43 Songs About Individuality and Personal Uniqueness
Take Pride in the Qualities That Set You Apart
What sets you apart from the other 7.5 billion people on the planet? Perhaps it's your winning personality or a special talent or gift that makes you stand out. Or you might be particularly easy on the eyes. Maybe you pride yourself on the charisma and confidence you radiate, or the fact that you're smarter than a fifth grader.
Whatever it is, celebrate the uniqueness of you with a playlist of songs about individuality. We have a long list of pop, rock, and country songs to get you started.
1. "What Do Ya Think About That" by Montgomery Gentry
Don't let the haters and jealous people win. This catchy country song from 2006 is a defiant rebuke of the gossip and disapproval that some people may throw your way. The narrator encourages people to continue doing their thing, as he does:
I don't give a dern what other people think.
What do ya think about that?
2. "Hair" by Lady Gaga
Many people consider their hair to be a key part of their physical identity. Thus, in this 2011 pop song, Mother Monster declares that she wants to be accepted for who she is. She seeks to be as wild and free as her hair.
Not a Gaga fan? Don't dismiss this song just because of that. Watch the video for her explanation of what the song means to her and why she wrote it. Then decide.
So how would you describe YOUR hair?
3. "Garden Party" by Rick Nelson
In his classic 1972 rock song, he describes getting booed off the stage at Madison Square Garden as well as the lesson that he learned from it:
But it's all right now, I learned my lesson well.
You see, ya can't please everyone, so ya got to please yourself.
And in case you're wondering, yes, this is the same Ricky Nelson who was the teen idol back in the 1960s. He's also the father of twins Gunnar and Matthew who formed the 1990s band "Nelson."
4. "Let Me Be Myself" by 3 Doors Down
There's no need for reluctance when it comes to being your authentic self. (Who else are you going to be?)
Tired of not fitting in and frustrated with feeling lost, the guy in this 2008 power ballad tells his beloved that he is ready to shine his own light. However, he sounds like doesn't quite believe his own message yet. He seems to be asking permission:
Please, would you one time
Let me be myself
So I can shine with my own light
And let me be myself?
5. "Complicated" by Avril Lavigne
One thing friends are good for is calling you out on your inconsistent or inappropriate behavior. The narrator in this 2002 pop song draws attention to their fakery.
The friend has been putting on a false persona to impress others, attempting to dress and behave differently. The narrator wants them to shed the complicated image and just get back to being real.
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6. "All Kinds of Kinds" by Miranda Lambert
We're all freaks who are part of a sideshow circus. Each of us has eccentricities, secrets, and talents that make us unusual. However, this 2013 country song points out that it's been that way throughout human history:
That ever since the beginning to keep the world spinning
It takes all kinds of kinds.
7. "Hip to Be Square" by Huey Lewis & the News
In this rock song from 1986, the narrator recalls his days of being a renegade and delights in the fact that even the wildest among us eventually settle down into predictable lives. Now he's exercising, watching his diet and living a satisfying, average existence. Stability is its own kind of fun.
8. "Hurricane" by MisterWives
Tired of being a player in someone else's game? The woman in this 2015 rock song declares that her individuality is a force to be reckoned with, much like a hurricane. She wants to dance to her own beat, sing her own melody and cast aside others' expectations for conformity.
9. "Follow Your Arrow" by Kacey Musgraves
Don't listen too much to others. They'll give you conflicting messages, and you'll just wind up confused and unhappy. This 2012 country song recommends that you instead follow your arrow, wherever that may lead:.
Say what you feel
Love who you love
'Cause you just get
So many trips 'round the sun.
10. "Just Like Fire" by Pink
This pop hit from 2016 features a woman who is struggling to retain her individuality although she feels surrounded by clowns. She relishes her uniqueness: "No one can be just like me anyway." In spite of naysayers, she advocates trying to make a difference in the world, even if one's time in the sun is brief.
11. "Invisible" by Hunter Hayes
This emotional anti-bullying country ballad from 2014 is a motivational pep talk. It takes the persepective of someone who has been bullied for being different and who made it through.
The narrator identifies with the pain of being judged harshly and provides both validation and hope. He advises:
... Never be afraid of doing something different
Dare to be something more.
12. "I'm Different" by Randy Newman
My mother once appeared in a television commercial for a bank singing this peppy song. Bless her heart, she has the singing voice of nails on a blackboard, but that was the point. The bank replaced the superfluous cursing ("g-damn") with "black sheep" and the song worked well.
13. "Freaks Like Me" by Joe Nichols
Old fashioned Southern values make the man in this 2015 country song unusual—a freak even. He gets the door for ladies, loves his tractor and six pack of Bud, and he refuses to apologize for what he thinks is right. Every redneck girl's dream, he won't be single long!
14. "Free to Be Me" by Francesca Battistelli
This 2009 pop song is a crossover Christian song that features a 20-year-old woman talking to God. She points out her many imperfections while rejoicing in the acceptance that comes from her belief in a higher power. This belief makes her feel free to be herself.
15. "Geek in the Pink - Jason Mraz
Jason Mraz, who is not typically known for his rapping talents, released this pop rap song in 2006. It's filled with thinly veiled sexual references land is about a proudly geeky guy who is trying to convince a girl to look beyond the outside in choosing a partner.
16. "Black Sheep" by Gin Wigmore
Got an outlaw or dangerous woman in you? This sassy rock song from 2011 pays homage to the rebel lying just below your surface.
The narrator is a self-described "bad woman" with a dark streak. She has a fickle temper, a foul mouth she got from her mama, and she doesn't care squat about fitting in: "Everybody's doing it so why the hell should I?" If the song sounds familiar, perhaps that's because it's been used in a number of television shows and movies.
17. "Yes Girl" by Bea Miller
Tired of her lover's need for control, the woman in this 2016 pop song issues a warning that she's no longer his "yes girl." She's taken control back and living by her own rules now. You go, you independent girl!
18. "I Don't Want to Be" by Gavin DeGraw
The protagonist in this 2004 pop song knows where he came from and is struggling to determine where he's going. Wanting to discover his authentic self, he's having a personal identity crisis and realizes he's surrounded by liars and imposters. All he desires to be is himself, whatever that involves.
19. "Little Boxes" by Walk Off the Earth
This 2012 pop song is a satire about urban sprawl and the cookie cutter lives of suburbanites. It describes communities of low-density, single use structures where both the buildings and residents who inhabit them often lack diversity. The song's reference to "ticky tacky" is a criticism of how cheaply such houses are often built.
20. "Sit Still, Look Pretty" by Daya
In this 2016 pop tune, the narrator is a woman who calls her own shots. Declining to be someone else's puppet or trophy wife, she insists that she doesn't need a king to be happy. Instead, this powerful lady aims to run the world.
Even More Songs About Individuality and Personal Uniqueness
22. Beloved Freak
23. Freak Like Me
24. I'm a Keeper
The Band Perry
25. If You Want To Sing Out, Sing Out
26. Can't Pin Me Down
Marina and the Diamonds
27. Grace Kelly
28. Second Hand Life
Joe Lynn Turner
29. My Life
30. Against the Grain
32. Line & Sinker
33. Fat Lip
34. Be Yourself
35. Do My Thang
37. Coming Clean
38. Wild Forever
39. First Of Me
42. My Way
43. I've Gotta Be Me
Sammy Davis Jr.
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