Motivational songs for overcoming obstacles are BIG songs. Packed with motivational messages and power-filled orchestration they are the kind that get you up and going at the gym even though you are tired. They are the ones we hear at the game when there are a few seconds left on the clock and the score is tied. They are the songs used in television and film in musical montages when the lead character finally faces his challenge and proceeds despite the opposition.
Motivational songs for overcoming obstacles are important because they uplift, inspire and, excite. A steady “diet” of them can keep you feeling confident, strong, and ready to take on the world. They are so effective, they’ve even supported whole movements that brought about great social and political change.
Like the US civil rights movement. A whole assortment of leading artists of time wrote and produced some of the most motivational songs for overcoming obstacles ever. Everyone from James Brown to The Jacksons contributed to this rich body of music that serves as the soundtrack for the advancement of colored people everywhere.
1. “We Shall Overcome” sung by Mahalia Jackson is the most popular protest song that became the key anthem for the US civil rights movement.
2. “Wade in the Water” sung by the Fisk Jubilee Singers is a song that many internet sources and popular books claim to contain explicit instructions to fugitive slaves on how to avoid capture and the route to take to successfully make their way to freedom.
3. “Pick a Bale of Cotton” by Leadbelly is work song that was sung by workers to coordinate timing to pick a bale (480 lbs.) of cotton.
4. “Say it Loud, I’m Black and I’m Proud” by James Brown is notable both as one of Brown’s signature songs and as one of the most popular “black power” anthems of the 1960s.
5. “Lift Every Voice and Sing” sung by Kim Weston and written by James Weldon Johnson, was named the Black National Anthem and became the official song of the NAACP.
6. “We’re a Winner” by The Impressions was written and produced by Curtis Mayfield and was a #1 song of the black pride movement.
7. “Redemption Song” by Bob Marley is considered Marley’s most important piece of work, with lyrics derived from a speech given by the Pan-Africanist leader Marcus Garvey.
8. “Can You Feel It” by The Jacksons was written by Michael and Jackie Jackson on their album Triumph and was an international chart-topper in 1981.
9. “Aint No Stoppin Us Now” by McFadden and Whitehead is a celebratory song to honor black achievements, and became a number #1 hit selling over 2 million copies.
10. “Fight the Power” by The Isley Brothers is a protest funk song from 1975 that inspired Public Enemy to release a hip-hop version of their own in the late 1980’s.
11. “Man in the Mirror” by Michael Jackson is one of Jackson’s most critically-acclaimed songs that hit number one and was re-released in the UK after his death.
12. “Fight the Power” by Public Enemy serves as the political statement of purpose for the group and is their biggest single.
13. “Jesus Walks” by Kanye West was not only on of his most popular songs, but was well-received by music critics who praised “its compelling sonic atmosphere and boldness in its open embracement of faith”.
14. “Hold On” by Wyclef is the Haitian-born musician’s plea fans to support his non-profit organization and help the victims of the Haitian earthquake by texting ‘YELE’ to 501501.
15. “Move On Up” sung by Beninoise singer-songwriter Agelique Kidjo also features Bono and John Legend is a motivational song used to uplift the people of Africa. Although, it was originally written and performed by Curtis Mayfield in 1970, several other well-known artists released subsequent versions that are equally motivating.
So stand up and get ready to get motivated to overcome obstacles. This playlist is empowering no matter what color you are. It will touch you, resonate with you at your core, and make you MOVE! The legacy of this music lives on.
Any obstacles in your way? Just, let the beat and the rhythm set the pace and allow the message in the music help you over and above all obstacles that come your way…