Everyone has their own unique list of songs that touch your soul. Music has such a depth to it that compares to nothing else. It's a form of escape, of relaxation, of mourning, of healing, of worship, of passion and joy. We were born to be musical - to both create it and enjoy it! Whatever the motivation might be to listen to a particular song, it has the capability of completely changing our mood and thoughts! Here is a diverse list of popular and beautiful songs that touch your soul.
1. Safe and Sound by Capital Cities
"Safe and Sound" is probably my current favorite song! It has such passion and truth in the lyrics that it never fails to put me in a more positive and life-giving mood! I actually first heard this song in a workout class at the gym and have constantly heard it on the radio since! It definitely falls at the top of my personal list of songs that touch your soul. Here's a sample of the lyrics: "I could lift you up. I could show you what you want to see and take you where you want to be. You could be my luck. Even if the sky is falling down I know that we'll be safe and sound." Feeling safety and comfort in your soul even when the world is crashing down around you, is true peace!
2. It's Time by Imagine Dragons
This song has such a unique melody to it and always gets me singing along. It's basically a song about pressing forward and staying true to who you are. My favorite line in the song says, "The path to heaven runs through miles of clouded hell, right to the top, don't look back." This speaks of victory over hardship and not looking back to your past. How inspiring!
3. Catch My Breath by Kelly Clarkson
I just love Kelly Clarkson! Remembering her on American idol and seeing how far she's come is so incredible. Her music is full of vocal talent and she's just simply stunning, inside and out! Her song "Catch my Breath" is another very popular song about living a meaningful life with the ones you love, doing what you love and not being held back! Live in such a way that it takes your breath away!
4. Affirmation by Savage Garden
OK, this song is a little older but I feel it needs a place on this list! Savage Garden had so many touching songs about love, life and just making it. This song ,"Affirmation," is simple to grasp and full of outstanding truths to live by! What you believe about life shapes your thoughts and actions, which is why this song is soul-inspiring! Every single line of this song is outstanding - here is a sample of it... "I believe forgiveness is the key to your own happiness, I believe that wedded bliss negates the need to be undressed, I believe that God does not endorse TV evangelists, I believe in love surviving death into eternity."
5. Dare You to Move by Switchfoot
"I dare you to move, I dare you to move, I dare you to lift yourself up off the floor." This song is also an older one but definitely came to mind when I thought of soul-touching songs. This song is motivational and challenges you to move forward even when it's hard - to move against the grain and be bold. It's so inspiring! I'm sure you have heard it, but if not you should check it out! Switchfoot has a lot of very deep lyrical music as well as unique instrumental tones.
6. Heaven Song by Phil Wickham
This song is elegant, simple and full of beauty - it paints a wonderful picture of freedom and joy and finding the place where you belong. It's spiritual in nature, the author and performer is a Christian artist. It is however a song I think everyone can appreciate because of its language and simple, yet poetic, lyrics. The chorus goes like this, "I want to run on greener pastures, I want to dance on higher hills, I want to drink from sweeter waters, in the misty morning chill, and my soul is getting restless, for the place where I belong. I can't wait to join the angels and sing my heaven song."
7. Khwaja Mere Khwaja from the Indian Film Jodhaa Akbar
This song is obviously not mainstream. However, the first time I heard it I was absolutely blown away by its beauty. I don't understand the language, which is Urdu, however the rhythm and harmonies are so peaceful and will definitely put you at ease. It just quiets your soul when you listen to it. This is actually a Sufi song, which is a devotional branch of Islam. Therefore, it's a praise/devotional song. Check it out! It's worth listening to at least one time through!
There are quite a few songs out there, current and in the past, that are inspirational both in lyrical content and instrumentally. It's just a matter of finding what speaks to you! What are some songs that touch your soul? Share them in the comments section!