Amanda Cade

Worth It! (Things to try, read, watch, hear, and discuss)

Last week I suggested listening to music as one of several ways to quickly improve a bad mood, so it seemed like a good time to share a few more selections from my personal happy mix. These songs in particular acknowledge that sometimes things aren’t going great, and encourage a more optimistic attitude.

If You’re Going Through Hell by Rodney Atkins

The theme here is simple and straightforward: sometimes things get really tough, but if you keep going you’ll make it through. The message is delivered through an upbeat tempo that helps kickstart your body’s positive chemicals, and a few extended metaphors that drive the point home. I enjoy videos that tell a story, and this one’s fun to watch.

Favorite Lines: “But the good news is there’s angels everywhere out on the street, holding out a hand to pull you back upon your feet”.

All Star by Smash Mouth

This one starts with another plain truth: sometimes people are going to try and tear you down. Then it reminds us that we’re all awesome, and encourages us to embrace it. That’s a message I can definitely get behind. Again, the tune is upbeat and catchy.

And yes, the video’s kind of weird…but I like it. πŸ™‚

Favorite Lines: “The ice we skate is getting pretty thin, The water’s getting warm so you might as well swim”.

Feels Like Today by Rascal Flatts

This song has been one of my favorites for aΒ LONG time, from the first time I heard it. It isn’t peppy like the others; instead, it starts somewhat small and builds to a soaring melody that really sticks with you. The entire song is a reminder that good things are coming our way, no matter what’s going on at the moment. I also really love the video.

Favorite Lines: “While there’s light at the end of the tunnel, keep running towards it”.

The Champion by Carrie Underwood

This is one of the most recent additions to my list. It’s a direct, unapologetic anthem that says, “I worked for it, I deserve it, and I’m going to get it”. Listening to this song gives me an immediate burst of energy, and I think it can apply to any situation where you’re pushing yourself to achieve or overcome something. The video underscores that with images of athletes, social movements, scientific achievements, classroom teachers, rescue workers, and more.

Favorite Lines: “I am invincible, unbreakable, unstoppable, unshakeable, they knock me down, I get up again”.

For more feel good song recommendations (including my personal theme song), see this post.

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I’m always looking to add to my list, so please recommend your favorite songs and videos!

28 thoughts on “Worth Hearing: More Songs From My Happy Mix

  1. Upbeat songs are great mood elevators.
    I have not heard any of these so will definitely check them out.

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      I hope you enjoy them!

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  2. fakeflamenco says:

    Great play list. I just power started my morning by playing all four. Thanks! Rebecca

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      Awesome! I’m so glad you enjoyed them. πŸ’–

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      1. Tanya Kohl says:

        Awesome! Have a great day!!!

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      2. fakeflamenco says:

        Thanks for the likes and the follow for Fake Flamenco! I appreciate it. : ) R

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  3. Great songs Amanda, thanks for sharing, have a nice Sunday!!!

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      I hope you have a great day ahead of you!

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  4. Nova says:

    Three of my absolute favorites! Champion is especially empowering! I love Break Free by Ariana Grande & Brave – Sara Bareilles!

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      I love Brave! I’d missed Break Free, so I just checked it out. Great recommendation, and the science fiction themed video is a lot of fun!

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      1. Nova says:

        Music is incredible in so many ways 🌺☺️

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  5. kagould17 says:

    Always good to have a Go To list. Two songs that do it for me are Somewhere Over the Rainbow by Brother Iz and My Silver Lining by First Aid Kit. I have these two included in my exercise routine and they give me enough lift to finish. Cheers Amanda. Allan

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      I always need music when I exercise, because it’s definitely NOT my favorite part of the day.

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  6. Carol Anne says:

    here are a few! she’s a butterfly by martina mcbride, happy by farrell williams, cake by the occean cant remember who sings it loved all of the songs you chose!

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      Happy is a great song, and I love all things Martina McBride! I’m not familiar with Cake by the Ocean. I’ll have to look it up. ☺

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  7. The Eclectic Contrarian says:

    Most anything from Men At Work… their videos are as entertaining as the music.

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      That’s certainly true!

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  8. absolutely love your graphics! that said, the Muppets sing BR? ack! otherwise, I do enjoy music when I’m doing housework or the main man is out of the house.

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      The Muppets YouTube channel is one of the best places to go for a laugh…at least if, like me, you’re a Muppet fan. πŸ™‚

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  9. Hi Amanda, Well The Champion got me goin’, but Feels Like Today gave me goosebumps. Nice selection. (You might like “Go” by The Black Keyes.)

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      That’s exactly how I feel about those songs! I’m going to listen to “Go” as soon as I get a chance. ☺

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  10. YBP says:

    Love your post Amanda! And music too! I mean, what would our world be without this precious gift? What would our world be without YOU! Thanks for being such a lovely joy-giver! πŸ’•πŸŒ·πŸŒ·πŸŒ·πŸŒ·πŸŒ·πŸŒ·πŸŒ·πŸŒ·πŸŒ·πŸŒ·πŸ’•

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      Thank you so much! πŸ’–

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      1. YBP says:

        My sweet pleasure πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•

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  11. simplymesmc says:

    I love all Rascal Flatts Songs. one of my favorites is MY WISH.
    Also Bob Marley Songs.

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      My Wish is so beautiful. It always makes me think of my father.

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