of the world, of unkind people, and their opinion of you change how you think about yourself. Past pain makes us who you are; be proud of yourself and what you have overcome. Let the world know, “THIS IS ME”. YOU ARE WHO YOU’RE MEANT TO BE.

4. The Climb – Miley Cyrus

The Climb - Miley Cyrus (Lyrics) 🎵 - YouTube

Being brave, feeling empowered, and being yourself are not always easy, most of the time it’s not easy. Sometimes it feels like the world is telling you, “you’ll never make it”. Let the words of this song remind you, that the climb is part of your journey. Remember that sometimes, “it’s not about how fast you get there and it’s not about what’s waiting on the other side, it’s the climb”. There may be days that you feel like you slide back into the valley; remember to keep your head high and keep climbing.

5. I Still Have Me – Czn

CYN - I'll Still Have Me (Lyrics) - YouTube

Sometimes when we lose someone, we can be left feeling empty. Whatever the reason we lost this person: a breakup, a loved one passing-away, or something else, grief is hard. While grief is a process and it takes time, this song can remind you that, even when you lose those that you care about, you still have yourself. If you’re missing someone, give yourself grace today, and gently remind yourself that you still have you.

6. Roar – Katy Perry

Roar - Katy Perry (Lyrics) - YouTube

Remember that your voice and your choice matters. Sometimes you must let the world hear you “Roar”.

7. Firework – Katy Perry

Katy Perry - Firework (Lyrics) - YouTube

I love the imagery in this song. Be that firework, show them [your classmates, coworkers, family, friends…], what you’re worth. When you know your worth, others around you will recognize your strengths too. Keep being the original you were made to be!

8. Love Myself

Love Myself - Hailee Steinfeld (Lyrics) 🎵 - YouTube

Self-Empowerment is about loving who you are and trusting yourself. Let this song remind you that you have the power to be who you want to be. Love yourself through the good and the bad times. Remembering that sometimes we do need others to get through hard times, but healing starts when you learn to love yourself.

9. Who Says – Selena Gomez

Selena Gomez & The Scene - Who Says (Lyrics) 🎵 - YouTube

The first line of this song says it all, “I wouldn’t want to be anybody else”.

10. Rise – Calum Scott

Calum Scott - Rise (Lyric Video) - YouTube

“It’s not how you fall back down, but how you get back up”. Remember that you have the power to rise from your struggles, falling doesn’t mean you’ve lost, it’s part of your journey.

Be the person that you want to be, say what you want to say, and make yourself proud!

Which song spoke to you most? Leave a comment and let us know.


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About the Author: Lillian is a board certified music therapist and holds a Masters in Mental Health Counseling. She specializes in empowering children and teens with mental health challenges through music. Learn more about Lillian HERE.

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