I once worked with a client who said the song “Never Too Late” by Three Days Grace kept her from committing suicide. She said the song happened to play on her iPod at just the right moment to change her mind. When we listened to the song together, her sad eyes lit up and some source of strength inside was again awakened. 

While music does have a way of coming to us when we need it most, it is also helpful to have songs readily available. I often hear about songs that people turn to that help them stay sober, deal with adversity, push through the last mile of a marathon, or just get through a tough day. 

A motivational boost may be as easy as pushing play, however, the degree to which a song is inspiring is up to the listener. What music motivates you? Here are a few that work for me, which I also use in music therapy sessions to address motivation and perseverance.

Is there a song that can give you a boost of hope, energy, or willpower when you need it?
What songs have you used in your music therapy practice to motivate others?

Share your ideas in the comments below.


The Fire by The Roots:

3 Things by Jason Mraz


Won’t Back Down by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers


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