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30+ Songs About Life’s Journey & Lessons Along the Way
Amy Wolkenhauer, BA in English/Creative Writing
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If you’re looking to create a celebration of life ceremony for a truly remarkable person, then consider any one of the songs below. We’ve divided them into six sections to make the search a little easier.
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Best songs about life’s journey, best songs about life’s changes, best songs about life and death, modern pop songs about life, r&b and hip-hop songs about life, country songs about life.
Each of the artists has something poignant to offer, whether that’s about learning from mistakes or revisiting one’s past. Or, how one’s journey is more intensely related to our thoughts than the roads we travel. So, check out some really great songs below and hopefully you’ll find a few that work well when honoring your loved one.
Below are a few artists singing about the reflections and revelations made after taking journeys of the mind. Through their experiences, you’ll glean how these experiences lead to either affirmations or resolutions.
1. “One” by U2
While the meaning of the song is ambiguous, it’s nonetheless about relationships, whether they are political, social, or familial. The singer reveals that what is vital in life revolves around us all supporting one another and living life to the fullest .
2. “(Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay” by Otis Redding
Posthumously released in 1967, Redding’s song was the first of its kind to top the charts at number one. For six weeks after vocal cord surgery, he was forced to sit outside his temporary home—a boathouse in Sausalito—recovering and reflecting on the life that brought him there.
3. “Harvest Moon” by Neil Young
The full moon has been significant for Young’s decision-making, meaning that he would often decide to join projects guided by its presence. His long career now includes numerous environmental advocacy roles.
4. “Yesterday” by The Beatles
One man’s journey comes to a standstill in “Yesterday” as the subject of the song chooses to live in the past rather than move on after a breakup. He needs time to mourn a significant loss.
5. “Husavik” by Molly Sandén and Will Ferrel
This Icelandic-English song is about a partner who realizes that her journey no longer includes following her love interest—it’s at home. No longer will she give up her heart to follow the dreams of another, but she needs him to see that it’s his home, too.
Experiences and dreams mandate one’s path in life. No matter what happens, hope is the underlying vehicle for change.
6. “Náttúra” by Björk
“Náttúra” has two meanings. The first is about environmental preservation, while the second is about convincing others to adopt the same mindset. This change in behavior is what Icelandic artist Björk hopes to achieve through protesting pollution while promoting Icelandic heritage.
7. “Redemption Song” by Bob Marley & The Wailers
Bob Marley dedicated his life to the Rastafari movement, relief for the socially deprived, and living a life that was true to himself and his beliefs. For these reasons, Marley is an icon in the African diaspora fighting for rights and truth. That makes this one of the top albums to listen to before you die .
8. “Season of Wither” by Aerosmith
You’ll come to this song at different times in your life, and with a different take on its meaning each time. But, because it’s almost so foreboding by nature, you won’t be able to help but choose the worst parts of your life on which to reflect.
9. “Sweet Sixteen” by Billy Idol
When love turns to obsession, there’s no other song that competes. Idol’s interpretation of one man’s lifelong plight to retrieve a lost love highlights how passion turns into addiction. That compulsion is now the famous Coral Castle located in Miami-Dade County, Florida.
10. “A Change is Gonna Come” by Sam Cooke
Civil rights, the search for equality, and desegregation are fluid thoughts within this song. Although Cooke may not have been alive to see the changes, his song resonates with communities on the paths toward better tomorrows. It’s truly an inspirational song .
Both in fictional and non-fictional references, songs about life and death take hold. Below you’ll discover ones that match truth and circumstance against the backdrop of stories told with creative license.
11. “Who Wants to Live Forever” by Queen
Queen was commissioned to write and perform this beautiful song for the original Highlander film starring Christopher Lambert. In it, Lambert’s character must say goodbye to his true love, knowing he’ll outlive any lover now or in the future.
12. “Buffalo Soldier” by Bob Marley & The Wailers
The Buffalo Soldiers were African Americans fighting against Native Americans during the Indian Wars from 1866 to the 1890s. Marley’s song reveals the protest and subjugation of people being forced to kill and create a subjugated people.
13. “Lithium” by Nirvana
Lithium is a drug used by doctors to help prevent the risk of suicide. The song is about a man who finds god amid suicidal thoughts. Tragically, Nirvana’s lead singer committed suicide not many years later.
14. “November Rain” by Guns-n-Roses
The prolific “November Rain” may be about contemplation or shadows. Nonetheless, as the song and interpretations go, the rain can only last so long.
15. “Ebony Eyes” by The Everly Brothers
In the fictional song, “Ebony Eyes,” the story unfolds with a marriage prevented by a plane crash, flight 1203. While the song was banned from the UK radio for being too upsetting, it reached 8 th in the pop charts here in the US.
Because life is categorized by individual experiences, songs that can resonate with your personal experiences will be diverse. Considering that, each of the artists below has a unique way of conveying life with meaning.
