When you’re feeling down, music might be one way to get you back up on your feet. And if country is your genre of choice, these inspirational country songs deserve a spot on your playlist!
Lee Ann Womack and Sons of the Desert – I Hope You Dance
We all need a little inspiration to take chances and try something new, and this is what I Hope You Dance is all about. The song says that there are times you need to sit out or dance, but Lee Ann hopes that you take the more adventurous road, the one where you dance.
Inspirational country lyrics: I hope you never lose your sense of wonder
You get your fill to eat but always keep that hunger
May you never take one single breath for granted
God forbid love ever leave you empty handed
Travis Tritt – It’s a Great Day to Be Alive
Not every day of our life will be the best. There will be days when we’re eating leftovers and wondering if we’ll make rent this month. But Travis Tritt reminds us that life doesn’t suck just because you don’t have everything you need. Nope, life can be pretty great if you just take a moment to appreciate the little things.
Inspirational country lyrics: And it’s a great day to be alive
I know the sun’s still shining
When I close my eyes
There’s some hard times in the neighborhood
But why can’t every day be just this good
Rodney Atkins – If You’re Going Through Hell
The title alone is a shout out to anyone out there who needs a little boost in life. If You’re Going Through Hell goes out to everyone who’s downtrodden and beaten down. Rodney Atkins serenades his audience by telling them that you just need to keep going. There’s no other way to get out of hell than to get through it, especially when you know that there are angels in this world to help us get by.
Inspirational country lyrics: But the good news is there’s angels everywhere out on the street
Holdin’ out a hand to pull you back up on your feet
The one’s that you’ve been draggin’ for so long
You’re on your knees might as well be prayin’
Guess what I’m sayin’
George Strait – I Saw God Today
George Strait wrote this song on the day his baby daughter was born. It’s a song that reminds us to see the beauty in everything, and that God is the ultimate creator who made everything so beautiful. This song is proof that having a child makes you see the world from a different perspective. And in George’s case, the birth of his daughter made him see God in everything.
Inspirational country lyrics: I got my face pressed up against the nursery glass
She’s sleeping like a rock
My name on her wrist wearing tiny pink socks
She’s got my nose, she’s got her mama’s eyes
My brand new baby girl
She’s a miracle
I saw God today
Brad Paisley and Dolly Parton – When I Get Where I’m Going
There’s a certain sense of peace when you know exactly where you’re going. We’re not talking about where you’re headed in life, but where you’re headed when you’re done living. In this song, Brad and Dolly sing about reuniting with their dead loved ones when they pass on. They ask their living loved ones not to cry for them because they know they’re headed to a better place.
Inspirational country lyrics: Yeah, when I get where I’m going
There’ll be only happy tears
I will shed the sins and struggles
I have carried all these years
And I’ll leave my heart wide open
I will love and have no fear
Yeah, when I get where I’m going
Don’t cry for me down here
Believe – Brooks and Dunn
When we are at our darkest hour, the only thing we can hold on to is faith that things will be better. In the song Believe, Brooks and Dunn tell the story of a man’s faith. In this song, the man realizes that there’s more to life than what you can perceive, and that sometimes the strength of your belief is what will help you get through the tough times.
Inspirational country lyrics: I can’t quote the book
The chapter or the verse
You can’t tell me it all ends
In a slow ride in a hearse
You know I’m more and more convinced
The longer that i live
Yeah, this can’t be
No, this can’t be
No, this can’t be all there is
Rascal Flatts – Bless the Broken Road
When we’re brokenhearted, a little inspiration can help the healing process a lot easier. In this song, Rascal Flatts sings about how learning to get over a broken relationship can lead to a better one along the way. We should all treat our failed relationships like stars that lead us to the one who would give us what we’ve needed all along.
Inspirational country lyrics: I couldn’t see how every sign pointed straight to you
That every long lost dream lead me to where you are
Others who broke my heart, they were like northern stars
Pointing me on my way into your loving arms
Johnny Cash – A Boy Named Sue
Now here’s a fun song that always get the crowd going when Jonny Cash sings it. A Boy Named Sue is an inspirational tale about a man whose absent father named him Sue. Because of the name, he grows up tough as he searches for the man who cursed him with such a name. When Sue finds his father, his father tries to explain that his name has made him who he is. The moral of the story: your crappy circumstances might actually make you a stronger person!
Inspirational country lyrics: And he said, “Son, this world is rough
And if a man’s gonna make it, he’s gotta be tough
And I know I wouldn’t be there to help ya along
So I give ya that name and I said goodbye
I knew you’d have to get tough or die
And it’s the name that helped to make you strong”
Dolly Parton – Because I Am a Woman
If you feel like people look at you a certain way because you’re a woman, you need to hear this song by the ever-elegant Dolly Parton. Because I Am a Woman is a song that demands equality. Just because you’re a woman, doesn’t mean your mistakes are greater than when a man commits them. Fight for your right to be seen as an equal, whether in a relationship or in any situation!
Inspirational country lyrics: I can see you’re disappointed
By the way you look at me
And I’m sorry that I’m not
The woman you thought I’d be
Yes, I’ve made my mistakes
But listen and understand
My mistakes are no worse than yours
Just because I’m a woman
Carrie Underwood – Jesus Take the Wheel
In what we might call the most famous inspirational country song of this generation, Carrie Underwood sings about a young single woman who’s about to get into a car accident. She has her baby in the back seat and she’s skidding off the highway when she asks Jesus to steer her to safety. Miraculously, she survives the ordeal and makes a vow to God that she will make a change in her life. The song is about letting Jesus into your life so he can steer you in the right path.
Inspirational country lyrics: Jesus, take the wheel
Take it from my hands
‘Cause I can’t do this on my own
I’m letting go
So give me one more chance
And save me from this road I’m on
Jesus, take the wheel
You heard it from these guys; get back up there and face life head-on with these songs in your playlist!