63 Songs About Survival and Perseverance in the Face of Challenge

Survivors Fight Back

Facing a major challenge in your life?  Need inspiration or motivation? Create a personal playlist from these top rock, country, soul and pop songs.  They'll inspire your fighting spirit.
Facing a major challenge in your life? Need inspiration or motivation? Create a personal playlist from these top rock, country, soul and pop songs. They'll inspire your fighting spirit. | Source

The Battle Of Your Life

You probably don't think of yourself as a soldier, someone who could be called on to wage a very personal war at any moment. And you might not think of yourself as a prizefighter who needs to punch below the belt if that's what it takes. (It very well could.)

But at some point, each of us will be called to face the battle of our lives. Maybe more than once. Life's not fair that way.

The battle of your life may take many forms, including:

  • substance abuse, gambling, and other addictions
  • physical disease and disabilities
  • mental illness
  • legal problems, including criminal and civil suits
  • poverty, hunger and
  • divorce and relationship break-ups.

Will you be ready when it's your turn to fight?

For some of us, the battle to survive will be brief yet intense. Hopefully, we'll live to lick our wounds and recount our victories. Others of us will do years of protracted battle against a combat-hardened enemy, as we pray for an elusive victory.

If you are going through such difficulty now, here are songs to help motivate and encourage you through your struggle. Make a playlist, my fellow soldier, my fellow boxing buddy. Rise up to your challenge. You're a survivor.

Reader Poll

What's been the biggest battle of your life so far?

  • Abuse
  • Addiction
  • Death of Loved One(s)
  • Divorce or Relationship Break-up
  • Financial problems
  • Legal problems
  • Mental illness
  • Physical disease or illness
  • Other (Share with us in the Comment Section below)
  • I'm bulletproof so far; I haven't faced such a battle yet.
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May the Victory Be Yours

Whatever the battle of your life, may the victory be yours.  You're a survivor.
Whatever the battle of your life, may the victory be yours. You're a survivor. | Source

1. "I'm On Top Of the World" by Imagine Dragons

Appreciate the breathtaking view from the top of the world, and don't bother looking down. Tell your loved ones what they mean to you while they are here. And when you're feeling like quitting? This vibrant 2012 song will encourage you to "Get up now. Get up now."

On Top Of the World

Survivors do what it takes to ascend to their highest point, their personal best.  They overcome obstacles.  They appreciate the view.
Survivors do what it takes to ascend to their highest point, their personal best. They overcome obstacles. They appreciate the view. | Source

2. "Gonna Fly Now (Theme Song From Rocky)" by Bill Conti

Admit it: when you've seen a struggling runner, haven't you wanted to shout out those famous lyrics to cheer them on?

"Gonna fly now, flying high now," and "Feelin' strong now, won't be long now."

Okay, maybe that's just me.

Bill Conti (1977) celebrates the power of the comeback in this song from the movie, "Rocky." An underdog cycles through self-doubt, submits himself to grueling self-discipline and endurance, and ultimately experiences sweet victory because of his fighting spirit. It'll make you feel like you can't lose!

Keep Reaching

Keep reaching to overcome the barriers that separate you from success.
Keep reaching to overcome the barriers that separate you from success. | Source

Reader Poll

Are you winning the battle of your life?

  • DAMN STRAIGHT I AM. I came out guns a-blazing, all shock and awe. I won't give up 'til this fight is done.
  • I'M TRYING. I've been wounded, but this soldier is still kicking butt.
  • SEND IN REINFORCEMENTS. It's hand-to-hand combat, and I'm fading fast.
  • HELL NO. I didn't put on the uniform. Send this soldier home.
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3. "Warrior" by Demi Lavato

In this 2013 ballad about surviving relationship abuse, Demi Lavato stands her ground against the dark forces that brought her shame, confusion and fear. However, instead of being broken and bruised, she now wears her wounds like battle scars:

Now I'm a warrior
Now I got thicker skin
I'm a warrior
I'm stronger than I've ever been
And my armor, is made of steel, you can't get in.
I'm a warrior
And you can never hurt me again ... .

4. "Unstoppable" by Rascal Flatts

Country music group Rascal Flatts (2009) provides a reminder that regardless of the mistakes that you've made and the challenges that you face, love is an unstoppable, positive force.

5. "Stronger" by Kelly Clarkson

Kelly Clarkson (2011) belts out a powerful survivor's anthem in this song about an abandoned lover who refuses to wallow in self-pity. She instead takes a determined and high-spirited approach, proclaiming that "What doesn't kill you make you stronger" and "What doesn't kill you makes a fighter — footsteps even lighter." Attagirl!

