Last Updated on March 24, 2023
Motivation is critical to achieving your goals and reaching your full potential. For men, inspiration can come from many sources, such as family, friends, and mentors. But sometimes, the best source of motivation comes from within – and that’s where motivational songs for men come in.
As a man, I have found that certain songs can help me stay motivated and focused on my goals. Whether it is getting through a tough workout, a difficult day, or simply getting the boost I need to keep going, there is nothing like a good motivational song.
Music has the power to inspire, motivate and uplift. With the right song, we can tap into the power of our inner strength and achieve greatness.
Here are some of the best motivational songs for men that have helped me to stay motivated and inspired.
44 Top Motivation Songs For Men
Below are the top songs that are sure to hype any man up:
1. Eye Of The Tiger – Survivor
This 1982 song was written for Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky III and is one of the most iconic songs in music history. It became a smash hit, topping the Billboard Hot 100 chart for seven weeks and reaching #2 on the UK Singles Chart.
The lyrics are about overcoming adversity and fighting back against all odds – something that Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) does throughout his movie series. For men looking for a powerful jam to get them motivated during their workouts or day-to-day challenges, this is it!
2. Harder Better Faster Stronger – Daft Punk
Initially released in 2001 by French duo Daft Punk, this single has become an anthem that celebrates ambition and hard work; its title alone sends out a powerful message: ‘hard work pays off’!
Its sleek beat makes it perfect for listening to while exercising or doing any task at hand; with enough grit, you can achieve anything you set your mind to!
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3. Don’t Stop Believing – Journey
This 1981 hit single is one of the most well-known songs in music history and is still a famous anthem. The lyrics tell an inspirational story about achieving dreams against all odds – something many men can relate to.
It also serves as a reminder never to give up, no matter how tough things may seem; keep believing, and you will eventually reach your goals!
4. U Can’t Touch This – Mc Hammer
This 1990 classic was the biggest hit for rap artist MC Hammer at its release, reaching #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
It has since become an iconic song with its catchy beat and empowering lyrics that encourage listeners to stay focused on their goals despite any obstacles or criticism they may face: “You can’t touch this!”
5. Lose Yourself – Eminem
Released in 2002 by rapper Eminem from his movie, ‘8 Mile’ (and winning him an Academy Award for Best Original Song), this track is considered one of Eminem’s greatest hits to date. It topped both national US & UK charts simultaneously when released!
Its powerful message speaks volumes about taking control of our lives, living in the moment, and making the most of opportunities.
6. Stronger – Kanye West
This 2007 single from rapper Kanye West topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart for five weeks and was sampled from French electronic duo Daft Punk’s song ‘Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger’.
The lyrics are about pushing through pain to become stronger, the perfect motivation for men striving to reach their full potential!
7. Firework – Katy Perry
This 2010 hit single by singer-songwriter Katy Perry is an empowering anthem that speaks out against self-doubt and encourages listeners to believe in themselves no matter what anyone else says. “Do you ever feel like a plastic bag? Drifting through the wind wanting to start again? Well, you can! Just own up your mistakes so you can ignite your fireworks”.
8. Believe – Cher
Believe was released in 1998 as part of Cher’s twenty-third album ‘Believe’. It topped charts around the world, including US & UK singles charts when released; it also won her a Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording in 1999!
Its powerful message speaks out against self-doubt and encourages people to believe in themselves no matter what anyone else says.
9. Power – Kanye West
This 2010 single from rapper Kanye West is a powerful song that speaks out against the pressure to conform, encouraging listeners to stay true to their beliefs and values. “No one can judge you… You don’t need anybody’s power”. It also serves as an empowering anthem for men striving for greatness!
10. Believe – The Bravery
The second single off of The Bravery’s 2005 album ‘The Sun and the Moon’, this track celebrates ambition and hard work with its catchy chorus: “It takes belief/If you want it, go get it/No excuses now”. This is a great motivational song for men who are determined not to give up on their dreams!
11. I Gotta Feeling – Black Eyed Peas
Released in 2009 as part of Black-Eyed Pea’s fifth studio album, ‘The E•N•D’, this track topped charts worldwide; it was even number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart when released!
