I'm a huge fan of blaring out the perfect tune when my mindset and resilience needs it the most. With this in mind, I present to you my top ten favourite resilience songs for your consideration!
Without further ado and with a cautionary cheese-warning, here they are: my top 10 resilience songs...
10. Eye of the Tiger - Survivor
I mean, who doesn’t love a 50 second electric guitar and drum intro? When you need to get fired up and focused in little over four minutes, then this has got to be the go-to song to help you do it!
9. Elton John - I'm Still Standing
Whatever you’re going through, however you are feeling, one thing is true: you’re still standing! Elton is here to help remind us that we are ‘true survivors’ when we need it the most.
8. Journey - Don't Stop Believin'
No, not the Glee version (though I’m not averse). More opportunities for air-guitar galore here and get extra fired up with this excellent extended live version. Bonus points if you are also a Sopranos fan!
7. Destiny's Child - Survivor
Back in the day before Queen B was a thing, if you’ve ever felt wronged, ignored, under appreciated, then ‘Survivor’ has probably helped to get you through to the other side. If not, what have you been doing all this time?
6. Britney Spears - Stronger
I warned you there would be cheese! But come on, no resilience playlist would be complete without a little Britney. Turn up the volume at 2’47 and repeat after me: STRONGER THAN YESTERDAY!
5. Alanis Morissette - You Learn
Any other ’90’s teenagers will probably relate to the greatness that is the ‘Jagged Little Pill’ album. Amongst the fire trucks coming up around the bends, sometimes we all need to remind ourselves that we mess up and we learn from it.
4. Sara Bareilles - Brave
Often, when our resilience is feeling compromised, it’s got a lot to do with not saying what we truly want to say. Sara Bareilles is one of my favourite people to listen to. “Say what you wanna say, and let the words fall out…”. Proper feel-good video too 👌🏻
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3. Ben Platt - Ease My Mind
This one slows things down, a lot. For me, this is the perfect song when my mind is swirling with any feelings of anxiousness or overwhelm. If you don’t know Ben Platt, then you are welcome (I definitely recommend looking up his album: Sing To Me Instead).
2. Kelly Clarkson - Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)
Another one to help when it can feel like everything and everyone is against us. Kicking up the tempo again, Kelly is here to remind you that what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger. Crank it up and stand a little taller!
1. Dolly Parton - Change It
Who doesn’t feel better after a dose of Dolly?! This one is a hardcore-fan favourite so it might have passed you by. Let the lyrics inspire you towards change. “If you don’t take the reigns, it’s gonna stay the same…nothing’s gonna change if you don’t change it!”