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Beautiful Inside and Out: 56 Songs About Beauty

Updated on July 16, 2017
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What image do you project to the world? Boost confidence and celebrate beauty inside and out  with a playlist of pop, rock, country, and R&B songs. Because you're as beautiful as you feel.
What image do you project to the world? Boost confidence and celebrate beauty inside and out with a playlist of pop, rock, country, and R&B songs. Because you're as beautiful as you feel. | Source

You're Beautiful the Way You Are

Oh, what women put themselves through in the name of beauty! There are dangerous diets, expensive cosmetic surgery, hair extensions, and false eyelashes. We beat ourselves up with negative self-talk, high heels that hurt, undergarments that pull it all in and push it up. Is this what it takes to feel good about ourselves?

When is the last time you heard a guy fret, "Do these pants make my butt look fat?" Most don't spend an excessive amount of time obsessing over balding heads, potbellies, or being too short. They just roll with with it. And as women, so should we.

That's because beauty doesn't come in the form of a jar or a pair of expensive pair of designer jeans. It emmanates from within. Rejoice in being imperfect, original, and authenitically flawed.

For those of us who need a reminder that we're beautiful inside and out, here are pop, rock, country, and R&B songs. Make yourself a playlist or give it to someone you care about who needs a confidence boost. And be sure to tell them they're beautiful.

A mere 4% of women think of themselves as beautiful, according to studies.

1. "Scars To Your Beautiful" by Alessia Cara

There's a powerful, positive message imparted in this 2016 pop hit: you are valid, worthy, beautiful and enough—just the way you are. The woman profiled in the song is one who seeks a flawless covergirl image, but her quest for outer perfection inflicts wounds on both her body and spirit.

The narrator encourages her to look deeper to the lasting beauty that imminates within:

But there's a hope that's waiting for you in the dark
You should know you're beautiful just the way you are
And you don't have to change a thing
The world could change its heart
No scars to your beautiful; we're stars, and we're beautiful.

2. "Beautiful" by Christina Aguilera

Christina Aguilera inspires self-confidence in this 2002 song of hope and self-love. Addressing anyone who feels shame and doubt about their beauty, the song's narrator encourages others to reach deep within for what makes them beautiful:

You are beautiful no matter what they say
Words can't bring you down ... oh, no
You are beautiful in every single way
Yes, words can't bring you down, oh, no.

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3. "Big Girl (You Are Beautiful)" by Mika

This fun, upbeat 2007 song cheers on big girls by letting them know they have curves in all the right places. It was written as a shout out to both larger women and The Butterfly Lounge, the first size acceptance nightclub in the United States. Ironically, the song never charted in the U.S., but it reached the top 10 in the United Kingdom and other countries.

4. "Imperfect is the New Perfect" by Caitlin Crosby

Don't be afraid to be uniquely you. That's the message behind this 2009 pop song. Instead of trying to become the plasticized, anorexic, airbrushed beauties you see in magazines, embrace your flaws.

Don't try for an unachievable body image. Instead, live, smile, and have fun:

I don’t fit the mold
I am real
Too colorful to conceal
Imperfect is the new perfect.

"Whatever you may look like, marry a man your  own age.  As your beauty fades, so will his eyesight" - Phyllis Diller, American
"Whatever you may look like, marry a man your own age. As your beauty fades, so will his eyesight" - Phyllis Diller, American | Source

5. "Just the Way You Are" by Bruno Mars

Although the girl he loves can't take a compliment, this 2010 rock song's narrator showers her with them. He describes how amazingly beautiful she is and pleads with her not to change a thing.

6. "Oh, Pretty Woman" by Roy Orbison

Named one of the "500 Greatest Songs of All Time" by Rolling Stone magazine, this 1964 hit is about a guy who passes a gorgeous woman on the street. He flirts with her, wondering if she might be as lonely as he is. As she is walks away, the pretty woman decides to turn around and walk back towards the narrator who summoned her.

7. "Little Things" by One Direction

She squeezes into her jeans and dislikes both her freckles and eye crinkles. She also hates her stomach and her thighs. The girl in this 2012 song concentrates on the negative, but the narrator appreciates that all of these things add up to what makes her uniquely beautiful.

8. "Beautiful Soul" by Jesse McCartney

The narrator of this 2004 pop song knows there is something exceptional about his girlfriend's beauty. She isn't just a pretty face; she's gorgeous right down to the fabric of her soul. (That's a guy worth keeping.)

9. "You & I (Nobody In the World)" by John Legend

If you are overly concerned about your outward appearance, perhaps you might step back and see yourself through the eyes of those who love you best. This R&B song from 2014 describes a man's admiration for his lover as she fusses with her makeup and changes outfits for a night out. He sees the beauty that emmanates from within .. because isn't that what really counts?

