20 Songs With Great Lyrics About Life (Deep & Thought Provoking)

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Some of us love to look at life more deeply than the average person does. Others say we read into things too much; we say that they don’t read into things enough! For those of you deep thinkers, it’s likely that you adore listening to thought provoking music. If that’s you, these 20 songs will make you really think about life and what it all means.

1. Invisible by Hunter Hayes

First on the list is ‘Invisible’ by ‘Hunter Hayes’ that contains some powerful lyrics for anyone who feels different and does not want to follow the herd. This is for the conscious thinkers of the world who dare to think different and pave their own path to life.

Snippet of the lyrics:

Crowded hallways are the loneliest places
For outcasts and rebels
Or anyone who just dares to be different
And you've been trying for so long
To find out where your place is
But in their narrow minds
There's no room for anyone who dares to do something different
Oh, but listen for a minute
Trust the one
Who's been where you are wishing all it was
Was sticks and stones
Those words cut deep but they don't mean you're all alone
And you're not invisible
Hear me out
There's so much more to life than what you're feeling now
Someday you'll look back on all these days
And all this pain is gonna be invisible
Oh invisible
So your confidence is quiet
To them quiet looks like weakness
But you don't have to fight it
'Cause you're strong enough to win without a war, yeah
Every heart has a rhythm
Let yours beat out so loudly
That everyone can hear it
Yeah promise you don't need to hide it anymore
Oh and never be afraid of doing something different
Dare to be something more

2. Don’t Let It Get You Down by JOHNNYSWIM

So often, doubters and naysayers get inside our heads when we’re trying to dream big; if you’ve ever had an “unrealistic” dream, and you’ve heard your friends or family telling you that you need to “get off your high horse”, etc., this song’s for you– remember not to let it get you down!

Snippet of the lyrics:

The storm it came from cross the seven seas. 
Hold your course, here comes the cavalry. 
Don't let it get you, 
don't let it get you down.

3. Anklebiters by Paramore

Why do we let others’ opinions dictate how we feel about ourselves, anyway? Anklebiters by Paramore reminds us that sometimes, our own love is the only love we need, especially when it seems like everybody else is against us.

Snippet of the lyrics:

Why do you care what people think?
Are you hooked up to their leash?
You know anklebiters
Ate up your personality
Try to remember how it felt
To just make up your own steps
And let anklebiters
Chew up, spit out someone else
And fall in love with yourself
Because someday you're gonna be
The only one you've got

4. Surprise Yourself by Jack Garratt

How can you know that you won’t succeed at something, if you’ve never tried? So many of us dream of writing a book, playing an instrument, applying for a job, starting a business, taking a trip, or otherwise putting ourselves out there in some way… But we may never do so, for fear of “failure” in some sense. Jack Garratt asks, what if you gave yourself the opportunity to surprise yourself?

Snippet of the lyrics:

Speak and open up your mind
It's something you should do all the time
Keep exploring, seek and find
You know you might surprise yourself
Talk without a taint or hold
The doubts that should embrace your heart
The calm and chaos of your soul
You know you might surprise yourself

5. True Colors by Zedd & Kesha

In order to live an incredibly fulfilling life, we must be willing to be ourselves, to follow our own passions, and to love ourselves unconditionally. Zedd and Kesha remind us, in this beautiful song, to show off our magnificent true colors.

Snippet of the lyrics:

All my life, one page at a time
I'll show you my, my true colors
And no-n-no, I won't apologize for the fire in my eyes
Let me show you my, my true colors, it ain't your rainbow

6. Glory by Bastille

When you think about it, the common philosophy of rushing through life, from school, to work, to retirement, is essentially just living as if we’re waiting to die. Glory by Bastille reminds us not to live our entire lives preparing for the next thing, but rather, to live in the present moment.

