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120 Songs About Survival and Perseverance in the Face of Challenge

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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.

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 will punch below the belt if that's what it requires. (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.

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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.

1. "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."

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!

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 that she has 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.

8. "Hall of Fame" by The Script, featuring Will.i.am

With help from Will.i.am, 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.

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.

Keep Reaching

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

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

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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 undervalued, 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?

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.

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!

Superpowers It Would Be Helpful To Have

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SuperpowerLucky Hero Who Has It

Underwater Breathing

Aquaman

Invisibility

Harry Potter, Iron Man

Superhuman Strength

Superman, Wonder Woman

Climbing/wall-crawling

Spiderman

Toxin and Disease Resistance

Thor

Tracking Evasion

Batman & Robin

Enhanced Flexibility

Captain America, Spider-Woman

Danger Intuition

Captain Marvel, Spiderman

Truth Enducement

Wonder Woman

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.

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.

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.

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 Yolanda Adams

Yolanda Adams delivers a stunning 2001 performance covering this R&B song that highlights the power of positive thought. Having risen from the depths of despair, the narrator now soars sky-high because of her steadfast belief that she 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.

Find a way to flourish anyway.  You are SO worth it!

Find a way to flourish anyway. You are SO worth it!

Even More Songs About Surviving Difficulties and Challenges

Got a song suggestion? Please leave us a comment in the Comments Section below.

SongArtistYear Released

41. Alive

Pearl Jam

1991

42. Nothing Else Matters

Metallica

1992

43. Part of Me

Katy Perry

2010

44. You'll Never Walk Alone

Elvis Presley

1967

45. Survivor

Destiny's Child

2001

46. Tubthumping

Chumbawamba

1997

47. Fight Song

Rachael Platten

2015

48. Keep Your Head Up

Andy Grammer

2011

49. Invincible

Kelly Clarkson

2015

50. You're Not Alone

Marie Miller

2013

51. I Didn't Know My Own Strength

Whitney Houston

2000

52. Keep Your Head Up

Andy Grammer

2011

53. This Song Saved My Life

Simple Plan

2011

54. Skyscraper

Demi Lavato

2011

55. You're Only Human (Second Wind)

Billy Joel

1985

56. Rise

Katy Perry

2016

57. Riser

Dierks Bentley

2014

58. Tough

Craig Morgan

2007

59. Swim

Jack's Mannequin

2008

60. By the Grace of God

Katy Perry

2013

61. Through the Rain

Mariah Carey

2002

62. Superheroes

The Script

2014

63. Titanium

David Guetta (featuring Sia)

2014

64. Better Than You Left Me

Mickey Guyton

2015

65. Step By Step

Whitney Houston

1997

66. I'm a Survivor

Reba McEntire

2001

67. Pieces

Gary Allan

2011

68. Conqueror

Estelle

2015

69. The World's Greatest

R. Kelly

2003

70. In Your Arms

Nico & Vinz

2014

71. In the Clear

Foo Fighters

2014

72. Skin (Sarabeth)

Rascal Flatts

2005

73. Titanium

David Guetta (featuring Sia)

2011

74. Demons

Imagine Dragons

2012

75. Unbreakable Smile

Tori Kelly

2015

76. Never Give Up

Yolanda Adams

2001

77. You Haven't Seen the Last of Me

Cher

2010

78. Brave

Sara Bareilles

2013

79. Rise Up

Andra Day

2015

80. The Champion

Carrie Underwood (featuring Ladacris)

2018

81. Good Fight

Unspoken

2014

82. Burn So Bright

Bella Thorne

2018

83. I Make My Own Sunshine

Alyssa Bonagura

2012

84. The Sun Will Rise

Kelly Clarkson

2011

85. Prizefighter

Trisha Yearwood (featuring Kelly Clarkson)

