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43 Songs About Individuality and Personal Uniqueness

Updated on April 17, 2017
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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. | Source

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.

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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.

"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 | Source

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. | Source

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.

Make your own footprints.
Make your own footprints. | Source

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. | Source

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 | Source

Even More Songs About Individuality and Personal Uniqueness

Song
Artist
Year Released
21. Alien
Cassadee Pope
2016
22. Beloved Freak
Garbage
2012
23. Freak Like Me
Santigold
2012
24. I'm a Keeper
The Band Perry
2012
25. If You Want To Sing Out, Sing Out
Cat Stevens
1971
26. Can't Pin Me Down
Marina and the Diamonds
2015
27. Grace Kelly
Mika
2007
28. Second Hand Life
Joe Lynn Turner
2007
29. My Life
Billy Joel
1978
30. Against the Grain
Garth Brooks
1991
31. Anklebiters
Paramore
2013
32. Line & Sinker
Billy Talent
2003
33. Fat Lip
Sum 41
2001
34. Be Yourself
Audioslave
2005
35. Do My Thang
Miley Cyrus
2013
36. Freak
Kiss
2012
37. Coming Clean
Green Day
1994
38. Wild Forever
Sophie Ellis-Bextor
2016
39. First Of Me
Hoobastank
2006
40. Minority
Green Day
2000
41. Beautiful
Christina Aguilera
2002
42. My Way
Frank Sinatra
1969
43. I've Gotta Be Me
Sammy Davis Jr.
1968
Know a song about uniqueness and individuality that should be on this playlist? Leave us a comment in the Comments Section below.
"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 | Source

What's In a Name? Locations with Names Associated with Individuality and Personal Uniqueness

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A markerOdd, West Virginia, USA -
Odd, WV 25902, USA
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B markerDifferent Drum Lake, North Carolina, USA -
Different Drum Lake, Watauga, NC 28692, USA
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C markerStrange, Canada -
Strange, ON L0G, Canada
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D markerPioneer, California, USA -
Pioneer, CA 95666, USA
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E markerSelf Lake, Canada -
Self Lake, Fort Smith, Unorganized, NT X0E, Canada
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F markerCool, California, USA -
Cool, CA 95614, USA
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G markerFreedom, Pennsylvania, USA -
Freedom, PA, USA
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H markerLone Mountain, Tennessee, USA -
Lone Mountain, TN 37879, USA
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I markerLone Wolf, Oklahoma, USA -
Lone Wolf, OK 73655, USA
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J markerSolo Creek, Alaska, USA -
Solo Creek, Alaska, USA
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      FlourishAnyway 39 hours ago from USA

      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!

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      Suhail and my dog K2 2 days ago

      FloursuhAnyway,

      "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.

      Regards,

      Suhail and my dog K2

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      FlourishAnyway 9 days ago from USA

      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.

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      Genna East 10 days ago from Massachusetts, USA

      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?

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      FlourishAnyway 2 weeks ago from USA

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

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 weeks ago from The Caribbean

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

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      FlourishAnyway 2 weeks ago from USA

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

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      FlourishAnyway 2 weeks ago from USA

      Audrey - Thank you for stopping by and chiming in.

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      Audrey Howitt 2 weeks ago from California

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

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      Heidi Thorne 2 weeks ago from Chicago Area

      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.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 weeks ago from USA

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

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      FlourishAnyway 2 weeks ago from USA

      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!

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      FlourishAnyway 2 weeks ago from USA

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

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      FlourishAnyway 2 weeks ago from USA

      Thank you, Larry. I appreciate the compliment.

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      Larry Rankin 2 weeks ago from Oklahoma

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

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      Catherine Giordano 2 weeks ago from Orlando Florida

      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.

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      Linda Crampton 2 weeks ago from British Columbia, Canada

      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.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 weeks ago from USA

      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, https://spinditty.com/genres/Songs-About-Cowboys-O... . Have a great weekend!

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      kallini2010 2 weeks ago from Toronto, Canada

      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!

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      FlourishAnyway 2 weeks ago from USA

      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.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 weeks ago from USA

      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.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 weeks ago from USA

      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.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 weeks ago from USA

      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!

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      kallini2010 2 weeks ago from Toronto, Canada

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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....

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      Linda Lum 2 weeks ago from Washington State, USA

      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).

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 weeks ago from Texas

      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

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      Martie Coetser 2 weeks ago from South Africa

      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.

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      Bill Holland 2 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      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!

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      FlourishAnyway 2 weeks ago from USA

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

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      Robert Elias Ballard 2 weeks ago from Zirconia, North Carolina

      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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