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Marianne Salazar, Contributor
January 09, 2013

13 Inspirational Songs to Start the New Year With

Begin 2013 on a high note by rocking out to these powerful hits! By Marianne Salazar

“This year will be my year.” We say this every January, and while it rings true sometimes, there are also instances when this promise falls flat. The next 12 months, however, will be different: we’re challenging you to claim 2013 as your time to shine and be the best version of you. Be the ultimate go-getter this year: snag that promotion, go on that dream trip, find yourself a man who will love you for who you are—anything is possible, and with enough encouragement and optimism, we’re pretty sure you can achieve your goals.

To help you along on your merry self-empowered road, we’ve created a playlist of 13 inspirational songs for 2013. Load them up on your player, and make them your anthems for the year ahead!

(Screencap of "Bulletproof" courtesy of  LaRouxVEVO on YouTube; screencap of "The Fighter" courtesy of FueledByRamen on YouTube; screencap of "Wide Awake" courtesy of KatyPerryVEVO on YouTube.)

1. "LIKE LIKE WE'RE DYING" by Kris Allen

Motivating Lyrics: "Yeah, we gotta start lookin' at the hands of the time we've been given / If this is all we got, then we gotta start thinkin' / If every second counts on a clock that's tickin' / Gotta live like we're dying"

The new year presents new opportunities to seize the day—something that Kris Allen encourages in his song. While he’s not exactly encouraging us to adopt YOLO as our slogan for 2013, he does remind us that our life is limited, and that we should make the most out of it by showing our appreciation for the important people in our lives.

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