30 Best Songs About Being Yourself (Greatest Hits)

30 Songs about Being Yourself
30 Songs about Being Yourself
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Inspiring Songs About Being Yourself

Music has the power to inspire us to be ourselves, embrace our individuality, and celebrate our uniqueness.

Today we’re serving up 30 of the very best songs about being yourself, including songs with a message about being true to yourself. This list includes artists such as Lady Gaga, Eminem, Elton John, and many more. 

These tracks, spanning decades and genres, all share a common theme: the importance of staying true to who we are and following our own path, even when it’s difficult. 

From powerful rock ballads to introspective pop hits, these tracks will inspire you to be true to yourself and live your best life. Let’s dive in.


1. “Brave” – Sara Bareilles (2013)

Sara Bareilles’ pop anthem encourages listeners to find the courage to be themselves, no matter what others may think or say.

2. “Born This Way” – Lady Gaga (2011)

Lady Gaga’s empowering and unapologetic hit reminds us that we were all born to be unique and that we should embrace our individuality.

3. “Just the Way You Are” – Bruno Mars (2010)

Bruno Mars’ soulful ballad celebrates the beauty and uniqueness of every individual, encouraging us to love ourselves just the way we are.

4. “Beautiful” – Christina Aguilera (2002)

Christina Aguilera’s empowering pop anthem reminds us that true beauty lies within, and that we should embrace every aspect of ourselves.

5. “Scars To Your Beautiful” – Alessia Cara (2015)

Alessia Cara’s emotional ballad encourages listeners to embrace their flaws and imperfections, reminding us that they make us who we are.

6. “Not Afraid” – Eminem (2010)

Eminem’s powerful hip-hop track is a reminder to be ourselves and stand up for what we believe in, even in the face of adversity.

7. “Man in the Mirror” – Michael Jackson (1987)

Michael Jackson’s iconic hit is a call to action for us to look within ourselves and make a change, starting with the person in the mirror.

8. “My Hometown” – Bruce Springsteen (1984)

Springsteen’s nostalgic ode to his childhood home is a heartfelt tribute to the past and the people who shaped our lives.

9. “Time After Time” – Cyndi Lauper (1983)

Cyndi Lauper’s timeless ballad about a love that transcends time is both comforting and bittersweet.

10. “Take Me Home, Country Roads” – John Denver (1971)

John Denver’s ode to the beauty and simplicity of rural life is a heartfelt tribute to his beloved West Virginia and the memories of the past.

11. “Lose Yourself” – Eminem (2002)

Eminem’s iconic rap anthem is a reminder to stay true to oneself and seize every opportunity that comes our way, no matter how difficult the journey may be.

12. “Stronger” – Kelly Clarkson (2012)

Kelly Clarkson’s empowering pop hit is a call to action to overcome obstacles and internal struggles, becoming stronger and more confident in the process.

13. “Unwritten” – Natasha Bedingfield (2004)

Natasha Bedingfield’s upbeat pop song is a celebration of the limitless potential that lies within each of us, inviting us to take risks and make the most out of life.

14. “I Will Survive” – Gloria Gaynor (1978)

Gloria Gaynor’s disco era hit is an anthem of resilience, urging listeners to stand up for themselves and remain true to who they are, no matter what life throws their way.

15. “Man! I Feel Like a Woman!” – Shania Twain (1997)

Shania Twain’s upbeat and energetic country-pop track is a celebration of femininity and individuality, urging women everywhere to embrace who they are and live life to the fullest.

16. “I’m Still Standing” – Elton John (1983)

Elton John’s iconic track is a declaration of independence and strength after overcoming hardships, reminding us that we can still stand tall and be ourselves, no matter how difficult things may get.

17. “Vienna” – Billy Joel (1977)

Billy Joel’s tender ballad is a reminder to slow down and appreciate the journey, rather than rush through life.

18. “Long December” – Counting Crows (1996)

This melancholic song by Counting Crows tells a story of hope and redemption despite the struggles of the past.

19. “1979” – The Smashing Pumpkins (1996)

The Smashing Pumpkins capture the essence of nostalgia with this anthem to the end of adolescence and the dawn of adulthood.

20. “Time” – Pink Floyd (1973)

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Pink Floyd’s epic rock ballad is a poignant reflection on the passage of time and the impact it has on our lives, urging us to make the most of every moment.

21. “Come as You Are” – Nirvana (1991)

Nirvana’s alt-rock classic is an anthem of non-conformity, urging listeners to embrace their individuality and reject societal expectations.

22. “Castle on the Hill” – Ed Sheeran (2017)

Ed Sheeran’s nostalgic pop hit pays homage to his childhood memories and the friends who shaped his life, set against the backdrop of his hometown in England.

23. “The Man” – Taylor Swift (2019)

Taylor Swift’s empowering pop anthem is a declaration of her strength and confidence, embodying the spirit of being true to oneself and staying authentic.

24. “Respect” – Aretha Franklin (1967)

Aretha Franklin’s iconic soul hit is a call for self-respect and dignity, reminding listeners that they deserve to be treated with respect and kindness.

25. “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” – Cyndi Lauper (1983)

Cyndi Lauper’s iconic pop hit is a celebration of feminine empowerment and individuality, urging women to have fun and embrace their own unique expression.

26. “True Colors” – Cyndi Lauper (1986)

Cyndi Lauper’s tender ballad celebrates the beauty and uniqueness of every individual, urging us to let our true colors shine through.

27. “Elastic Heart” – Sia ft. The Weeknd, Diplo (2014)

Sia’s emotionally raw and honest song is an anthem of resilience and perseverance, reminding us to have faith in ourselves, even in our darkest moments.

28. “Roar” – Katy Perry (2013)

Katy Perry’s empowering pop hit encourages listeners to stand up for themselves and overcome adversity, embodying the spirit of resilience and strength.

29. “Live Like You Were Dying” – Tim McGraw (2004)

Tim McGraw’s country ballad is a reminder to live life to the fullest and cherish every moment, urging us to take risks and make the most out of our time.

30. “The Greatest” – Sia ft. Kendrick Lamar (2016)

Sia’s uplifting pop hit is a testament to the beauty and power of human resilience, encouraging us to be our own greatest allies and fight for our dreams.

Wrapping Up: Songs About Being Yourself

Being true to ourselves can be difficult in a world that often pressures us to conform to societal expectations and norms. 

But music has always been a means of resistance, a way to speak truth to power and embrace our individuality. 

These 30 songs about being yourself from across genres and eras remind us of the importance of being ourselves, embracing our uniqueness, and celebrating our flaws and all. Let these anthems be the soundtrack to your journey toward self-discovery and self-love.


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Thomas Smith
Thomas Smith
As Visionary and Chief Editor of 122BPM, Thomas is dedicated to inspiring the next generation of music pioneers. With a degree in Music and 10 years industry experience, Thomas is now shaping 122BPM as the central hub for music and audio education.
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