Its uplifting lyrics encourage listeners to “Live it up, let’s do it, and don’t ever stop”! It doesn’t get better than that, does it?
12. It’s My Life – Bon Jovi
This 2000 single was the lead single off of Bon Jovi’s tenth studio album ‘Crush’. The lyrics celebrate living life on one’s terms: “It’s my life/It is now or never/I ain’t gonna live forever”. An inspiring track that encourages men to take risks and make bold decisions to achieve greatness!
13. Firestarter – The Prodigy
A 1996 hit by British electronic act The Prodigy, this song topped charts around Europe when released. The lyrics speak against conformity and encourage listeners not to be afraid of being different: “I’m the trouble starter/Punkin’ instigator”. A great song for any man looking for extra courage to stand out from the pack!
14. Thunderstruck – AC/DC
This 1990 hard rock anthem is one of ACDC’s most popular songs; it topped charts worldwide when released and has since become a classic. Its lyrics speak against fear, encouraging listeners to take risks and live life on the edge: “I was shaking at the knees/Could I come again please?”
15. Everybody Talks – Neon Trees
Released in 2011 as part of Neon Tree’s third studio album’ Picture Show’, this track is an anthem for anyone who feels like they don’t fit in. Its empowering message speaks out against conformity, encouraging listeners to embrace their individuality: “Everybody talks, but nobody says anything”. ‘Everybody Talks’ is a great song for any man looking to be himself!
16. Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You) – Kelly Clarkson
This 2012 single by pop singer Kelly Clarkson topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart when she first released it. Its lyrics are inspired by Friedrich Nietzsche’s famous quote, “That which does not kill us makes us stronger.”
The track serves as a reminder that no matter how tough things may seem, we can always find strength within ourselves if we choose not to give up!
17. Hall Of Fame – The Script Ft Will I Am
This 2012 hit single was recorded by Irish pop rock band The Script with rapper/producer Will I Am. The song topped charts around Europe when released!
Its uplifting lyrics are about striving for greatness and being proud of one’s accomplishments: “You can be the greatest, you can be the best… You could be a legend but don’t wait for success”. This is a great song to inspire men who are always aiming higher.
18. We Are Young – Fun
Released in 2011 as part of American indie pop group, Fun’s second studio album ‘Some Nights’, this track became an international smash hit that same year – topping the Billboard Hot 100 chart & reaching #6 on the UK Singles Chart at its time of release!
It speaks out against conformity, encouraging listeners not to worry too much about what other people think or say: “Tonight we are young so let’s set the world on fire”. This is an inspiring anthem perfect for any man dreaming big and wanting to make them come true!
19. Get Up Stand Up – Bob Marley & The Wailers
This 1973 reggae classic is one of Bob Marley & The Wailer’s most popular tracks. It has since become an anthem for freedom and justice. Its lyrics are about standing up to oppression, inequality, and injustice: “Get up stand up/Don’t give up the fight”. This is a great song for any man looking to make a difference in this world!
20. Brave – Sara Bareilles
This 2013 single by American singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart at its time of release. Its lyrics are about finding the courage to be oneself: “Say what you want to say/And let the words fall out”. This inspiring anthem reminds us of our inner strength and encourages listeners not to be afraid to take risks or stand up for their beliefs!
21. The Climb – Miley Cyrus
This 2009 hit single was recorded as part of the Disney film Hannah Montana, but it has since become an inspirational pop classic in its own right! Its uplifting message speaks volumes about overcoming obstacles to reach one’s goals: “The struggles I’m facing/The chances I’m taking”. A great song for any man looking to stay motivated on his journey toward greatness!
22. Don’t Stop Me Now – Queen
Written by British rock band Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in 1978, this song is considered one of their most popular tracks; it was rerecorded into a Spanish version called ‘No Pare Ahora’ with Latin pop sensation Luis Fonsi in 2019!
Its uplifting message encourages listeners not to let anything stop them from achieving greatness: “Don’t stop me now I’m having such a good time/I’m havin’ a ball don’t stop me now”.