10. "Lovely" by Sara Haze

Ah, self-acceptance is such a beautiful thing! In this 2010 pop song, the narrator feels perfectly lovely just the way she is. She wants that to be enough for the other people in her life as well:

I know you want the best
Yeah, only good things for me
But you have to realize
I can't be all these things you project on me
Cause I'm beautiful to me
Doesn't that mean a thing?

The average woman spends $15,000 on beauty products in her lifetime.

11. "Pretty Hurts" by Beyoncé

Women so often feel the pressure to "pageant the pain away," as Queen Bey puts it in this 2014 pop hit. At any physical or emotional cost we strive for perfection: Barbie figures, longer and lighter hair, blemish-free skin and teeth.

But beauty exacts a price, and Queen Bey wants you to be truly happy with yourself. She knows that it's what's inside that really counts.

12. "Born This Way" by Lady Gaga

This 2011 pop hit's message is clear, uplifting, and in your face: all of us can be beautiful. Each of us are born superstars, so don't be timid, hiding what makes you fabulous.

While the song is generally praised for its message, Lady Gaga received some negative blowback from Latino and Asian communities for using outdated and insensitive racial terms.

13. "Try" by Colbie Callait

Think of the time and effort that goes into your daily beauty routine, from hair, skin and nails, to calorie counting and worrying about your wardrobe. The narrator in this 2014 pop song proclaims that you don't have to try so hard to impress other people because the one who matters is the one who's looking back at you in the mirror.

"Do you like you?" she asks.

14. "F*ckin' Perfect" by Pink

Although Pink was a high profile CoverGirl spokesmodel, hawking cosmetics to accentuate outer beauty, in this earlier 2010 rock hit she champions the value of what's inside. Pink's real name is Alecia Beth Moore, and she's know for her edgy beauty.

In the song, she pleads with you to change the negative soundtrack about yourself that you have on autoreplay. Push down the fear and doubt and believe that you're perfect the way you are.

15. "Ugly" by Sugababes

The narrator in this 2005 British pop song shoots down the haters who want to destroy your confidence and make you feel ugly. Don't let others' judgments of your physical appearance impact your confidence and love of yourself. Realize that their criticism comes from their own insecurities:

People are all the same
And we only get judged by what we do
My personality reflects me
And if I'm ugly, then
So are you.

16. "Young and Beautiful" by Lana Del Rey

Every beautiful woman enjoys her youth and assumes it will last forever. But then age begins to creep in, taking its toll. She no longer garners the attention she did. She questions what the ravages of time will do, whether her lover will value her for her mind and heart.

This haunting 2013 ballad was part of the soundtrack for The Great Gatsby.

17. Beautiful to Me" by Olly Murs

Completely smitten with his lover, the narrator in this 2015 ballad describes her as wearing a protective armor to shield herself from the world. She is fragile, scarred and imperfect, but he sees her beauty and the light within.

"There is no real beauty without some slight imperfection." - James Salter, American writer
"There is no real beauty without some slight imperfection." - James Salter, American writer | Source

18. "What Makes You Beautiful" by One Direction

Beautiful people don't always feel convinced that they are attractive. In this 2011 boy band single, the narrator gushes about how gorgeous his crush is. She's shy and insecure and doesn't see it.

Keep singing, buddy. You're making progress.

19. "Don't You Know You're Beautiful" by Kellie Pickler

This 2008 country song features a narrator who speaks to girls and women at various stages of their life who need to hear the message that they are beautiful.

She reaches out to the 15-year-old who covets the impossibly airbrushed images of fashion magazines, the homecoming queen who is being pressured to give in to lust in the backseat of a parked car, and the middle aged woman whose husband left her for a younger woman. Each one of them needs a reminder that they are beautiful (as well as strong and have a choice in their fates).

20. "Who You Are" by Jessie J

Trying to look perfect and project a flawless image, the narrator internally beats herself up for a tiny error. She stops and tells herself to quit that. This 2011 pop song encourages women everywhere to be themselves, perfectly imperfect and beautiful:

Don't lose who you are, in the blur of the stars
Seeing is deceiving, dreaming is believing
It's okay not to be okay.