2014

86. Me and Bobby McGee

Janis Joplin

1971

87. I Run for Life

Melissa Etheridge

2005

88. Believer

Imagine Dragons

2017

89. Praying

Kesha

2017

90. The Humbling River

Puscifer

2010

91. Eat the Elephant

A Perfect Circle

2018

92. Fire Under My Feet

Leona Lewis

2015

93. Back on My Feet Again

Michael Bolton

1989

94. Paid My Dues

Anastacia

2001

95. Try Everything

Shakira

2016

96. Never Give Up

Sia

2016

97. Go Big or Go Home

Saliva

2016

98. Rise

Katy Perry

2016

99. Faith of the Heart

Rod Stewart

1999

100. Stand

Rascal Flatts

2007

101. Survive

Rise Against

2006

102. Move Along

The All American Rejects

2005

103. Stand My Ground

Within Temptation

2004

104. Everything's Not Lost

Coldplay

2000

105. Die Another Day

Madonna

2002

106. You Want a Battle? (Here's a War)

Bullet For My Valentine

2015

107. The Show Must Go On

Queen

1992

108. Ain't No Grave

Johnny Cash

2010

109. Mine

Phoebe Ryan

2015

110. Back in My Body

Maggie Rogers

2019

111. Meet Me on the Battlefield

Svrcina

2016

112. Battle Cry

Imagine Dragons

2014

113. Battle Symphony

Linkin Park

2017

114. The Greatest

Sia (featuring Kendrick Lamar)

2016

115. White Flag

Bishop Briggs

2018

116. I Am the Fire

Halestorm

2015

117. Boomerang

JoJo Siwa

2016

118. Alive

Sia

2013

119. Armed and Ready

Jeff and Casey Lee Williams

2017

120. Forged in the Fire

Caylee Hammack

2020

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.

Perseverence and Inspiration from a Four-Legged Friend

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. 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.

“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

Notes

1Getlen, Larry. "‘The Dead Guy Wins’." New York Post. Last modified January 29, 2012. http://nypost.com/2012/01/29/the-dead-guy-wins/.

Questions & Answers

Question: To me, it seems that "Me and Bobby McGee" is a song that is inspirational in the way the narrator finds a way to look positively about seemingly negative circumstances. What do you think?

Answer: Janis Joplin sure could belt out this amazing song, and once you explain it that way, I can see it as such. ("Freedom's just another word for nothin' left to lose / Nothin' ain't worth nothin' but it's free.")

© 2015 FlourishAnyway

Comments

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 15, 2020:

Peggy - I'm so sorry to hear about your neighbor. The impact upon those children and her husband will be forever. My heart goes out to everyone who has lost someone during this pandemic.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on May 14, 2020:

Thanks for helping to care for the Colonel. Because of you, he also has a final resting spot. Most of these songs give hope and encouragement to those who are fighting battles of one type or another. We just learned today that a neighbor of ours died of pneumonia and Covid-19. She leaves behind a loving husband and three teenaged kids. So sad! Many people, over 83,000 as of today, have lost that same battle to this pandemic. We all need strength and encouragement for the days ahead.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 23, 2020:

Lora - Thank you for your kind encouragement. I really miss the Colonel. We buried him in our back yard amidst our birdfeeders, pets that have also returned to All, and a St. Francis of Assisi statue. I'm glad you liked the songs and quotes too.

Lora Hollings on March 23, 2020:

What a wonderful article, Flourish! I just loved the inspiring story about the Colonel. Bless his beautiful little soul and bless your loving heart and Karen's for taking care of him when others just abandoned him. I also enjoyed the songs and loved the quotes, especially the one by Darwin! How true. Thanks for sharing!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 17, 2020:

Bob - Thanks for this suggestion.

Robert Sacchi on March 17, 2020:

Would "Do Not Fear to Hope" fall into this category?

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 17, 2020:

Wren - Thanks for the song suggestion. I'm adding it to the playlist.

