Hello everyone! I’ve been feeling down a bit lately. It’s nothing to worry about, for me this is normal. As my natural high starts to fade, I come crashing down hard. When that happens I have a playlist of songs that I play that help inspire me to get back up.
Here are my top 10 from that playlist!
1. J. Cole – I Get Up
You know this was coming. Of course I’m going to have a J. Cole song on a playlist that’s supposed to cheer me up! If you follow me on Instagram, there is no doubt that you’ve read lyrics from this song in my captions before.
The first time I heard this song I immediately fell in love. Uh-uh/uh-uh/uh-uh-uh-uh. (You’ll understand once you listen yourself.) I love when it pops up on my playlist, most of the time I start it on this song before letting it shuffle. This song reminds me that I have to keep going, just keep the faith that I’m going to make it one day.
“I get up, I see the clouds from my window, I pray the sun gon’ shine this way…”
It’s a great song & one of my favorites from Cole altogether, give it a listen.
2. Mariah Carey – Through the Rain
The first time I heard this song I was in middle school & I didn’t understand the full meaning of it but I loved the message of the music video. I forgot about the song once it stopped playing on MTV. Then I went through a Mariah Carey phase when she dropped her “Emancipation of Mimi” album & I remembered the song vaguely. I ended up googling scenes that I remembered trying to find it.
I found it & always ended up coming back to the song when I was going through something. (Which was a lot of the time.) Now I know that “I can make it through the rain, I can stand up once again on my own & I know that I’m strong enough to mend..”
3. Kanye West Feat. Lupe Fiasco – Touch the Sky
I love Kanye (the old Kanye, straight from the Go Kanye. Kidding). BUT before you judge me for being a fan of Mr. West hear me out! Most of his songs (like his whole Graduation album in my opinion) are inspiring to me. A lot of his music gets me really pumped up with energy to continue through whatever the struggle is. I suddenly always gain the confidence to continue with anything & everything.
Like this song for instance, it makes me feel like I can “testify, come up in the spot looking extra fly! Before the day I die, I’mma touch the sky!”
4. Eminem – Lose Yourself
This is one of Eminem’s songs that I resonate with the most. It motivates me to keep working, the beat gets my heart pumping with good energy & confidence that doesn’t fade quickly. Although it reminds me of a time where I did let something slip, it also reminds me to not let history repeat itself because, “you own it, you better never let it go.”
5. Kendrick Lamar – Alright
“We gon’ be alright!” Indeed we are! I love Kendrick Lamar for many reasons. He has a lot of songs that are meaningful but when it comes to pushing me this one is my favorite. Not only are the visuals for this video awesome, but the lyrics allow me to take a step back & look at the real picture. Sure, “we’ve been down before, but we’re going to be all right.”
6. Kid Cudi – Pursuit of Happiness
I love the energy behind this Cudi song. The first time I heard it, I didn’t understand the song fully. I was just hearing it, not listening. As I heard it more & began to listen it was added to my list.
The beat is so unique & the lyrics are the cherry on top for me. It gets me to calm down because at the end of the day, that is what I’m searching for; happiness. When I get it, I’ll be good.
7. Cozz – Knock the Hustle
Although I don’t relate to every single lyric from this song, I do see where he’s coming from. Cozz is a lyricist & a good one at that. He has a lot of great lines in his songs but “Knock the Hustle” made this list for the lyrics that motivate me on a personal level. The energy & hunger in his voice can be felt throughout the song, & that is what makes certain lyrics stick out to inspire me.
“I’ve been patiently waiting for way too long, I’ve been quiet dog for way too long, You can’t knock the hustle boy it’s way too strong..”
8. 5 Seconds of Summer – Never Be
This band has allowed me to relive my ‘N Sync fangirl days with my sister. We’ve seen them live 4 times & they always put on a great show. But before I continue to ramble let me get to the point, why I love this song. I think it’s one of their cutest & unique songs that doesn’t get enough credit. My favorite lyrics are, “It’s time to leave this old black & white town/Let’s seize the day, let’s runaway, don’t let the colors fade to gray/ We’ll never be as young as we are now”
It’s so true, & I love how it reminds me of different pieces of my life just within those lines. In order to continue I have to leave this town, I have to take hold of each day, I can’t let my sadness take me away from the moment because I’ll never be as young as I am now. Now I don’t know if that’s what the boys meant when they wrote this song, but that’s what I always take from it.
9. The Script – Superheroes
The Script have a lot of great songs. This one is one of my favorite because of the lyrics. Oh how lyrics are so important! This song takes a look at life from different perspectives & the first verse talks about a girl who is “stronger than you know, a heart of steel starts to grow.” Motivating at its best!
10. J. Cole – Love Yourz
I can go on forever about this song. I know where I’m going to have this title tattooed to have as a constant reminder. I cried February of 2016 when I saw him perform this live in LA… It made me look at the world & Cole from a different perspective.
Love Yourz is one of those songs that makes me reflect over what I call “struggle”. Yes, we all go through things, we all want more success, we want to be better, but at the end of the day are my problems really that bad? Not to say that they aren’t important, but just to be grateful that it is just those struggles. To love what I’m going through to learn from it all, to help myself become stronger. To be grateful for who & what I got. To love mine.
*I don’t own any rights to the songs or lyrics above. All artist photos are mine from previous concerts I’ve attended.
I placed the songs (that were available) on a Spotify playlist so you’re able to follow it if you’d like! Let me know which songs inspire you & I’ll gladly add them to the list! 🙂