23. The Middle – Jimmy Eat World
This 2001 single became an international smash hit that same year, topping the Billboard Hot 100 chart & reaching #5 on the UK Singles Chart at its time of release!
Its uplifting message encourages listeners to stay true to themselves despite what anyone else says or thinks: “It just takes some time/Little girl you’re in the middle”. A great song for any man looking to stay inspired and motivated!
24. Ready, Set, Go – Tokio Hotel
Released in 2008 as part of German rock band Tokio Hotel’s third studio album ‘Humanoid’, this track became an international hit. Its lyrics are about pushing through fear and taking risks to achieve greatness: “Ready, set, go/No matter what they say I’m gonna make it”.
25. You’re The Best – Joe Esposito
This 1984 track was initially recorded for the movie ‘The Karate Kid’ but has since become an iconic anthem that celebrates ambition and hard work: “You’re the best around/Nothing’s gonna ever keep you down”. This is a great song for any man looking to stay motivated and push himself to reach his full potential!
26. Born To Be Wild – Steppenwolf
This 1968 hit single by Canadian-American rock band Steppenwolf has since become an iconic anthem that celebrates freedom and living life on one’s terms: “Get your motor running/Head out on the highway”. This is an excellent song if you want to stay inspired and motivated!
27. Chariots Of Fire – Vangelis
This 1981 instrumental theme by Greek composer Vangelis was composed for the film ‘Chariots of Fire’ and won him an Academy Award for Best Original Score. Its uplifting melody speaks out against fear and encourages listeners to always strive for greatness: “Run, run, run”.
28. Believe – Justin Bieber
This 2012 single by Canadian singer-songwriter Justin Bieber was released as part of his third studio album ‘Believe’.
Its uplifting message speaks out against doubt and encourages listeners to believe in themselves: “I don’t know how I’m gonna do it/But I know I’m gonna get there”.
29. You Raise Me Up – Josh Groban
This 2002 single was originally recorded by the Irish-Norwegian duo Secret Garden but became an international hit after being covered by American singer-songwriter Josh Groban in 2004.
Its uplifting lyrics are about never giving up on one’s dreams: “When I am down and, oh my soul, so weary/Until you come and sit awhile with me”.
30. Lose Yourself To Dance – Daft Punk Ft Pharrell Williams
This 2013 single by French electronic duo Daft Punk featuring American singer-songwriter Pharrell Williams was released as part of their fourth studio album ‘Random Access Memories’.
Its catchy beat is perfect for any man looking to stay motivated while exercising or doing chores: “Let yourself go like a firework show”!
31. Alive – Sia
This 2015 single by Australian singer-songwriter Sia topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart when it was first released; its powerful lyrics are about finding strength within oneself even in the darkest of times: “I’m still alive/Hey I, think you’re some kind of miracle”.
32. Strong Enough – Sheryl Crow
This 1994 single by American singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow was released as part of her second studio album ‘Tuesday Night Music Club’. Its empowering message is about staying true to oneself: “And I’m strong enough/To live without your love, but not strong enough”.
33. Don’t Give Up – Peter Gabriel & Kate Bush
This 1986 duet between English musician Peter Gabriel and British singer-songwriter Kate Bush became an international hit in the same year; its powerful lyrics are about never giving up on one’s dreams despite all odds: “Love meets us where we are/Don’t give up”. An inspiring track that is perfect for any man struggling with his journey toward greatness!
34. Wake Me Up When September Ends – Green Day
This 2004 single by American rock band Green Day topped charts around the world when released; its uplifting message is about staying strong despite difficult times: “Summer has come and passed/The innocent can never last”. It’s a great song to get you through challenging situations!
35. I Will Survive – Gloria Gaynor
Released as part of American singer-songwriter Gloria Gaynor’s 1978 album ‘Love Tracks’, this track became an international smash hit that same year, topping the Billboard Hot 100 chart & reaching #1 on the UK Singles Chart at its time of release!
Its empowering lyrics are about finding strength within oneself no matter what life throws your way: “I will survive, oh as long as I know how to love”.
