- 1 Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young: “Carry On”
- 2 De La Soul: “Tread Water”
- 3 Dinah Washington: “Trouble in Mind”
- 4 Four Tops: “Reach Out I’ll Be There”
- 5 Gloria Gaynor: “I Will Survive”
- 6 Queen (feat. David Bowie): “Under Pressure”
- 7 “You Gotta Be” – Des’ree
- 8 “Jump” – Madonna
- 9 “I Will Survive” – Gloria Gaynor
- 10 “Paper Planes” – M.I.A
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young: “Carry On”
As seen by their song “Carry On,” David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash, and Neil Young found out how to get maximum brightness from their combined vocals. For those of us who enjoy a good dose of gloom and doom, “to sing the blues you’ve got to live the dues/And carry on,” they sing.
De La Soul: “Tread Water”
It’s always a good idea to listen to De La Soul’s 1989 album 3 Feet High and Rising when you’re feeling depressed. It’s one of hip-most hop’s quirky albums. A crocodile in a flower-covered cap, a hungry squirrel, and other crazy critters all provide the same piece of advise to Trugoy the Dove and Posdnuos on Track 12 “Tread Water,” which is to tread water in life.
Dinah Washington: “Trouble in Mind”
Countless versions of the blues classic “Trouble in Mind” exist today. Spotify has a 1924 version of the song, as well as versions by Aretha Franklin, Johnny Cash, Nina Simone, and Sam Cooke. As a result, Dinah Washington’s 1957 chart-topping rendition is an excellent example of the song’s versatility. “But I won’t always be blue / ‘Cause the sun’s going to shine through my back door eventually.” This lyric remains one of the most poignant and universally felt lines ever recorded.
Four Tops: “Reach Out I’ll Be There”
“Reach Out I’ll Be There” by the Four Tops was one of the finest songs of the ’60s. This masterpiece by Holland-Dozier-Holland is a life preserver in disguise. Whether or whether our “hope is gone,” “life is fraught with much perplexity,” or if our “world around is crumblin’ down,” Levi Stubbs wonders. Stubbs lovingly answers, “I’ll be there!” if we reply yes to all three of these requests.
Gloria Gaynor: “I Will Survive”
In terms of popular music, “I Will Survive” may be the best hymn of perseverance we have. It’s certainly the most lip-sync-worthy song on our list. Do you think I’d crumble? Did you think I’d lie down and die? Oh no, not me!,” Gaynor sings confidently. One of Gaynor’s biggest shows of “I’m thriving without you” is the result of her partner’s inability to treat her properly.
Queen (feat. David Bowie): “Under Pressure”
When it comes to upbeat, gigantic rock, Queen are basically gods. It seemed inevitable that their 1982 single “Under Pressure,” featuring David Bowie, would be a smash hit. “And love dares you to care for / The people on the edge of the night,” is one of the most memorable song intros of all time, but the lyrics aren’t really what you’d expect: “And love dares you to care for / The people on the edge of the night.”
“You Gotta Be” – Des’ree
Des’ree expects her followers to embody a variety of traits, among them boldness, challenge, and serenity. Despite Des’ree’s lofty goals in “You Gotta Be,” it’s important to remember that the solutions to all of life’s problems are rooted in the same fundamental principles, even if they are more easily stated than implemented. It’s easy to be swept up in the current situation, both intellectually and emotionally. Des’ree, on the other hand, embodies all the qualities she aims to elicit in her listeners through her music and live performances.
“Jump” – Madonna
The Queen of Pop sings about freedom in this song. “Jump” is a song from Madonna’s tenth studio album, “Confessions on a Dance Floor” (2005), and it focuses on strength and self-sufficiency in new partnerships. Passion and daring are unleashed in its homages to the Pet Shop Boys and uplifting lyrics.
Listening to this song might be the anthem that helps you recover from a breakup, or it could be the perfect soundtrack for a happy and liberated state of mind.
“I Will Survive” – Gloria Gaynor
Another song that illustrates life continues on after a breakup is “I Will Survive.” Among this list, it is one of the best anthems of perseverance and the easiest to lip-sync. No, I’m not going to disintegrate. In an over-the-top manner, Gloria reveals her intentions. Because of a partner who never treated Gloria well, she suffers from Gloria’s agony. Imagine being the guy who devised what must be the greatest show of “I am flourishing without you,” ever. The song is used in a 2013 anthology of inspirational stories called “We Will Survive” as a soundtrack. When it came to overcoming adversity, Destiny’s Child and Gloria Gaynor had the loudest voices.
“Paper Planes” – M.I.A
Only M.I.A. can get you psyched up while breaking all the laws. “Paper Planes,” M.I.A.’s breakthrough hit from her second studio album “Kala,” stood apart from the rest of the charts at the time because of its unique sound. As the title suggests, the song is about being a “authentic opportunist,” and it has a number of societal allusions that show the musician at her most defiant and reckless.