Even More Songs About Being Beautiful Inside and Out

Song
Artist
Year Released
21. True Colors
Cyndi Lauper
1986
22. Girl Can't Be Herself
Alicia Keys
2016
23. Beauty In The Ugly
Jason Mraz
2007
24. All About That Bass
Meghan Trainor
2014
25. Rock What You Got
Superchick
2008
26. P-Y-T
Michael Jackson
1982
27. Believe in Me
Demi Lovato
2008
Beautiful
Enrique Iglesias (featuring Kylie Minogue)
2014
28. She's Not Just a Pretty Face
Shania Twain
2002
29. Love Myself
Hailee Steinfeld
2015
30. You're Worth It
Cinorelli
2014
31. Everything Is Beautiful
Ray Stevens
1970
32. A More Beautiful You
Johnny Diaz
2009
33. Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)
John Lennon
1980
34. Beautiful
Carly Rae Jepson (featuring Justin Bieber)
2012
35. Inside Out
Prima J
2008
36. Beautiful
Smashing Pumpkins
1995
37. Unpretty
TLC
1999
38. You're Beautiful
James Blunt
2005
39. Shine On
The Kooks
2008
40. Beauty Is Only Skin Deep
The Temptations
1966
41. What's Beautiful
Everlife
2010
42. Beautiful
Akon (featuring Colby O'Donis and Kardinal Offishall)
2009
43. You Are So Beautiful
Joe Cocker
1974
44. Beautiful In My Eyes
Joshua Kadison
1993
45. She Don't Know She's Beautiful
Sammy Kershaw
1993
46. God Made You Beautiful
Beyoncé
2013
47. What Makes You Different (Makes You Beautiful)
Backstreet Boys
2000
48. Big, Blond and Beautiful
Queen Latifah
2007
49. You're Sixteen, You're Beautiful and You're Mine
Ringo Starr
1973
50. Beautiful Girl
Sara Bareilles
2013
51. Her Own Kind of Beautiful
Chris Lane
2016
52. Just the Way You Are
Billy Joel
1978
53. Brave Honest Beautiful
Fifth Harmony feat. Meghan Trainor
2014
54. My Woman, My Woman, My Wife
Marty Robbins
1970
55. Crooked Smile
J. Cole
2013
56. Road Less Traveled
Lauren Alania
2017
Know a song that should be on our Beauty Playlist? Make a suggestion by leaving a comment in the Comments Section below!

What's in a Name? Locations with Names Associates with Beauty Inside and Out

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A markerBeauty Lake, Montana, USA -
Beauty Lake, Montana 59020, USA
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B markerConfidence, Iowa, USA -
Confidence, IA 52569, USA
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C markerCute, Bolivia -
Cute, Bolivia
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D markerFine, New York, USA -
Fine, NY, USA
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E markerGrand County, Colorado, USA -
Grand County, CO, USA
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F markerHandsome Lake, Pennsylvania -
Handsome Lake Campground, Bradford, PA 16701, USA
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G markerKindness Cove, Tennessee, USA -
Kindness Cove, Memphis, TN 38115, USA
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H markerLake Allure, Nebraska, USA -
Lake Allure, Ashland, NE 68003, USA
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I markerMount Beauty, Australia -
Mount Beauty VIC 3699, Australia
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J markerSplendid Point, Kentucky, USA -
Splendid Point, Louisville, KY 40229, USA
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      FlourishAnyway 3 months ago from USA

      J - Thank you for the suggestion. I have added it at #55. Stay beautiful.

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      3 months ago

      crooked smile by j cole ft tlc

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      FlourishAnyway 7 months ago from USA

      Shyron - Thank you, sweet lady, for your suggestion! I have added it at #54. Have a wonderful week!

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      Shyron E Shenko 7 months ago from Texas

      I can only think of one song that is missing and that is Marty Robbins' "My Woman, My Woman, My Wife."

      Lyrics

      Hands that are strong but wrinkled

      Doing work that never gets done

      Hair, that's lost some of the beauty

      By too many hours in the sun

      Eyes, that show some disappointment

      And there's been quite a lot in her life

      She's the foundation I lean on

      My woman, my woman, my wife

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      Blessings my beautiful inside and out friend.

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      FlourishAnyway 7 months ago from USA

      Martie - Thank you for your enthusiastic endorsement! We have to have something to keep us focused on the positive with all that is going on in this world. Have a good week.

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      Martie Coetser 7 months ago from South Africa

      Perfect list of songs about beauty inside and outside people. Listening to these songs at least once a week is highly recomended. Thanks FlourishAnyway!

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      FlourishAnyway 7 months ago from USA

      Bill - Thank you for stopping by. Have a wonderful weekend.

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      Bill De Giulio 7 months ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Flourish. What a great song list. These songs send a wonderful message about the true meaning of beauty. Well done as always, enjoy your weekend.

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      FlourishAnyway 7 months ago from USA

      MsDora, What kind and uplifting words this afternoon, and oh, how I needed them! Thank you, sweet lady! Have a wonderful weekend!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 7 months ago from The Caribbean

      You, my dear Flourish are one beautiful woman, and you spread beauty through your excellent articles. This collection sparks our confidence. Thank you.

