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15 Inspiring Songs About Change


If you were to change something about yourself, what would you choose to change? Your appearance? Your work ethic? Your social skills? We all have parts of ourselves that we wish we could improve, even just a little bit. It’s this desire for change that drives us to become better people. It’s this desire that gives us a goal to meet.

And like with changing ourselves, there are also things about our environment that we may want to change. It could be something as simple as the way we live our lives to something more complicated like the society we live in or the government we live under.

So to inspire our desire for change, we have collected a handful of relevant songs that you can relate to. These are songs about changing the world, the environment we live in, and ourselves.

Eric Clapton – Change the World

This pop and RnB song is one of Eric Clapton’s most famous hits. Change the World is about the singer’s desire to show his love for a woman. However, he can’t expect her to love him back unless he makes a change in his life. However, that doesn’t stop the singer from dreaming that if he could change the world, the love he feels for this woman would be reciprocated.

Change-inspiring lyrics: That this love I have inside

Is everything it seems.

But for now I find

It’s only in my dreams

And I can change the world,

I will be the sunlight in your universe.

You would think my love was really something good,

Baby, if I could change the world

Michael Jackson – Man in the Mirror

Here’s another song that can inspire you to make a change. Man in the Mirror is pretty much the song version of the quote “be the change you want to see in the world.” The music video was also particularly moving in that it shows various historical events that have had a negative impact on the world. This only hammers home the idea that change starts with the man you see in the mirror.

Change-inspiring lyrics: I’m starting with the man in the mirror

I’m asking him to change his ways

And no message could have been any clearer

If you wanna make the world a better place

Take a look at yourself and then make a change

David Bowie – Changes

David Bowie has never shied away from making songs that are like a commentary on the world of music. In his song Changes he talks about how quick and seemingly spontaneous the changes in the art world are, as well as how he wants to distance himself from what is considered as mainstream rock. According to one Rolling Stone reviewer, it’s a song about a young man’s attempt to imagine how he’ll react when his musical generation is on the decline.

Change-inspiring lyrics: I watch the ripples change their size

But never leave the stream

Of warm impermanence and

So the days float through my eyes

But still the days seem the same

And these children that you spit on

As they try to change their worlds

Are immune to your consultations

They’re quite aware of what they’re going through

Keane – Everybody’s Changing

Have you ever felt like the world and the people in it are moving so quickly, and you can barely keep up? This is the exact sentiment that Everybody’s Changing captures so eloquently. In times like these, you wonder if you’re on the right track or if you should shift paths.

Change-inspiring lyrics: So little time

Try to understand that I’m

Trying to make a move just to stay in the game

I try to stay awake and remember my name

But everybody’s changing

And I don’t feel the same

John Mayer – Waiting on the World to Change

In an unprecedented move by John Mayer, he creates a politically tinged song about seeing what’s wrong with the world and not being able to do a thing. He notes that even though he may care about all the violence, corruption, and discord in the world, he feels like his generation is not yet ripe to make a real change in the world.

Change-inspiring lyrics: It’s hard to beat the system

When we’re standing at a distance

So we keep waiting, waiting

Waiting on the world to change

The Verve – Bitter Sweet Symphony

Ashcroft was right in saying that life is one long bittersweet symphony. You live, you work, you try to make ends meet, and then you die. The song itself is a critique on how life ends up being a repetitive cycle unless you break out of your mold and make a change.

Change-inspiring lyrics: Cause it’s a bittersweet symphony this life

Trying to make ends meet, you’re a slave to the money then you die.

I’ll take you down the only road I’ve ever been down

You know the one that takes you to the places where all the veins meet, yeah

Collective Soul – Run

In the same vein as Bitter Sweet Symphony, Run is also about the monotony of life of no change. But unlike the previous song, Run is a little more foreboding in its message. It likens life to a race where the further you get, you feel like you’re losing so much of yourself in the past.

Change-inspiring lyrics: Is there a cure among us?

From this processed sanity?

I weaken with each voice that sings

In this world of purchase

I’m gonna buy back memories

To awaken some old qualities

Coldplay – Every Teardrop is a Waterfall

Stepping away from their more somber hits, Coldplay wrote this song as an anthem to inspiration. According to Rolling Stone magazine, Every Teardrop is a Waterfall is a “flag-waving ode to change-as-inspiration.” And true enough, this is the type of hype-up song you want to listen to when you’re down in the dumps and looking to find inspiration in the changes all around you.

