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70 Powerful Songs About Overcoming Challenges To Get You Pumped

It’s always amazing to see someone overcome their struggles, whether that be a literal challenge or something else such as a personal issue. That is why I have created this playlist with songs about overcoming challenges.

songs about overcoming challenges

Life’s reality is that you have a transcendent destiny that begs for your attention in this era of crushing challenges and I hope that this list of 70 songs about overcoming challenges below helps you to continue to be guided by both the moon and the sun to experience life’s finest hidden treasures. Enjoy!

  1. Destiny’s Child – Survivor

We all remember this American girl group that comprised Beyoncé Knowles, Kelly Rowland, and Michelle Williams that made monumental waves in the American and world music scene from 1990 -2006.

Survivor” is a track for the survivors, those who will do anything to get themselves out of the engulfing waves of any kind of challenges that may sometimes overwhelm them – “After the darkness and sadness, soon comes happiness. If I surround myself with positive things, I’ll gain prosperity”.

So, as you listen, use it as motivation to break out of that toxic relationship, overcome despair, and fight with unwavering determination in the face of a life-threatening situation- you are a survivor, you will make it, and you will not give up!

  1. Sia – Never Give Up

This song should be 100% given by physicians to those suffering from depression and other weighing down issues; as humans, we have a credo that, though unwritten, always lingers down our undisturbed and sometimes disturbing minds- no matter how bad the situation is, never give up!

Challenges come and go, but life is forever, and if you feel like the weight of the world is bearing down on you, let this beautiful song about overcoming challenges by Sia provide you peace as you resonate profoundly with every emotional and moving phrase stated in there with her immensely soulful and mellifluous voice!

And if you have ever watched the movie, “Lion”, you’ll understand why this is one of the most poignant songs about overcoming challenges.

  1. Sia – Unstoppable

Feeling like you are all alone in the whole world? What if you are?

Put on your armor and show them how strong you can astonish the world with your magical presence.

Do not give in to the challenges for they too can be overcome. Nothing lasts forever.

I can’t stop listening to her songs about overcoming challenges. Sia is always an energy booster. She always charges up every soul with her passionate voice. You absolutely got to love her for that.

Feeling a little down, push the volume up, sing and mean these words, “I’m unstoppable, I’m a Porsche with no brakes, I’m invincible, I win every single game, I’m so powerful…”

  1. Chipmunk – Champion ft. Chris Brown

No one is ever prepared for the challenges in life and sometimes they just bombard you out of absolutely nowhere- worry not, I think that’s the fun in it!

Sometimes we just have to remind ourselves that we did not come all this way just to give up; we are born champions and if anyone has a problem with that (including the challenges), they can absolutely piss off and go to hell!

This is the best rap Breezy has ever done; you can feel the emotions in his voice. He was at his most honest in this song, which draws the listener in even more.

And does anyone else feel sad while listening to these songs and realizing how old we are? I still believe that is one of the most underappreciated US-UK collaborations!

  1. Freddie McGregor – I was born a winner

The truth of the matter is that no one was born a loser.

Challenges are what make life worth living- imagine waking up every day and everything is so perfect from the day you were born up until your last day, insanely boring, right?

So, when life throws you a curveball, remember that it is just a phase that will pass and the sun will shine brightly on your face again!

One thing about reggae music is that it is timeless and will never go out of style. This is a classic example of that fact.

Listen to this when you’re feeling defeated and your entire spirit will be lifted.

Jah bless!

  1. Jay Rock – Win

This has some dragon fire magic in it.

It is the kind of track that assures you that you are ready for anything in life- that you can beat the odds no matter how impossible they seem.

It is like a victory anthem and if you feel a little overwhelmed by the world as it is, let this tune remind you that there is no option, it’s either you win or win.

Don’t give up just yet for in that you are already winning by not giving in to life’s challenges.

And let’s talk about those visuals, Dave Meyers and Dave Free surely can’t be human!

If this is not one of the songs about overcoming challenges ain’t playing in my graduation, I’m not graduating- it’s simple as that!

  1. ADA EHI – I Overcame

You sing and shout to the mountains because your story is written and in this script, this is not the end for you!

Sometimes we have to believe in a stronger power other than ourselves in times of challenges and adversities and hope for saving grace and intervention.

In this case, we’ll look up into the mountains and ask where our help shall come from, it will come from the almighty Jehovah, son of God and the Messiah who knows better than us and who knows nothing can defeat such marvelous creations as these.

No matter what you are going through, you will overcome and you will be victorious again. Amen!

