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81 Songs About Standing

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Celebrate the importance of taking a stand for your beliefs and standing by a loved one with a playlist of pop, rock, country, and R&B songs about standing.

Celebrate the importance of taking a stand for your beliefs and standing by a loved one with a playlist of pop, rock, country, and R&B songs about standing.

Take a Stand or Have a Seat

In a world filled with personal and economic uncertainty, political strife, and cultural transformation, people rely upon their voices, values, and own two feet to make a statement. They attempt to control the turbulence around them, standing up for their beliefs, standing their ground, and standing by friends who need their support. We demonstrate our values every day in ways large and small, so take a stand or have a seat.

Make yourself a playlist of pop, rock, country, and R&B songs about standing. We have a long list to start you off!

1. "Stand by You" by Rachel Platten

We all needs a friend like this to help us through the dips and valleys in life's wild rollercoaster ride. The narrator in this mood-boosting 2016 pop song is a whirlwind of positive energy. She grabs the hand of her dear friend and offers to be their cheerleader, walking alongside them through hell and back, and shouldering their burden when they are unable.

Both empathic and inspirational, this strong lady has the worldliness to know what her BFF needs in their hours of loneliness and weakness. Perhaps they are suffering illness or a personal crisis. Regardless, the narrator reassures her friend that they do not stand alone.

2. "Don't Stand So Close to Me" by the Police

In 1980, people blindly sang along to this new wave hit without paying attention to its lyrics. Holy moly! The song describes an illicit affair between a young teacher and his pupil, a schoolgirl half his age. They try to keep their relationship clandestine, but it becomes the focus of harsh gossip around the school, and the teacher receives rebuke from disapproving faculty members. (These days, he'd be arrested.)

Feeling a mix of lust, temptation, and frustration, the teacher tells his young lover not to stand too close to him. In retrospect, this Grammy Award-winning, very catchy song is actually quite cringy.

3. "I'm Still Standing" by Elton John

Aided by heavy rotation on the nascent MTV channel, this snappy diss track from 1983 was a big hit for Elton John. The song's narrator informs his ex-lover that he has survived their breakup (thank you very much), picked up the pieces of his life, and moved on.

While expressing bitterness for his former flame, the man mostly wants his ex to know that he's doing even better without them. He's still standing after all this time. Who hasn't rub success in an ex's face like this?

4. "Standing Outside the Fire" by Garth Brooks

In not only love but also other aspects of life, you must take risks to reap the largest rewards. Sometimes you only get one opportunity.

Offering sage life advice, this 1993 country tune advocates going after what you want, even if it means getting hurt or making a fool out of yourself. You can either safely stand back, outside of the action or choose to take a risk because

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Life is not tried, it is merely survived
If you're standing outside the fire.

5. "I'll Stand by You" by The Pretenders

You want someone like this standing by your side for the tough times. In this tender 1994 rock ballad, a woman encourages her loved one to open up and share their pain. She provides gentle reassurance that she loves them unconditionally and will help them through their most difficult times ahead. Providing protection and emotional support, the narrator will be there for their journey and vows to stand by them, come what may.

6. "Stand by Me" by Ben E. King

Darkness can befall the world, but the guy in this classic R&B ditty will have no fear as long as he and his sweetheart are standing together. With its gospel roots, this mellow song upholds the sweet pledge of steadfast love against external forces. "Stand by Me" is one of the most played of all songs of the 20th century.

Twice it reached the Top 10 on the US Billboard Hot 100—in 1961 when it was initially released and again in 1986, when it appeared on the soundtrack of the major motion picture by the same name.

Rolling Stone recognized the tune as one of the "500 Greatest Songs of All Time," and the Songwriters Hall of Fame lauded it with the Towering Song Award, an honor bestowed upon an individual song that has been culturally influential in a unique way over many years.

7. "Stand By Your Man" by Tammy Wynette

Oh, Tammy! Where are your personal boundaries?

In this classic 1968 country song, The First Lady Of Country Music confuses being a honorable and dutiful wife for overlooking her husband's marital indiscretions. She advocates giving one's hubby a warm embrace to come home to, showing the world you're proud of him, and forgiving mistakes "'Cause after all, he's just a man."

