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6 songs that will inspire you to be brave

Here’s a playlist of powerful go-getter anthems to get you pumped and ready to handle anything.

With a song called "Brave," it was a no-brainer that the talented Sara Bareilles would make our list.With a song called "Brave," it was a no-brainer that the talented Sara Bareilles would make our list.With a song called "Brave," it was a no-brainer that the talented Sara Bareilles would make our list. (Photo: Jamie McCarthy / Getty Images for The Breast Cancer Research Foundation)

These six songs will make you want to stand up and show some courage. And the artists behind them will encourage you to stick up for yourself, lean in and be brave!

'Brave' by Sara Bareilles

This girl-power anthem was released in 2013 on American songwriter Sara Bareilles’ fourth album "The Blessed Unrest." The song appeared just about everywhere, from TV commercials to flash mob performances, and reached No. 23 on the Billboard Top 40 chart. In an interview, Bareilles shared the reason behind the song: “It’s important to be brave because by doing that you also give others permission to do the same.” In her video, Bareilles uses a compilation of people showing how brave they are by dancing in public. Make sure you watch it through to the end!


'Brave Again' by Maya Isacowitz

Indie folk singer-songwriter Maya Isacowitz tackles bravery in this emotional song. This multi-talented musician was born in Israel, the daughter of a musical instrument maker. In 2012, she received Israel's prestigious "Discovery of the Year" award. In that same year she was asked to open to for American rocker Chris Cornell when he performed in Israel. Isacowitz says that music was able to make her feel comfortable and helped her break through her usual shyness. Case in point: Check out the video above for a live and unplugged version of the song.


'Fight Song' by Rachel Platten

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This ubiquitous hit by American singer Rachel Platten was just released this year. It reached No. 6 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, and its immediate success led it to be nominated for a Teen Choice Award for song of the summer. The steady beat makes you want to get up and march to the chorus: “This is my fight song / take back my life song / prove I’m alright song.” Platten has said the song was inspired by hurtful experiences in her own life, and she wrote it as a reminder to believe in herself and to inspire others to do the same.


'Superwoman' by Alicia Keys

American R&B singer Alicia Keys released this song in 2007 on the album "As I Am." That year, the song won a Grammy for the best female R&B vocal performance. In the video, Keys plays a variety of women in different jobs and settings, showing that every woman can be a superhero, just by being herself: “For all the mothers fighting / for better days to come / and all my women, all my women sitting here trying / to come home before the sun / and all my sisters coming together / saying yes I will / yes I can."


'Hall of Fame' by The Script

Three-man Irish pop band The Script released this inspirational song in 2012. It was one of the biggest hits off their third album, aptly titled “#3.” The song is all about following your dreams and making a positive impact on the world. The song debuted on the Irish singles chart at No. 1 and remained there for four weeks. It debuted at No. 2 on the U.K. singles chart, and moved up to the top spot within a week. The song also reached No. 4 on the Australian charts and No. 25 on the U.S. charts. The video, like the song, reinforces the powerful message to never give up.


'Try' by Colbie Caillat

American singer-songwriter Colbie Caillat released “Try” in 2014 on the album "Gypsy Heart." Caillat wrote the song in response to feeling the pressure to become someone she was not. The tune struck a chord with young fans across the globe and was nominated for an MTV Video Music Award for Best Video with a Social Message. As you can see above, the video shows women of all ages getting rid of their makeup and styled hair to reveal who they truly are. The message is simple yet undeniably resonant: Be yourself.


'Fighter' by Christina Aguilera

Teen-popster-turned-global-star Christina Aguilera released “Fighter” on her fourth album "Stripped" in 2002. The song quickly reached No. 20 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming her ninth Top 20 hit on the chart (joining her other classics like "Genie in a Bottle" and "Come on Over Baby"). The song carried its popularity across Europe – breaking the top 15 in Belgium, Switzerland, Norway, Sweden and Germany. In interviews about the song, Aguilera describes how her struggles in life challenged her to become a stronger and smarter woman. The song has become an empowering anthem for anyone who needs a nudge of courage to take a stand.

Do you have a song that gives you courage that didn’t make the list? Please let us know in the comments below.

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