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65 Songs About Individuality and Personal Uniqueness

FlourishAnyway believes there is a playlist for just about any situation and is on a mission to unite and entertain the world through song.

There's no one quite like YOU.  Celebrate how amazing and unique you are with a playlist of pop, rock and country songs about individuality.

There's no one quite like YOU. Celebrate how amazing and unique you are with a playlist of pop, rock and country songs about individuality.

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.

Does your haircut shout "individuality"?

Does your haircut shout "individuality"?

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."

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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.

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.

"To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is an accomplishment." - Ralph Waldo Emerson, American poet

"To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is an accomplishment." - Ralph Waldo Emerson, American poet

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.

Dare to be different.

Dare to be different.

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 by 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 thanks to 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.

Make your own footprints.

Make your own footprints.

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.

Don't be afraid to be you, even if others don't get it.

Don't be afraid to be you, even if others don't get it.

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.

"The best thing you've got going for you is individuality." - Richard Thompson

"The best thing you've got going for you is individuality." - Richard Thompson

Even More Songs About Individuality and Personal Uniqueness

Know a song about uniqueness and individuality that should be on this playlist? Leave a comment in the Comments Section below or hit me up on social media. (Click on my profile at the top of this article for more information.)

SongArtistYear Released

21. Alien

Cassadee Pope


22. Beloved Freak



23. Freak Like Me



24. I'm a Keeper

The Band Perry


25. If You Want To Sing Out, Sing Out

Cat Stevens


26. Can't Pin Me Down

Marina and the Diamonds


27. Grace Kelly



28. Second Hand Life

Joe Lynn Turner


29. My Life

Billy Joel


30. Against the Grain

Garth Brooks


31. Anklebiters



32. Line & Sinker

Billy Talent


33. Fat Lip

Sum 41


34. Be Yourself



35. Do My Thang

Miley Cyrus


36. Freak



37. Coming Clean

Green Day


38. Wild Forever

Sophie Ellis-Bextor


39. First Of Me



40. Minority

Green Day


41. Beautiful

Christina Aguilera


42. My Way

Frank Sinatra


43. I've Gotta Be Me

Sammy Davis Jr.


44. You're So Unique

Billy Preston


45. Unbreakable Smile

Tori Kelly


46. La La Land

Demi Lovato


47. I'm a Mess

Bebe Rexha


48. The Way I Am

Charlie Puth


49. Feel Invincible



50. Who Says

Selena Gomez


51. O.D.D.

Hey Violet


52. Pork and Beans



53. Freak Like You

The Struts


54. Born This Way

Lady Gaga


55. Road Less Traveled

Lauren Alaina


56. Sing

The Carpenters


57. ME!

Taylor Swift (featuring Brendon Urie)


58. Clones (We're All)

Alice Cooper


59. S.L.U.T.

Bea Miller


60. Try

Colbie Callait


61. Pretty Girl

Maggie Lindemann


62. I Love Me

Meghan Trainor


63. Bang Your Drum

Dead Man Fall


64. All Tractors Ain't Green

Jimmie Allen


65. These Are My Friends



"In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different." - Coco Chanel, French fashion designer

"In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different." - Coco Chanel, French fashion designer

Questions & Answers

Question: What is an explanation for the song, "Best Part" by Daniel Caesar and H.E.R. (2017)?

Answer: The narrator of the song is a man deeply in love with a beautiful woman. He is describing to her that she makes him whole and brings stability and meaning to his life. He wants some kind of acknowledgment in return that she cherishes him as well ("If you love me won't you say something ... .")

Question: Would "Invincible" by Skillet be a good one to add to the list?

Answer: I appreciate your song suggestion. I depend on great readers like you to continually make suggestions for playlists. Anyone can make a song suggestion or other comment by commenting in the Comments section at the bottom of the page of a playlist. (You don't need to join HubPages to comment.)

I've added your song suggestion to not only this playlist but also the playlist, "Songs About Victory, Celebration, Success, and Winning."

© 2017 FlourishAnyway


FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on August 24, 2020:

segzc - ok

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 22, 2020:

MG - Thanks for your kind comment. Appreciate the uniqueness that you bring to this world.

MG Singh emge from Singapore on April 22, 2020:

Everybody has a personality and induvuduality. Thus your selection is wonderfull

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 22, 2020:

Peggy - That's a terrific song example (#43). Have a wonderful day!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 20, 2020:

I can hear the song "I've Gotta Be Me" by Sammy Davis, Jr. in my head now after looking at this list. Just like fingerprints, each of us is unique, and we should celebrate that fact.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on December 11, 2019:

Thunder - Thank you for these suggestions. I've made some additions here as well as to other playlists where some songs were a better fit. You're awesome!