  1. Westlife – You Raise Me Up

Like a child rests in its mother’s protective arms, so will everyone else rest in the guarding arms of the eternal Father!

When feeling overly exhausted with the incessant challenges that keep coming back to you, worry not and look further than you. Look at all the people who love you and want you to win- look further beyond the seas and mountains and cry out for help to pass through the storm.

This emotional song is of the next level, charges you, and rejuvenates you when you are at the lowest point in your life. How I miss Westlife!

  1. Taylor Swift – Shake It Off

I have a feeling everyone in the whole world somehow knows this song!

Sometimes the people in our lives complicate things for us and bring all sorts of challenges. This no holds barred pop masterpiece reminds us how to overcome such kind of challenge; “shake it off!” we get too attached sometimes to what people say and sometimes the only way to live free is to just your life the best way you know how without giving a damn about everyone else and their opinions.

It’s very funny that sometimes you will just randomly remember old songs about overcoming challenges like these and go on an old-theme spin for the rest of your day!

With that in mind let’s celebrate, “Artist of the Decade” award!

  1. Smash Mouth – I’m A Believer

You don’t need anyone to remind you of how great you are other than yourself.

Sometimes the challenges are born of love and if you ever find yourself in a situation where you are not confident enough to relay your feelings to someone else, how about you pass through this 00s masterpiece and get rejuvenated.

This is definitely a rick-roll in an alternate universe! Shrek film was so good back then, they made a band from it- absolutely sensational.

When you wake up each day, remind yourself that you’re still a believer and nothing in this world can change that!

  1. Miley Cyrus – The Climb

You may have appreciated the quiet and chilled vibe of this track as a child, but as you get older, you begin to comprehend the significance of the words behind the songs about overcoming challenges.

This is an emotional stunner to remind us that sometimes the challenges will come and overwhelm us- we will win and lose some of the battles along the way.

The most important thing is to hold on and don’t let go.

We have it in us to overcome the stumbles that may come at us.

You’ve got to keep your head held up high and keep moving no matter the circumstance.

This song right here is like opening up a box of childhood memories that had been on the shelf for 12 years- in there, there’s so much hope!

  1. Demi Lovato – Skyscraper

No matter what life throws at you, be the receiver, pin it down, rise again and give a thumbs up to the spectators cheering on.

We are stronger than we ever think we are and nothing is capable of taking what is meant to be ours away from us.

Lovato was only 19 when she released this song, and you could see just how much pain she had already undergone in her short life.

So when those challenges pile up and threaten to tear you down just sing along, “You can take everything I have

You can break everything I am

Like I’m made of glass

Like I’m made of paper

Go on and try to tear me down

I will be rising from the ground like a skyscraper, like a skyscraper…”

  1. Bon Jovi – It’s My Life

Whatever way you look at it, we only have one life to live, so why not live it well?

We can never stop obstacles from entering our lives, but we can choose how we respond to them.

Giving these sad thoughts the time of day means that we subject ourselves to their unforgiving condemnation and it is not what this life needs.

We are not here forever and nobody knows what their tomorrow looks like. This is an invitation to stop worrying about life’s adversities and start living. After all, it is you who gets to control how you feel and one indisputable fact is that it’s your life!

So when feeling a little beaten and bruised by the challenges, let this legendary masterpiece by Bon Jovi remind you that life is for the living!

  1. Mariah Carey- Hero

In each and every one of us, there is a majestic hero that lurks from within us that always comes out to save the day even in the most impossible situation.

So, even if it feels like there is no light at the end of the tunnel, let out your hero from within the cages of fear and watch yourself elevate from the ruins of challenges to the heights of belief!

You have to understand that there is a natural firmness in some minds which cannot be unlocked by trifles, but which when unlocked, discovers a cabinet of fortitude. In the face of consuming adversities, let it out and let Mariah Carey sing to the victory of your next step!

  1. Dolly Parton  – Light Of A Clear Blue Morning

There is a saint amongst us and I can’t stress hard enough how Dolly Parton is the best philanthropist of our time.

She is absolutely magical, the best singer and human being you’d ever listen to by a factor of a million.

“Light Of A Clear Blue Morning” is the song to fill you with strength again, to show you that even if the night and dark feel longer, the morning will come and the sun will shine again to welcome a brand new and hopeful day.

So despite everything you might be going through, just let her words offer you that much-needed comfort that everything will be okay in the end.

“I can see the light of a clear blue morning, I can see the light of a brand new day, and everything is gonna be alright…”

  1. The Beatles – Here Comes The Sun

One of the greatest written songs about overcoming challenges ever, this song springs up on you with its magical melodies and hugs you, holding you tight with its encouraging words and never once letting you go.

