Many artists have shared their stories of overcoming challenges, setbacks, and hardships through their music. Such songs provide comfort and encouragement to those facing similar struggles, reminding them that they are not alone and possess the strength to persevere.
This musical journey will take you to discover the most inspiring songs celebrating bravery.
Without further ado, here are the 21 best songs about bravery and being courageous that you’ll enjoy.
Table of Contents
- 21. “Not Afraid” by Eminem
- 20. “Fight Song” by Rachel Platten
- 19. “Scars To Your Beautiful” by Alessia Cara
- 18. “Eye Of The Tiger” – Survivor
- 17. “Hall Of Fame” By The Script Ft. Will.I.Am
- 16. “Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey
- 15. “Fighter” by Christina Aguilera
- 14. “Get Up, Stand Up” by Bob Marley & The Wailers
- 13. “I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor
- 12. “A Million Dreams” by Ziv Zaifman ft. Hugh Jackman
- 11. “I’m Still Standing” by Elton John
- 10. “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” by Kelly Clarkson
- 9. “The Show Must Go On” by Queen
- 8. “Courage” by Celine Dion
- 7. “Roar” by Katy Perry
- 6. “The Fire” by The Roots ft. John Legend
- 5. “We Are The Champions” by Queen
- 4. “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” by Judy Garland
- 3. “Survivor” by Destiny’s Child
- 2. “Keep Holding On” by Avril Lavigne
- 1. “The Climb” by Miley Cyrus
21. “Not Afraid” by Eminem
“Not Afraid” is a rap song by Eminem from his album “Recovery” that won a Grammy. It has a motivational message as Eminem reflects on his struggles, conquers his fears, and encourages listeners to face challenges without fear, inspiring determination and resilience.
20. “Fight Song” by Rachel Platten
The pop-rock “Fight Song” is by Rachel Platten from her album “Wildfire,” released in 2015. This popular song is all about finding strength and courage in tough times. It has a personal and uplifting vibe, motivating listeners to persevere and overcome obstacles with unwavering determination.
19. “Scars To Your Beautiful” by Alessia Cara
Alessia Cara wrote and performed “Scars To Your Beautiful,” a pop song about accepting oneself and embracing imperfections. This one is from her first album, “Know-It-All.” This is a good listen if you are looking for a song about body positivity and self-worth.
18. “Eye Of The Tiger” – Survivor
Here’s another timeless favorite. “Eye of the Tiger” is a popular rock song by Survivor from their 1982 album of the same name. The lyrics highlight the idea of seizing opportunities and not backing down. It inspires empowerment, as in lines like “Went the distance, now I’m back on my feet, just a man and his will to survive.” Its iconic guitar intro will surely make your head bang.
17. “Hall Of Fame” By The Script Ft. Will.I.Am
“Hall of Fame” is a popular song by The Script featuring Will.I.Am, from their album “#3,” released in 2012. It’s written by Danny O’Donoghue, Mark Sheehan, Will.I.Am, and James Barry. The song celebrates determination, ambition, and striving for greatness.
16. “Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey
This famous 1981 rock song is by Journey from their album “Escape.” “Don’t Stop Believin'” is known for its memorable piano intro and lyrics that inspire hope and perseverance. The chorus, “Don’t stop believin’, hold on to that feelin’,” conveys a message for listeners to keep believing in themselves, no matter what life throws us.
15. “Fighter” by Christina Aguilera
Who doesn’t get hyped by Christina Aguilera’s “Fighter”? This pop-rock song highlights resilience and overcoming challenges. This fierce anthem is from her 2002 album “Stripped.” Aguilera’s powerful vocals indeed gave justice to the song’s message.
14. “Get Up, Stand Up” by Bob Marley & The Wailers
Reggae fans are captivated by “Get Up, Stand Up” by Bob Marley & The Wailers, a timeless anthem from their 1973 album “Burnin’.” It’s a rallying call for social justice, encouraging listeners to stand against oppression and fight for their rights.