In contrast to this signature song of hers, when it came to her personal life Wynette sang a different tune. She divorced country music legend George Jones after six years of marriage. Jones was an abusive alcoholic at the time of their disastrous marriage, and Wynette refused to tolerate his behavior. It was the third marriage for them both.

Wynette and Jones got along better post-divorce and continued to perform together for several years. They were friends until Wynette's death in 1998.

8. "Won't Stand Down" by Muse

A bully gets what's coming to him in this 2022 heavy rock song about vengeance as a narrator finally opens his eyes and becomes wary of the bully's tricks. The narrator reveals his opponent as a user, abuser, and gaslighter who has strung him along.

The narrator is no longer tolerating the bully's lies and malignant behavior. Growing stronger, he's turning the tables on the mean guy. Look out! Whether at school, work, or in your personal life, stand your ground against people who look to defeat you.

9. "Love the Way You Lie" by Eminem (Featuring Rihanna)

Lovers in toxic relationships often engage in a savage cycle of tearing one another apart. Then they passively stand by, bearing witness to their partner's astonished reaction:

Just gonna stand there and watch me burn?
Well, that's alright, because I like the way it hurts
Just gonna stand there and hear me cry?
Well, that's alright, because I love the way you lie.

In this 2010 hip-hop and pop ballad, two artists with real-life domestic violence experience portray a poisonous, high stakes affair that includes physical abuse, excuses, and reconciliation. There are lies and threats of violence if one partner leaves, and they mislabel the cycle of violence as "love."

While it may be obsession, this isn't love. Love doesn't hurt like this. These two spell trouble together.

10. "Won't Back Down" by Tom Petty

In what has become an anthem of defiance, this 1989 hit rock song describes a lone narrator struggling against forces attempting to defeat him. Based on his deeply held convictions, he has made a choice to take a strong stand on an important, undisclosed issue.

He makes his position clear, with no waffling. You can stand him up against the gates of hell, but this dude in the fight for the long haul:

Well, I know what's right
I got just one life
In a world that keeps on pushin' me around
But I'll stand my ground
And I won't back down.

Petty's song became popular again after 9/11 and has been used by sports teams as well as both Republican and Democratic politicans. This included George W. Bush, Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, and Joe Biden. Because the singer was a progressive and didn't want his song used to promote Republican values, his representatives issued cease and desist orders to those who co-opted the tune for unauthorized purposes.

11. "Can You Stand the Rain" by New Edition

Although the guy in this 1988 R&B song tells his girlfriend that there is "no pressure, no pressure," he's asking some pretty tough questions about what kind of situations she'll support him through.

Specifically, he's not looking for a fair-weather gal but also someone who will hang in there when times are difficult. He wants a partner who will stand by him and be right there during life's storms. The narrator puts a little pressure on her by asking directly, "Can you stand the rain? Will you be there, girl?" Then he lays it on even thicker by telling her that he plays on being right there for her.

I'm thinking this guy has a secret storm brewing right now, and this is his way of breaking the news to her. Is another girl having his baby? Did he lose his job? Did he wreck her car? We don't know.

12. "Standing on the Edge of Goodbye" by John Berry

Goodbyes can be exceptionally difficult, even as love fades into remorseful memories of happier moments and what-ifs. Actually leaving, however, is often a decision that takes some working up to.

The couple in this 1995 hit country tune about the dying days of a love relationship is ready call it quits. They no longer embrace or feel the passion they once did. Is it too late?

Standing on the edge of goodbye, they each teeter on the decision to go their separate ways. As they do so, both partners experience trouble sleeping and eating and are gripped by fits of crying. Just make the decision and get on with your lives.

13. "Stand Back" by Stevie Nicks

Rock legend Stevie Nicks famously based this hit on the melody of Prince's 1983 song, "Little Red Corvette." She wrote it on her honeymoon to Kim Anderson (a guy). Theirs was a three-month marriage, as Nicks wedded the husband of her recently deceased best friend because she wanted to help raise the couple's newborn child. She called that decision "beyond insane."

