They say music has no language and it is beyond barriers. If you ask me, it’s quite true. I do events across the world and make audiences of all races dance to the music I use during my motivational talks. I love music, so much that I once had my friend gift me a collection of 100 of my favorite Hindi tracks for my birthday. It plays in my car all the time now. If you have attended any of my leadership or stress management talks, you would know what I am talking about 🙂 .. Hence, a list of my favorite and super motivational songs, both Hindi and English had to be there on my blog!

This list is obviously not exhaustive. It is a personal choice, songs that get me all pumped up, that act as the quickest pick-me-up and songs that I believe have been beautifully written or sung. Please feel free to add to this list of 12 super motivational songs that might super charge your will power, add fire to your discipline and do wonders for your productivity.

6 Super Motivational songs from Bollywood: 

1. Roobaroo: Rang De Basanti (2006)

If you have attended ‘Rise and Shine‘- my Flagship Motivational Session – you would have danced to the tunes of Roobaroo. I have seen people forgetting their age and designation and get up to sing this one out loud. This one stays with you, long after it’s over. It is one of my favorite highly inspirational songs of all times. Specially the lines:

“Aandhiyon se jhagad rahi hai lau meri…
Ab mashaalon si badh rahi hai lau meri…”

Let not the fire in you die down. Be Roobaroo to your own fierce potential! 🙂

Watch the song here:

2. Ek Jindadi Meri: Hindi Medium (2017)

The movie itself was quite motivating. But this song – is a different story altogether. If you look at the context, it has been performed by kids who are not as privileged but equally (or maybe more) talented as any other kid. This goes to say, “Your Qualifications do not always matter. Your confidence does!”. And this line, just always fires me up –

“Maine haarna nahi hai chahe kuch bhi kahe duniyaaaa…”

If the kids can do it, you can too. The very catchy beats will also get to you. It was stuck in my head for days! Do watch it here:

3. Zinda Hai Toh: Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2013)

I think this is one of the finest biopics made in India, and Farhan Akhtar brings Milkha Singh’s inspiring story to life very beautifully. You can’t help but notice the extreme hard work, passion and training the actor has put in to look convincing as Milkha Singh. And where do I begin with this song, “Zinda hai toh”. Kick-ass motivation is what it is! These lines say it all:

“Zindagi ka ye ghada le, Ek saans mein chadha le
Hichkiyon mein kya hai marna! Poora mar le…”

Watch this extremely Inspiring song here:

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4. Ruk Jaana nahi, Tu kahin haar ke: Imtehaan (1974)

Old is truly gold. And so is this song. The name of the movie itself will give you an idea about the various trials and tribulations that life makes us go through and the importance of a indefatigable spirit that does not know how to back down. That, after the dark tunnels, there is light. And that, after the thorny roads, there is the garden of success – is what this songs is about. Any list of super motivational songs would be incomplete without this one!

Watch it here:

5. Love You Zindagi: Dear Zindagi (2016)

A simple song that urges you to live and love life by uncomplicating it. The funda is very simple – you keep in your life that which works for you. And you remove from your life that which does not work for you. I love the sheer simplicity of this song:

“Aane do aane do, Dil mein aa jaane do
Keh do muskuraahat ko, Hii Hii Hii Hii…. “

This simple philosophy is what I live by. Watch this beautiful song here:

6. Tu Naa Jaane Aas Paas hai Khuda: Anjaana Anjaani (2010)

Of the many relationships that I have been lucky to find in my life, the most beautiful and loving has been with God himself. I have felt Him walking with me always, be the roads difficult or easy. If you believe, HE is there; in darkness and light, in dawn and dusk. These lines, have always been true for me:

“Jab hoga andhera, Tab paayega dar mera
Uss dar pe phir hogi teri subah…”

In God I found the many answers that I was looking for. You should give it a try too! Watch the song here:

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7. I Get Knocked Down: Chumbawaba (1997)

A song dedicated to those who always get up and continue their fight. A song for the good and the best times, a song for the ‘never-give-up’ attitude. The beats, the lyrics, the feel – it will all super inspire you into getting up and setting things right in your life.