6. "Fighter" by Christina Aguilera

In this uptempo 2003 hit, Christina Aguilera has faced a jealous, malicious person in her life. But after all she's endured, it didn't make her bitter. The experience made her better.

The struggle has made her stronger, faster, wiser, and it's made her work harder. And that's the ultimate triumph.

7. "Win" by Brian McKnight

When the odds are against you, dig down deep and rely on your hidden reserves of strength and resilience. Soul artist Brian McKnight (2002) is committed to never quitting, not giving up on himself, and refusing to losing hope or faith. McKnight is tied with Snoop Dogg for the most Grammy nominations without ever going home with the prize.

Been Knocked Down? Come Back Swinging

Survivors find a way to get back up. Give it all you've got and come back swinging.
Survivors find a way to get back up. Give it all you've got and come back swinging. | Source

8. "Hall of Fame" by The Script, featuring

With help from, Irish rock band The Script (2012) encourages anyone struggling with challenge to never give up on their dreams. They motivate the listener to

  • beat the clock
  • move mountains
  • talk to God
  • don't wait for luck
  • be a master and
  • live the life of a champion.

Do you believe in yourself this much?

9. "If You're Going Through Hell (Before the Devil Even Knows)" by Rodney Atkins

When you feel like you're going through hell, this 2006 country song suggests that you hide your fear and keep up the pace. He reasons that you might get out (of Hell) before the devil even knows you're there. Luckily, there are everyday angels ready to help pull you back up onto your feet.

Dedication To The Colonel and His Feeder, Karen

The Colonel was a gentle warrior, a cat who truly had a survivor spirit.
The Colonel was a gentle warrior, a cat who truly had a survivor spirit. | Source

What does this cat have to do with surviving hardship? Everything.

Imagine braving 100-degree August heat, winter snowstorms, and even hurricane winds. For 12 years. The Colonel had it figured out. Pictured above, he was the feral cat that I fed and cared for at a grocery store parking lot for over a decade. He lived on his terms, in his own way. Streetwise, he was.

Each evening when my husband or I arrived to feed him, The Colonel greeted us at our car and led us to his feeding spot. In 2012, a retired couple named Mike and Karen noticed him and decided to feed him each morning. We continued to provide The Colonel's supper.

Sadly, dear old Colonel suffered a blood clot three days after Christmas 2014 and was euthanized peacefully at our emergency vet. Within days, I learned that Karen had been diagnosed with a brain tumor and embarked on the battle of her life. God Bless her.

10. "It's My Life" by Bon Jovi

Life is too short not to live it authentically, with gusto, in a way that fulfills you.

If you share Frank Sinatra's motto, "I did it my way," then let this live-out-loud Bon Jovi song from 2000 become your personal anthem.

11. "I Can See Clearly Now" by Johnny Nash

Johnny Nash (1972) describes the moment of clarity when his pain and bad feelings dissipate, and are replaced by a more hopeful future. It's like the dark clouds fade to blue, and sunshine and rainbows pop forth.

12. "Roar" by Katy Perry

Katy Perry is no shrinking violet. In this 2013 Grammy-nominated hit, she celebrates her transformation from a spineless pushover to a gutsy broad who is ready to tackle any challenge.

If you find that you need motivation, her can-do spirit is contagious.

13. "Eye of the Tiger" by Survivor

At the request of Sylvester Stallone, the rock group Survivor wrote this title song for the movie, "Rocky III."

The 1982 song is about what it takes to continue to stay competitive when others want to replace you. "Eye of the Tiger" became one of the best-selling singles of all time.

14. "Jesus Take the Wheel" by Carrie Underwood

In this 2005 Grammy-nominated country song, the narrator is a young mother traveling home one night on an icy road. Her infant is strapped in the back seat.

The young mother had faced a difficult year and wasn't paying attention to her driving when the car begins to spin out of control. Seeing their lives flash before her eyes, she hands the wheel over to a higher power.

15. "Firework" by Katy Perry

If you've ever felt lost and unvalued, this 2010 song will encourage you to change your thinking. Katy Perry urges you to ignite the light — the brilliant colors inside that represent your originality — and let it burn. "It's always been inside of you," she assures.

16. "Don't Stop Thinking About Tomorrow" by Fleetwood Mac

For anyone of a certain age, this song is forever associated with President Bill Clinton because he famously used it at the 1992 Democratic National Convention, as well as a number of subsequent official events. And of course, the Clintons are the ultimate political survivors. Even detractors have to give them that.

This optimistic 1977 song has the following famous refrain that is reassuring to anyone going through a rough patch:

Don't stop, thinking about tomorrow
Don't stop, it'll soon be here
It'll be, better than before
Yesterday's gone, yesterday's gone.