Prince helped the songstress to complete "Stand Back," and although he didn't get any songwriting credit for his efforts, they did agree to an even split of royalties. Nicks refers to the song as "belonging" to Prince and reports that it is her favorite song to sing on stage.

The 1983 rock ditty refers cryptically to two men. The first man walked away from the narrator, leaving her rejected. She was left standing in a line of other lovers or priorities in his life. Meanwhile, the other man pursued her, and although she repeatedly rebuffed him, he asked just for her love. Now he's the one standing in line in her life, behind the other man the narrator alludes to.

Nicks had a famously turbulent relationship with Fleetwood Mac male lead singer and lead guitarist Lindsey Buckingham. In 1994, she suggested to Rolling Stone that perhaps she had good reason to stand back:

"We're really not friends. We're really not anything. We did not break up friends, and we have never been friends since. He is not really able to have any kind of a relationship with me. I just bug him to death. Everything I do is abrasive to him. He's scary when he gets mad."

14. "Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)" by Phil Collins

Well isn't someone being over-the-top dramatic in this song? Collins wrote it during his first divorce.

As the narrator's lover is walking out the door, leaving him bereft, the man in this 1984 love ballad histrionically declares to her that he will stand in place and wait for her to return. How clingy. He claims that she is the only person who has ever known him. (Perhaps his lack of emotional self-control is why she's walking away?)

Her leaving triggers memories of their lives together through the years—laughing, crying, and sharing. How could she do this to him? The narrator feels "busleft" and empty and wants her to turn around and come right back. However, there's virtually no chance that she will do so. If against all odds she does return, then he'll certainly be standing there waiting.

15. "Standing in the Shadows of Love" by Four Tops

The loverboy in this 1966 Motown hit is feeling glum as he waits for his girlfriend to dump him. He senses a change in their relationship and realizes that it's just a matter of time before he's unwillingly single again. The dreadful anticipation that "it's the beginning of the end" of their love relationship has him feeling sorry for himself as the guy attempts to make sense of his honey's change of heart and even entertains thoughts of dying.

The song is a recrafted version of The Supremes' B-side song, "Standing at the Crossroads of Love" (1963). Rolling Stone magazine added "Standing in the Shadows of Love" to its list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

16. "Take It Easy" by Eagles

This country rock song from 1972 about living in the moment is one of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll. It famously references standing:

Well, I'm a-standing on a corner in Winslow, Arizona
And such a fine sight to see
It's a girl, my Lord, in a flatbed Ford
Slowin' down to take a look at me.

Winslow is a city of about 9,000 people located in central-eastern Arizona on the historic US Route 66. The city has commemorated their song mention with a statue of Eagles songwriter and frontman Glenn Frey and a public park named Standin' on the Corner Park that has become a popular tourist spot.

17. "Hall of Fame" by The Script (Featuring will.i.am)

Don't let the naysayers keep you down, hold you back, or cause you to question yourself. This pop song took the world by storm in 2012, inspiring people to reach the edge of their limits and chase their dreams.

Using many examples, The Script's message in this song is that if you believe in yourself and work hard towards your goal, anything is possible. The tune encourages the listener: the world will know your name when you stand in the Hall of Fame. This is a song to listen to when you're feeling depressed because it's bound to pump you up!

18. "Stand" by Rascal Flatts

If you've ever heard the Japanese proverb, “Fall down seven times, stand up eight,” then you know the value of resilience. This 2007 country single has a similar message. You cannot always direct what obstacles life throws your way, but you can control how you respond.

The song's narrator advises that when when you're feeling alone, helpless and lost, take a breath. Rather than giving up, that's the time to get mad, get strong, and stand back up. Show the world what you're made of when you've been knocked down. You've got this!

19. "Stand Tall" by Childish Gambino

Musician Donald Glover typically performs under the name "Childish Gambino," a name he acquired from a fun computer name generating app, "The Wu-Tang Name Generator."

