Songs about Appreciating the People in Our Lives
20. That’s What Friends Are For
This is an all-time classic that has been sung and covered by many artists. It’s about the beauty of friendship and how we can always count on each other no matter what happens, be it good times or bad times. That’s what friends are for. 😀 Very, very beautiful song. Read: How to Have More Best Friends: My Heartfelt Guide
This song was first recorded in 1982 by Rod Stewart, but it is better known for the 1985 remake version by Dionne Warwick and co, as featured below.
21. I Turn To You
Originally recorded for the movie Space Jam (which is a movie that I listed in my inspiring movies post), “I Turn To You” gained mainstream popularity when Christina Aguilera did a cover of it for her eponymous debut album. This song is a tribute to our loved ones who are just always there to keep us strong, safe, and warm no matter how strongly the tides turn against us. How about sharing this to those dearest to you, to let them know how you feel? 🙂
22. You’ll Be In My Heart
Winner of the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song and the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1999, “You’ll Be In My Heart” is a beautiful song that speaks of a parent’s love for their child. Whether a child is one’s biological child or an adopted one, regardless of race, the bond between mother/father and child is real. I first heard this song in Disney’s 1999 animated film Tarzan and was captivated by the song.
23. Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
First recorded by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell in 1967, the song was later recorded by Diana Ross and became her first solo number-one hit, including being nominated for a Grammy. The powerful song is about the power of kinship and how no matter what trouble one may be in, a true friend will be there to cross all hurdles to aid the people they love. As the song goes, “Ain’t no mountain high enough… Ain’t no valley low enough… Ain’t no river wild enough… To keep me from you~”
24. Music of My Heart
While seemingly a “teenybopper” song, this is a beautiful song that expresses gratitude to the people who have always been there for us. These people have made us who we are today, taught us amazing things, and made us bigger than we thought we could be. It’s because of them that we can be where we are today. Without them, we wouldn’t be where we are today.
Who are the people who helped make you who you are today? Who is always there when you’re down? Who opened your eyes to the world? Who guided you every step of the way? Where are they now? Have you ever stopped to thank them for what they have done? Take a moment and let them know how you feel. You owe them this much. Read: Kindness Challenge Day 9: Write a Letter to Someone Who Has Made a Difference in Your Life
25. You Raise Me Up
This touching piece pays tribute to the people who have supported us through thick and thin to be who we are today. True friends and kins are the ones who stay with us even when there are troubles, who help us get through hurdles and don’t just stick around for the good stuff. The song was originally released by Secret Garden featuring Brian Kennedy in 2002 and has since been covered over 100 other artists! I’ve included both the original version and the cover by Josh Groban.
26. Hey Jude
Named one of the 10th biggest songs of all time by Billboard magazine and first recorded by legendary band The Beatles, “Hey Jude” is about gaining courage, overcoming shyness and fear, and going out there to get the love you have found.
27. A New Day Has Come
This song was released in 2002 after a 2-year hiatus by the legendary Celine Dion, following the birth of her first child. While the song is about the birth of her son, a miracle that she had been waiting for so long (Dion previously had difficulty conceiving and all her children were born through IVF), Dion says “it can mean different things for anyone who has to find strength again.”