17. "I Will Survive" by Gloria Gaynor

In this 1978 song, a narrator describes the surprising impact of a devastating relationship breakup when her former lover returns unexpectedly. Instead of welcoming him back, however, she turns the tables and tells him to get lost; she had grown stronger and more resilient without him.

This classic song is a go-to for a reason. Anyone trying to recover from a divorce or toxic romantic relationship should consult it for daily pick-me-up!

18. "A Little Bit Stronger" by Sara Evans

In this searching country ballad from 2011, the protagonist shares that the only way to deal with a difficult setback is to keep on going. Facing the aftermath of a broken relationship, she decides to go take it one day at a time. She feigns a smile and returns to her routine, finding that even on her weakest days, she becomes a little bit stronger.

19. "Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now" by McFadden & Whitehead

If you're facing an obstacle, then this classic 1979 R&B tune will encourage you to get moving. They charge forward toward their goal, knowing that nothing can hold them back. Nothing will stand in their way or keep them from victory. That's the spirit!

20. "(I Keep On) Rising Up" by Mike Doughty

There was a time when Mike Doughty was so addicted to alcohol and heroin that his own drug dealer cut him off.1 Between substance abuse and depraved sexual encounters, the Indie rock star phenom endured years of chaos and self-loathing before he finally hit bottom.

Clean for over a decade now, he wrote this 2009 Indie/alternative rock song about his recovery.

21. "Dog Days Are Over" by Florence + The Machine

Imagine being hit by a freight train of happiness. This rousing rock 2010 song by Florence + The Machine is no fluffy rainbows and ponies tune. It strongly proclaims that there's nowhere you can run or hide because the worst is behind you.

22. "I'm Alright" by Kenny Loggins

This classic 1980 song was used in the classic comedy "Caddyshack." Its refrain is ever-appropriate for a variety of life challenges in which others seek to interject their often well-intentioned advice about the troubles you face:

I'm alright
Nobody worry 'bout me
Why you got to gimme a fight?
Can't you just let it be?

23. "Break My Stride" by Mathew Wilder

In this catchy new wave/raggae hit from 1983, the narrator describes a dream sequence. His girlfriend has a rocky past but is emboldened, repeating the following to him as her mantra:

Ain't nothin' gonna break my stride
Nobody's gonna slow me down, oh-no
I got to keep on moving
Ain't nothin' gonna break my stride
I'm running and I won't touch ground.
Oh-no, I got to keep on moving.

24. "Hero" by Mariah Carey

Who do you look to as a hero? In a truly inspirational song, Mariah Carey (1993) reminds anyone facing difficulties that a hero is often as close as the reflection in the mirror.

It's often true that struggle and suffering show us what we're truly made of.

Unleash the Superhero Within

You may not be a superhero, but you're stronger and more resilient than you think. Grab that cape and go get 'em!
You may not be a superhero, but you're stronger and more resilient than you think. Grab that cape and go get 'em! | Source

Superpowers It Would Be Helpful To Have

Lucky Hero Who Has It
Underwater Breathing
Harry Potter, Iron Man
Superhuman Strength
Superman, Wonder Woman
Toxin and Disease Resistance
Tracking Evasion
Batman & Robin
Enhanced Flexibility
Captain America, Spider-Woman
Danger Intuition
Captain Marvel, Spiderman
Truth Enducement
Wonder Woman
What superpower do you wish you had? How would you use them in the fight of your life? Share your answers with us in the Comments Section below. You don't need to be a HubPages member to leave a comment.

25. "I Made It Through the Rain" by Barry Manilow

In this 1980 classic, Barry Manilow describes a survivor who has faced down hardship and triumphed. Being substantially different from the crowd, the narrator retained his dignity and self-respect amidst turmoil. In doing so, he won the admiration of those who also "got rained on too."

Things aren't always as they appear.
Things aren't always as they appear. | Source

26. "You Gotta Be" by Des'ree

In this inspiring 1994 song, the narrator provides a challenge to be your best self, no matter the challenge. Stand up and be counted:

You gotta be
You gotta be bad, you gotta be bold, you gotta be wiser
You gotta be hard, you gotta be tough, you gotta be stronger
You gotta be cool, you gotta be calm
You gotta stay together
All I know, all I know, love will save the day.

27. "Hold On" by Wilson Phillips

If you find yourself mired in a troubled relationship, Wilson Phillips (1990) gives the always-wise advice that if you don't like something, then change it. You are in charge of your own life, and don't ever let others tell you differently.

28. "Pocketful of Sunshine" by Natasha Bedingfield

In this zippy 2008 song, the narrator declares that no one will control her or bring her down. She is filled with an endless supply of internal joy, light, and butterflies which apparently don't come from a bottle of Prozac.