Thunder on December 09, 2019:

S.L.U.T. by Bea Miller

Part of Me by Katy Perry

Fight Song by Rachel Platten

Try by Colbie Caillat

Confident by Demi Lovato

Pretty Girl by Maggie Lindemann

I Love Me by Meghan Trainor

Close Your Eyes by Meghan Trainor

Pretty's On The Inside by Chloe Adams

Here's my suggestions! Some may cross over into like, body positivity or girl power, but I still think they fit. Thanks for such a great playlist!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on December 04, 2019:

LaustCawz - Thanks for the song recommendations. I added the Alice Cooper one at #58.

LaustCawz on December 03, 2019:

How about "Clones (We're All)"--Alice Cooper; "If I Have To Be Alone"--Todd Rundgren...

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 14, 2019:

Holly P - Thanks for the song suggestion and kind kukos. Have a terrific week ahead.

HollyP on October 13, 2019:

Thanks for this list! Different by Mama Cass Elliot is a fantastic song too! Not very well known, but it's beautiful and has a similar theme about individuality! Some of the lyrics are:

When I was smaller, and people were taller

I realized that I was different

I had a power that set me apart.

I learned to take it, to use it to make it

It's not so bad to be different

To do your own thing, and do it with heart.

Different is hard

Different is lonely

Different is trouble for you only

Different is heartache

Different is pain

But I'd rather be different than be the same! :)


Enjoy! x

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 30, 2019:

t - Most of them don't have cursing, although if you plan on playing the song for young people in a school or youth group setting, then you'll want to double check the lyrics to be sure they're also age appropriate. I do know that "I'm Different," "Freaks Like Me," and "Black Sheep" have curse words. Hope that helps.

t on May 30, 2019:

Are any of these songs kid friendly and don't curse

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on November 02, 2018:


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FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 03, 2018:

Margie, Thanks so much for that sweet message! Back at ya!

Margie's Southern Kitchen from the USA on July 03, 2018:

FlourishAnyway I always love your hubs, they are all so unique! Have a wonderful day sweet lady!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 04, 2017:

Petrosinella - I'm drawing a blank, no idea. Billy Preston from 1973 has a song, "You're So Unique," but it's obviously quite old. It's about why he loves his lady. Maybe someone else who is reading this can help?

Petrosinella on May 03, 2017:

I came across this list while searching for a specific song. I believe it's popular and current, not a country song, and the lyrics are "you are unique". It may be part of the chorus. Sadly, this is all I can recall. I believe it's a male singer singing about why he loves his lady. Does it ring a bell with anyone? I hope I can find out what the song is.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 24, 2017:

Suhail - I hope you and your dog, K2, have a great time shaking your tails to this playlist. Haha. Have a great week to you both!

Suhail and my dog K2 on April 23, 2017:


"If You Want To Sing Out, Sing Out" by Cat Stevens is one of my favorites, so is "Freak" by KISS. I am glad they made it to the list.


Suhail and my dog K2

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 16, 2017:

Genna - I feel the same way. People are so different, mostly for the good. It makes like intriguing. Thanks for making a comment. Have a great week.

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on April 16, 2017:

What a great list! I can't imagine a list of songs about individuality without Lady Gaga. And the charismatic Huey Lewis! What fun it was to listening to this music. We should all give a standing ovation for individuality. Can you imagine living without it?

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 11, 2017:

MsDora - Powerful women unite! Especially these days, we need good strong women. Thanks for stopping by.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on April 11, 2017:

I'd like to be friends with the woman described in sung number 20. I like the focus of these songs.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 10, 2017:

Heidi - That's a great addition! Thank you for your kind sentiments. Have a wonderful week!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 10, 2017:

Audrey - Thank you for stopping by and chiming in.

Audrey Howitt from California on April 10, 2017:

Loved this list! You have some great songs in here!

Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on April 10, 2017:

Happy Monday!

Okay, I gotta add the Sammy Davis Jr. classic "I Gotta Be Me."

Keep on being you, Flourish! We're so glad you share your talents on this site.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 09, 2017:

Linda - I agree that that cat is so gorgeously different. But I think they're all beautiful! Have a fabulous week ahead!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 09, 2017:

Catherine - Hats off to learning that lesson early in life. I wish more young people would come to prioritize just being themselves without care about others' opinions or reactions. Have a great week!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 09, 2017:

Svetlana - You're a truly rare type. Keep being you!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 09, 2017:

Thank you, Larry. I appreciate the compliment.