Wren on March 12, 2020:

I saw this on the popular pages list and I immediately clicked it because I have a few suggestions.

(Also, the Imagine Dragons song is actually "On Top Of The World", exclude the "i'm" part and you're good to go)

Armed and Ready (Acoustic) - Jeff Williams, Casey Lee Williams

A song about a girl who lost her arm during an attack on an academy & how she eventually overcomes that loss enough to face her demons.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on January 31, 2020:

Andy - Congratulations! Wishing you all the best!

Andy Simon on January 30, 2020:

Trying to pen a survival song chronicling my 5 year battle with GBM brain cancer !!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on November 28, 2019:

Mitch-1 - Thanks for the recommendation.

Mitch-1 on November 24, 2019:

What about Heroes by David Bowie?

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on November 24, 2019:

Laurie Love - I'm very sorry for your loss. You might try songs on the following playlists:

https://spinditty.com/playlists/Pop-Rock-and-Count...

and

https://spinditty.com/playlists/Missing-You-Playli...

Laurie Love on November 20, 2019:

I’ve been looking for upbeat songs since my husband of 25 years died.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on August 16, 2019:

Eliza - You're awesome! Thank you for these suggestions. I've added many of them here and some of them on other playlists, including a playlist about victory, success, celebration, and winning and a playlist about supporting someone you love and being there. Have a great weekend!

Eliza Day on August 11, 2019:

Some other ideas:

1. The White Stripes – Seven Nation Army

2. Iron Maiden – Run to the Hills

3. Raise Against - Survive

4. Eminem – Not Afraid

5. The All American Rejects - Move Along

6. Within Temptation - Stand My Ground

7. Coldplay - Everything's Not Lost

8. Madonna - Die Another Day (my fav)

9. Scorpions – Raised on Rock

10. Bullet For My Valentine – You Want a Battle (Here’s a War)

11. Linkin Park – In the End, Faint

12. Queen – Show Must Go On

13. Johnny Cash – Ain’t No Grave

14. Phoebe Ryan – Mine

15. Maggie Rogers – Back In My Body

16. Svrcina - Battlefield

17. Imagine Dragons – Battle Cry

18. Linkin Park – Battle Symphony

19. Marilyn Manson – Fight Song

20. AC/DC – Spolin’ for a Fight

21. Enrique Iglesias – I Will Surive

22. Kelly Clarkson – Piece by Piece

23. Birdy – Keeping Your Head Up

24. Sia, Kendrick Lamar - The Greatest

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on August 16, 2018:

Travis - Don't be afraid to seek the help of a professional who can help you in your struggle. Wishing you strength.

travis on August 16, 2018:

Well, ever since 7th grade, my entire life has been me in an endless tug of war against my demon. And now, I'm finally winning. But I'm also slowly slipping away,a dn I don't want to let my demon out again, cause I can't control it.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on June 25, 2018:

Samantha - Thank you for sharing your story of perseverance and survival in the face of challenge. You've really been through it. Keep your chin up and know that others are rooting for you and sending good thoughts your way.

Samantha on June 25, 2018:

thank you this has help listen to those song. when i was 8 i was having surge to remove my tonsils remover. and that doesn't sound like much but i have really bad bleeding after the surge and i had to have 2 blood transfusions and had to have surge on my lungs to remove blood that i have breather in and die on the operating table this has made everyone around me worry about me those song have help me escaped from them and how have died and there was a chance i would not be here today to listen to this

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 25, 2018:

David - Thanks for making the suggestion. I had never thought of the song in quite that way. I do have it listed on the following playlist about stalkers: https://hubpages.com/genres/50-Songs-About-Stalker...

david barrs on May 24, 2018:

hey what about eminem his old stuff was all about this stuff i mean all of it listen to STAN the song

Robert Sacchi on April 25, 2018:

You're welcome. These lists bring back many memories.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 24, 2018:

Bob - Thanks for stopping by to comment.

