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15 Songs About Being Beautiful Inside and Out

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Khalil Gibran once said, “Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.” And with so much pressure from society to be beautiful, it’s nice to know that there are tons of people out there who believe that beauty – true beauty – can only be found within.

If you’re feeling a little less than beautiful or you just want to make yourself feel beautiful, this is the playlist you should be listening to.

James Blunt – You’re Beautiful

Beauty catches the eye like nothing else can. And in this brief encounter with a woman, he marveled at her beauty through this song. James Blunt has admitted that the song was inspired by his encounter with an ex on the train. She was with someone new that James didn’t know about, but in that moment he was already able to think of a song in his head.

Lyrics about beauty: You’re beautiful

You’re beautiful

You’re beautiful, it’s true



I saw your face in a crowded place

And I don’t know what to do

‘Cause I’ll never be with you

 

Suede – Beautiful Ones

Beautiful Ones was written by guitarist Richard Oakes when he was pressured by the band to come up with a hit single. He has the band to thank for the pressure because he wrote one of the most telling songs about the excesses and shallowness of youth. Beautiful Ones is a song about the druggie nightlife scene who can get away with their excesses because they’re beautiful.

Lyrics about beauty: Oh, here they come, the beautiful ones, the beautiful ones

Loved up, doved up, hung around, stoned in a lonely town

Shaking their meat to the beat,



High on diesel and gasoline, psycho for drum machine

Shaking their bits to the hits

 

Marilyn Manson – The Beautiful People

The Beautiful People is a fitting song by a man known for pushing the boundaries when it comes to what’s considered “attractive enough to sell.” In this song, he describes what you need to do to survive in a capitalistic society. With the huge pressure for musicians to look presentable to the masses, in comes Manson with a hit song that tells us that it’s easier to be ugly than to be the perfect picture of youth that the media wants.

Lyrics about beauty: The beautiful people, the beautiful people

It’s all relative to the size of your steeple

You can’t see the forest for the trees

And you can’t smell your own shit on your knees

 

Fra Lippo Lippi – Beauty and Madness

This song by Norwegian band Fra Lippo Lippi shows us that both chaos and beauty mean nothing if we have no one to share it with. Beauty and Madness is a work of art in how it’s able to make us feel the loneliness of the main character juxtaposed with the imagery of romance with lovers illuminated by the moonlight and harbor lights.

Lyrics about beauty: Who will see the beauty in your life

And who will be there to hear you when you call

Who will see the madness in your life

And who will be there to catch you if you fall

Cyndi Lauper – True Colors

There will be times in our life when we’ll feel so small and alone in a world filled with people who want to bring us down. In True Colors, the singer addresses someone who feels this way and reassures him that inner beauty is what really counts.

Lyrics about beauty: But I see your true colors

Shining through

I see your true colors

And that’s why I love you

So don’t be afraid to let them show

Your true colors

True colors are beautiful

Like a rainbow

 

Beyonce – Pretty Hurts

Co-written by Sia, this song is a critique on the pressures women face to be considered beautiful. So many people – from the media to men to other women – pressure women to attain physical perfection with no regard for what’s within. But what many women don’t seem to realize or accept is the fact that the goal to reach perfection draws us away from improving ourselves from the inside.

Lyrics about beauty: Pretty hurts

Shine the light on whatever’s worse

Perfection is the disease of a nation

Pretty hurts

Shine the light on whatever’s worse

Tryna fix something

But you can’t fix what you can’t see

It’s the soul that needs the surgery

 

TLC – Unpretty

For those of you who grew up in the 90s, you might remember this TLC hit. Unpretty, much like Beyonce’s Pretty Hurts, is a song about the pressures women face to be considered pretty. The song is addressed to people who constantly tell women that they’re not pretty enough, and thus push them to exert so much effort into looking better.

Lyrics about beauty: I wish could tie you up in my shoes

Make you feel unpretty too

I was told I was beautiful

But what does that mean to you

Look into the mirror who’s inside there

The one with the long hair

Same old me again today

 

Christina Aguilera – Beautiful

Moving away from the pressure to become beautiful, let’s tackle a song that shows us that beauty can be found in everyone. Beautiful is an uplifting song about accepting your perceived flaws as part of the reason why we are beautiful people. So forget what other people say to bring you down, because there’s beauty in every one of us.