16. “Yellow” by Coldplay
Commitment and sacrifice are inherent in the lyrics. That devotion has less to do with love and more to do with humanity as a whole.
17. “Good Times” by All Time Low
Creative exploration of one’s life isn’t without the “bare-knuckle” recognition of a recent past. It’s also an appreciation of how one’s past helps them find the nerve to move forward into a life unknown.
18. “I Lived” by OneRepublic
Gut-tethered, honest lyrics pay homage to a fan with cystic fibrosis. The words conjure an ambition to live past one’s limitations and create a life worth living.
19. “Float On” by Modest Mouse
The song reflects on the idea that no matter how much pain or strife comes at you, there’s an absolute truth to living. No matter how heavy the events seem right now, things will eventually get better.
20. “Running with the Wolves” by Courtney Jenaé and Adrian Grahn
This super short tune on the “Eurovision” soundtrack has a distinct theme of wolves and pack running. The underlying theme rests on finding a space where you belong among people that accept you for who you are.
The few songs below are about resolution and strength. Sometimes in the journey of the mind that brings you there.
21. “Good as Hell” by Lizzo
This “self-loving anthem” by Lizzo is about finding your true self above the pain. Although relationships end, there are no reasons to get down on the fabulous person that you are.
22. “7 Years” by Lukas Graham
This piano-led song leads the listener down a path of remembrance. In it, you’ll discover that achieving great things requires that you bring your whole self along the way.
23. “Just Fine” by Mary J. Blige
Blige sings that no matter what is happening in life, or how wild it seems, as long as you’re positive and doing everything you want to do, everything will be just fine.
24. “Soldier of Love” by Sade
A trumpet and snare drum engage the listener from the onset. Then the lyrics invite you into a world where the singer is an expert on love. She knows her journey is to remain steadfast in the goal of achieving all things related to life with respect.
25. “Not Afraid” by Eminem
If you’re looking for a king of life anthem, take a listen to Eminem’s “Not Afraid.” You’ll come to realize that it’s less about life’s little transgressions and more about being bigger than them.
The country songs below speak to the reflective journey. Everything you experience makes you who you are today.
26. “Life Changes” by Thomas Rhett
Rhett makes a case for being open to the circumstances as they come. That thinking has led him to find a wife, have three daughters, and enjoy a budding career. All of this has been the result of being open to love as it became available.
27. “The House That Built Me” by Miranda Lambert
Lambert’s song recognizes that returning home can help you remember who you are and also help with the healing process on this short road of life.
28. “Letter to Me” by Brad Paisley
Paisley's song reflects on the idea of writing a letter to your younger self. He also understands that fatherhood can give you a second chance to make things right.
29. “Fifteen” by Taylor Swift
First loves are going to happen with or without a happy ending. Swift's song doesn't just come from that angle, though. She also begins with the idea that you can't take everything so seriously in life.
30. “Springsteen” by Eric Church
Some people merely exist in our lives fleetingly or because their presence was triggered by a circumstance. That said, they still have value, because without them, you wouldn’t be the person you are today.
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It’s not easy to find fitting songs to celebrate someone because of all the complex histories and journeys they’ve lived throughout life. But hopefully, you’ve found several here that you.
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Wilco's jeff tweedy honors the songs that have shaped his life in new memoir.
NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Wilco lead singer Jeff Tweedy about his new memoir World Within A Song and how he has found meaning through his favorite music.
JUANA SUMMERS, HOST:
Now it's time for another conversation from our series about how we find meaning. It's called Enlighten Me. And for this one, our colleague Rachel Martin spoke with Wilco singer Jeff Tweedy.
RACHEL MARTIN, BYLINE: This conversation is for anyone who has heard a song and felt less alone because of it. And I'm betting that's most of us, right? For Jeff Tweedy, his new book, "World Within A Song," is a chance to pay tribute to the music that inspired him and kept him company, songs that made a home in his head and his heart and never left.
JEFF TWEEDY: I think in song shapes (laughter).
TWEEDY: I think - you know, I think it's just the nature of having been immersed in records for my whole life, I guess.
MARTIN: So I want to do this, if you don't mind. Like, I want to kind of walk through and listen to several of the songs that you write about and just talk about them...
MARTIN: ...And the imprint that all these made on you. Starting with the start - you write in the book that the song that made the first dent in your musical mind, which is your turn of phrase, which is lovely, is "Smoke On The Water" by Deep Purple.
TWEEDY: Don't play the whole thing though (laughter).
(SOUNDBITE OF DEEP PURPLE SONG, "SMOKE ON THE WATER")
TWEEDY: You know, I think at the time that I'm talking about in the book, I didn't know the name of that song, I don't think. I don't think I would have even known anything about it other than when I picked up a guitar and I tried to imagine how somebody plays it, you know, you put your hands on the neck, and you do this. And I think that I went (vocalizing) buh, buh, buh.