Robert Sacchi on April 24, 2018:

Another great set of songs with great memories.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 29, 2018:

Ryan - You're a great brother. Let your sister know there are lots of people rooting for her!

Ryan Barr on March 29, 2018:

Thank you for your quick response FourishAnyway! and for adding the song!

I am going to start downloading this list today...

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 29, 2018:

Ryan - What a beautiful addition.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 29, 2018:

Ryan Barr - This is the only format it's available in right now, however I'm sure she'd appreciate receiving such a playlist from you. What an amazing brother you are! I wish you both the best.

Ryan Barr on March 28, 2018:

A great add for this list is the new Carrie Underwood/Ludicris song 'Champion'.

Ryan Barr on March 28, 2018:

How can I get the survivors song list as a playlist? I really want to be able to download this and send to my sister. She is fighting cancer and this would be huge for her!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 28, 2018:

Rose - Thanks so much for these additions. They are now on the list! Have a great day and keep being strong.

Rose on March 27, 2018:

Cher- you haven’t seen the last of me

Sara Bareilles- Brave

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 12, 2018:

Amanda B. - How traumatic. I sincerely hope she is getting the help she needs to cope with this trauma. And I hope he has been dealt with by juvenile and psychiatric authorities so that he doesn't inflict additional harm on others. So sad. Thanks for sharing the story so others know they are not alone.

Amanda B. on March 12, 2018:

My daughter was raped repeatedly by her paternal half brother as a sma child. She is now 14 years old and fighting severe depression and suicide. She will prevail.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on November 23, 2017:

Erika - Thanks for the suggestion. It's now #74. Happy Thanksgiving!

Erika on November 22, 2017:

add "Demons" by imagine dragons

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on August 02, 2017:

Jenny - I had to take the link out of your comment, but I appreciate your reading.

jennyrenn33 on August 02, 2017:

I love your posts, Flourish Anyway. Perhaps I should have written my comment on your other post here instead, so I'll just link another track instead. Again, Nic Evennett. A song about finding peace in the worst times. I know she is not well known but I find her music so healing. It might help others too and it's nice to discover new music sometimes.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 25, 2017:

Hatebreeder - Thanks for your comment.

Hatebreeder on July 25, 2017:

Where is Hatebreed?! They're the only band you'll ever need to listen to when it comes to strenght, perseverance and determination!

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

Daniel - You seem to be a very articulate, sensitive, and self-aware person, and whatever your specific struggles I encourage you to keep persevering. There are certain to be dark days, and perhaps even long stretches of time, when hope seems forgotten. However, with fortitude, a little luck, and help from others, you can let the light back in. Don't shut others out. Don't give up on yourself or the impossible. Although I'm sure it's not the same as your situation, let me share how the impossible can be overcome at times. I've struggled with MS for well over a decade. It's been absolute hell at times (to the point that I lost my eyesight in one eye and couldn't walk well). However, I stubbornly hung on to the impossible belief that I could beat this incurable disease. My last MRI showed no evidence of MS in my brain (although for now, it's still in my spine). My doctors are puzzled, but tests don't lie. My point is that nothing is hopeless, not even an incurable disease. Daniel, I send you my best. Know that there are others who root for your success. In spite of your obstacles, may you flourish anyway.

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

Daniel Defoy - You've thought quite a lot about this song, and your description is almost poetic. I hope you are well, and I wish I could rattle off a bunch of songs in response to your request. I don't know what type of battle or obstacle you are facing, and I think context is critical. Many "challenge" or "adversity" songs are specific to love or addiction or a specific type of struggle. As such, their lyrics comprise the opportunity for other contexts, thus they could be entirely wrong for your situation. It seems generally like you're looking for those about an uphill battle with uncertain victory. While there is Metallica's "Bleeding Me" from the 1996 album "Load," the lyrics are stronger than the music; the song wasn't released as a single for a good reason. I wish I could have been more helpful. Perhaps another reader will have a specific suggestion? Whatever difficulty you are facing, I wish you well. Remember that nothing is hopeless, and happy surprises do occur.