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      FlourishAnyway 7 months ago from USA

      Nell - Thank you for taking the time to comment. I'm glad you enjoyed listening to the songs.

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      Nell Rose 7 months ago from England

      Beautiful songs and writing. I hardly know any of these songs, but loved listening to them, great hub!

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      FlourishAnyway 7 months ago from USA

      Gypsy Rose - Thank you so much! Have a great rest of the week!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 7 months ago from Riga, Latvia

      A beautiful hub by a beautiful hubber with beautiful music which makes it perfect.

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      Linda Crampton 7 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is an important article about the true meaning of beauty. As always, thank you for sharing the message and the music, Flourish. I always enjoy looking at the map names, too!

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      FlourishAnyway 7 months ago from USA

      Paula - What kind words of support. I appreciate you! Have a wonderful week, my friend.

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      Paula 7 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      FA...Always a wonderful Hub with the most fabulous songs chosen. This one is especially.........well, simply Beautiful!! You do such an awesome job on your song hubs! I appreciate the enormous work you put into them. Bless you...I really enjoy them! Peace, Paula

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      FlourishAnyway 7 months ago from USA

      Heidi - That's one of my oldies but goodies, too. You have a terrific week, too!

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      FlourishAnyway 7 months ago from USA

      Larry - Thanks a bunch. Have a great week.

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      FlourishAnyway 7 months ago from USA

      Genna - That is such a nice compliment. Thank you!

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      FlourishAnyway 7 months ago from USA

      Kaili - Thank you for stopping by! Glad you enjoy them. Have a beautiful day.

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      FlourishAnyway 7 months ago from USA

      Jo - That's an admirable goal. Women need to value themselves, imperfect as they may be. No one is that airbrushed model in the magazine. We are richer, deeper, more three dimensional than that.

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      FlourishAnyway 7 months ago from USA

      Bill - :Thank you as always for your loyal readership. I appreciate you.

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      Genna East 7 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      You're probably getting tired of hearing this, but I always look forward to your hubs. This is one of your best! I love listening to this music...the highlight of my day. :-)

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      Larry Rankin 7 months ago from Oklahoma

      As always, a wonderful list.

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      Heidi Thorne 7 months ago from Chicago Area

      The first song that came to my mind was the last song in the list: Billy Joel's "Just the Way You Are." With today's emphasis on acceptance of all shapes, sizes, colors and creeds, these types of songs are definitely aligned. On that note, have a beautiful day!

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      Kaili Bisson 7 months ago from Canada

      I always look forward to these lists...thank you for another great one!

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      Jo Miller 7 months ago from Tennessee

      My daughter is a photographer and she says when she photographs families it is always the woman who is unsatisfied with her appearance. One of her goals in life is to have a studio where she specializes in photographing women at their best.

      Your lists are wonderful. You've found a niche!

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      Bill Holland 7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      The first one I thought of was "You Are So Beautiful" but I thought of the original Chicago cover and not Cocker's...although truthfully, I like Cocker's better. Anyway, good to see another playlist published. Keep them coming, please.

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      FlourishAnyway 7 months ago from USA

      Terrielynn1 - Thank you for your kind encouragement. I'm so glad you enjoyed this.

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      FlourishAnyway 7 months ago from USA

      Patricia - They warn not to judge books by their covers for a good reason. All of us are born with bright shiny covers, but the corners fray, the cover becomes worn, and and sometimes the pages are tattered. But that doesn't change the richness of the contents. Thanks for stopping by. Have a fabulous week.

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      FlourishAnyway 7 months ago from USA

      Linda - What a lovely way with words you have and so true! I hope your daughter rediscovers her strength and values her beauty as a person. May she understand that she is more than a pretty face. I'm certain that she will find someone who loves her kind and courageous inner spirit when she least expects it.

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      Terrie Lynn 7 months ago from Canada

      Who would have thought you could provoke such deep feelings with an article about songs on beauty. Great job, keep it up and keep sharing. Simply amazing.

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      Patricia Scott 7 months ago from sunny Florida

      Such a seemingly endless wonderful selection of songs of beauty. How sad it is that many miss meeting truly wonderful individuals because they judge by outward appearances only.

      Well done again...as usual

      Angels once again are on the way ps

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      Linda Lum 7 months ago from Washington State, USA

      What an uplifting hub with such an important message. Our value is not on the external (thank goodness!) but on what beats within the heart.

      I am sharing this with my beautiful younger daughter who is going through a really difficult breakup. She is an amazing young woman. When I grow up I want to be more like her.

      Thank you and I hope you have a beautiful day.