29. "I'm Gonna Win" by Foreigner

This song appeared on Foreigner's "4" album in 1981. Although it wasn't a hit for the rock band, the sound and lyrics have the intensity that begged me to put it on this list.

If you're an underdog who is determined to emerge victorious from the fight of your life, listen and repeat:

I'm gonna win
I'm gonna win
I tell you, see when it comes down to the crunch
I've gotta beat life to the punch
I'm gonna win
Somehow I know I'm gonna win.

Maybe you weren't born to be a fighter, but now's the time to give it everything you have.
Maybe you weren't born to be a fighter, but now's the time to give it everything you have. | Source

30. "Roll With It" by Steve Winwood

When life is overwhelming and the only thing you can find is more trouble, this 1988 song recommends that sometimes all you can do is just roll with it. Tuck your head down and keep charging on. Eventually you'll get to a brighter place in your life.

31. "Keep Holding On" by Avril Lavigne

Are you fighting the good fight alongside a loved one? This 2006 power ballad describes shared struggle through difficult circumstances.

32. "Fight Another Day" by Addison Road

Addison Road is a contemporary Christian rock band that urges you in this 2010 song to live each day like it is your last and pray for strength to overcome the obstacles in your path.

33. "Just Stand Up!" by Artists Stand Up To Cancer

In 2008, a supergroup of rock, R&B, country. and pop stars joined forces to raise money for cancer under the name "Artists Stand Up To Cancer." Some of them (e.g., Melissa Etheridge, Sheryl Crow) had personally battled cancer. This song encourages people who are ill to keep striving, to light up the darkness and be their own miracle.

34. "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" by Benatar

The gutsy, taunting lyrics of this 1980 rock song by Pat Benatar is appropriate for just about any challenge. The narrator in the song challenges an opponent (a lover in her case) to

Hit me with your best shot
Why don't you hit me with your best shot?
Hit me with your best shot
Fire away.

When Life Throws A Left Hook, Punch Back Hard

Don't give up, don't give in.  Whatever your struggle, you can rise to the challenge.
Don't give up, don't give in. Whatever your struggle, you can rise to the challenge. | Source

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

Elton John celebrates what it means to be a true survivor in this 1983 song. Instead of being shattered by a broken romance, he has managed to pick up the broken pieces and come back even stronger than before. I saw Elton in concert in 2014 and even in his late 60s, he's still got it.

36. "I Won't Back Down" by Tom Petty

This 1989 song by Tom Petty became a frequent go-to right after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. It reiterates a narrator's resolve to stand his ground. "You can stand me up at the gates of hell, but I won't back down."

37. "Never Surrender" by Corey Heart

Empowerment is what Corey Heart is describing with this 1985 hit song. When you have nothing else left, you at least retain your ability to fight.

38. "When You Believe: by Whitney Houston & Mariah Carey

The voices of rock divas Whitney Houston & Mariah Carey soar to the heavens in this 1998 song as they provide a reminder that even when hope is frail, miracles can be achieved when you believe.

39. "I Believe I Can Fly" by R. Kelly

This 1996 Grammy-winning song by R&B singer R. Kelly highlights the power of positive thought. Having risen from the depths of despair, the narrator now soars sky-high because of his steadfast belief that he can do so.

40. "The Climb" by Miley Cyrus

Back before Miley Cyrus went completely off the rails — before she twerked on live television and started doing that weird thing with her tongue all the time — she had this inspirational song about overcoming life obstacles.

The 2009 song describes an uphill battle in which it's not how fast you achieve your goal; it's about what's waiting for you at the end of your journey.

What's In A Name? Locations With Names Associated With Surviving Challenge and Overcoming Obstacles

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A markerDifficult, Tennessee -
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B markerFocus, California -
Focus, CA, USA
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C markerGrit, Texas -
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D markerHell, Michigan -
Hell, MI, USA
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E markerObstacle Mountain, Canada -
Obstacle Mountain, Columbia-Shuswap B, BC V0E, Canada
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F markerPerseverance, Utah -
Perseverance, UT, USA
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G markerStrong, Maine -
Strong, ME, USA
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H markerSurvivors Lookout, Australia -
Survivors Lookout, Darwin NT 0800, Australia
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I markerWarrior, Alabama -
Warrior, AL, USA
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J markerWinner, South Dakota -
Winner, SD, USA
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Find a way to flourish anyway.  You are SO worth it!
Find a way to flourish anyway. You are SO worth it! | Source

