Best Songs That Describe Your Life

If you’re looking for your personal theme song, you’re in luck. There are plenty of songs that describe different aspects of life, so chances are some will be suitable for you personally. Take a look at some of the best songs that could describe your life.

1. “Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey

Don't Stop Believin by Journey

Song Year: 1981

One of the best songs to describe your life is by Journey. It talks about a boy and girl coming from different backgrounds, both trying to make it in life. The instrumentals start slow but continuously build through the verse and into the chorus.

Whether you grew up listening to the original or first heard it on Glee, this song is timeless. It can make you feel better when you’re down, and it’s great to sing and dance to.

2. “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” by Cyndi Lauper

Song Year: 1983

Another song from the 80s, this hit is the perfect way to describe life as a girl or woman. We all just want to enjoy ourselves. The song has just enough energy to get up and dance and have fun no matter where you’re at in life.

Lauper’s voice is unique and easy to recognize. Meanwhile, the lyrics are easy to sing along to, so you can blast this tune in the car or at home. Whether you grew up listening to this song or not, it’s one you’ll want to play for years to come.

3. “We Are the Champions” by Queen

Song Year: 1977

Queen released a variety of amazing songs that stand the test of time. One that can describe your life talks about being the best and never giving up. Freddie Mercury’s voice carries well, making it easy to sing along.

Like some other songs, this one has a more mellow mood in the verses. There’s a nice build into the chorus showing that you can take on anything the world throws at you.

4. “We Can Work It Out” by The Beatles

Song Year: 1965

There will almost certainly come a time when you and a loved one disagree. And sure, you can give up on the relationship, but this song is a good reminder that you can get through it. You can understand how the other person feels.

This Beatles tune has a nice beat, and the lyrics are easy to understand. If you regularly face problems with others or in general, this may describe your life.

5. “I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor

Song Year: 1978

Another song that’s about facing adversity and getting through it is by Gloria Gaynor. Her biggest hit has the characteristic beat you’d expect from music from the 70s. The instrumentals complement Gaynor’s vocals very well.

Even if you weren’t alive when the song came out, you’ve probably heard it. It’s a candidate for one of the best songs of all time.

6. “Survivor” by Destiny’s Child

Song Year: 2001

A newer song with a similar message of survival is “Survivor” by Destiny’s Child. This R&B classic talks about getting over an old relationship that was holding you back. All three members of the group sound amazing as soloists and when singing harmonies.

The instrumentals further support the song’s message. If you’re going through a tough time, this song is a great one to describe your life.

7. “Man in the Mirror” by Michael Jackson

Song Year: 1988

Michael Jackson’s hit talks all about changing your life for the better. As the name suggests, he sings about how change starts with you.

The slow beat isn’t too slow, and like some other songs, this one builds into the chorus. We can all learn and do better, and this song is an excellent reminder of that fact. And the images and footage in this song’s music video further that message.

8. “Can’t Hold Us” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ft. Ray Dalton

Song Year: 2012

Macklemore’s rap at the beginning sets the tone for the rest of the song. As per the title, the lyrics talk about not letting anything stop you. You can work hard to achieve your dreams regardless of what those dreams are.

The backing vocals and instrumentals blend well with the main singers. Halfway through the song, the brass hits help the song build and further the message.

9. “High Hopes” by Panic! At The Disco

Song Year: 2018

Another song that describes working toward your goals comes from Panic! At The Disco. The brass instrumentals offer a great start to the song and set the heroic tone for the rest of the tune.

This song is a great reminder that you can and should dream big, and you shouldn’t give up on what you really want. This song is also fun to dance to, so it makes for a fantastic personal theme song.

10. “Fight Song” by Rachel Platten

Song Year: 2014

A slower pop song, “Fight Song” may describe your life if you’ve had to go through a rough patch recently. The singer talks about taking back control of her life and how this is her time.

