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15 Songs For Hope, Motivation, and Good Moods

(Please forgive my week-long hiatus. Over the past week, the East Coast was hit pretty hard with extreme heat waves and severe thunderstorms, leading to long-term power outages and, of course, no Internet access. It seems the worst is behind us, and I hope to be back for good!)

Last week I told you about the Offspring’s new album, Days Go By, and the recently released title track, which Offspring frontman Dexter Holland says has a “message of hope.”

I’ve heard the song several times on the radio (if you haven’t, you can stream the entire album courtesy of Rolling Stone), and I can see how the lyrics might inspire hope in some listeners.

It’s a catchy tune, but, admittedly, it doesn’t inspire much hope in me. That’s only because “Days Go By” isn’t really my style. However, it DID make me think of songs that DO inspire hope in me – some of them because of their lyrics, some because of their music, and some because of both.

Sure, there are some obvious classic hopeful songs like “I Can See Clearly Now” and “Ooh Child” and “We Are The World,” but some of my (maybe) less obvious songs that inspire hope, motivation, and an outright good mood include:

  1. Dave Matthews Band – “You Might Die Trying”
  2. John Butler Trio – “Revolution”
  3. Modest Mouse – “Float On”
  4. Tom Petty – “Won’t Back Down”
  5. Ryan Bingham – “Sunshine”
  6. Muse –“Uprising”
  7. South – “Paint The Silence”
  8. The Postal Service – “Such Great Heights”
  9. Eminem – “Not Afraid”
  10. Filter – “Take A Picture”
  11. Spoon – “Got Nuffin'”
  12. Arcade Fire – “Ready To Start”
  13. Florence And The Machine – “Dog Days Are Over”
  14. Coldplay – “Charlie Brown”
  15. Lady Gaga – “Born This Way”

Whether you’re a regular Celebrity Psychings reader or new to the blog, feel free to use the comments section below to share the songs that inspire hope in you!

In the meantime, enjoy the music!

15 Songs For Hope, Motivation, and Good Moods

Alicia Sparks

Alicia Sparks is a freelance writer and editor and the creator of, where she blogs to help new freelance writers get their quills in the pot, so to speak. Among animal rights, music, and physical wellness, her passions include mental health and advocacy. Here at Psych Central she works as Syndication Editor as well as authors Your Body, Your Mind, Unleash Your Creativity, and World of Psychology's weekly "Psychology Around the Net."

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Sparks, A. (2012). 15 Songs For Hope, Motivation, and Good Moods. Psych Central. Retrieved on June 5, 2020, from


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