Whether you’re going in for an interview or working up the courage to ask out that special someone, sometimes, you need a little boost. To help you out, we put together songs about confidence that will perk you up and fuel your tank with good vibes.
Our list is full of songs that are symbolic or flat-out direct with positivity. So, get a new playlist ready, you’re in for some great tunes from noted artists.
1. Here Comes the Sun – The Beatles
The first set of notes already put you in a sort of meditative state. This song is actually one of the most popular selections from one of the highest-selling groups of all time. The basic idea is that the sun is melting away winter. In other words, after a dark time, there’s something good on the horizon.
2. Walking On Sunshine – Katrina & The Waves
The confidence that being in love gives you is what this song is. The title is exactly how someone feels when they find out that the person they’ve been crushing on feels the same. It’s a joy. It’s freeing. It’s everything and will make you feel good.
3. Good Vibrations – The Beach Boys
Every once in a wild blue yonder, you meet someone, and experience sparks immediately. You guys have so much in common and could talk for hours. Suddenly, those kismet vibes make you feel like you could take on the world.
4. Shake It Off – Taylor Swift
Every once in a while in life, perhaps more often than necessary, you come across smack talkers. Those are the people who always find something negative to say. In this song, Taylor Swift acknowledges all the stuff being said about her in a pop, dance tune. The message is that people are going to say what they’re going to say. Let them. You keep doing you.
5. Happy – Pharell Williams
Positive beats, clapping, and harmony. If that’s not the recipe for an uplifting song, what is? The lyrics describe how it feels to be happy. If you’re not in a good space, take that dark cloud elsewhere. We’re in a good place here.
6. Happy Face – Destiny’s Child
If you’ve been looking for a great song to help you start the day, this is it. Waking up in a place of gratitude with the reassurance that everything is going to go your way is a great headspace to be in. With the three voices creating a blanket of pep, it’s a win.
7. Hymn For The Weekend – Coldplay Featuring Beyoncé
Starting with a Beyoncé harmony is the best way to boost a song. This Coldplay track is a fun hit. The lyrics describe when one overcomes tough times with someone who makes everything better. If we could all feel like we had wings, imagine what we’d accomplish.
8. Friday I’m In Love – The Cure
This is a great song because of the subject matter. Friendship? No. Sadness? Heck no. Anger? Not really. It’s literally about how every day of the week sucks except for Friday. Honestly, there aren’t enough songs praising days of the week, so, five stars. Friday is the day when anything can happen. Go out and capture it!
9. The Edge Of Glory – Lady Gaga
You know that feeling you get when you’re right on the edge of something awesome? Lady Gaga encapsulates this feeling in a song where you’re bursting onto the scene. Between the music and the way she sings it, running up to the edge of a cliff at sunrise is an empowering visual.
10. I Got You (I Feel Good) – James Brown
What can go wrong if you get pumped up by being reminded of how good you’re feeling? Nothing, that’s what. James Brown starts the song screaming before exclaiming those feelings. That’s what you should do before any big moment.
11. Beautiful Day – U2
No matter how much you plan, sometimes, you end up in a rut. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t slivers of the sun shining through. Even if it’s raining outside, each new day is an opportunity. Seize it, and see what happens.
12. I Gotta Feeling – Black Eyed Peas
There’s a reason this song plays before big games or during parties. If you put yourself in that good-things-will-happen zone, you put yourself in a better position to win or make the night amazing. You’re already primed for it. It will be a good one.
13. Pocketful of Sunshine – Natasha Bedingfield
Natasha Bedingfield is letting the world know that she cares not about anything that anyone would say against her. What she has is the type of confidence that acts as a barrier to all that stuff. Talk about having confidence!
14. Good Life – OneRepublic
This OneRepublic song comes from the perspective of someone who has kind of been everywhere. The lyrics share some really cool things they have done, which have helped them cultivate a wonderful outlook on life. They have learned to live in the moment and appreciate life as it comes.
15. Bliss – Muse
The hypnotic round of notes that starts the song is already feel-good material. Matthew Bellamy sings of coming across someone who has the mental presence we’d all want, one of peace and joy. Now that he knows it exists, he wants it. Relatable.
16. Rhythm Divine – Enrique Iglesias
If you’ve ever had someone in your life you’d cross the oceans and move mountains for, that’s what Enrique Iglesias is expressing. Sometimes, you just need a boost to have the night of your life with that person. All you need is the two of you to make magic.
17. Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life – Monty Python
The ending scene of the motion picture Life Of Brian is a bit ironic. There’s a group of people being crucified, which must be the worst thing to experience, right? Well, not for one man. Even as he’s looking death in the eyes, he reminds us that there is always a bright side.
18. I’m Like A Bird – Nelly Furtado
Love is a great thing, but it doesn’t always turn out as we expect. You can love someone and be conflicted. Nelly Furtado gives us the confidence to leave a great person because they aren’t the right person, and that’s okay.
19. Spice Up Your Life – Spice Girls
Forgetting your troubles with a fun melody is the best way to get where you gotta go. The Spice Girls inject us with sounds that can’t keep us from moving. Time to let go and do the thing!
20. The Middle – Jimmy Eat World
Hey, don’t let disappointment or failure knock you out of your goals. All you can do is your best. Success doesn’t happen overnight. You can do it, ignore the naysayers.
21. You’re My Best Friend – Queen
When you have a friend who has stood by you for the longest time, it’s the best support system a person could ask for. With that kind of backup, confidence is in abundance.
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