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35 Best Songs About Bravery & Courage of All Time

December 14, 2023
Songs about bravery

I’ve curated a collection of the best songs about bravery and courage of all time, tracks that inspire strength and resilience in the face of challenges.

This article is a celebration of the human spirit, featuring songs that encourage us to be bold and fearless in our lives.

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Top songs about bravery & courage

  • “Not Afraid” by Eminem
  • “Fight Song” by Rachel Platten
  • “The Greatest” by Sia ft. Kendrick Lamar
  • “(Something Inside) So Strong” by Labi Siffre
  • “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” by Judy Garland
  • “Lose Yourself” by Eminem
  • “Hall Of Fame” by The Script ft. Will.I.Am
  • “Scars To Your Beautiful” by Alessia Cara
  • “Hold On” by Skepta
  • “The Diary Of Horace Wimp” by ELO

1. “Not Afraid” by Eminem

If you are looking for a song about confidence and bravery to get you pumped up this week, then Eminem’s “Not Afraid” is the song for you.

The chorus of this song is so powerful, as you will find in the lyrics that read, “I’m not afraid to take a stand.”

The song also advises that we are stronger together if only we could put our differences aside and hold each other’s hands.

2. “Fight Song” by Rachel Platten

Immediately after the release of “Fight Song” by Rachel Platten, the song became an anthem that taught listeners how to be a fighter against every opposition. 

In listening to this motivational song about bravery, you will find your inner strength, and it’ll encourage you to keep a victorious mindset. 

This is the perfect song for a gloomy Monday morning to get you pumped for the week.

3. “The Greatest” by Sia ft. Kendrick Lamar

“The Greatest” is a motivational song about being the best in everything you do, and what other duo to perform the song other than Sia and Kendrick Lamar?

You can draw strength from the lyrics of this song as you perform your everyday activities, and let it encourage you to be confident and fearless in whatever situation you find yourself in.

4. “(Something Inside) So Strong” by Labi Siffre

If you find yourself constantly doubting your abilities, we advise that you listen to this powerful song about finding your inner strength, “(Something Inside) So Strong” by Labi Siffre.

It takes a lot of courage and inner strength to overcome self-doubt; this song can help you on your journey, and you will be glad you added it to your playlist.

5. “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” by Judy Garland

Somewhere Over The Rainbow” is a song about courage and hard work by Judy Garland.

The song emphasizes that nothing good comes easy, and if you want a pot of gold, you must work hard to get it.

The song was one of the soundtracks used in the Wizard Of Oz movie.

6. “Lose Yourself” by Eminem

“Lose Yourself” is one of the most popular bravery songs of the last decade.

In this song, Eminem urges listeners to learn to identify and grasp opportunities even though their palms are sweaty or their arms are heavy.

Do away with all forms of fear and position yourself to accept the opportunities that every dawn of day presents.

7. “Hall Of Fame” by The Script ft. Will.I.Am

For this beautiful song about being brave, The Script collaborates with Will.I.Am.

The lyrics of this song remind you of the advantages of being brave and staying away from negativities.

More often than not, your loved ones can discourage you or project their negativities on your life, but you must not relent.

8. “Scars To Your Beautiful” by Alessia Cara

“Scars To Your Beautiful” is the song that launched Alessia Cara into stardom; the song is about being confident despite your flaws. 

The scars don’t have to be physical, they could be your failures and weaknesses, and Alessia says you should love them.

“She don’t see her perfect, she don’t understand she’s worthy” is all the motivation you need to see all your beautiful parts.

Hopefully, you will learn to accept yourself after listening to this song.

9. “Hold On” by Skepta

Skepta is a grime rapper that is popular for his powerful and poetic lyrics.

In “Hold On,” Skepta sings about developing the courage to find the motivation to do all the things you want in life; there’s no holding back if you are courageous and can find the strength to take on whatever life throws at you.

Life may be filled with obstacles and problems, but all you have to do is hold on and be courageous.

10. “The Diary Of Horace Wimp” by ELO

Bravery cuts across every facet of life, and ELO proves it in their song “The Diary Of Horace Wimp.”

This song is about the bravery to find love; it is about a Horace Wimp who has never had the bravery to talk to a girl but hears a voice encouraging him to be brave and find a wife.