Lyrics about beauty: We’re beautiful

No matter what they say

Yes words won’t bring us down

Oh no

We are beautiful

In every single way

Yes words can’t bring us down

Oh no

So don’t you bring me down today

 

Lady Gaga – Born This Way

To further drive the point home, let’s talk about Lady Gaga’s empowering single, Born This Way. The message of this song is simple: you have every reason to love yourself, and that’s what you should do. Born This Way is a straightforward retort to all the people who pressure us to become something we’re not, whatever our race, religion, or creed may be.

Lyrics about beauty: I’m beautiful in my way

‘Cause God makes no mistakes

I’m on the right track, baby I was born this way

Lana Del Rey – Young and Beautiful

Confident as we may be with our own beauty, we may still sometimes wonder if the object of our desire will still love us when our beauty and youth has faded away. In this song, Lana Del Rey sings as Daisy from The Great Gatsby. She recounts all the wild parties and luxuries she experiences with Gatsby as she asks him if he’ll still be there for her when she’s no longer young and beautiful – a reflection of her shallowness.

Lyrics about beauty: Will you still love me

When I’m no longer young and beautiful?

Will you still love me

When I’ve got nothing but my aching soul?

I know you will, I know you will

I know that you will

Will you still love me when I’m no longer beautiful?

 

Jesse McCartney – Beautiful Soul

As if in retroactive response to Lana Del Rey, Jesse McCartney also addresses the issue of being beautiful in a relationship. Effective as it might be for us women to be encouraged by fellow women, it’s also uplifting when we hear guys tell us that we’re beautiful too. Beautiful Soul is about a guy telling his girl that he doesn’t care about the physical trappings of a person, but instead cares about their soul. All he wants to do is reassure her that his love for her is real because his connection with her isn’t just skin-deep.

Lyrics about beauty: I don’t want another pretty face

I don’t want just anyone to hold

I don’t want my love to go to waste

I want you and your beautiful soul

You’re the one I wanna chase

You’re the one I wanna hold

I won’t let another minute go to waste

I want you and your beautiful soul

 

Joshua Kadison – Beautiful in My Eyes

Here’s another potential response to Lana Del Rey’s song. Beautiful in My Eyes is described by Joshua Kadison as a song about “a love that just lasts forever, and you’ll always be beautiful in my eyes.” This song the perfect one to sing to someone whom you want to reassure that their beauty lies in all the wonderful experiences you had together through the years. That’s part of the reason this song is a popular choice for a wedding song or anniversary song.

Lyrics about beauty: You’re my Mona Lisa, you’re my rainbow skies

and my only prayer, is that you realize

you’ll always be beautiful, in my eyes

 

Joe Cocker – You Are So Beautiful

Here’s another popular choice for a wedding song. Joe Crocker’s You Are So Beautiful is a simple and straightforward song that celebrates a man’s love for his beautiful partner. There are rumors claiming that Dennis Wilson of the Beach Boys helped write the song, and that’s why he often sings it at Beach Boys concerts.

Lyrics about beauty: You are so beautiful

To me

Can’t you see

You’re everything I hope for

You’re every, everything I need

You are so beautiful to me

 

Disney – Beauty and the Beast

Of course, we can’t have a song about beauty without one of Disney’s timeless classics. While it’s obviously about Belle and the titular Beast, it can also be applied to real couples as well. The song is about finding love in someone so unexpected and different from you. But as certain as the sun rising in the east, love can bloom in the strangest of partnerships.

Lyrics about beauty: Certain as the sun

Rising in the east

Tale as old as time

Song as old as rhyme

Beauty and the beast

songs about being beautiful inside and out

Billy Joel – Just the Way You Are

Just the Way You Are was written by Billy Joel as a birthday present to his first wife, Elizabeth. And while they may no longer be together, the song has endured as a song that expresses pure love for someone without the desire to change them at all. Just the Way You Are is one of those songs that you’ll want to sing to your partner when you want to reassure them that you wouldn’t want to change a thing about them.

Lyrics about beauty: Don’t go trying some new fashion

Don’t change the color of your hair

You always have my unspoken passion

Although I might not seem to care

I don’t want clever conversation

I never want to work that hard

I just want someone that I can talk to

I want you just the way you are

There is beauty in all of us, and the best thing to do is to celebrate it with these songs!

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