Year-end is a joyful time for some, a struggle for others. For most of us, it’s a mixed bag of both! To help bring out the best in all of us, over the past few weeks we’ve been asking this question at Facebook:
What songs give you instant strength when you are feeling less than strong?
To bring out the best in all of us this year, we’ve compiled all the answers people shared. Songs to lean on. Songs to help you fight back. Songs to help you regain your strength and come back to who you are at the core.
Please add into the comments your own favorites for giving you strength when you need it. (And please add the embed codes from YouTube, so we can listen right here in the blog – click “share” in YouTube, then click “embed” to get that code).
We invite you to join us at Facebook, where we ask these sorts of questions all the time.
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• You can join a community of people who are experimenting with Catalytic Thinking in their own lives – that is here.
• And if your work is consulting to social change groups, let us know if you’d like to join a community of others who do that work (due to Facebook’s systems, that group is by invitation only – not our preference, but just how it is). Let us know here.
Many thanks to Ann Vermel, Arsal Shaikh, Christy Williams and Annette Sandberg, for tracking down the embed codes for all these videos. You guys rock!!!
* Disclaimer: We’re adding songs as we think of them ourselves. What started as 79 songs may not be accurate when you see this post.
** Warning: Some of these are not safe for work. Or for small children who like to sing along…
Playing for Change
In My Mind
Hoops and Yoyo
Three Little Birds
Rockin’ in the Free World
Congratulations You Made It This Far
Great Big Sea
Don’t Stop Me Now
Whatever Gets You Through the Night
NOTE: The video may not be available in the US
The String Cheese Incident
I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’
I Won’t Back Down
Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers
Jimmy Eat World
RISE (Katy Perry Cover)
SUPERFRUIT, Mary Lambert, Brian Justin Crum, Mario Jose
Smells Like Teen Spirit
Fuck This Town
I Will Not Be Broken
Don’t Give Up
Peter Gabriel (Feat. Kate Bush)
Rock Me Gently
Feelin’ Stronger Every Day
Dig Down Deep
Thinking Like a Mountain
Rise up Singing
Seth Bernard & Daisy May
Rogers and Hammerstein
Eye of the Tiger
The Final Countdown
Fitz and The Tantrums
N.E.R.D “Wonderful Place” from Pulse Media on Vimeo.
Make You Feel That Way
New Way Home
Don’t Get Me Wrong
Upside Down & Inside Out
Look What We’ve Become
Talkin’ bout a Revolution
Talkin’ Bout a Revolution
Dancing on the Ruins of Multinational Corporations
Fight the Power
The Mary Ellen Carter
Up & Up
I’m a Bitch
Hymn for the Weekend
Great Leap Forward
Freedom at Woodstock
With a Little Help from My Friends
Send Me On My Way
I Will Survive
Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth
I Am What I Am
Get Back Up Again
You & Me
2 thoughts on “79 Songs to Give You Strength (When you don’t feel strong)”
These are two of my ‘go tos’: Wavin’ Flag https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WTJSt4wP2ME One Woman https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ldyvIcVR9JI
Another great one: Jem ‘Keep on Walking’ https://youtu.be/ww5CYMI0V34
And ‘Rise’ by David Guetta featuring Skylar Grey https://youtu.be/j5MPf5EVsl4