He hearkens to the voice and finally finds himself a wife that would love him forever.

11. “Brave” by Sara Bareilles

Sara Bareilles’ hit song “Brave” is one of the most popular songs about courage and bravery you can listen to for encouragement.

The singer advises that if you can do away with fear, you will definitely find a solution to your problems.

This is a motivational track in its entirety, and it will boost your self-confidence.

12. “Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey

Hang the title of this song on your mirror and let it become your mantra as you try to take on the world.

“Don’t Stop Believin’” is a song about overcoming fear and not letting where you come from determine your future.

All you need to do is never stop believing and have a positive mindset towards anything you do; keep believing in yourself, and everything will fall into place.

13. “We Are The Champions” by Queen

“We Are The Champions” by Queen is the anthem for champions and everyone with a winning mindset because there is no time for losers.

The song is about overcoming the fear of losing and accepting your champion status no matter the circumstances you might find yourself in.

In singing this song, you will find the strength to start that project you have always been afraid to start.

14. “Shake It Out” by Florence + The Machine

It is always dark before dawn, which is why you need to see all your adversities as the dark that would eventually be overcome by the light.

Today, make a conscious decision to “Shake It Out” as Florence and The Machine encourage, and your life will take a turn for the better.

15. “All The Way Up” by Fat Joe ft. Remy Ma, French Montana, and Infared

In “All The Way Up,” four Bronx rappers Fat Joe, Remy Ma, French Montana, and Infared team up to deliver the perfect song about being fearless.

The lyrics of the chorus reads, “Nothing can stop me, I’m all the way up,” to show that you have summoned enough courage to become unstoppable.

This song is upbeat, and all the rappers bragged about their achievements.

It is the perfect song for your workout playlist.

16. “Fighter” by Christina Aguilera

“Fighter” is Christina Aguilera’s 2002 hit song about strength and courage that immediately gained traction after its release because of its motivational message.

“Fighter” is the perfect song to listen to when you are feeling down and have no idea where life is taking you.

It encourages you to take matters into your hands and have control over your life.

17. “I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor

One of the most popular women empowerment songs ever is “I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor.

This song tells the story of a woman that was afraid to break up with her boyfriend because she thought she couldn’t live without him.

The song is about bravery in the face of breakups or exiting a toxic relationship.

18. “Get Up, Stand Up” by Bob Marley & The Wailers

This list wouldn’t be complete without Bob Marley’s “Get Up, Stand Up.”

Bob Marley was widely known for combining his reggae music with activism, and the songs were always about the bravery to speak up against the oppressive government and its policies.

In this song, Bob Marley urges listeners to stop believing in organized religion and start living without fear.

19. “Forever Young” by Bob Dylan 

In “Forever Young,” Bob Dylan explicitly encourages everyone to be courageous, stand upright, and be strong.

This is one of Bob Dylan’s most famous songs, and it is loved by both children and adults.

20. “The Fire” by The Roots ft. John Legend

All that The Roots and John Legend want you to know in their hit song about bravery is never to give up.

“The Fire,” tells us that there is a fire burning bright inside, and it has been there since you were a child; however, the travails of adulthood can extinguish that fire.

The song is saying you should continue to keep the fire burning to help you come out victorious.

21. “A Million Dreams” by Ziv Zaifman ft. Hugh Jackman

If you have watched the musical, The Greatest Showman, then you would know “A Million Dreams.”

This song is about daring yourself to dream despite your situation. 

In dreaming, never let your immediate environment restrict you; dream beyond what you can see.

As long as you can work hard and smart, there are no dreams that are too big.

22. “Roar” by Katy Perry

“Cause I am the champion, and you’re gonna hear me roar.”

“Roar” by Katy Perry was an immediate hit after its release in 2013.

It is a pop song that tells the story of a person that has been oppressed for so long but finally finds their voice.

This song is about finding your inner strength and empowering yourself to face opposition and emerge victorious. 

23. “Courage” by Celine Dion 

Celine Dion is one of the most critically acclaimed artists that is well known for her power ballads.

In “Courage,” Celine takes us on a pleasant roller coaster ride to remind us that tough times don’t last as long as we dare to live through them and identify their present opportunities.

