It is true that we have different ways on how we cheer up ourselves whenever we feel like the whole world is resting upon our shoulders. For instance, rummaging your favorite meals after a long day at school or work, invite your friends to watch first-rate thriller movies, or simply sharing comical posts and memes on various social media. All of us undeniably want to divert our attention from the pinch of sadness that seems growing within us; and aside from the abovementioned, we sometimes choose to listen to the music and beat our radio hums.
Music is the mixture of notes ideally arranged by a songwriter and the emotions conveyed by the singer as he/she interprets the song. Although its origin is difficult to trace because it is said to have begun with only clapping of hands while singing, we are still hooked on it as it evolves throughout the years. The genre of music runs an extra mile from ballad, musical, and jazz to pop rock, reggae, heavy metal, and alike. With its wide variety, the major theme of songs transcends from heartbreak, friendship, and death. In fact, it also talks about coming out, empowerment, and self-love nowadays.
Here are the five (5) songs which share common themes: acceptance and self-love. The following pieces may help you fuel your self-esteem.
- Scars To Your Beautiful by Alessia Cara
“Scars To Your Beautiful” was recorded by the Canadian singer and songwriter Alessia Cara, which serves as the third single from her debut album “Know-It-All”. Cara first performed the song at TEDxTeen 2015. The song was serviced Top 40 on the radio on July 26, 2016.
According to her, the song talks about self-love. It mainly promotes not to let the standards of society dictate on how you should be. It revolves around the idea of accepting yourself, even if you don’t fit with the norms most people consider to be the standard.
- Born This Way by Lady Gaga
“Born This Way” is a song by American singer Lady Gaga. This is the lead single in her second studio album also called “Born This Way” on February 11, 2011. It was written by Lady Gaga and Jeppe Laursen and produced it with Fernando Garibay and DJ White Shadow.
Lady Gaga claims that this song was her freedom song. It tackles about accepting of who you are, regardless if you fit in with other people’s standards or not, because no one is perfect anyway. The song was inspired by 1990’s music that empowered women and gay community.
- Who Says by Selena Gomez
This song is the first single from the American Singer Selena Gomez, and The Scene’s third album entitled “When the Sun Goes Down”. It was written by Priscilla Renea and Emanuel Kiriakou who also produced the track, and was released on March 14, 2011.
As stated by the singer, this song was meant to inspire people. It’s a respond to the haters, especially who are trying to bring people down. This piece encourages people to not let anybody tells you what you can and can’t be; and who says you need to be a beauty queen to be considered beautiful, by the way? You are already beautiful, just the way you are.
- Who You Are by Jessie J.
“Who You Are” is a song by British singer and songwriter Jessie J. It was written by Jessie J, with the collaboration of Shelly Peiken and Toby Gad. Additionally, the piece was released as the sixth overall single from her debut studio album entitled “Who You Are” on November 13, 2011. It was used in the third installment of the Step Up series, Step Up 3D.
Jessie said that this song saved her life musically. This song highlights the importance of being true to yourself no matter what the situations is. Basically, it convinces other people that what they are going through are also what others are experiencing: weeping and bruising. So, there’s nothing wrong with who you are.
- Stronger (What Doesn’t Make You) by Kelly Clarkson
Stronger (What Doesn’t Make You) is a piece by American singer and recording artist Kelly Clarkson. It is one of the songs from her fifth album entitled “Stronger” in 2011. The song was written by Jorgen Elofsson, David Gamson and Ali Tamposi under the production of GrergKurstin.
The song has become an inspiration for those people who badly want to escape and forget the pain caused by heartbreaks. The entirety of the song encompasses to a person who use the pain she’s gone through to discover herself, to unearth her worth. If you listen to it, you’ll know that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger– that if won’t allow someone/something to break and ruin you, you’ll definitely bounce back.