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15 Songs About Being Different

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Who wants to be just like everyone else?

Sometimes we’re faced with the pressure to conform to what’s cool or what’s acceptable to society. But if that goes against who you really want to be, why hop on the bandwagon? These songs are here to help you feel that it’s a-okay to be different!

Mary Lambert – Secrets

Contrary to the title, the song is about letting go of your secrets to make them the things that make you who you are. In this song, Mary Lambert sings about all her imperfections – from her bipolar disorder to her weight issues to her dysfunctional family. She rejects the idea that she should hide the things that describe her, and instead, urges us all to embrace ourselves, flaws and all.

Lyrics about being different: They tell us from the time we’re young

To hide the things that we don’t like about ourselves

Inside ourselves



I know I’m not the only one who spent so long attempting to be someone else

Well I’m over it

 

Mika – Grace Kelly

Grace Kelly is a song that expresses Mika’s frustration with record executives telling him to become something he’s not. The execs want him to have a more pop-friendly sound instead of being different from the cookie-cutter pop stars of his age. That’s why he wrote a song that says that he can be anything people want him to be, even if that’s not who he really his. Think of this as a sarcastic jab against executives who want to put him into just one category.

Lyrics about being different: I could be brown

I could be blue

I could be violet sky



I could be hurtful

I could be purple

I could be anything you like

Gotta be green

Gotta be mean

Gotta be everything more

Why don’t you like me?

Why don’t you like me?

Why don’t you walk out the door?

 

Fall Out Boy – This Ain’t a Scene, It’s an Arms Race

In line with the theme of being pressured to fit into the mold of other musicians, Fall Out Boy also went through this phase. But instead of record executives telling him what to do, it’s the “emo scene” itself that frustrated him with all these artists blindly following the latest trends to stay relevant. You can tell from the lyrics that they absolutely hate jumping on the bandwagon.

Lyrics about being different: This ain’t a scene, it’s a god damn arms race

This ain’t a scene, it’s a god damn arms race

This ain’t a scene, it’s a god damn arms race

Bandwagon’s full, please catch another

 

Sum 41 – Fat Lip

As with many pop-punk songs, Fat Lip is all about rejecting conformity. Sum 41 lead singer’s Deryck Whibley’s parents wanted him to be a normal guy who has a normal job. But as exemplified in this song, Deryck wanted to be anything but. So instead, he wrote a song about being a teenager who doesn’t want to fit into a mold. He wanted to be different – someone who’s not just another casualty of society.

Lyrics about being different: I don’t want to waste my time

Become another casualty of society.

I’ll never fall in line

Become another victim of your conformity

And back down

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Audioslave – Be Yourself

One of the best ways to come to terms with who you are is accepting all the things that you’ve done in the past. You don’t have to be proud of it, but you have to accept that you did them. That’s what Chris Cornell says about this song. He says that he has gone through so many things he’s ashamed of, but the best way to make up for those things is to no longer be ashamed of them and to accept them as part of who he is.

Lyrics about being different: Someone finds salvation in everyone

Another only pain

Someone tries to hide themself

Down inside himself he prays

Someone swears their true love

Until the end of time

Another runs away

separate or united?

Healthy or insane?

 

Green Day – Minority

Back in the 80s and 90s, being cool meant fitting in with the crowd. If you didn’t conform to what was fashionable, you were labeled a loser and an outcast. But in the dawn of the new century, being in the minority was no longer seen as being uncool. Instead, it showed how there are so many different people in the world, and that you didn’t necessarily had to fit into any one category – it was the rise of the social minorities.

Lyrics about being different: I pledge allegiance to the underworld

One nation under dog

There of which I stand alone

A face in the crowd

Unsung, against the mold

Without a doubt

Singled out

The only way I know

 

Nirvana – Come as You Are

Nirvana has always been known to despise people who followed the herd mentality, and that disdain was made all the clearer with this song. Come as You Are is a song about how people are expected to act a certain way. The lyrics are intentionally confusing to reflect how confusing it is for people to know the difference between what they are expected to be and what they want to be.

Lyrics about being different: Come as you are, as you were, as I want you to be

As a friend, as a friend, as and old enemy

Take your time, hurry up, the choice is yours, don’t be late

Take a rest as a friend as and old memoria

Memoria, memoria, memoria, memoria

 

Wheatus – Teenage Dirtbag

For many of us who didn’t want to fit in with the crowd as teens, we would be labelled as teenage dirtbags. But even teenage dirtbags can dream of going on dates with the popular girls in school, right? In this song, the protagonist describes how he’s not worthy of this pretty girl who’s dating a douchebag. Little does he know that she has a lot in common with him after all.

