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Inspirational Pop Music

Updated on February 2, 2014

Empowerment Songs & Pride Anthems

My daughter got home from a Rachel's Challenge assembly today (3.14.11). It got me thinking of all of the recent hit songs that focus on inspiring people, especially teens and young kids, to treat others with kindness and love themselves for who they are.

There have always been inspirational pop songs, but they do tend to come in waves when the world needs them most. This last trend seeming to come out of the It Gets Better Project of September 2010.

Words Do Hurt - Why We Needed These Songs

My Top 5 Picks

Katy Perry - Firework

Released: October 16, 2010

"You don't have to feel

Like a waste of space

You're original

Cannot be replaced

If you only knew

What the future holds

After a hurricane

Comes a rainbow"

P!nk - Perfect

Released: December 14, 2010

"Pretty, pretty please

Don't you ever, ever feel

Like you're less than

Less than perfect

Pretty, pretty please

If you ever, ever feel

Like you're nothing

You are perfect to me"

Lady Gaga - Born This Way

Released: February 11, 2011

"I'm beautiful in my way,

'Cause God makes no mistakes

I'm on the right track, baby

I was born this way

Don't hide yourself in regret,

Just love yourself and you're set

I'm on the right track, baby

I was born this way"

Selena Gomez - Who Says

Released: March 8, 2011

"You made me insecure

Told me I wasn't good enough

But who are you to judge

When you're a diamond in the rough

I'm sure you got some things

You'd like to change about yourself

But when it comes to me

I wouldn't want to be anybody else"

Adam Lambert - Aftermath

Released: March 10, 2011

"Wanna scream out, no more hiding

Don't be afraid of what's inside

Gonna tell ya you'll be alright

In the aftermath

Anytime anybody pulls you down

Anytime anybody says you're not allowed

Just remember you are not alone

In the aftermath"

Official Music Videos

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Even TV Shows are into Inspirational Songs - A Glee Original Song

Glee Cast - Loser Like Me

Original Air Date: March 15, 2010

"Just go ahead and hate on me run your mouth

So everyone can hear

Hit me with the worst you've got and knock me down

Baby I don't care

Keep it up and soon enough you'll figure out

You wanna be, you wanna be

A loser like me

A loser like me"

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      6 years ago

      great lens!

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      Laura45 LM 

      6 years ago

      Wonderful topic and great songs showcasing the importance of being a confident person.

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      6 years ago

      My pick ... "Born this Way!" It is very inspirational and says a lot!

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      baseballbrains lm 

      7 years ago

      Good lens, thanks for list!

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      7 years ago

      I've been seeing Rachel's challenge on my local news. I'm glad to see how this inspired your family.

    • VeseliDan profile image


      7 years ago

      I really love pop music, especially Lady Gaga.

    • ethantrevors profile image


      7 years ago

      Very nice lens. Love the music you have on it! Keep it up!

    • BusyMOM LM profile image

      BusyMOM LM 

      7 years ago

      Well thought out lens. I really am enjoying it. Keep up the good work. Spreading the word on inspirational music is a really great thing to do.

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      streamline lm 

      7 years ago

      hi,very cool lens :)Best,'D'

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      7 years ago

      the power of music, pop music may be perceived as just Pop music but it still inspires and moves to action a lot of people...great lens thanks

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      7 years ago

      keep going! You should make a top ten list!

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      hughgrissettsr lm 

      7 years ago

      interesting lens! are you familiar with debby boone's YOU LIGHT UP MY LIFE ? it's very inspirational!

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      7 years ago

      Good choice in the top 5 - I like Katy Perry's Firework the best I think

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      7 years ago


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      7 years ago

      This is a lovely lens! I'm not much into the latest trends, but I am absolutely into empowerment, especially for young women! Were I an angel I would bless this lens :)

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      7 years ago

      I enjoyed viewing your lens. Thanks for sharing!

    • ZevRonso profile image


      7 years ago

      It is true that the lyrics of most songs find a way to strike someones emotional side with the ability to relate with that person. With inspirational songs, it seems that everyone can relate.

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      Matt Warren 

      7 years ago from Cheshire, UK

      Fab lens, really good read. Thanks

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      Renaissance Woman 

      7 years ago from Colorado

      Really happy to see, and hear, these inspirational messages. So important. Our children and youth desperately need to hear uplifting music. *Blessed*

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      7 years ago

      I love all of the song choices....

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      HackMyHeart LM 

      7 years ago

      I definitely agree with "Firework" and "F**king Perfect". "Firework" strikes a chord with me and has continued to be a favorite of mine since it came out; despite it being overplayed on the radio, I don't get sick of it. I relate to "F**king Perfect" 'cause for me it describes my relationship with my best friend and his sometimes low's the kind of song you send people when they're feeling down, and I love that. Great lens, I definitely have to check out the other songs listed here!

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      7 years ago

      Great idea for a lens! I love hearing songs like these and was just talking today about how much I like Pink's song Perfect. But I do wish she hadn't released the explicit version of it. I don't object to explicit lyrics in general, but "f***ing perfect" doesn't seem to send the same message as plain ol' "perfect."


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