Whether you’re singing Taylor Swift aloud on the treadmill, reading your pocket Constitution at the library, or working hard to make your American Dream come true, we can all appreciate the goodness that inspiring music radiates. 2018 was full of ups and downs, but what delivered me to the end of the year was familiar, empowering tunes. Some of these songs were ones I had forgotten about, but compiled together, they make a superb playlist of humor, confidence, and empowerment for everyone and every situation. Here are my top 19 inspiring anthems to kick off 2019 on the right foot.

  • The Greatest- Sia

Best lines: I see another mountain to climb, but I got stamina; I’m free to be the greatest, I’m alive; I work hard, pray hard, pay dues.

  • I Don’t Want it at All- Kim Petras

Best line: If you buy me diamonds and you keep me smiling, maybe I can be with you. (disclaimer- I am not endorsing materialism, quite the opposite actually)

  • Girl on Fire- Alicia Keys

Best line: She got both feet on the ground and she’s burning it down…looks like a girl, but she’s a flame.

  • Sit Still, Look Pretty- Daya

Best line: I don’t know what you you’ve been told, but this gal right here’s gonna rule the world

  • Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)- Kelly Clarkson

Best line: the title.

  • Girl in a Country Song- Maddie & Tae

Best line: Sayin’ “hey girl,” but you know I ain’t listenin.

  • Work It- Missy Elliott

Best line: Ain’t no shame ladies, do your thang, just make sure you ahead of the game

  • Good as Hell- Lizzo

Best line: Hair toss, check my nails, baby how you feelin’????

  • How to Be a Heartbreaker- Marina and the Diamonds

Best line: Rule 1 is ya gotta have fun

  • Pretty Girl Rock- Keri Hilson

Best line: All of it. It’s the pretty girl rock, come on.

  • Break Free- Ariana Grande

Best line: I’m stronger than I’ve ever been before, this is the part when I break free.

  • Look What You Made Me Do- Taylor Swift

Best line: Honey, I rose up from the dead, I do it all the time. 

  • All Falls Down- Alan Walker, Noah Cyrus, and Digital Farm Animals

Best line: When it all falls down then whatever…I’ll be fine.

  • Stronger- Britney Spears

Best line: Alright, here I go, stronger than yesterday, it’s nothing but my way.

  • Cool Girl- Tove Lo

Best line: I’m a cool girl, too cool for ya, ice cold I roll my eyes at you.

  • Swish Swish- Katy Perry

Best line: Funny my name keeps coming out your mouth, but I stay winning.

  • Survivor- Destiny’s Child

Best line: I’m not gon stop, I’m gon work harder.

  • Fergalicious- Fergie

Best line: I be up in the gym just working on my fitness. 

  • Run the World (girls)- Beyoncé

Best line: self-explanatory.

Honorable mentions:

This One’s for the Girls – Martina McBride

Pretty Girl – Maggie Lindemann

I’m Like a Bird – Nelly Furtado

Red High Heels – Kellie Pickler

Hollaback Girl – Gwen Stefani

And of course, where would we be without thank u, next? What a bop honestly. For 2018 I say, thank u, next! Here’s to another year of making our dreams come to life! Happy listening.

Kelly H
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