Every day it seems as if we are called on to be strong in one form or another. Whether it’s physical, mental or emotional, the challenge to be strong can be as simple as saying no to the second piece of pie or as profound as getting out of bed in the wake of personal tragedy.
No matter what level of endurance you have to tap into, here are five songs showcasing the words “strong” “stronger” or “strength” to help build your mindset.
“Strong Enough”—Sheryl Crow
Nothing’s true and nothing’s right
So let me be alone tonight
‘Cause you can’t change the way I am
Are you strong enough to be my man
Reason to love: Off of her breakthrough album Tuesday Night Music Club, this simple country-tinged song makes you feel like hitting the open road with one of your girlfriends.
I’m stronger than yesterday
Now it’s nothing but my way
My loneliness ain’t killing me no more
Reason to love: With a powerful hook and irresistible nineties sound this gym ready song is all Britney guilty-pleasure fun.
“Stronger”—Mary J. Blige
They said we wouldn’t make it, but guess what? We made it
And we got them wondering how
You were always there for me, never been the one to hurt me
You gave me peace of mind
Reason to love: Although a little downbeat, this lesser-known tune is classic Mary J. Blige: all about the strength of loyalty and making it through hardship over time.
“A Little Bit Stronger”—Sara Evans
Riding in the car to work and I’m
Trying to ignore the hurt so I
Turned on the radio,
Stupid song made me think of you
I listened to it for a minute but then I changed it
I’m getting a little bit stronger
Reason to love: This soothing country song is perfect for anybody getting over an unhealthy relationship.
“Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” – Kelly Clarkson
What doesn’t kill you makes a fighter
Footsteps even lighter
Doesn’t mean I’m over ’cause you’re gone
What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, stronger
Reason to love: Insane vocals, crazy hook…what’s not to love?
Now go out and get strong!