Snippet of the lyrics:

Not everything had gone to plan
But we made the best of what we had, you know?
Passing the drink from hand to hand
We admit we really know nothing at all

7. Live In The Moment by Portugal. The Man

How many minutes out of your day do you spend thinking about what you have to do later, or something you did earlier? Moreover, how much time do you spend truly living in the moment, in your body and your five senses, experiencing what’s right in front of you? If you struggle with presence, this Portugal. The Man song will remind you to live in the moment!

Snippet of the lyrics:

When I was young
Always go below the midnight sun
Those days are done
But I'm still glowing
Ooh la la la la la
Let's live in the moment
Come back Sunday morning
A lie, oh well
When you're gone
Goodbye, so long, farewell

8. No Plan by Hozier

This is a beautiful song by Hozier where he tries to convey the fact that life has no meaning as such except the meaning you give it. And the reason why you need to become more conscious of the simple joys of life.

Snippet of the lyrics:

There's no plan, there's no race to be run
The harder the rain, honey, the sweeter the sun
There's no plan, there's no kingdom to come
I'll be your man if you got love to get done
Sit in and watch the sunlight fade
Honey, enjoy, it's gettin' late
There's no plan, there's no hand on the rein

9. Flames by David Guetta & Sia

‘Flames’ contains some powerful lyrics that encourages you to get in touch with your inner strength and to keep persisting in life.

Snippet of the lyrics:

One foot in front of the other babe
One breath leads to another yeah
Just keep moving, oh
Look within for the strength today
Listen out for the voice to say
Just keep moving, oh
Go, go, go
Figure it out, figure it out, but don't stop moving
Go, go, go
Figure it out, figure it out, you can do this
So my love, keep on running
You gotta get through today, yeah
There my love, keep on running
Gotta keep those tears at bay, oh
Oh, my love, don't stop burning
Gonna send them up in flames
In flames
Don't stop, tomorrow's another day
Don't stop, tomorrow you'll feel no pain
Just keep moving, oh
Don't stop the past'll trip you up
You know, right now's gotta be enough
Just keep moving

10. Way Back When by Kodaline

This is a beautiful song by Kodaline about rest and relaxation. It helps you connect with your inner child so you can begin again to enjoy the simple joys of life.

Snippet of the lyrics:

We never had that much to do
So we just lay around in someone’s house
Someday I’ll have it all again
Just like way back when

Back then we’d sleep until the afternoon
And we’d just get up and go outside
Open a window, let the breeze blow in
Forget everything

Yea, those will be the days that I will be missing
When I’m old and when I’m gray and when I stop working
I hope that I can say
When all my days are done
We were just having fun

11. Nothing Else Matters by Metallica

This song by Metallica has powerful lyrics that encourage you to embrace your true authentic self and stop worrying about other people.

Snippet of the lyrics:

So close no matter how far
Couldn't be much more from the heart
Forever trusting who we are
And nothing else matters
Never opened myself this way
Life is ours, we live it our way
All these words I don't just say
And nothing else matters

Trust I seek and I find in you
Every day for us something new
Open mind for a different view
And nothing else matters
Never cared for what they do
Never cared for what they know
But I know
So close no matter how far
Couldn't be much more from the heart
Forever trusting who we are
And nothing else matters

12. It’s My Life by Bon Jovi

Lovely track by Bon Jovi that encourages you to live in the moment and to live your life to the fullest.

Snippet of the lyrics:

This ain't a song for the broken-hearted
No silent prayer for the faith-departed
I ain't gonna be just a face in the crowd
You're gonna hear my voice
When I shout it out loud

It's my life
It's now or never
I ain't gonna live forever
I just want to live while I'm alive
(It's my life)
My heart is like an open highway
Like Frankie said
I did it my way
I just wanna live while I'm alive
It's my life

13. Read All About It by Emeli Sande

If you are looking for some inspiration to put yourself out there in life, then this is the song for you.

Snippet of the lyrics:

You've got the words to change a nation
But you're biting your tongue
You've spent a life time stuck in silence
Afraid you'll say something wrong
If no one ever hears it how we gonna learn your song?

