Life is a series of ups and downs, highs and lows, successes and failures, crises and victories. When life is going our way, it’s easy to be happy and joyful. But when difficulties arise, sometimes we need a little assistance to get us back on track. Listening to music that is hopeful and uplifting is a great way to help us get through those hard times.
Here’s our list of Hopeful Music: 10 Songs to Cheer You Up in Tough Times. We hope it lifts you up!
1) Colby and Awu – Don’t Quit
In our song “Don’t Quit” we aim to uplift you during the difficult times in life, and inspire you to always persevere. So don’t quit! Even if the “funds are low and debts are high” or “many failures have turned about”, because, as Awu reminds us, “it might be near when it seems so far.”
2) Andy Grammer – Keep Your Head Up
American singer-songwriter and record producer, Andy Grammer, counsels us to keep our head up when times are challenging. With a catchy chorus, uplifting beat, and meaningful message, this song helps you see the bright side of life.
3) Matisyahu – Live Like a Warrior
American reggae rapper and alternative rock musician, Matisyahu, helps us forget about our past mistakes and “take yesterday and throw it in the fire.” Another song that mixes uplifting lyrics and beat that will make you bob your head, this song will definitely bring out your inner warrior.
4) Modest Mouse – Float On
American indie rock band, Modest Mouse, reminds us of the old adage that “life goes on”. Even if things don’t always go your way, in the end, “good news will work its way to all them plans.”
5) Akon ft. Wyclef Jean – Sunny Day
American R&B and hip-hop artist and songwriter, Akon, teams up with Haitian hip-hop recording artist and musician, Wyclef Jean, to share their journeys of overcoming life’s struggles in the ghetto and arriving to a “sunny day”. An awesome mix of talent and sounds, these two will have you looking towards a brighter future.
6) Taio Cruz – I Can Be
British singer-songwriter and record producer, Taio Cruz, helps us tap into our inner strength to become bigger, stronger, and harder in his hit “I Can Be”. Cruz reminds us that “we can be anything we wanna be, all we have to do is put our mind to it”.
7) Jurassic 5 ft. Dave Matthews Band – Work It Out
American alternative hip-hop group, Jurassic 5, teams with American rock band group Matthews Band in their 2006 single “Work It Out.” Even when “the situation seems unworkable, unreversible” Jurassic 5 reminds us that “God is most merciful”, and DMB comforts us that “we can work it out, we gon’ work it out.”
8) R-Kelly – I Believe I Can Fly
Hitting #2 on the Billboard charts in 1996 , American singer-songwriter, R Kelly’s hit “I Believe I Can Fly” is guaranteed to cheer you up. Written for the classic live action/animated sports film “Space Jam”, featuring Michael Jordan, this song inspires you to “spread your wings and fly”.
9) Faith Evans ft Twista – Hope
American singer-songwriter and record producer, Faith Evans, collaborates with American rapper, Twista to provide a song that aims to give us hope and strength in tough times. Highlighting a myriad of struggles that people may face in their lives, the song heeds us to remain “hopeful” and be confident that God will always “make a way”.
10) Bobby McFerrin – Don’t Worry Be Happy
The first a-cappella song to reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, Bobby McFerrin’s “Don’t Worry Be Happy” is an absolute classic. A song that countless people have turned to during difficult times, it’s a song you can always rely on to help you see the brighter side of life.
We hope our Hopeful Music: 10 Songs to Cheer You Up in Tough Times list has lifted your spirit and inspired you to be hopeful! For more positive music, go check out our Happy Playlist: 10 Songs That Will Brighten Your Day!
About the Authors
Colby and Awu are an international music duo, from the United States and Cameroon, committed to making music that uplifts your spirit and inspires you to make the world a better place! Their music is a blend of pop and hip-hop, mixed in with some African roots. They released their debut album, Change the World, in 2013 and are currently working on a 2nd album.
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