Larry Rankin from Oklahoma on April 09, 2017:

Flourish, you are truly a walking music encyclopedia. Always a pleasure to read your lists:-)

Catherine Giordano from Orlando Florida on April 09, 2017:

What do Ricky Nelson, The Doors, and Lady Gaga have in common? They are all in the playlist. What a great list on such an important topic. Be who you are and don't care if others don't like it.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on April 08, 2017:

I enjoyed this playlist article, as always. I love the photo of the cat and the quote that goes with it! Your article makes some great points about individuality.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 08, 2017:

Shyron -

Thank you for your suggestions! I hope you are doing well. I've added Pancho and Lefty and Legend of Bonnie and Clyde to the following playlist: Renegade Playlist: 79 Songs About Cowboys, Outlaws and Dangerous Women, . Have a great weekend!

kallini2010 from Toronto, Canada on April 08, 2017:

NT is rarer per se.

I am E/I - NT - P/J

E/I is the most unreliable characteristics - I might be 50/50.

P/J depends on the weather forecast.

More of a J, but P when I don't feel well, not all up there. Right now I'm moving from P to J.

Is there a name for that? Am I rare? Judging by how I don't belong anywhere, probably I am. I am standing out (aka outstanding), am ahead and beyond, I am too (2) of everything & (I should make a list).

with some lapses of memory...

when I find that joke about my type, I'll share, if I won't forget. Something about Hamlet on a battlefield...

You might be right - with a certain degree of approximation, there is a song for every situation.

Have a great week-end!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 08, 2017:

Martie - Poor Ricky Nelson, but on the positive side a great song came out of his experience. It's probably my favorite on this list! Glad you liked this playlist so much.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 08, 2017:

Bill - You are unique and inspirational for your career and life background, and I admire your determination to follow your passion. Don't give up. Keep following your dreams.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 08, 2017:

Linda - I totally agree. I love seeing people build and exercise their unique talents and skills, even if I have no expertise in that area myself. Thanks for reading, and have a wonderful weekend.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 08, 2017:

Svetlana - You're a hoot. I have a number of articles in the works (so many it'll keep me busy for a long time). One of them includes a playlist for introverts. The MBTI? I'm an INTJ (strategic thinker/architect type), rare for women but I'm a bit of an odd one out. I like that you write about languages you don't speak. Now, if you didn't dance or like music, that would be even more amusing!

kallini2010 from Toronto, Canada on April 08, 2017:

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I almost chocked when I saw the title of your new hub.

You see, I was not joking (how unique of me) that I really want to challenge you with a playlist that will be very tough to make.

But I had only one idea, which I was not going to share (by now you know that percentage of perception of my uniqueness is in direct proportion to the degree of how a particular person feels annoyed by me. I think I got that right). I did not want to be too annoying which it is tough, but on the other hand -

wouldn't it mean that I am being myself?

Well, I will share the idea even though I'm sure you would have figured out your way around it (because I have - therefore, it's not that big of a challenge).

I was going to suggest MBTI as a subject for the new playlist. Oh, wait, you already have that, right?

How unique am I?

Well, lately I've been writing (cross that out), composing hubs about Cha Cha Cha songs in languages I don't speak.

I've been told many things and have a whole suitcase of labels all of which I wear on the outside (haircuts? I am so past that),

but my favourite is "A Disruptor". What's that?

I'm sure you know. Oh, wait, you already have a play....

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on April 08, 2017:

Fun hub, reminding us that we're all a little bit "different." How boring life would be (not to mention more than a bit creepy) if we were all the same (Stepford Wives for example).

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on April 08, 2017:

Hello Shelly, Lefty and Shorty by Willie Nelson

Fancy by Reba

Legend of Bonnie and Clyde - Merle Haggard

I will come back when I think of more

Blessings dear friend

Martie Coetser from South Africa on April 08, 2017:

This is the ideal playlist to activate on those days one feels useless and without a purpose in life. I'm saving this!

Shame, poor Ricky Nelson! Those boo's almost killed his spirit.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on April 08, 2017:

I don't have anything to add. I drew a blank on this topic, but I love "Geek in the Pink" by Mraz....and Brooks "Against the Grain" is a classic....great list!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 07, 2017:

Robert - Thank you for the kind encouragement. Have a wonderful weekend filled with song.

Fiddleman on April 07, 2017:

Cool hub! So many songs. Music makes the world go around. Thanks for sharing. You have done a lot of work on this one.

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