Top 15 Inspirational Songs About Believing in Yourself and In Your Beauty

Updated on August 21, 2019
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When life tries to break me down, only music can make me feel alright. Let me share music's greatest gift through my top playlists!

Life can be so hard and, sometimes, we lose our spirit. Here's 15 songs that will lift your soul, make you believe in yourself, give you the confidence to work harder in life, and make you realize that you're beautiful just the way you are.

1. This Is Me from The Greatest Showman

This Is Me (The Greatest Showman)
This Is Me (The Greatest Showman) | Source

I am brave, I am bruised

I am who I'm meant to be, this is me

Look out 'cause here I come

And I'm marching on to the beat I drum

I'm not scared to be seen

I make no apologies, this is me

— This Is Me (The Greatest Showman)

This Is Me

Release: 2017

Artist: Keala Settle, The Greatest Showman Ensemble

Album: The Greatest Showman: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Nowadays, it can be really hard to fit into society's definition of beauty, success, and happiness. Sometimes, it can break us and make us doubt ourselves. But, in this beautiful song that is featured in the amazing new film 'The Greatest Showman,' we need to realize that we are all unique in our own ways and our differences are what make us beautiful. It is important to be our own unique and unapologetic self and not let the world change our own definitions of life. This song, together with other songs in the movie, was written by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. They are also the ones who wrote the songs in the hit musical play, 'Dear Evan Hansen'. You might as well check those songs out because all of them are really inspiring and would definitely pull some heartstrings.

2. Fight Song by Rachel Platten

Fight Song EP (Rachel Platten)
Fight Song EP (Rachel Platten) | Source

Starting right now I'll be strong

I'll play my fight song

And I don't really care if nobody else believes

'Cause I've still got a lot of fight left in me

— Fight Song (Rachel Platten)

Fight Song

Release: 2015

Artist: Rachel Platten

Album: Wildfire (2016)

Life can be incredibly tough. We will be faced with rejections, heartbreaks, and disappointments. This song inspires us to not let any failures or challenges to be hindrances in continuing our fight for our goals, whatever they may be. This song's beautiful melody is perfect and would make you sing along. Give this song a listen and be inspired to not let any negativity slow you down and make you doubt your potential.

3. Rise Up by Andra Day

Rise Up (Andra Day)
Rise Up (Andra Day) | Source

When the silence isn't quiet

And it feels like it's getting hard to breathe

And I know you feel like dying

But I promise we'll take the world to its feet

And move mountains

— Rise Up (Andra Day)

Rise Up

Release: 2015

Artist: Andra Day

Album: Cheers to the Fall

This song is one of the most beautiful inspirational songs I've heard. Andra Day's amazing raspy voice is on point, giving life to this emotional piece. This song is about not giving up in this life, even when it can be so painfully tiring. Life's challenges may keep circling back and forth, but this song reminds us that we can get through even the biggest hurdles as long as we keep trying.

4. Scars to Your Beautiful by Alessia Cara

Scars To Your Beautiful (Alessia Cara)
Scars To Your Beautiful (Alessia Cara) | Source

But there's a hope that's

waiting for you in the dark

You should know you're beautiful

just the way you are

And you don't have to change a thing,

the world could change its heart

No scars to your beautiful,

we're stars and we're beautiful

— Scars to Your Beautiful (Alessia Cara)

Scars to Your Beautiful

Release: 2015

Artist: Alessia Cara

Album: Know-It-All

Alessia Cara is definitely one of the most talented and promising young artists today, but her youth doesn't stop her from sending big and important messages to her audience. She isn't just an inspiration to the younger generations, but also to anyone who has the same struggles. In this song, she sings about a young girl who tries to fit into the flawed beauty standards of society. She tells her that she's beautiful in whatever form, color or size she is. She doesn't need to change herself because she's worth it and perfect just the way she is. Alessia even pledged to sing barefaced each time she performs this song, may it be on TV Shows or even on the biggest award ceremonies in the music industry. She's definitely an amazing role model that should be known all over the world.

5. Who You Are by Jessie J

 Who You Are (Jessie J)
Who You Are (Jessie J) | Source

Don't lose who you are, in the blur of the stars

Seeing is deceiving, dreaming is believing,

It's okay not to be okay...

— Who You Are (Jessie J)

Who You Are

Release: 2011

Artist: Jessie J

Album: Who You Are

Jessie J is one of this generation's musical heroes, not just because of her amazing out-of-this-worldly voice but because of the messages she's putting out with her songs. This song, in particular, is one of the most inspirational songs by her to date. It's about not losing yourself in hurtful situations. It is also about not beating yourself up at times of failure. She reminds us to let our hearts shine in every situation no matter how hard, to just be yourself and stop fitting the mold of the world . My favorite line in this song is definitely 'It's okay not to be okay.' It speaks to everyone who is in pain and it reminds us that our situations don't define who we are, that it's totally okay to feel low and sad but what's important is we know that we are far more than what we feel, that we can still be better and chase our dreams.

