1. ‘Takin’ It Back’ by Meghan Trainor
In this incredible new single from the creator of ‘All About That Bass’, she takes listeners on a journey of when she had to reclaim her confidence post-pregnancy. However, the song can also be used as just a means of rediscovering your confidence after any stressful, lonely period in your life.
This vulnerable new classic from the Canadian pop master talks about finding confidence in your solidarity. It can be lonely when you don’t have a partner to lean on, or a group of friends to hang out with, but maybe instead, you can use that time to figure out how you can make your-self happy. Not to mention that it’s super catchy.
3. ‘Midnights’ by Taylor Swift
This album from the Grammy-winning artist speaks to the trials of love, from not letting past insecurities consume you in a relationship, to not paying attention to people who won’t give you theirs. It’s a real banger.
4. ‘Don’t Kill My Vibe’ by Sigrid
This Swedish sensation makes a harmonious statement about exactly what the title promises: not letting other people, or the trials of life, put you down no matter what.
5. ‘Just Me’ by Josie Man
This track from the ever-so-talented Josie Man is a terrific piece about not worrying about what everyone else is doing, and focusing on just following your own compass.
6. ‘Save Your Breath’ by Lindsey Lomis
More about finding confidence post-breakup, this single from the rising star is all about reconciling with your ex, but also setting boundaries and not getting back together with them.
7. ‘Starting to Get to You’ by Jensen McRae
Easily applicable for a romantic or platonic breakup, Jensen McRae speaks here about the power you claim when you don’t play toxic people’s games. Because the worst thing that could happen for them, is for you to discover your strength without them, and that’s a powerful concept.
8. ‘Get Up’ by Mother Mother
Perhaps best known for its featuring in the hit Netflix series Atypical, this motivational song encourages you to ‘get up’ and keep pursuing your goals, which will be tough, but will also ultimately boost your confidence.
9. ‘Good As Hell’ by Lizzo
If you’ve ever been mistreated by a romantic partner, it’s helpful to see what your life can look like without them. This favorite from Lizzo’s repertoire is the perfect song for that, with catchy vocals and an infectious beat.
10. ‘All About That Bass’ by Meghan Trainor
Meghan Trainor’s breakout success is an empowering anthem about body positivity, and not letting people’s negativity about it get you down.
11. ‘Thank U, Next’ by Ariana Grande
This popular tune from Ariana Grande is all about learning from your past relationships, processing that important information, and moving on from it all.
12. ‘Epiphany’ by BTS
This great achievement from the Korean pop juggernaut digs deep emotionally, speaking to when one is going through depression. By simply having the strength to get up and live your life every day, you can find your confidence that way, and this is an earworm of a song to convey that.
13. ‘Who Says’ by Selena Gomez
Feeling peer pressure to be a certain way? The star of Wizards of Waverly Place and Only Murders in the Building is here to help. Just take a listen to this song, and you’ll come out of it with the bravery to just be whoever you want. Let the haters hate.
14. ‘Roar’ by Katy Perry
This standout from Katy Perry’s career is purely about the confidence that comes with overcoming adversity. Life will knock you around ten ways to Sunday, and when that happens, you’ve gotta just not let it defeat you, and make that known.
15. ‘Beauty and the Beast’/Lyrics by Howard Ashman & Alan Menken, music by Alan Menken, performed by Angela Lansbury
In honor of Angela Lansbury’s recent passing, revisit this sonic masterpiece from the animated version of Beauty and the Beast. Going beyond just the concept of seeing past appearances, this beauty of a song promotes the idea that, even if you feel like you’re a bad person and undeserving of love, the euphoric boost when life proves you wrong.
16. ‘Happy’ by Pharrell Williams
This Oscar-nominee from Despicable Me 2 (2013) is a simple, dazzling piece about when you just feel your happiest, and there ain’t nothing that can bring you down.
17. ‘I’m Gonna Love Me Again’/Written by Elton John & Bernie Taupin, performed by Elton John and Taron Egerton
If you need a good ol’ dose of self-love, this tune from the musical biopic Rocketman, originally written to celebrate John’s recovery from drug and alcohol abuse, is a powerful message that your greatest choice, is the choice to just love yourself again when life, or your opposers, get you down.
18. ‘Boys’ by Charli XCX
Charli XCX brings the energy and compassion with this fast-paced, positive song about encouraging men to not conform to one stereotypical form of ‘masculinity’, and embrace whoever they want to be. Whether you like gardening, painting your nails, or you don’t love sports, just because society deems it as not manly, doesn’t mean you’re wrong, and you should take pride in yourself.
19. ‘Scars to Your Beautiful’ by Alessia Cara
If you’ve ever felt embarrassed about your appearance, this piece by Alessia Cara should lift your spirits, and give you the knowledge that you’re amazing just the way you are, regardless of how you look.
20. ‘Warriors’ by Aaliyah Rose (from the soundtrack to She-Ra and the Princesses of Power)
You definitely have heard this before. The theme song from Netflix’s incredible animated reboot is an unforgettable track about how when you stand strong in your singular
identity, you’ll find people who stand by you as the warriors you all are, no matter what obstacles befall you. Kinda like She-Ra and her friends do in the show.
New Music Friday, #1-19