Even More Songs About Surviving Difficulties and Challenges

Year Released
41. Alive
Pearl Jam
42. Nothing Else Matters
43. Part Of Me
Katy Perry
44. You'll Never Walk Alone
Elvis Presley
45. Survivor
Destiny's Child
46. Tubthumping
47. Fight Song
Rachael Platten
48. Keep Your Head Up
Andy Grammer
49. Invincible
Kelly Clarkson
50. You're Not Alone
Marie Miller
51. I Didn't Know My Own Strength
Whitney Houston
52. Keep Your Head Up
Andy Grammer
53. This Song Saved My Life
Simple Plan
54. Skyscraper
Demi Levato
55. You're Only Human (Second Wind)
Billy Joel
56. Rise
Katy Perry
57. Riser
Dierks Bentley
58. Tough
Craig Morgan
59. Swim
Jack's Mannequin
60. By the Grace of God
Katy Perry
61. Through the Rain
Mariah Carey
62. Superheroes
The Script
63. Titanium
David Guetta (featuring Sia)
Got a song suggestion? Please leave us a comment in the Comment Section below.

Survival and Challenge Quotes to Inspire You

“Disappointment to a noble soul is what cold water is to burning metal; it strengthens, tempers, intensifies, but never destroys it.”

- Elizabeth McCourt Tabor Stephenson, American author and fallen socialite

"Perspective is everything when you are experiencing the challenges of life."

- Joni Eareckson Tada, American author and advocate for persons with disabilities

"Humor is one of the best ingredients of survival."

- Aung San Suu Kyi, Burmese political prisoner and Nobel Peace Prize winner

"Life comes with many challenges. The ones that should not scare us are the ones we can take on and take control of."

- Angelina Jolie, American actress

"Luck is a very thin wire between survival and disaster, and not many people can keep their balance on it."

- Hunter S. Thompson, American journalist

"The ability to delude yourself may be an important survival tool."

- Jane Wagner, American comedy writer

"Everything negative — pressure, challenges — is all an opportunity for me to rise."

- Kobe Bryant, American professional basketball player

"Just as we develop our physical muscles through overcoming opposition -- such as lifting weights -- we develop our character muscles by overcoming challenges and adversity."

- Stephen Covey, American author and businessman

"We were all born with a certain degree of power. The key to success is discovering this innate power and using it daily to deal with whatever challenges come our way."

- Les Brown, American motivational speaker

“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.”

- Charles Darwin, English naturalist and evolutionary theorist

"Only by contending with challenges that seem to be beyond your strength to handle at the moment you can grow more surely toward the stars."

- Brian Tracy, American entrepreneur

"Injury taught me I need to learn how to face challenges."

- Shawn Johnson, American gymnast

"If you dream it, you can become it."

- William Arthur Ward, American writer


1Getlen, Larry. "‘The Dead Guy Wins’." New York Post. Last modified January 29, 2012.

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FlourishAnyway 22 hours ago from USA Author

Mr N - You're right that it is rather low key in comparison to other songs. I appreciate your suggestion. Thanks for stopping by, and keep persevering in the face of whatever challenges come your way.

Mr N 32 hours ago

Fearless by Pink Floyd is another good exemple, though it's relatively under the radar because it's (in my opinion) mild & bland composition wise in comparison to One of These Days & Echoes from the same album the lyrics are strong and inspiring.

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FlourishAnyway 4 days ago from USA Author

Anonymous - I am so sorry about your mother's diagnosis. Take care of yourself and know that there are people you have never met who are thinking about you both and hoping for the best. I have added your song as #63.

Anonymous 4 days ago

My mother was diagnosed with an advanced and aggressive form of squamous cell carcinoma a month ago, just as I was starting university. The song "Titanium" is the one that I listen to for her sake, and it's very uplifting. It has helped me for the past month and a half.

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FlourishAnyway 7 days ago from USA Author

Emily P - A big internet hug to you! You're a hero! Keep up the good fight, dear! Don't get discouraged. I know it's hard. I am adding your song. Thanks for the addition. You rock, young lady! There's a special reason you walk this Earth. Know that and spread your MAGIC.

Emily P 7 days ago

Hi, I'm 21 and have been fighting every day of my life. I have a blood disorder that makes it so my white blood cells don't recognize my own red blood cells as mine but they see them as foreign viruses. I have been on anti rejection meds since birth and have had multiple blood transfusions. I continue to fight for every minute and every breath. My favorite fight song is superheroes by the script.

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FlourishAnyway 7 weeks ago from USA Author

Craig - I'm sorry to hear that you had to struggle with that. Thanks for reading. Be strong.

Craig 7 weeks ago

Childhood abandonment

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FlourishAnyway 2 months ago from USA Author

Geovanni Marucci - Well, what can I say? I'm only human. Thanks for the suggestion. I'm adding it! Thanks for stopping by!

Geovanni Marucci 3 months ago

You kidding me? "You're Only Human (Second Wind) by Billy Joel isn't on this list?