6. Try by Colbie Caillat

Try (Colbie Caillat)
Try (Colbie Caillat) | Source

Take your make-up off

Let your hair down

Take a breath

Look into the mirror, at yourself

Don't you like you?

'Cause I like you

— Try (Colbie Caillat)


Release: 2014

Artist: Colbie Caillat

Album: Gypsy Heart

This song by Colbie Caillat is about the need of women to try to be 'beautiful' just to be liked by other people. It's about doing things to please the mass and equating your worth to how the society perceives you. It's a totally essential message to our young girls and even boys, and I hope everyone would listen to this song and realize that they don't need to try. The line "Do you still like you?" speaks to me the most because of how this question can truly relay the message, the question that if you're in your room by yourself, away from other people and the society, would you still like what you see? Would you still like the person you've become just to meet the 'standards'?

7. Brave by Sara Bareilles

Brave (Sara Bareilles)
Brave (Sara Bareilles) | Source

Don’t run, stop holding your tongue

Maybe there’s a way out

of the cage where you live

Maybe one of these days

you can let the light in

Show me how big your brave is

— Brave (Sara Bareilles)


Release: 2013

Artist: Sara Bareilles

Album: The Blessed Unrest

This is definitely one of my favorites. This song, sang by Sara Bareilles, inspires us to take on life head on. That sometimes, we need to say what our hearts say, do what we want to do and be 'brave'. It gives us strength to not let anyone or any situation make us push-overs. We need to be brave and shout to the world that we can be who we want to be in this life no matter what the world says.

8. The Voice Within by Christina Aguilera

The Voice Within (Christina Aguilera)
The Voice Within (Christina Aguilera) | Source

Like your oldest friend,

just trust the voice within

Then you'll find the strength

that will guide your way

You'll learn to begin

to trust the voice within...

— The Voice Within (Christina Aguilera)

The Voice Within

Release: 2002

Artist: Christina Aguilera

Album: Stripped

Sang by a total musical icon, this song will surely captivate your soul. It was released for more than fifteen years now but you will still here this song because of how beautiful it is. It is about learning to trust your own self. She is singing to a young girl and telling her to not stop believing even in the hardest times and it's important that you are learning from it because nothing is going to stop you from reaching your goals as long as you 'trust the voice within'.

9. Who Says by Selena Gomez & The Scene

Who Says (Selena Gomez & The Scene)
Who Says (Selena Gomez & The Scene) | Source

Who says you're not star potential

Who says you're not presidential

Who says you can't be in movies

Listen to me, listen to me

Who says you don't pass the test

Who says you can't be the best

— Who Says (Selena Gomez & The Scene)

Who Says

Release: 2011

Artist: Selena Gomez & The Scene

Album: When the Sun Goes Down

Selena Gomez is one of this generation's most popular artist and garnered millions of fans across the globe. Starting from early age, Selena has been releasing songs and this one is totally one of the most inspirational. It is about not letting anyone tell you what you can or what you can't be. That you don't need to judge yourself as you are just beginning to discover your potentials and what you can do, and that you are beautiful no matter what the world describes you as. Selena continues to wow as with her music but most importantly, she's one great role model to her fans and to the world.

10. True Colors by Cyndi Lauper

True Colors (Cyndi Lauper)
True Colors (Cyndi Lauper) | Source

Show me a smile then

Don't be unhappy, can't remember

When I last saw you laughing

If this world makes you crazy

And you've taken all you can bear

You call me up

Because you know I'll be there

— True Colors (Cyndi Lauper)

True Colors

Release: 1986

Artist: Cyndi Lauper

Album: True Colors

This song is a total classic. True Colors is sang by one of the industry's biggest musical icons and was released more than thirty years ago. This beautiful song is about letting your true self shine and not being afraid of who you are even in the most difficult times, and when you can't even laugh or smile, there will be someone who would understand you no matter what. The emotions in this song are amazing and will truly touch your heart.

5 More Inspirational Songs

11. Beautiful
Christina Aguilera
12. Born This Way
Lady Gaga
Born This Way
13. Perfect
Greatest Hits... So Far
14. Mrs. Potato Head
Melanie Martinez
Cry Baby
15. Wings
Little Mix

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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    • ThatWallflowerJen profile imageAUTHOR


      10 months ago from PH

      Thank you so much, Aminah!

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      10 months ago

      Hey, this is perfect, I couldn't have found any better songs! Thank you!

    • ThatWallflowerJen profile imageAUTHOR


      15 months ago from PH

      Hi, Cheryl! I've just checked it out. It's really beautiful. Thank you for sharing.


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