You see, I love music. For me, music is my meditation, happiness booster, motivator, mind setter, my escape but also a way to ground myself in reality. Damn, who knew one thing (music) could be that much to someone (me). Spotify creates a personalized playlist just for you tiled “Your Top Songs 2018”. It’s composed of your most listened to songs throughout the year. As I review my playlist, I’m hit with a common theme. In 2018, I really focused on living each day fully and getting back up. Whether I succeeded at that or not is debatable. But these are the songs that inspired me daily to turn that frown upside down.
Warning: I rarely listen to new music anymore, and I don’t have a particular genre I favor so… here you have it. Songs to inspire.
I Lived, One Republic
“Hope that you spend your days, but they all add up and when that sun goes down, hope you raise your cup”
Seriously, I’ve contemplated what does it mean when someone says a life well lived. This… this song is what it means.
Good Day, DNCE
“Today is gonna be a good day. Don’t care what anybody else say. I don’t need a fortune cookie, to tell me the way I’m feeling. Gonna be a good day. A good day”
This is the song I played when it didn’t feel like it was going to be a good day LOL. It says good day so much, I suppose it was hypnotic and could reframe my point of view.
Dare You, Hardwell
“I dare you to fall, and lay on the ground. I dare you to feel, I dare you to be.”
Someone sent me this song once before Hardwell was even a thing. Likely because I was closed off and super cautious. This is the song I play when I need to remind myself to take some risks!
Life’s About to Get Good, Shania Twain
“Oh! Life’s about joy, life’s about pain. It’s all about forgiving and the will to walk away. I’m ready to be loved, and love the way I should. Life’s about, life’s about to get good.”
I think this is more of a breakup song, but it still speaks to me in the same way that Good Day does. You gotta believe that the future is bright.
Be As You Are, Mike Posner
“There are moments when you fall to the ground, but you are stronger than you feel you are now. You don’t always have to speak so loud, no just be as you are. Life is not always a comfortable ride, everybody’s got scars that they hide. And everybody plays the fool sometimes, yeah… Just be as you are”
This is the song that reminds me to learn from my botches, be authentic, and get out of my comfort zone.
Anything Could Happen, Ellie Goulding
“But now I’ve seen it through, and now I know the truth. That anything could happen, anything could happen…”
Couldn’t tell you what this song is about but I remember Fifth Harmony’s performance on X Factor clear as day. They were the underdogs who sang this song – and you know what anything could happen… like pretty sure they lost and went on to become one of the greatest girl bands (then the girl band with all the drama that is no more… but hey I’m keeping it positive.)
Remember the Name, Fort Minor
“This is ten percent luck, Twenty percent skill, Fifteen percent concentrated power of will, Five percent pleasure
Fifty percent pain, And a hundred percent reason to remember the name.”
I interpret this song as someone doing what they love and pursing it hard core. Not for the fame, not for the money, but because he’s passionate, good at it, and works hard sooooo those things follow.
We Got The World, Icona Pop
“They say you’re a freak when we’re having fun. Say you must be high when we’re spreading love. But we’re just living life and we never stop. We got the world. We got the wo-wo-wo-wo-wo.”
Probably another love song… because what song isn’t [insert hands up by side emoji]. But I interpret it as life is about fun and don’t care what other people think about you. Is that a stretch?!
A Moment Like This, Kelly Clarkson
“Some people wait a lifetime for a moment like this. Some people search forever for that one special kiss. Oh, I can’t believe its happening to me. Some people wait a lifetime for a moment like this.”
This song reminds me of Kelly’s moments on American Idol. It reminds me of humble beginnings and again… anything could happen. It’s the song I’d expect to hear playing in my head when my biggest dreams are realized.