Instrumentals build and fall between the verses and chorus. The tempo is nice and steady, and the background has a very motivational mood. “Fight Song” can keep you on your feet even in the most adverse life circumstances.

11. “Life Is a Highway” by Rascal Flatts

Life Is a Highway by Rascal Flatts

Song Year: 2006

It may be from the movie “Cars,” but this song has a country rock feel with a danceable beat. The message is all about the road ahead in life and how you need to go with the flow.

You never know what might happen in the future. Just like driving on the highway, you have to prepare for anything and be able to react well.

12. “Happy” by Pharell Williams

Song Year: 2014

While a lot of songs on this list are about facing problems, sometimes you’re just feeling good and happy. This song is a great option to describe your life if you’re not too stressed.

The tune has a nice beat, and it can almost make you feel happy if you’re down. It’s a great song to dance to, and you can sing along when you want to boost your mood.

13. “Who Says” by Selena Gomez

Song Year: 2011

It can be easy to feel down and like you’re not perfect. This song has a nice tempo, and the lyrics reflect the importance of being yourself and not caring what others think.

We all have imperfections, but that’s okay. What matters is that you don’t let it get you down, and if so, this song is a great “theme song” of sorts for your life.

14. “Look at Her Now” by Selena Gomez

Song Year: 2019

If you’ve gone through a bad breakup and are now thriving, “Look at Her Now” will describe your life to a T. This song came from Gomez after the end of her on and off again relationship with Justin Bieber, and it shows how she’s doing well.

The tune is catchy, and the instrumentals make it fun to dance along alone at home or when you hear this song at a party.

15. “Past Life” by Selena Gomez and Trevor Daniel

Song Year: 2020

Perhaps you’re not quite over a lost love yet, in which case “Past Life” might describe where you are in life. It starts with a somber guitar riff before Daniel sings and Gomez responds.

The lyrics talk about mistakes both have made in a relationship. They also mention how they’re moving on from the bad period.

16. “See You Again” by Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth

Song Year: 2015

Puth’s vocals and piano playing start the song slowly. The combination of singing and Khalifa’s rap mesh together and express the emotions of missing an old friend.

From the Furious 7 soundtrack, the video showcases the late actor Paul Walker. If you’re grieving the loss of a friend or relative, this song may be a great representation of your life.

17. “Feeling Good” by Michael Buble

Song Year: 2005

Buble’s jazzy style is clear from the moment the song begins. His voice and the orchestral string backing are slow at first before building throughout the tune.

As the title suggests, the song is about feeling good in life. The song isn’t the most danceable, but you can move to it, especially after the brass section comes in during the chorus.

18. “I’ll Be There for You” by The Rembrandts

Song Year: 1994

One of the most famous TV show theme songs, “I’ll Be There for You” appears in every episode of Friends. It perfectly describes what it’s like to be in your 20s and struggling with your career and personal life.

The song is easy to dance and sing along to, and it’s relatable for many generations. Whether you watched Friends or not, you should listen to this tune.

19. “Only Human” by the Jonas Brothers

Song Year: 2019

The island-inspired beat of this song makes it super catchy from the start. This song talks about not wanting to get back to real life and wanting to keep dancing.

Joe and Nick Jonas sing about human nature and how we shouldn’t hold in our feelings. The beat isn’t too fast or slow, and it’s a great song to play to remind yourself you’re human.

20. “Flowers” by Miley Cyrus

Song Year: 2023

In mere months, Cyrus’ song “Flowers” has become a hit. The performer sings about feeling sad about an old relationship but that she doesn’t need anyone else to be happy.

You can do what you want and put yourself first. If you’re single at the moment, you may find this song represents your life perfectly.

21. “I’m a Mess” by Bebe Rexha

I'm a Mess by Bebe Rexha

Song Year: 2018

A lot of people go through tough breakups, but you’ll get through it. That’s the message Rexha shares in this song with a catchy beat.