Lyrics about being different: But she doesn’t know who I am

And she doesn’t give a damn about me

Cause I’m just a teenage dirt bag, baby

Yeah I’m just a teenage dirt bag, baby

Listen to Iron Maiden, baby, with me, ooh

 

Jimmy Eat World – The Middle

This song was one of the anthems of individuality of the early 2000s. The Middle is a song about accepting that you don’t have to fit in with the “cool crowd” to be popular. It’s inspired by a letter Jim Adkins received from a young fan who had trouble fitting in. She says she’s couldn’t fit in with the pink crowd at school because she wasn’t “punk enough.” In this song, he comforts her by telling her that she doesn’t have to try so hard to fit in because she’s still got lots of time to discover who she really is.

Lyrics about being different: You know they’re all the same

You know you’re doing better on your own so don’t buy in

Live right now

Just be yourself

It doesn’t matter if that’s good enough for someone else

 

Four Year Strong – It Must Really Suck to Be Four Year Strong Right Now

This song is for all the dreamers out there. There will always be people who will tell you that you’re setting your sights up a little too high, and that you should always keep your feet on the ground. However, Four Year Strong is telling you that it’s okay to be the dreamer who’s different from everyone else. You’ll one day find some way to become unforgettable, so just keep dreaming until you reach your goal.

Lyrics about being different: Don’t fix it if it hasn’t broken yet

Don’t regret it if it hasn’t happened yet

So let’s go, a tiny spark to set it off

I’ll explode, light up the dark, illuminate the unknown

But since your head’s in the clouds

The best advice I’ve found is don’t look down

songs about being different than everyone else

A Day to Remember – All I Want

One of the best places to look for motivation to pursue being different from everyone is in a punk song like this one from A Day to Remember. All I Want is a song that goes out to those who are in doubt about what they want to do with their lives. He says that rather than dwell on the doubt and the worries, it’s better move forward towards progressing.

Lyrics about being different: All I want is a place to call my own

To mend the hearts of everyone who feels alone

Whoa, you know to keep your hopes up high

And your head down low

If you take it from me, live your life for yourself

‘Cause when it’s all said and done, you don’t need anyone else

 

Katy Perry – Firework

Coming out from the rock side of the spectrum, let’s visit the pop side with Katy Perry’s Firework. Firework is about embracing that spark in you that makes you different. Even though there may be times when you feel alone, like no one understands you, there’s something in you that’s original and uniquely you – and you should learn to embrace that.

Lyrics about being different: You don’t have to feel like a waste of space

You’re original, cannot be replaced

If you only knew what the future holds

After a hurricane comes a rainbow

Maybe a reason why all the doors are closed

So you could open one that leads you to the perfect road

Like a lightning bolt, your heart will glow

And when it’s time, you’ll know

 

Jessie J – Who You Are

Jessie J says that the lyrics of the song were inspired by her own personal experiences. She went through a time when she no longer knew who she was as she was immersed in the life of fame. So she decided to have a long hard look at herself to try and find who she really was.

Lyrics about being different: Don’t lose who you are, in the blur of the stars

Seeing is deceiving, dreaming is believing

It’s okay not to be okay

Sometimes it’s hard, to follow your heart

But tears don’t mean you’re losing, everybody’s bruising

There’s nothing wrong with who you are

 

Frank Sinatra – My Way

Now here’s the ultimate anthem for embracing your individuality. It became Frank Sinatra’s signature song, though he hated it because it felt so self-serving and self-indulgent. And while we can’t fault Frank for thinking that, there might be people out there who need a self-indulgent song to help them embrace their true selves.

Lyrics about being different: For what is a man, what has he got

If not himself, then he has naught

To say the things he truly feels

And not the words of one who kneels

The record shows I took the blows

And did it my way

 

Weezer – Pork and Beans

For the younger crowd, there’s always Weezer’s anthem on individuality – Pork and Beans. As with some of the other songs on this list, this was inspired by the pressure to conform to the music industry and create more commercial material. And aren’t we glad artists like Weezer are able to take that frustration and turn it into one of the most iconic songs about being different?

Lyrics about being different: I’ma do the things that I wanna do

I ain’t got a thing to prove to you

I’ll eat my candy with the pork and beans

Excuse my manners if I make a scene

I ain’t gonna wear the clothes that you like

I’m fine and dandy with the me inside

One look in the mirror and I’m tickled pink

I don’t give a hoot about what you think

 

There’s no reason to force yourself to fit in with everyone else. Your uniqueness is definitely something you should be proud of!

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