Watch it here:

(Songs are nothing but stories in melody and motion. Here are 3 Motivational Stories to Inspire You to Action)

8. Get Up, Stand Up: Bob Marley (1980)

What do I even say about this song. A gem from the 80s, sung by one of the most talented, versatile artists of all times, Bob Marley. This song is also about not quitting, and is a personification of Bob Marley’s undying spirit. This was the last song he performed. He was suffering from cancer but he sang 20 songs that night, collapsing soon after his performance.

Love your art, your skill, your talent endlessly. Whatever it is that keeps you going, do not let that go, do not dilute it with mediocrity and do not mix it with anything less than 100% of your efforts. If a terminally ill person can do it, what’s your excuse!

Watch it here:

9. It’s my Life: Bon Jovi (2000)

If you haven’t heard of this song yet, please do right away! It’s one of the most inspirational songs you will get to hear, and Bon Jovi has done tremendous justice to the spirit of life and music. Your life is now, you live it now. You do the things that you want to do now. No one is going to live forever. So, work on your dreams now! As simple as that!

Watch it here:

10. Don’t Worry, Be Happy: Bobby McFerin (1988)

If you are looking for peppy inspiration, this is it. It has a sort of easy that will make you want to ease into the moment right away. A truly lovely song with a simple and profound message – don’t worry. Be happy. This one will make you whistle, sing along and maybe throw you into a trance too.

When you worry, you double your troubles. Because you are not moving towards any solution, just towards more problems. A song to put on loop and enjoy, this is one of the most inspirational songs that I grew up listening to.

Watch it here:

(Also check out: 10 Most Inspiring Hollywood Dialogues)

11. Eye of the Tiger: Survivor (1982)

The older ones are all legendary! This 1982 song is all about the thrill of the fight that you see in the eyes of the tiger, the thrill of the fight that you see in the survivor, the joy of having not given up and the feeling of having risen up to the challenge.

The beats of the song do complete justice to the lyrics. It will pump you into getting up and setting your will power right. Don’t be afraid of looking into the eye of the tiger!

(Watch these 4 Highly Motivational Videos to Re-charge your Confidence)

12. Lose yourself: Eminem (2002)

If you want to lose yourself, you do it not to useless things but to great opportunities, to the chances that you might not again, to the things that you have always dreamed of – this is what Eminem sings about!

As a Motivational Speaker, I meet so many people, young and old – who do not know what to do with the opportunities they get in life because they are too busy doing the things they probably need not do at all! It is one life only. And what you lose yourself into, and what you find time for – makes all the difference as to where you land in life!

Watch it here:

You know what, make your own list. Our will power needs constant repairs. These songs will help you. You may also want to read How to Develop a Unlimited Will Power to help you along with the songs.

Do let us know your favorite ones in comments below.

Akash Gautam

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Akash Gautam is a Motivational Speaker & Corporate Trainer in India. Hundreds of Top Corporates like Google, CIPLA, Vodafone, McKinsey & Co., Maruti, HDFC, RIL, M&M & premier colleges like IIMs, IITs, SRCC etc go to him whenever they need a refreshing, big bang impact. Write to usWrite to us to know how he can transform your Team.

  • Vasu Joshi

    Straight out of the gate – tech 9
    Cant be touched – roy jones.

    I find these two songs motivating too .I like the above list , its very motivating though .

  • Somya Singh

    Here are few from my playslist that are not in the list:
    1. Dangal title track
    2. I Got Nerve – Miley Cyrus
    3. The Climb – Miley Cyrus
    4. Today’s the day – Pink
    5. Twenty eight thousand days – Alicia Keys
    6. Lakshya title track
    7. Happy – Pharell Williams

  • Akankshya

    Here are a few songs that get me going on a low day that’s not in the above list
    1. Audition (Fools who dream) – La La Land
    2. Pinjra tod ke – Simran
    3. Kinaare and Jugni – Queen
    4. Every teardrop is a waterfall – Coldplay
    (especially the line, “I would rather be a comma, than a full stop)
    5. The Climb – Miley Cyrus
    6. Manja – Kai Po Che

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