24. “The Show Must Go On” by Queen 

As the title suggests, this song is about being courageous in the face of adversity because the show must go on.

“Show” in this context can be a metaphor for any part of your life that you are having difficulties; chin up and face the challenges with everything you’ve got because life must go on.

25. “I’m Still Standing” by Elton John  

Elton John topped the US and UK charts with his motivational hit song “I’m Still Standing” in the 80s.

The title of this song is a metaphor for being courageous against all odds, even though it seems like you will fail.

26. “Survivor” by Destiny’s Child

Are you a survivor? Can you make a conscious decision to be one today? There is only one correct answer to both questions, and it is yes!

“Survivor” is a song about finding strength after a breakup or a significant loss. 

Beyonce wrote the song after rumors of the group’s separation broke out.

27. “It Is Well With My Soul” by Horatio Spafford

If any genre of music encourages fearlessness and bravery, it is gospel music, and Horatio Spafford’s “It Is Well With My Soul” is a perfect example.

This song can uplift you from any mood and emphasizes the need to always make the best out of any situation.

28. “Keep Holding On” by Avril Lavigne

Avril Lavigne is a punk rock artist known for her unconventional lyrics; however, she veers off to deliver this song about courage and strength in “Keep holding On.”

This is an inspirational track that encourages listeners to find to be patient through the hard times and keep holding on.

In the chorus, Avril sings, “keep holding on, ’cause you know we’ll make it through,” and that is all the motivation you need today.

29. “Hold On” by Kansas

Despite life’s problems, it is essential that you learn to “Hold On” because there is always a silver lining in dark clouds.

Listen to this song on blast as you do your morning chores or during your workout sessions, and watch it increase your energy to keep pushing.

30. “Rise” by Katy Perry

If you need a song that teaches you how to be brave, then listen to Katy Perry’s Grammy Award-Winning smash hit, “Rise.”

This song encourages everyone to always rise above adversities and oppositions so that they can be victorious.

Katy Perry uses vultures flying in a circular motion to depict the adversities in the song’s music video.

31. “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” by Kelly Clarkson

The idiom “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” is valid in all sense, as Kelly Clarkson proves in her hit song “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You).”

The song might be about female empowerment but it is one from which any gender can draw strength and find courage.

Bad situations should never discourage you; they should only fortify your strength and urge you forward.

32. “Bridge Over Troubled Water” by Simon & Garfunkel

“Bridge Over Troubled Water” is a ballad by Simon And Garfunkel that mixes folk, jazz, and gospel over a cool piano sound.

The song was widely famous after its release and won several awards; it was also sampled by many artists, including Aretha Franklin.

The song tells the story of a man trying to be a shoulder to cry on for his friend who is going through troubles, which is the finest form of bravery.

33. “The Climb” by Miley Cyrus

“The Climb” is a pop ballad by Miley Cyrus that was part of the soundtrack for Hannah Montana.

This song about strength emphasizes that courage is needed to climb the ladder and reach the top.

Courage is also required to push you forward and avoid the fear of looking down the ladder.

34. “Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift

If you need a song to boost your confidence on a gloomy day, the best song to listen to is “Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift.

In this song, Taylor reiterates that even if haters hate her or players play her, she will shake it off and keep it moving.

It might not be easy but never let negative talks or the antics of ill-mannered people get to you.

35. “Stone Mountain” by St. Beauty

“Stone Mountain” is an excellent track by St.Beauty that creates that calm and melancholy feel to help start your day in a good mood.

This song teaches you to be courageous and never give up no matter what comes your way as your climb Stone Mountain.

The stone mountain can represent anything you want to acquire in life, like that promotion at the office.

Songs About Bravery – Final Thoughts 

Don’t just read these songs about bravery; make a playlist with them and listen to them whenever you feel down.

The songs are not solutions to your problems, but music has a way of uplifting and motivating us; hopefully, these songs can do that for you.

Similar Playlists:

Songs About Winning

Songs About Not Giving Up

Songs About Confidence

Will Fenton

Will, the founder of MIDDER, is a multifaceted individual with a deep passion for music and personal finance. As a self-proclaimed music and personal finance geek, he has a keen eye for futuristic technologies, especially those that empower creators and the public.

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