The lyrics talk about being a mess and needing help to get through it. As the stigma against obtaining mental health care dwindles, this song may describe more people’s lives.

22. “That’s My Girl” by Fifth Harmony

Song Year: 2016

This song’s message is about female empowerment and wanting other women and girls to do well. The singing group pumps each other up, reminding the listener they’ve gone through tough times and gotten up again before.

Like many songs on this list, the beat helps emphasize the message. The brass and percussion background helps give the hit a pump-up vibe.

23. “Centuries” by Fall Out Boy

Song Year: 2014

This song has a motivating instrumental background. Its lyrics are all about what you want your legacy to be and how people will know you for years to come. The members of Fall Out Boy act out a scene in the music video where they’re fighting as the underdogs and win.

Underneath the lyrics, the instrumentals build throughout the song. If you’re facing a big challenge, you might find this song describes your life.

24. “Confident” by Demi Lovato

Song Year: 2015

Having confidence can make a huge difference whether you’re facing a tough job market or another problem. The brass hits in this song combine with the drum beat to provide a nice vibe.

Lovato sings about how she feels confident and how there’s nothing wrong with that. We all need a little confidence now and then, and this song explores that well.

25. “Enemy” by Imagine Dragons x J.I.D

Song Year: 2021

This theme song for the animated series “Arcane” has since become a hit outside of the context of the show. The lyrics explain how one of the main characters feels like everyone is out to get her. Meanwhile, the beat is consistent, so it’s easy to tap your foot.

Frontman Dan Reynolds’ voice sounds great, and he sings in a titled rhythm that makes you feel a bit off but in a good way. Later, J.I.D’s rap is fast-paced and hard to follow, but it maintains the same flow as the rest of the song.

26. “Love Is the Name” by Sofia Carson

Song Year: 2016

With an island beat, this song talks about how life is a game, love being the name. Carson talks about how we can’t always control everything in life, but that’s okay.

It’s important not to worry too much. We should instead focus on what we can control and work on our goals. The song is fun to dance to, and you can tap your foot to the offbeats.

27. “Wings” by Little Mix

Song Year: 2012

The debut single from the British group Little Mix starts with an upbeat verse and instrumentals. It talks about how you shouldn’t let your life pass you by.

You have to use your wings and fly to reach your goals, and you should ignore anyone who doesn’t think you can do it. The singers have good harmonies, and the claps and instrumentals keep the song fast and danceable.

28. “Can’t Be Tamed” by Miley Cyrus

Song Year: 2010

Cyrus sang this song while still under contract with Disney. While it drew up controversy due to the different style from her other songs at the time, it accurately depicts how the singer felt. She didn’t want anyone to control her, and that’s something a lot of people relate to.

The rock beat makes you want to dance right away. It may not match some of Cyrus’ earlier music, but it’s a classic, especially for 2000s Disney Channel fans.

29. “Can’t Stop Dancin’” by Becky G

Song Year: 2014

Becky G sings about how good it feels to be dancing and with the people she loves. If you’re a dancer, you’ll probably relate to the lyrics of the song.

The island-inspired beat makes this song one that almost anyone can dance to. Even if you’re not a dancer, you can’t help but at least tap your foot to the tune.

30. “Oath” by Cher Lloyd ft. Becky G

Oath by Cher Lloyd ft

Song Year: 2011

Starting with an electric guitar riff, Lloyd sings about how best friends are always there for each other. It talks about how best friends will always stay together, even as they get older and go through life changes.

Becky G’s rap further emphasizes this message. The two act in a music video as best friends, so this is a great way to describe your life if you’re focusing on friendships even if you’re not as close as you once were.

31. “Girls Like Girls” by Hayley Kiyoko

Song Year: 2015

If you identify as LGBTQ+, you may find Kiyoko’s hit song describes your life. Girls can and do like girls the way they like boys. This was Kiyoko’s “coming out” of sorts, and it can be a great song for anyone looking to come out.