TWEEDY: You know, I think it's because it really is so...
MARTIN: You're like, I got it.
TWEEDY: It's so elemental. It's like stumbling across some new element that gets added to the table of elements or something, you know?
TWEEDY: When somebody comes up with a riff like that, it's like...
TWEEDY: ...Oh, it's like, we should give it a scientific name and an atomic weight.
MARTIN: There is a song in the book called "Satan, Your Kingdom Must Come Down," which is just a haunting, beautiful thing. Originally, this was sung by a guy named Frank Proffitt - is that right? Let's listen to some of this.
(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "SATAN, YOUR KINGDOM MUST COME DOWN")
UNCLE TUPELO: (Singing) Satan, your kingdom must come down. Satan, your kingdom must come down. I heard the voice of Jesus say, Satan, your kingdom must come down.
MARTIN: That's your version of this song.
TWEEDY: That's Uncle Tupelo's version of that song, yeah.
MARTIN: That's your band before Wilco - Uncle Tupelo. You loved this song so much that you guys recorded a version of this song.
TWEEDY: It's like when I hear myself singing that, I can hear myself trying to reach for the gravitas of the original. I don't know. I'm like - because it's so low for me to sing.
UNCLE TUPELO: (Singing) Gonna shout until they tear your kingdom down.
TWEEDY: The original that I heard is - sounds like a very old man that has earned the fear...
MARTIN: Oh, yeah.
TWEEDY: ...You know? And that's one of the things I think I responded to, also, is hearing these old folk songs and how they had lasted and survived for long periods of time. And there's some sort of - they're fear based, but there's a catharsis to them that I could relate to that felt like punk rock to me, you know? It felt very similar to the way punk rock would - felt like a safety valve or a release - you know? - of anger and fear.
FRANK PROFFITT: (Singing) For I heard the voice of Jesus say, Satan, your kingdom must come down.
MARTIN: Can I use this as a pivot point to ask you about your understanding of religion as a kid? Did you grow up in a religious family?
TWEEDY: No. My mother was very suspicious of religion. Particularly, I think that she thought the clergy - and she thought they're - I think she was suspicious of people in a lot of ways. She was - she thought they were phony.
MARTIN: All the people?
TWEEDY: Yeah. Yeah, yeah.
MARTIN: And did any of your own thoughts fall neatly into some kind of religious framework?
TWEEDY: No. It never made much sense to me. I think I inherited a lot of my mom's skepticism, you know? Maybe that's, you know, in my DNA.
MARTIN: But then you went all in, Jeff - not on Christianity. But you ended up converting to Judaism in large part, as I understand it, because your kid - your son was going through the process of being bar mitzvahed (ph). Your wife is Jewish.
TWEEDY: You know, one of the things that our rabbi told our older son when he was being bar mitzvahed was - he asked our rabbi, what should he do if he doesn't believe in God? And his rabbi said, you - doesn't matter if you believe in God, what matters is that you search for the sacred. And that made sense to me. And in a way, you could take that as almost anything, you know? Like, well, look for beauty, you know? Look for whatever sacred means to you. And I thought that was really beautiful, and it felt like it was in line more than any experience I'd ever had in any organized religion.
TWEEDY: It felt more honest.
MARTIN: Yeah. "Will You Love Me Tomorrow?" by Carole King - you wrote that there was a point when you were doing that song as an encore with Wilco, and it felt to you, like, the most honest that you could possibly be with an audience. Can you tell me why?
TWEEDY: Well, because I had never written a song that expressed that as well...
(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "WILL YOU LOVE ME TOMORROW?")
CAROLE KING: (Singing) Tonight the light of love is...
TWEEDY: ...Fear of love being fleeting, of loving somebody more than they love you.
KING: (Singing) But will you love me tomorrow?
TWEEDY: Early on in Wilco, there was a real sense of, like, do I really get to do this? Do I really get to do this thing that I love so, so, so much? And are you going to let me do this?
TWEEDY: Are you going to love me enough that I get to keep doing this? I was saying that very explicitly to the audience. Are you going to come back next time we play in town?
TWEEDY: Are you going to be - you know, will you still love even after - because I think there was - also one of the things that is embarrassing to me about being on stage still to this day is that it's so clearly that. It's so clearly you wanting some approval.
TWEEDY: And there's a nakedness to that just by being willing to walk out on a stage - that nobody needs to psychoanalyze you. They just know, oh, you wouldn't be up there if you didn't want me to show you that I love you.
(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING)
WILCO: (Singing) Will you still love me tomorrow?
MARTIN: Jeff Tweedy is the lead singer of Wilco, the author of the new book "World Within A Song." Thank you so much.
TWEEDY: Thank you. Thanks for having me.
WILCO: (Singing) ...Still love me tomorrow?
TWEEDY: Thanks a lot.
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