13. “I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor
Another timeless piece is “I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor, a disco and dance-pop song from her 1978 album “Love Tracks.” It has become an anthem of empowerment and inspiration for generations of listeners. The song’s lyrics also emphasize the importance of self-worth.
12. “A Million Dreams” by Ziv Zaifman ft. Hugh Jackman
Hugh Jackman fans who love his musical talents will surely be captivated by “A Million Dreams,” a pop ballad by Ziv Zaifman from the soundtrack of “The Greatest Showman” movie.
This song, penned by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, is brimming with heartfelt lyrics that capture hope and the power of dreams.
11. “I’m Still Standing” by Elton John
“I’m Still Standing” is a song by Elton John from his album “Too Low for Zero,” released in 1983. It has been featured in the 2016 animated movie “Sing.” In the film, a character named Johnny, a young gorilla, performs a song during a singing competition.
10. “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” by Kelly Clarkson
Pop-rock song “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” by Kelly Clarkson is yet another iconic song about bravery. This was released in 2011 under her album “Stronger.” The empowering message of this song is perfectly expressed through Kelly’s powerful singing.
9. “The Show Must Go On” by Queen
“The Show Must Go On” is a famous rock song by Queen from their 1991 album “Innuendo.” The famous Freddie Mercury sang it. The song is a mix of rock and opera influences. An interesting tidbit about this song is that Freddie Mercury recorded his vocals while he was in the advanced stages of AIDS, a disease that had significantly weakened his health.
8. “Courage” by Celine Dion
Here’s another emotional pop song by Celine Dion. This one is from her 2019 album, “Courage,” which marked a return to the spotlight for the internationally renowned singer after years of hiatus. With lyrics about being strong in tough times, Dion’s heartfelt singing makes it an inspiring anthem.
7. “Roar” by Katy Perry
“Roar” is a popular rock-pop song by Katy Perry from her 2013 album “Prism.” Here, Perry showcases her powerful vocal ability by confidently hitting high notes. The lyrics are about being strong, facing challenges, and standing up for oneself.
6. “The Fire” by The Roots ft. John Legend
“The Fire” is a hip hop/soul song by The Roots with John Legend from their 2010 album “How I Got Over.” It combines rap and soulful singing with lyrics about staying strong during tough times. The song’s uplifting message and soulful melody make it powerful and inspiring.
5. “We Are The Champions” by Queen
“We Are The Champions” is a famous rock song by the band Queen from their 1977 album “News of the World.” It was written by Freddie Mercury, who sang and played piano in the band. It is often played at sporting events and has become an anthem for victory and celebration in the sports world.
4. “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” by Judy Garland
“Somewhere Over The Rainbow” is a ballad by Judy Garland, known for playing Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz.” Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg wrote it, and it was on the movie’s soundtrack. With lyrics about longing, hope, and dreams, it is a beloved classic that resonates with many generations.
3. “Survivor” by Destiny’s Child
Another huge hit by the Destiny’s Child is “Survivor” from their 2001 album of the same name. This song is a mix of R&B, pop, and hip-hop. It showcases the all-girl group’s strong vocals.
2. “Keep Holding On” by Avril Lavigne
“Keep Holding On” is a song by Avril Lavigne from her album “The Best Damn Thing,” released in 2006 as part of the movie soundtrack for “Eragon.” It was used as the theme song for the Canadian version of the TV show “The Biggest Loser” in 2007. The song’s encouraging lyrics perfectly fit the show’s focus on weight loss and personal transformation.
1. “The Climb” by Miley Cyrus
“The Climb” is a song by Miley Cyrus from the movie “Hannah Montana: The Movie” and her album “The Time of Our Lives,” released in 2009. A new version called “Endless Summer Vacation” has been released, offering a fresh and playful twist on the original song.
These uplifting songs remind us that we have the inner strength to face challenges, overcome adversity, and keep going despite difficulties. Add them to your playlist and let them inspire you to keep pushing forward, no matter what obstacles may come your way.