In this 2016 neo-funk song, he recounts advice given to him by his parents regarding chasing after his dreams, standing tall (or believing in himself), and being positive. They also conveyed a loving knowledge that the world had much to offer and that someone cared for him. With a foundation like that it's hard to go wrong!

20. "I Stand Alone" by Godsmack

Seething and defiant, the man in this hard rock ditty from 2002 is standing up to forces in this corrupt, malignant world that want to control him. He stands isolated and determined to go shoulder to shoulder with the darkness. He is committed to extricating any trace of its poison from within him. It's time for this guy to rise and dream and stand on his own, victorious.

Scars show toughness: that you've been through it, and you're still standing.

Scars show toughness: that you've been through it, and you're still standing.

Even More Songs About Standing

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SongArtist(s)Year Released

21. Stand Beside Me

Jo Dee Messina

1998

22. Stand Inside Your Love

The Smashing Pumpkins

2000

23. You've Got to Stand for Something

Aaron Tippin

1990

24. Next to You

Chris Brown (Featuring Justin Bieber)

2011

25. Stand Here with Me

Creed

2001

26. You'll Never Stand Alone

Whitney Houston

1998

27. Stand Alone

Morgan Wallen

2015

28. Stand

R.E.M.

1989

29. When We Stand Together

Nickelback

2011

30. Stand

Jewel

2003

31. Standing in the Storm

Skillet

2022

32. Stand Down

Little Mix

2013

33. Stand and Deliver

Adam and the Ants

1981

34. Stand Up

Cynthia Erivo

2019

35. Truly Madly Deeply

Savage Garden

1997

36. Where I Stood

Missy Higgins

2007

37. (I'm a) Stand by My Woman Man

Ronnie Milsap

1976

38. Stand Back Up

Sugarland

2004

39. Stand By Your Side

Celine Dion

2003

40. Standing on the Promises

Alan Jackson

2006

41. Standing O

Mariah Carey

2009

42. Standing Right in Front of You

Keith Urban

2009

43. Stand on My Own Ground

Des'ree

1992

44. Standing in Front of You

Kelly Clarkson

2011

45. Stand

Poison

1993

46. Stand!

The Jackson 5

1969

47. Stand in Your Love

Bethel Music and Josh Baldwin

2018

48. Stand By Me

The Script

1997

49. Standing on the Shore

Empire of the Sun

2009

50. Stand Up

Five for Fighting

2000

51. Standing at the Crossroads of Love

The Supremes

1963

52. Standing Tall

Lorrie Morgan

1995

53. Standby

The Righteous Brothers

1966

54. Standing on a Rock

Rodney Crowell

1993

55. Stand

Trey Songz

2016

56. Stand & Deliver

Billy Ocean

1988

57. I Can Only Imagine

MercyMe

2001

58. Stand in the Light

Jordan Smith

2016

59. Stand Up and Sing

Kool & The Gang

1981

60. Standing Knee Deep in a River (Dying of Thirst)

Kathy Mattea

1993

61. Just Stand Up!

Artists Stand Up to Cancer

2008

62. Somebody Stand By Me

Faith Hill

1998

63. Honey Would You Stand By Me

Kenney Chesney

1995

64. Still Standing

Monica (Featuring Ludacris)

2010

65. Stand Up

Mel McDaniel

1985

66. Stand by My Woman

Lenny Kravitz

1991

69. Stand by Love

Simple Minds

1991

70. Standing Still

Jewel

2001

71. Pretty Heart

Parker McCollum

2021

72. Stand Your Ground

Travis Tritt

2021

73. Peaceful Easy Feeling

Eagles

1972

74. Last One Standing

Emerson Drive

2004

75. Last One Standing

Skylar (Featuring Pollo G, Mozzy & Eminem)

2021

76. She Looks So Perfect

5 Seconds of Summer

2014

77. You Belong with Me

Taylor Swift

2008

78. Take a Bow

Rihanna

2007

79. Love Will Keep Us Alive

Eagles

1994

80. The Winner Takes It All

ABBA

1980

81. I Saw Her Standing There

The Beatles

1963

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