I’ve been looking for songs that have inspired me in the past, or are attached to something inspirational that I can draw upon during that time.
My top 15 picks are below:
But before I share my choices with you, let me just preface by saying I know some of my choices are daggy, some are cheesy and some may show my age. However, perhaps by looking through this list, you may find some inspiration of your own.
If you’re not inspired, I hope at the very least, you are amused at my daggy-ness.
1. Dreams by Van Halen
There is a clip of the US Navy Flight Demonstration Team — The Blue Angels, that is set to this song, which reminds me of my brother. His dream was to fly planes, born when he went to an International Air Show many years ago. He worked hard towards that dream, and finished his career with the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), as a fighter pilot. This song reminds me of him and that with lots of hard work and determination, you can make your dreams a reality. The clip posted here is the one of the Blue Angels.
2. Eye of the Tiger, by Survivor
Nothing more to be said than a classic song with typical ‘fighting’ lyrics and a ‘fighting’ beat. ‘It’s the eye of the tiger, it’s the thrill of the fight, risin’ up to the challenge of our rival’. And it was the theme song of Rocky III — enough said. Released in 1982, the clip is full of typical 80s ‘special effects’.
3. Don’t Stop Me Now, by Queen
Just love this song. It’s got a good beat, and it makes you feel good. It’s guaranteed to put a spring in your step, or a smile on your face. It’s also a little message to everyone that I’m chasing some goals, so ‘don’t stop me now’. However, as this song was released in 1979, I’m afraid the film clips is not very inspirational at all. Maybe just listen with your eyes closed.
4. Livin’ on a Prayer – Bon Jovi
Bon Jovi had to feature on my list of songs. This is a favourite of ours — even the kids like to sing it in the car. Released just before my last year of high school, it takes me back to a time when dreams were big and belief in achieving those dreams was bigger. Special note to those younger than me: Long, big hair really was the ‘in-thing’ in those days and Bon Jovi are not the only ‘big-hair band’ from that era.
5. Speechless, by Steven Curtis Chapman
This may be a strange choice to most of you. The song, by one of my favourite Christian artists, reminds me that no matter what is going on in my life — whether I am happy or sad, succeeding or falling flat on my face — that through all of that, ‘the God of this whole universe’ rejoices over all of us, including me. It’s good to be reminded that what we achieve for ourselves on this earth, is really not the most important thing at all — something that I forget from time to time. Along with the fact, that there is some divine help available to help you reach your goals — if you remember to ask for it.
6. Undefeated, by Jason Derulo
There’s nothing deep and meaningful about this song. It’s just a happy anthem about never giving up, and not letting anything defeat you. It also has a good beat which is great to work out to. Unfortunately, there is no decent film clip to this song, so just close your eyes and imagine yourself winning!
7. You Raise Me Up, Josh Groban
This song is a change of pace. It’s more of a ballad, but a very powerful ballad. This was played at the end of the most amazing three-day personal development course that I attended. So it has lots of powerful memories for me. Josh Groban’s voice is to die for as well. Plus, it’s a great reminder that success isn’t just about me. Throughout my life and throughout any success I have had, there have been many people around me, lifting me up, so I can be more than I can be. Take a moment to remember those who help you succeed.
8. Hall of Fame, The Script feat. will.i.am
This is one of my favourite songs at the moment. I just adore the piano introduction. Not only is it the promo for the Australian athletes competing in the Sochi Winter Olympic Games (which is kind of inspiring), but the words are also inspiring. Basically, if you work hard and dedicate yourself, you can be and achieve anything you want to. ‘You can be the greatest, you can be the best…..be a champion’. You can be anything from a student to a teacher, a preacher or an astronaut. Whatever you choose.
9. More, by Usher
I played this song hundreds of times when it came out. It was my official ‘hill climbing song’, when I was participated for the 100km Oxfam Trailwalker. We trained for six months before the actual event — over 200 hours of walking up and down bushland tracks. Whenever there was a hill to climb, I would plug this song in and off I would go — “like a rocket”, some of my team-mates said. This song reminds me that I have achieved great things that took a lot of time, dedication and effort to achieve, and I can do so again, in the future, no matter how hard they may seem.
10. Kickstart Your Heart, by Motley Crue
This is just a song that helps me through hard workouts or when I know I need to push myself. It’s really good turned up loud. And once again, the film-clip is full of bad 80s hair and leather pants, being released in 1989 and all. Quite funny to watch. They really were a motley crew.
- 11. Don’t Give Up, by Chicane feat. Bryan Adams
This song has a regular beat which I find quite good in some of my cardio workouts. I also used to play it a lot during solo hill training in preparation for Oxfam. And Bryan Adams is constantly reminding me ‘Don’t give up’. The only down side is the video. I really don’t get it.
- 12. Roar, by Katy Perry
I had to have something by Katy Perry. I do quite like her and it was a toss-up between this song and Firework. This song won out though, mainly because my 4-year old niece loves to sing this song. She puts on the video and grabs her microphone and sings loudly, no matter how many others are watching her, or whether they are smiling or laughing (she is quite funny when she sings it). She sings it because she loves to. Reminds me to keep doing the things I love, no matter how many people might be watching (and laughing). Besides, she is convinced that the line ‘I am a champion’ is actually, ‘I am a chambell’. And that amuses me.
- 13. Man in Motion, by John Parr
All of you who experienced the 80s will be familiar with this song. It’s from one of my favourite movies of the time, St Elmos Fire — a coming-of-age film starring the 80s ‘brat pack’ (Demi Moore, Rob Lowe, Andrew McCarthy, Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson and a very young Andie MacDowall). It’s a bit of an 80s anthem, typical of songs from movies of that era. But I love it regardless. And the film-clip features scenes from the movie — double bonus.
- 14. I Believe I Can Fly, by R Kelly
This is not really something you would listen to while you work out (not if you are looking for a fast beat anyway). However, it’s something that I love to listen to when I have my doubts. The words ‘If I can see it, then I can do it. If I just believe it, there’s nothing to it’, really do inspire me to have belief in myself, my abilities and my goals. Because without belief, it’s pretty hard to reach your goals. And the chorus at the end of the clip is pretty cool.
15. Best Day of My Life, American Authors
This is a current favourite in our house. It’s happy tune that is easy to sing along to. The kids love singing it when it comes on the radio. I find it helps me to make the most of everyday. That today should be ‘the best day of my life’, regardless of what is happening. It’s also sums up how I want to be feeling at the end of the challenge, because I have achieved all my goals.
So, if over the next few months you see me with my ipod plugged in and I am either singing or jigging about, I’m probably listening to some of the songs I’ve just listed.
Were you inspired by any of these?
Perhaps you were rolling around laughing?
Either way, my job here is done.
If I have missed an obvious song, or you have some songs that inspire you, please share them in the comments below. I would truly love it if you could help expand my Inspirational play list!
Until next time.
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