The beat may make you want to tap your foot. It’s not as upbeat as some songs, but that’s okay because life isn’t always as upbeat as you would like. Whether you’re struggling with your identity or are ready to share it with the world, this is a great song to listen to.

32. “Popular Song” by MIKA ft. Ariana Grande

Song Year: 2012

Inspired by “Popular” from the musical “Wicked,” MIKA and Grande sing about not being the most popular kids in their school. If you weren’t in the popular crowd, you may relate to feeling left out.

The music video helps tell the story of the singers getting revenge on the popular kids who wronged them. If you’ve ever wanted to do something similar, the song may feel more satisfying. Even if you’re out of school, you may have the popular people at work.

33. “We Own the Night” by The Wanted

Song Year: 2013

The members of The Wanted all sing about wanting to be remembered as legends. They’re all the life of the party, and each singer does a great job with his solo.

If you like to be the center of attention, you may relate to the song. It’s not as upbeat as some, but it can still be a good one to dance to. The lyrics are a great reminder to enjoy the time you have and live life in a way that you’ll be proud of later.

34. “Leave It All to Me” by Miranda Cosgrove ft. Drake Bell

Song Year: 2007

A great theme song that may translate to real life comes from Nickelodeon’s iCarly. The song talks about how you have to go after what you want and take risks. Meanwhile, the drum beat makes it fun to dance along.

Since this song was written to describe the life of the main character Carly Shay, it’s easy to relate to if you’re looking to make it online. The song is so good they didn’t even re-record it for the 2021 reboot of the 2007 show.

35. “Big Time Rush” by Big Time Rush

Song Year: 2009

Another Nickelodeon theme song that may describe your life comes from Big Time Rush. The first episode of the show explains the song is about four hockey players who don’t want to miss out on a big opportunity.

If you have a big break ahead of you, you may find this song describes your life. The beat is fun and danceable, and each member of the group gets a solo where he shines.

36. “Best of Both Worlds” by Hannah Montana

Song Year: 2006

Yet another theme song from the 2000s, this one describes Miley’s double life as a pop star and regular teen. While this probably doesn’t represent your life exactly, you may relate to elements of a double life.

Whether you balance two jobs or two families, this song shows you can enjoy two different things. You shouldn’t have to miss out on one opportunity for another, but balancing the two will probably bring unique challenges.

37. “I Found a Way” by Drake Bell

Song Year: 2004

This “Drake & Josh” theme song has a fun beat and rhythm, and it’s easy to sing along with. People who grew up in the 1990s and 2000s will feel nostalgia when they hear this theme song that defines the life of two stepbrothers.

Bell’s vocals mesh well with the instrumentals. If you grew up watching the show, you may find the lyrics come right back and that you can sing along immediately.

38. “Can’t Do It Without You” by Ross Lynch

Song Year: 2011

From the initial claps, this song has a fast tempo with a great melody. Theme song to “Austin and Ally,” this song talks about two friends and how they support each other. You can’t do something without the other person.

If you have a person you do everything with, this song will describe your life. Whether they’re a friend or romantic partner, this song is a great choice for your life’s “theme song.” The 2014 version includes Laura Morano, and the duet adds a new meaning to the song.

39. “She’s So Gone” by Naomi Scott

She's So Gone by Naomi Scott

Song Year: 2011

From the movie “Lemonade Mouth,” this song features Scott’s character as she’s getting over an ex. She’s finally coming into her own and is becoming a new person. If you’ve ever gone through a big change, you may relate.

This song is particularly relatable for children of parents with high expectations. Scott’s character feels like she can’t live up to what her father wants her to be. The rock beat builds into the chorus where the singer belts and gets her feelings out there.

Top Songs That Describe Your Life, Final Thoughts

When listening to music, you may find that some songs describe your life. A lot of TV theme songs apply because they’re written to describe a character’s life. But there are plenty of other chart-toppers that you may relate to.

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