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FlourishAnyway 4 months ago from USA Author

Average working class guy - I'm so glad that music has helped you through your struggles. Thank you for your comment and suggestions, and stay strong!

Average working class guy 4 months ago

Angels fall by breaking benjamin has been my go to recently i really like the line "when angels fall with broken wings I can't give up I can't give in" I also like on my own by ashes remain i really enjoy the line "break me out come and find me in the dark now every day by mysef i'm breaking down I don't wana fight alone anymore" and lastly this song saved my life by simple plan and again the line i specifically like is "i was broken i was choking i was lost this song saved my life" hope these songs can help many of you as they've helped me through plenty of rough times

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FlourishAnyway 9 months ago from USA Author

Lukiz Tsjzi - Thank you.

Lukiz Tsjzi 9 months ago

Hah, I enjoy reading your posts.

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FlourishAnyway 15 months ago from USA Author

Danny - What a terrific idea to motivate students. I'm glad you found some of my suggestions useful! Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment.

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Danny Cabaniss 15 months ago from Shawnee, Oklahoma

This is a terrific hub! I am a high school English teacher, and this past school year, I used music videos to get class started. I was looking for upbeat songs that I found at least a little bit encouraging, motivating, or inspiring - without being preachy. I was also looking for well done videos. I managed to play one almost every day of school, so I have about 170 on last year's playlist. Part of my list is on your list, too. And you gave me some wonderful ideas for next year's playlist. Thank you so much!

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FlourishAnyway 16 months ago from USA Author

James - Thank you for reading and for commenting. Keep surviving, thriving, flourishing.

james martin 16 months ago

what does not kill you makes you stronger be head strong never back down always advance never quit quitters never win

don't be afraid to fail look at your failure or failures and laugh and try to find out what went wrong help others in life we all need good friends and family love one another and just be you

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FlourishAnyway 16 months ago from USA Author

Patricia - thank you for reading. Music can uplift and inspire and keep us going. Hope your weekend is a good one.

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pstraubie48 16 months ago from sunny Florida

So many times we (my family and I) turn to music like many of these to help us walk through what faces us. It is often cathartic to listen to a song that speaks to uncertainty and hear the words to remind us to climb the mountain and see what waits at the top and more importantly on the others side

Great selections....

Angels are on the way to you this morning...have a lovely weekend.


Voted up++++

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FlourishAnyway 18 months ago from USA Author

Suzanne - Jon Bon Jovi rocks! I like how he seems to get better with age. Have an awesome week and thanks for the vote!

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Suzanne Day 18 months ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Thank you for this uplifting hub! What a great idea, having a song list to empower people who need it the most. I like Jon's "It's my life" but having listened to a few others, you've definitely managed to pick the ones to help self-confidence while allowing a nod to bad experiences. Voted interesting!

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FlourishAnyway 18 months ago from USA Author

Kristen - Rooting for you, girl!

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Kristen Howe 18 months ago from Northeast Ohio

My pleasure, Flourish. You too! I'm a bit sick with a cold and have a 4.5 week sprained knee from yoga.

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FlourishAnyway 18 months ago from USA Author

Kristen - Thanks for that suggestion! I will add it! Have a wonderful week!

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Kristen Howe 18 months ago from Northeast Ohio

Great song list with inspirational quotes. I would like to add "Survivor" by Destiny's Child to this list. Voted up for interesting!

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FlourishAnyway 19 months ago from USA Author

Catherine - Thank you! That is one of my all time favorites, too! Have a terrific weekend.

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CatherineGiordano 19 months ago from Orlando Florida

I always love your playlists. It brings back memories. You hit me with your best shot a good way.

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FlourishAnyway 21 months ago from USA Author

vespawoolf - Thanks so much for your kind kudos. It takes quite a while to assemble these hubs, but they are among my favorite to research and write. I'm glad you like them. Have a great week.

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vespawoolf 21 months ago from Peru, South America

I´ve enjoyed this song series, but this is my favorite. Although I´ve heard many of these songs, I´m not familiar with all of them. So I plan to look them up. I love the excerpts you´ve included and the ending quotes about survival. Very inspirational!

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FlourishAnyway 21 months ago from USA Author

Susie - Glad you like it! Have a great weekend!

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colorfulone 21 months ago from Minnesota

I feel like I could camp out here for awhile and listen to some more tunes. I love all of your choices. This hub ROCKS!

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FlourishAnyway 21 months ago from USA Author

Jo - Thanks for reading and for the kind compliments. That was a pretty good quote by old Charlie, eh? Have a great week, my friend!

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tobusiness 21 months ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

Another brilliant compilation of music to empower. When we're going through tough times it so easy to feel 'why me!' those songs help us to remember that we all go through trials and many come back wiser and stonger. Go Des'ree.