Change-inspiring lyrics: I turn the music up, I got my records on

From underneath the rubble sing a rebel song

Don’t want to see another generation drop

I’d rather be a comma than a full stop

Survivor – Eye of the Tiger

Many people think of success as that one moment when you shift from the losing side to the winning side. But as exemplified in Eye of the Tiger, success is more of a constant series of changes that you make in order to meet your goal. In the song, the singer constantly keeps his passion and his dream alive to become all he’s ever wanted to be.

Change-inspiring lyrics: So many times it happens too fast

You trade your passion for glory

Don’t lose your grip on the dreams of the past

You must fight just to keep them alive

Foo Fighters – Learn to Fly

If there’s one rock song that’s going to inspire you to just let go, it’s the Foo Fighters’ Learn to Fly. This song is all about acknowledging that life is filled with complications and conflicts brought about by change, but that shouldn’t stop you from living. Instead, it’s getting through these tough times that makes life so much more interesting!

Change-inspiring lyrics: Now I’m looking to the sky to save me

Looking for a sign of life

Looking for something to help me burn out bright

I’m looking for a complication

Looking ’cause I’m tired of lying

Make my way back home when I learn to fly high

Matisyahu – One Day

One Day is a song of hope for future generations. It’s a song about wanting to end the violence so that one day the children of the world can play freely and enjoy their childhood. With all the violence going on in the world, it’s no surprise that artists are creating songs about their desire for change. And of all those songs, this beautiful song by Matisyahu might just be the most inspiring.

Change-inspiring lyrics: All my life I’ve been waiting for

I’ve been praying for

For the people to say

That we don’t wanna fight no more

There will be no more wars

And our children will play

One day

2Pac – Changes

Changes is a song that addresses so many relevant social issues in both 2Pac’s time and today. It talks about the rampant drug use in the United States, the racism against black people, and the vicious cycle of poverty among minorities. Changes, while talking about these issues, also tells us that we’re all in this world together. And instead of treating each other like strangers, we should see each other as brothers.

Change-inspiring lyrics: We gotta start making changes

Learn to see me as a brother instead of two distant strangers

And that’s how it’s supposed to be

How can the Devil take a brother if he’s close to me?

I’d love to go back to when we played as kids

But things change… and that’s the way it is

Bob Dylan – Blowin’ in the Wind

While often seen as a protest song, Blowin’ in the Wind is actually just a series of rhetorical questions that make you wonder about the state of the world. It asks the listener how many more people must die, how many more people must suffer, and how much violence must we endure before we can start taking steps to make the world better.

Change-inspiring lyrics: Yes, ‘n’ how many times must a man look up

Before he can see the sky

Yes, ‘n’ how many ears must one man have

Before he can hear people cry

Yes, ‘n’ how many deaths will it take till he knows

That too many people have died

The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind

The answer is blowin’ in the wind

John Lennon – Imagine

In line with Blowin’ in the Wind, Imagine is one of those songs that really make you think about the state the world is in. But instead of making you wonder about the negative side of things, Imagine implores you to imagine a peaceful world where people of different cultures, creeds, and religions are united.

Change-inspiring lyrics: Imagine no possessions

I wonder if you can

No need for greed or hunger

A brotherhood of man

Imagine all the people

Sharing all the world

The Beatles – Here Comes the Sun

George Harrison wrote this song as a sort of victory song for being able to skip out on a meeting that day. Lyrically speaking, it’s about the singer’s relief at the arrival of spring and all the changes it brings. While in the case of Harrison, it was just a temporary relief from acting formal at a meeting, it can be seen as a song about the changing of the seasons. And with all the songs in this list talking about making huge changes in the world, sometimes a simple song about the change of seasons is just the breather we need.

Change-inspiring lyrics: Little darling, the smiles returning to the faces

Little darling, it seems like years since it’s been here

Here comes the sun, here comes the sun

And I say it’s all right

Which of these songs about change do you like the most? Share your thoughts with us below!


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