So come on, come on
Come on, come on
You've got a heart as loud as lightning
So why let your voice be tamed?
Maybe we're a little different
There's no need to be ashamed
You've got the light to fight the shadows
So stop hiding it away
Come on, come on

I wanna sing, I wanna shout
I wanna scream 'til the words dry out
So put it in all of the papers,
I'm not afraid
They can read all about it
Read all about it, oh

14. Dust in the Wind by Kansas

‘Dust in the Wind’ is not the most uplifting song, but it has lyrics that will liberate you. The song helps you understand the eventual reality of life and the meaninglessness of it all, realizing which will help you let go and relax. It also brings you the realization that life may be meaningless but that only means that you have the freedom to give it any meaning you want.

Snippet of the lyrics:

I close my eyes
Only for a moment, and the moment's gone
All my dreams
Pass before my eyes, a curiosity
Dust in the wind
All they are is dust in the wind
Same old song
Just a drop of water in an endless sea
All we do
Crumbles to the ground, though we refuse to see
Dust in the wind
All we are is dust in the wind
Oh
Now, don't hang on
Nothin' lasts forever but the earth and sky
It slips away
And all your money won't another minute buy
Dust in the wind
All we are is dust in the wind

15. Foreverglow by Lindsey Stirling

“Your shine won’t last forever, but you’ll forever glow,” sings Lindsey Stirling in this gorgeous piece. This song reminds us that even when we’re gone, we’re sure to leave something beautiful behind.

Snippet of the lyrics:

Starry night
Speck of white
Would you know you're made of light
If you were born into the dark?
Did you know?
Down below
World beyond would see you glow
Long, long after you're gone
Your shine won't last forever
But you'll forever glow

16. Funny The Way It Is by Dave Matthews Band

Do you ever think about the fact that somebody, somewhere in the world, died at the exact moment that you were being born? Dave Matthews explores mind-bending facts of life such as this one in ‘Funny The Way It Is’, which emits a sense of both heart-opening and heartbreaking love for humanity as a whole.

Snippet of the lyrics:

Funny the way it is, if you think about it
Somebody's going hungry and someone else is eating out
Funny the way it is, not right or wrong
Somebody's heart is broken and it becomes your favorite song

17. One More Light by Linkin Park

Your life is not insignificant, Linkin Park tells us in this tear-jerking song. Even though you are only one person among billions, your light is meaningful, and people care about you. You are important and you belong here.

If they say
Who cares if one more light goes out?
In a sky of a million stars
It flickers, flickers
Who cares when someone's time runs out?
If a moment is all we are
We're quicker, quicker
Who cares if one more light goes out?
Well I do

Snippet of the lyrics:

18. Don’t Panic by Coldplay

If the Earth was destroyed tomorrow, we’d learn that we should’ve appreciated all of her beauty today. Don’t Panic by Coldplay, a reference to the movie Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (in which our planet is destroyed), reminds us that our Earth is magnificent, and that we should love her with every chance we get.

Snippet of the lyrics:

Bones sinkin' like stones
All that we've fought for
All these places we've grown
All of us are done for
And we live in a beautiful world
Yeah we do, yeah we do
We live in a beautiful world

19. Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen

“Love is not a victory march / It’s a cold and it’s a broken hallelujah”. This song has over two hundred covers, and has resonated with millions of hearts, likely because it so precisely encapsulates the human experience: life is messy, life is painful, and life is beautiful, even within all of the mess.

20. Dare You to Move by Switchfoot

It’s entirely human to live our lives in fear of what could happen, or in regret of what we think we did wrong. This song by Switchfoot dares us to live life on the edge anyway. What could happen if we were to truly go for our greatest dreams? And if we don’t, how will we ever know who we could become?

Whether you hope to shift to a more inspired mindset, or gain some perspective on your life, any of these songs can help you to see a bird’s eye view of things. Make a playlist to listen to while creating or walking in nature, or simply meditate on the meaning of any of these songs to see where your consciousness takes you!


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