My favourite quote is the one about adapting to change by Charles Darwin. Once again, you rock!! ;)

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FlourishAnyway 21 months ago from USA Author

travmaj - Wonderful addition. Elvis recorded it honorably back in the day (before my day). Thank you for stopping by, and have a wonderful week.

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travmaj 21 months ago from australia

This is so much fun despite the angst. How music manipulates us. Many memories here for sure, there's always a tune to help us through. My own favourite would be Never Walk Alone from Carousel. It amuses me that it's now a theme song for Liverpool Footie club in the UK. Bet Rodgers and Hammerstein hadn't figured that. great lyrics though. Thank you for such a well presented entertaining hub.

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FlourishAnyway 21 months ago from USA Author

Writer Fox - Thanks for taking a look. All of us have faced hardship in one form or another (or will), and I'm hoping this will help when it is needed. Hope your 2015 is successful and happy.

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FlourishAnyway 21 months ago from USA Author

ezzly - They've got some great songs, don't they? True classics. Thanks for stopping by!

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Devika - Thanks for voting!

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FlourishAnyway 21 months ago from USA Author

Devika - Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate your reading. Have a wonderful week.

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Writer Fox 21 months ago from the wadi near the little river

What an inspirational list of songs! It would be great if someone would produce an album with all of these in one place.

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DDE 21 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

I like these songs and you produced a very useful hub. Voted up!

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ezzly 21 months ago

I'm a huge fleet wood mac fan, great list


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DDE 21 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Great choices here. I am impressed with the way you presented this interesting hub. Most enjoyable read for me.

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FlourishAnyway 21 months ago from USA Author

Lady Guinevere - Thanks for reading and for your suggestions! I have added them to a table at the bottom. You sound like you've been through a lot. Keep on keeping on!

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Lady Guinevere 21 months ago from West Virginia

You have some really good songs here. I found one that helped me survive a divorce, moved, being kick out and losing my job: "I'm Still Alive" by Pearl Jam and another one, "Nothing Else Matters" by Metallica.

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FlourishAnyway 21 months ago from USA Author

Iris - Thanks for stopping by and for your kind words. Have a wonderful weekend, and stay warm.

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Iris Draak 21 months ago from Boise, Idaho

What a great idea for an article. You mentioned several of my favorite songs. It's amazing how music can be so powerful.

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tirelesstraveler 21 months ago from California

Love the locations to go with your theme. Awesome!

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FlourishAnyway 21 months ago from USA Author

greatstuff - That's a wonderful song, isn't it? Glad you enjoyed the hub. Have a terrific weekend.

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FlourishAnyway 21 months ago from USA Author

Joyfulcrown - Thank you for reading! Researching this was like a trip down memory lane.

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FlourishAnyway 21 months ago from USA Author

stevarino - Gosh, that didn't even occur to me. I've got another song list in the works on a related topic and I'd like to add it to that one. Thanks for the idea and for reading!

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FlourishAnyway 21 months ago from USA Author

Linda - Thank you for the kind words and for reading. Have a wonderful weekend, and try to stay warm!

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greatstuff 21 months ago from Malaysia

Loved all the songs, but Bon Jovi's 'It's My Life' has special meaning to me. Thanks for this brilliant compilation.

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AliciaC 21 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

Although I generally don't know many of the songs in your music hubs, I always enjoy reading the articles. You do a great job in creating them! They are interesting, useful and attractive. As I've said before, I also admire the effort that goes into creating them. I also enjoy discovering some new music as I read the hubs!

I'm sorry about the loss of The Colonel and the health of your friend.

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Joyfulcrown 21 months ago

When first read the title before looking at the article, I had 2 to 3 songs pop into my mind. I couldn't think of more than 3. I am so impressed with your list. The songs brought back many memories.

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FlourishAnyway 21 months ago from USA Author

Bill - Thanks for stopping by and for taking the time to leave a comment. These are a lot of work to put together but much fun, too. Glad you enjoyed it. Have a wonderful weekend ahead.

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FlourishAnyway 21 months ago from USA Author

Faith Reaper - As I wrote the hub, I certainly thought of you! Yes, you are here for a reason! You are such an inspiration and source of positive encouragement. May 2015 be the best yet for you. Thanks for visiting and sharing. I know that Colonel has found a patch of catnip in the great beyond, and Karen's husband reports that she has quite a strong fighting spirit. I appreciate your kindness.

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stevarino 21 months ago from East Central Indiana

The song that immediately came to my mind was "Alive and Kicking" by Simple Minds from the mid 1980s.