36. Raise Your Glass – Pink
This 2010 single by American singer-songwriter Pink topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart when released. Its uplifting message speaks out against conformity and encourages listeners to stay true to themselves: “You can’t be everybody else/So you have to be yourself”.
A great anthem for any man looking to find his path toward greatness!
37. Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
Initially recorded by Motown duo Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell in 1967, this song has since become an iconic track that celebrates ambition and pushing through fear to reach one’s goals: “Ain’t no mountain high enough/Ain’t no valley low enough”.
An inspiring jam perfect for an ambitious modern man.
38. We Are The Champions – Queen
Written by a British rock band, Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in 1977, this track became one of their most popular songs to date. It was later rerecorded into a Spanish jam called ‘Somos Los Campeones’ by Latin pop sensation Luis Fonsi in 2019.
The song’s uplifting message speaks volumes about striving for greatness against all odds: “We are the champions my friends/And we’ll keep on fighting till the end”.
39. Man In The Mirror – Michael Jackson
Released as part of American singer-songwriter Michael Jackson’s 1987 album ‘Bad’, this track became an international smash hit, topping the Billboard Hot 100 chart & reaching #2 on the UK Singles Chart at its time of release!
Its powerful message speaks out against conformity while encouraging us not to be afraid to take risks or stand up for our beliefs: “If you want to change then start with yourself”.
40. You Give Love A Bad Name – Bon Jovi
When first released, this 1986 classic by American rock band Bon Jovi topped charts around Europe. Its empowering message celebrates ambition and hard work: “Shot through the heart/And you’re to blame”.
41. Roar– Katy Perry
As mentioned before, this 2013 hit single was recorded as part of American singer-songwriter Katy Perry’s fourth studio album ‘Prism’. Its empowering message speaks out against self-doubt: “I got the eye of the tiger/A fighter dancing through fire”.
42. Titanium – David Guetta Ft. Sia
The Australian singer-songwriter, Sia, wrote this powerful anthem with British musician David Guetta. The track became the lead single on Guetta’s album, ‘Nothing but the Beat’.
It tells a story of courage and resilience – drawing on Sia’s struggles with depression. With lyrics like “I’m bulletproof nothing to lose/ Fire away fire away”, Titanium is sure to give you an extra boost of motivation when life gets tough.
43. Heroes – David Bowie
This 1977 classic is a timeless ode to courage and determination. With lyrics like “‘We can be heroes, just for one day”, the song has become an anthem of hope, inspiring men everywhere to “be their hero”.
The single was released as part of Bowie’s 11th studio album Heroes and reached #24 on the UK Singles Chart in October 1977. It also became a popular hit in Germany, where it peaked at #12 on the German charts that same year.
44. Started From The Bottom – Drake
This single from Toronto rapper Drake serves as an ode to hard work and determination. The track was released in 2013 as part of his third studio album, ‘Nothing Was the Same’.
It tells a story of perseverance and resilience, with lyrics like “started from the bottom now we’re here”, inspiring men everywhere to never give up on their dreams no matter how tough things get.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are There Any Female-Led Songs That Motivate Men?
Yes, several female-led songs can be used to motivate men. Some examples include “Believe” by Cher, “Firework” by Katy Perry, “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” By Kelly Clarkson, “Brave” By Sara Bareilles, and “Roar” By Katy Perry.
These tracks celebrate ambition & hard work while also encouraging listeners not to worry too much about what other people think or say.
What Type Of Music Should I Listen To When Looking For Motivation?
When finding motivating music, you should look into rock, hip-hop/rap, pop, and electronic genres. All these genres have plenty of uplifting tunes with empowering messages!
You can also try instrumental versions if you need more focus or concentration. Music without vocals has been known to help improve productivity levels!
What Are Some Good Workout Motivation Songs?
When finding the perfect workout motivation song, you should look for tracks with upbeat tempos and empowering lyrics. Some great examples include “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor, “Harder Better Faster Stronger” by Daft Punk, “U Can’t Touch This” By MC Hammer, and “Lose Yourself” By Eminem.
These tracks will help get your blood pumping and keep you motivated throughout your workouts!
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