Daniel Defoy on February 10, 2017:

Hey, author, can you suggest a song like "I see fire" by ed sheeran? I don't know how to term that song. Subjectively, it is a song where one knows that he is faced with insurmountable odds, a storm that he will not survive. And even if he does survive, he'll be battered to pieces. I quote,

" And if my people fall,

Then surely I'll do the same

Confined in mountains hall

We got too close to the flame

Calling out father, oh

Prepare as we

Will watch the flames burn auburn on

The mountainside

Desolation comes upon the sky "

And,

"If we die tonight,

We will all die together

Raise a glass of wine,

For the last time.

Calling out father, oh

Stand by and we

Will watch the flames burn auburn on

The mountainside

Desolation comes upon the sky"

It's strange how these folks know they're gonna die. This journey will wear them thin, but this is a journey they cannot avoid, and what awaits them on the other side is, not heroic glory, but another journey of equal nature. I find this idea impeccable. There is no heroism here, nothing to glorify, no pride in death, just a camaraderie stitched together by a grim sense of duty and responsibilities which slowly chip away the traveller, until he falls. Dead. An unnamed expiration, forgotten by history.

I'm sorry, I've ranted a bit too much. So, can you suggest?

It would be immensely helpful if you could mail me the response though, as I have no way of knowing whether if there'll be a response at all. You can mail me @deoxys750@gmail.com

Thanks and good day

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 24, 2016:

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 on October 24, 2016:

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.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 21, 2016:

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 on October 20, 2016:

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.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 18, 2016:

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 on October 18, 2016:

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.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 04, 2016:

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

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 27, 2016:

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 on July 27, 2016:

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

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on June 13, 2016:

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 on June 13, 2016:

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

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on January 16, 2016:

Lukiz Tsjzi - Thank you.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 08, 2015:

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.

Danny Cabaniss from Shawnee, Oklahoma on July 07, 2015:

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!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on June 23, 2015:

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

james martin on June 23, 2015:

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

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on June 19, 2015:

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

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on June 19, 2015:

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.

ps

Voted up++++

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 13, 2015:

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

Suzanne Day from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on April 12, 2015:

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!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 12, 2015:

Kristen - Rooting for you, girl!

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on April 12, 2015:

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

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 12, 2015:

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

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on April 12, 2015:

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

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 06, 2015:

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

Catherine Giordano from Orlando Florida on March 06, 2015:

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

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on January 28, 2015:

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.

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on January 28, 2015:

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!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on January 22, 2015:

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

Susie Lehto from Minnesota on January 22, 2015:

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!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on January 15, 2015:

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!

Jo Alexis-Hagues from Lincolnshire, U.K on January 15, 2015:

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!! ;)

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on January 14, 2015:

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

travmaj from australia on January 14, 2015:

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.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on January 13, 2015:

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.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on January 13, 2015:

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

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on January 13, 2015:

Devika - Thanks for voting!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on January 13, 2015:

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

Writer Fox from the wadi near the little river on January 13, 2015:

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

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on January 13, 2015:

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

ezzly on January 12, 2015:

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

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Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on January 12, 2015:

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

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on January 10, 2015:

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!

Debra Allen from West By God on January 10, 2015:

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.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on January 10, 2015:

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

Cristen Iris from Boise, Idaho on January 10, 2015:

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

Judy Specht from California on January 09, 2015:

Love the locations to go with your theme. Awesome!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on January 09, 2015:

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

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on January 09, 2015:

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

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on January 09, 2015:

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!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on January 09, 2015:

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

Mazlan from Malaysia on January 08, 2015:

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

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on January 08, 2015:

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.

Joyfulcrown on January 08, 2015:

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.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on January 08, 2015:

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.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on January 08, 2015:

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.