inspiring_extra.jpgIt's the first month of a new year (and a new decade!), so it's the perfect time for new beginnings. Resolutions and plans are made left and right, but changes can be difficult, even when you think you have them all perfectly mapped out. If you’re worried about the challenges you’ll be facing this year, keep your chin up and give yourself a little inspirational boost with our 10-song playlist.

Have motivational song choices of your own? Tell us about your favorites in a comment!

(Photo of Katy Perry by natalieaja via Wikimedia Commons; Bruno Mars by Brothers Le via Wikimedia Commons; Charice courtesy of

“FIREWORK” by Katy Perry (2010)

Morale-boosting lines: “Baby, you're a firework / Come on, show 'em what you're worth / Make 'em go 'Oh, oh, oh!' / As you shoot across the sky”

This energetic song by breakout pop star Katy Perry tells you to let your inner spark ignite and your real self shine. It’s perfect as a quick pick-me-up when you’re having a bad day, and the chorus is oh so LSS-able!

“JUST THE WAY YOU ARE” by Bruno Mars (2010)

Morale-boosting lines:  “When I see your face, there's not a thing that I would change / Cause you're amazing just the way you are”

In the music video for this single, half-Filipino Bruno Mars melts women’s hearts as he sits behind a piano and sings about loving his girl the way every girl dreams of being loved--for herself.

“PYRAMID” by Charice ft. Iyaz (2010)

Morale-boosting lines: “And even when the wind is blowing / We'll never fall, just keep on going / Forever we will stay / Like a pyramid”

International singing sensation Charice reached the Billboard Top 10 with this inspirational song, which likens love to a sturdy pyramid. The lyrics, coupled with Charice’s own success story, send a message of hope after experiencing hardships.

“THE CLIMB” by Miley Cyrus (2009)

Morale-boosting lines:  “There's always gonna be another mountain / I'm always gonna wanna make it move / Always gonna be an uphill battle / Sometimes I'm gonna have to lose”

Disney star Miley may have shed her wholesome image, but her gorgeous song “The Climb” still manages to touch hearts with its lyrics, which tell you to keep the faith in times of need.

“DEFYING GRAVITY” by Glee cast (2009)

Morale-boosting lines: “I'm through accepting limits / Cause someone says they're so / Some things I cannot change / But till I try, I'll never know!”

This hit song from Wicked: The Musical made its way into mainstream radio thanks to Kurt and Rachel’s diva-off on the Emmy award-winning show Glee. The lyrics talk about taking a leap and embracing new things. Theme song for 2011, anyone?

[Click here for the rest of the songs on this play list.]

“HALO” by Beyonce (2008)

Morale-boosting lines: “I found a way to let you in / But I never really had a doubt / Standing in the light of your halo / I got my angel now”

In this beautiful song, pop diva Beyonce tells the story of a woman’s defensive walls crumbling after being inspired by someone else. Let your man or your best friend listen to it when he’s down and show him what a difference he’s made in your life!

“SUPERWOMAN” by Alicia Keys (2007)

Morale-boosting lines:  “Cause I am a Superwoman / Yes I am, yes she is / Even when I'm a mess / I still put on a vest / With an S on my chest”

Alicia inspires women to put their best foot forward in this song about remaining strong in the face of adversity, and her music video shows examples of women who have done just that.

“BREAKAWAY” by Kelly Clarkson (2004)

Morale-boosting lines:  “I'll spread my wings, and I'll learn how to fly / I'll do what it takes till I touch the sky / I'll make a wish, take a chance, make a change / And breakaway”

The original American Idol winner sings of moving forward and exploring new horizons. This is a great listen when you’re switching careers or entering a new chapter in your life.

“HEY, SOUL SISTER” by Train (2009)

Morale-boosting lines:  “You gave my life direction / A game show love connection / I can't deny”

Listening to this upbeat song with its sweet lines that heap praises on a loved one will surely leave a smile on your face. More than the lyrics, the song's catchy and relentlessly cheerful tune will have you believing in dreams again.

“LIVE YOUR LIFE” by T.I. ft. Rihanna

Morale-boosting lines: “You're gonna be a shining star, fancy clothes, fancy car / And then you'll see, you're gonna go far / Cause everyone knows, who you are”

This hip-hop/R&B collaboration between rapper T.I. and singer Rihanna encourages you to ignore haters and keep living your life the way you want to.

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