Press Play on Positive Tunes

March 31, 2014

If you can’t listen to a song in the car with your parents without them cringing at the lyrics, it probably doesn’t have a positive message. Nowadays, it seems that every popular song has to do with sex, drugs, or money, instead of music’s intended purpose to inspire and be relatable to the listener’s life. 2013 and 2014 have brought forth some fantastic positive songs that deserve to be showcased.


“Happy” by Pharrell


Obviously the “happiest” song known to man, it deserves its continuous rightful spot at number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The track screams catchy, but is sweet and powerful at the same time. Not only is it irresistible to have the urge to get up and dance along, but it just makes you feel good. The lyrics “Can’t nothing bring me down/My level’s too high/ To bring me down” and “I should probably warn you I’ll be just fine/No offense to you, don’t waste your time” enforces the whole message of the song, which is to find the good in everything and not let other people influence your optimism.


“Undefeated” by Daughtry


This song by Daughtry is one of the most uplifting on his new successful album, “Baptized”.  The chorus is “Still undefeated/With my back against the ropes/Still undefeated/You can knock me down with body blows/But you cannot break my hope”, explaining how important it is to get back up once you’ve been knocked down. With a rock edge and meaningful lyrics, Daughtry wants to let everybody know that no obstacle in life is unable to be overcome.


“Roar” by Katy Perry


Even if by now you are annoyed with hearing the chorus chanting “R-O-O-O-O-O-A-A-R”, just take a look at the lyrics. Katy Perry is all about self-confidence and this tune is no exception.  She croons, “I stood for nothing, so I fell for everything” and “I went from zero, to my own hero” to exudes a believe-in-yourself attitude that’s beneficial for her key audience of young and impressionable girls.


“Brave” by Sara Bareilles


With bullying being such a (unfortunately) common topic lately, this song addresses that issue head-on. Not only does it encourage the victim to stand up for his/herself, but also to speak up when somebody else is being picked on. “Don’t run/just stop holdin’ your tongue” and “You can be amazing/You can turn a phrase into a weapon or a drug/ You can be the outcast/Or be the backlash of somebody’s lack of love/Or you can start speaking up” are the most encouraging lyrics, and it’s about time a song like this was made since  it has the power to actually make a difference.

 “Dying to Live” by Scott Stapp

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Although Scott Stapp isn’t referred to as much as the artists mentioned above, he has lived a great deal of life and has some words of wisdom to share. The song starts out with, “What I thought was all of my life story/Turns out it was only just one page”, and goes on to warn us to take advantage of every moment we have in life. The point is to live with no regrets and not focus on the past because life as we know it could just disappear in any moment.

Have any other opinions on this topic? Tweet us @weknowthedj, and let us know some of your favorite inspiring songs.

-Lauren Fabiszak (kidrauhlsjonas)

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