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bdegiulio 21 months ago from Massachusetts

Hi Flourish. Another great song list. Some of my personal favorites are on your list. I can certainly appreciate how much work it is to put a list like this together. Great job.

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Faith Reaper 21 months ago from southern USA

Great list of survivor songs! I love Warrior and Jesus Take the Wheel, for it was He who healed me of breast cancer in 2011! It was there and then it was gone and all the doctors were baffled, which I love it when He does that! The surgeon, although he could find nothing there, still insisted on doing a lumpectomy and seven weeks and one day of radiation, and that is okay.

I am still here for a reason, I know.

Keep on flourishing, Flourish!

Up +++ tweeting, pinning, G+ and sharing

Thank you for sharing the story of Colonel and Karen ...

Peace and blessings

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FlourishAnyway 21 months ago from USA Author

Anna - Although certainly it's true that none of us get out of this life alive, I love the survivor spirit. Have a great weekend ahead.

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MsDora - Joni Eareckson Tada is a very inspiring woman. I appreciate your reading and commenting. Have a wonderful weekend ahead!

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FlourishAnyway 21 months ago from USA Author

Heidi - If it's 0 degrees windchill here in the South, I just cannot imagine how cold it is where you are. Looks like you'll need this for surviving the weather! Thanks for reading and commenting faithfully! Try to stay warm and indoors.

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FlourishAnyway 21 months ago from USA Author

Nell - Thanks so much for stopping by, commenting, voting, sharing. I liked the angel pendant so much I'm ordering one myself. Some of can use an extra reminder.

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FlourishAnyway 21 months ago from USA Author

Frank - Happy New Year to you as well! We're all fighting something (or will eventually). I hope these help you fight the good fight even harder.

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Anna Haven 21 months ago from Scotland

Good vibe here and absolutely tomorrow is always a new day. :)

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MsDora 21 months ago from The Caribbean

I certainly appreciate the research you put into presenting these very appropriate lyrics. Singing is healthy and singing the right lyrics is still healthier. I love the quote from Joni Eareckson Tada. Thanks for putting these presentations together so skillfully.

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heidithorne 21 months ago from Chicago Area

I think you about covered the category! Just reading the title caused me to roll into my disco rendition of I Will Survive. :) (Bet you would've loved to see that.) But didn't think to include Barry Manilow's I Made Through the Rain (okay, I'm a Manilow fan from back in the day). Your music and list hubs always make me smile! Cheers from the frozen tundra!

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Nell Rose 21 months ago from England

Such a great list of songs, and I really love the pendant too that you have above, we all face hardships, but its the way we handle them that's important, great hub, voted up and shared, nell

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Frank Atanacio 21 months ago from Shelton

what a powerful message flourish and some of these songs I do remember got me to get up and fight harder... even the old Rocky theme song.. a great share my dear friend and a very happy new year to you and your

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FlourishAnyway 21 months ago from USA Author

Kimberly Suzanne - Many people find great comfort in a higher power, and "Jesus Take the Wheel" is such a beautiful song that I just had to include it for those who do. Thank you for your kind words.

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FlourishAnyway 21 months ago from USA Author

Sha - Thank you for your warm thoughts. Have a lovely weekend, my friend.

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FlourishAnyway 21 months ago from USA Author

Bill - I'm glad you are enjoying it. Have a great day, from one survivor to another.

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FlourishAnyway 21 months ago from USA Author

Ann - Thank you for the kind compliments. Although some songs immediately came to mind, I really had to dig to find others. Glad you enjoyed this, and thanks for sharing, commenting. I always get a kick out of some of the geographic locations.

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bravewarrior 21 months ago from Central Florida

Great song list, Flourish. So sorry to hear about The Colonel and Karen.

Kimberly Susanne 21 months ago

I love that you have "Jesus Take the Wheel" on here. Sometimes the hardest thing that takes the most strength is to have faith that God is in control of everything and to accept the situation. To let go and have faith. Very good article!

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billybuc 21 months ago from Olympia, WA

I always love your song lists, and this one is no exception. A couple I had forgotten, but they are playing on YouTube right now as I write this...thanks for the background music for today.

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annart 21 months ago from SW England

Love the way you do these 'songs' hubs with various themes. The places and quotes to go with them are great ideas too.

Numbers 11, 12 and 13 are my favourites. I know a few of the others but not all - bit too old maybe!!

Well-written with your good intro and the polls.

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FlourishAnyway 21 months ago from USA Author

China Abarquez - Definitely, that song is top of mind. I hope that and the other great songs encourage you when you need it. Thanks for stopping by.

China Abarquez 21 months ago

When I read the title, I expect the song "I Will Survive". And yes, it is included on your list. Whenever I felt that I'm alone, tired and want give up I just play this song.

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