Behold, when the dark is over, the sun will shine again and everything you are going through now will be part of the past that will ensure you get to where you are destined to be.

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  1. Swedish House Mafia ft. John Martin – Don’t You Worry Child

Life was so much better when this song used to be played everywhere- those days were golden and the feelings indescribably magical.

This song’s energy is wonderful, and it still gives me chills to this day.

When the weight of the world feels a little too heavy to manage, just blast this tune the loudest way possible and let those words remind you that heaven got a plan for you so you shouldn’t have to worry about a thing.

In the end, everything will fall into place and the challenges will be a part of your history to success.

This is one hell of a nostalgic masterpiece that will be forever appreciated!

  1. Miranda Lambert – Bluebird

This is pure magic from one of the most gifted storytellers of our time.

Never allow yourself to become paralyzed by the impact of challenges.

Remember that every ending marks a new beginning. Everything we go through happens for a reason. When one door closes, another always opens for you.

Trust always that life has your back – even if what’s unfolding makes no sense. If life keeps giving you lemons, just mix them in your drink and make a cocktail. When the stars go dark, keep a light up on your soul!

  1. Chronixx – Ain’t No Giving In

When the going gets tough, the tough keeps going” and that’s just how it is.

The world doesn’t stop spinning in the face of challenges and adversities and neither should we.

We have got to keep pushing and not fold under pressure. To come out of the other side and claim victory means walking through the mad, tripling, and falling over the mad severally.

Remember on the other side of every challenge lives a triumph. And beyond adversity exits a bridge into enduring victory!

This timeless reggae message carries such a deep message and is the best source of encouragement when you feel a little too overwhelmed.

  1. Harmonize – Never Give Up

This stunning song is by one of East Africa’s greatest talents, who tells his life narrative in this adorable masterpiece, from struggling to make it on the streets—hocking water at bus stops and selling various products to try and make ends meet—to now owning his own record label.

He details the disappointments, rejections, and all manner of heart-wrenching challenges and finally the victory at the end. This song will serve as a reminder to anyone going through all manner of challenges and hell today that nothing lasts forever.

The darkness will come to an end and the light will dominate once more; hold on there and keep moving!

More Songs about overcoming challenges

21.  Rachel Platten – Fight Song
22.  Katy Perry – Rise
23.  Andra Day – Rise Up
24.  Whitney Houston – When You Believe
25. The Script – Hall of Fame 
26. David Guetta – Titanium ft. Sia
27. New Edition – Can You Stand The Rain
28. The Beach boys Live ’72 Long Promised Road
29. The All-American Rejects – Move Along
30. Queen – The Show Must Go On
31. Josh Groban – You Are Loved (Don’t Give Up) 
32. Kelly Clarkson – Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)
33. Natasha Bedingfield – Pocketful of Sunshine
34. Katy Perry – Firework
35. Des’ree – You Gotta Be
36. Linkin Park – Lost in The Echo
37. Florence + The Machine – Shake It Out
38. Andy Grammer – Keep Your Head Up
39. Christina Aguilera – Fighter
40. Katy Perry – Roar
41. Sara Bareilles – Brave
42. Avril Lavigne – Keep Holding On
43. Idina Menzel – “Defying Gravity”
44. Shania Twain – Up!
45. Michael Franti and Spearhead – “Hey Now Now”
46. Lee Ann Womack – I Hope You Dance
47. Michael Franti: Hey World (Don’t Give Up)
48. Willie Nelson – Hands on the Wheel
49. Demi Lovato – Let It Go (from “Frozen”)
50. Remember The Name- Fort Minor ft. Styles Of Beyond
51. Fun.: Carry On
52. Say Anything Do Better
53. Survivor – Eye Of The Tiger
54. for King & Country – It’s Not Over Yet
55. Jackie Evancho – All of the Stars
56 X Ambassadors – Unsteady
57. Lauren Daigle – Rescue
58. Lauren Daigle – Trust In You
59. Blessings – Laura Story
60. Hillsong – Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)
61.  Switch Youth – Symphony 
62. OneRepublic – Rescue Me
63. Jonny Diaz – “Breathe”
64. Kelly Clarkson – Broken & Beautiful
65. Rob Thomas – Pieces
66. Matt Stell – Prayed For You
67. Imagine Dragons – Demons
68. Eminem – Not Afraid
69. Rob Thomas – Someday
70. Imagine Dragons – Believer


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Founder of Tunepical, a blog dedicated to sharing my love of music with you. I believe that music is the key to life, and if you're listening to the right songs at the right time, everything is possible!

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