40 Songs about Destiny (Pop, Gospel, Rock/Indie & More)

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40 Songs about Destiny (Pop, Gospel, Rock/Indie & More)

Since humans could think, we’ve wondered what our purpose is, how we can achieve our potential, and where the future will take us.

From the Greeks who imagined the ‘Fates’ as witches who cut cords to other paths to modern Christianity explaining destinies as the gods’ plans. There’s so much to think about and even more to sing or harmonize.

 I. Latest songs about destiny (2020, 2021)

1) Invisible String

Artist: Taylor Swift
Album: Folklore
Year: 2020
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Swift describes all the ‘invisible strings’ that connected her to her fated lover in this folk song. All the clues and paths led her to this current, destined moment.

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2) Instant Destiny

Artist: Tame Impala
Album: The Slow RUsh
Year: 2020
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3) Paul’s Dream

Artist: Hanz Zimmer
Album: The Dune Sketchbook (Music from the Soundtrack)
Year: 2021
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An unusual pick for this list, but this song off Hanz Zimmer’s score for the motion picture Dune is the perfect song for dreaming about one’s destiny. This score is crammed with whispers of the future and great instrumentals and vocals to paint a glorious picture of fated journeys.

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II. Pop songs about destiny

1) Unwritten

Artist: Natasha Bedingfield
Album: Unwritten
Year: 2004
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This song is played at graduations and celebrations for a reason. At the beginning of each phase of your life, it’s important to remember that everything is still ‘unwritten,’ and it’s up to you to write the destiny you desire.

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2) Twist of Fate

Artist: Olivia Newton-John
Album: Physical
Year: 1981
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3) Jai Ho! (You are My Destiny)

Artist: The Pussycat Dolls, A.R Rahman
Album: Jai Ho! You Are My Destiny
Year: 2009
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4) See You Again

Artist: Charlie Puth ft. Wiz Khalifa
Album: See You Again
Year: 2015
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This song is a sad tribute to the loved actor Paul Walker. This song is more a celebration of Walker’s achievements in his own life and a hopeful idea that his friends will see him again someday in the afterlife.

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III. Gospel songs about destiny

Worship and Gospel songs sing extensively on one’s destiny and putting faith in God and the divine. These songs are gentle reminders of one’s beliefs and faith in the universe to guide your journey.

1) So Will I

Artist: Hillsong Worship
Album: There Is More (Live)
Year: 2018
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2) Who You Say I Am

Artist: Hillsong Worship ft Brooke Lightwood
Album: Who You Say I Am
Year: 2018
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3) Destiny

Artist: Tina Campbell
Album: It’s Still Personal
Year: 2017
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4) Gospel Medley

Artist: Destiny’s Child
Album: Heart to Yours/Do You Know
Year: 2007
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IV. Rock/indie songs about destiny

If it were up to the rock genre to define destiny, one would stick out above all – Karma. Rock stars may not be pillars in religion-based explanations for destiny, but most believe that Karma will come along and getcha if you’ve done wrong.

1) Karma Police

Artist: Radiohead
Album: OK Computer
Year: 1997
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2) When Am I Gonna Lose You

Artist: Local Natives
Album: Violet Street
Year: 2019
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When some people are in love, they can’t help but imagine what could bring their relationship to an end (and how they can avoid those endings). Can you be destined to meet someone perfect only to break up?

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3) Call It Fate, Call it Karma

Artist: The Strokes
Album: Comedown Machine
Year: 2013
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4) Hand of Fate

Artist: The Rolling Stones
Album: Black and Blue
Year: 1976
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V. Country songs about destiny

The perfect genre to discuss destiny would be Country music. Nowhere else can you fictionalize real life so much, plan potential futures, and have such a poetic license on one’s destiny.

1) Simple Twist of Fate

Artist: Bob Dylan
Album: Blood on the Tracks
Year: 1975
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Bob Dylan simultaneously gives life meaning and makes everything seem meaningless in this song of ‘simple’ life stories and events.

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2) Blue Destiny

Artist: Neil Diamond
Album: In My Lifetime
Year: 1996
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What if your destiny is one of the saddest outcomes, could there be a way to change this terrible future?

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3) Almost

Artist: Thomas Rhett
Album: Center Point Road
Year: 2019
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4) There But For Fortune

Artist: Joan Baez
Album: Best of Joan Baez
Year: 1997
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VI. Rap/hip hop songs about destiny

For hip/hip and rappers who long for success and ‘making it big’ – the topic of personal destiny is never far from these artists’ minds.

1) Destiny

Artist: NF
Album: Perception
Year: 2017
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NF is a rapper who has spoken extensively about his destiny and plans to become successful after experiencing an unhappy childhood.

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2) Destiny

Artist: NEFFEX
Album: Destiny
Year: 2017
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3) Fate

Artist: Russ
Album: Fate
Year: 2021
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4) When I Grow Up

Artist: NF
Album: The Search
Year: 2019
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VII. Songs about destiny in love

A blossoming romance is a perfect time to question fate and destiny. When falling in love, timing, compatibility, and fate all come into question, and these songs are just scraping the surface.

1) My Destiny

Artist: Lionel Richie
Album: Back to Front
Year: 1992
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2) Destiny

Artist: Zero 7 ft. Sia and Sophie Barker
Album: Simple Things
Year: 2007
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3) Survivor

Artist: Destiny’s Child
Album: Survivor
Year: 2001
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This song is not precisely about destiny, but the group’s name and manifesto in this song imply one powerful destiny for these women.

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3) Fate

Artist: H.E.R
Album: I Used to Know Her
Year: 2019
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4) Destiny

Artist: Jennifer Rush
Album: Movin’
Year: 1985
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VIII. Songs about destiny and fate

As we’ve learned, there are many musical interpretations and explorations on the topic of ‘destiny,’ and below are even more examples.

1) Destiny Is Mine

Artist: Ru Paul
Album: Champion
Year: 2009
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2) Can’t Put It In The Hands of Fate

Artist: Stevie Wonder ft. Rapsody & Cordae & Chika & Busta Rhymes
Album: Can’t Put It In The Hands of Fate
Year: 2020
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This song was released in the wake of the Black Lives Matter outcry in America 2020. The multitude of voices on this track amplifies how many feel that they can’t trust the government or police with their fate and safety.

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3) Fate

Artist: Our Last Night
Album: Age of Ignorance
Year: 2013
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4) Fate Is…

Artist: Wednesday
Album: I Was Trying To Describe You To Someone
Year: 2020
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IX. Songs with destiny in the lyrics

With the understanding that many artists deeply consider their destiny and potential, other songs can take new forms. Below are obvious songs for this topic, but some are also more subtle.

1) Bright Eyes

Artist: Art Garfunkel
Album: Fate for Breakfast
Year: 1979
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From the album titled ‘Fate for Breakfast,’ this song holds a peaceful and sorrowful outlook on one’s destiny.

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2) Prophecy

Artist: Son Lux
Album: Tomorrows II
Year: 2020
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3) Prophecy of the Morning Dew

Artist: Tame Impala
Album: Fairies: Act I
Year: 2019
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4) Vienna

Artist: Billy Joel
Album: The Stranger
Year: 1977
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This classic speaks to young people who feel pressured to act quickly in their careers, personal lives, and everyday moments. Joel’s reassuring message is that ‘Vienna’ ( a symbol for whatever goal or moment you’re reaching for) waits for you, and you can trust that your destiny and time will come.

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X. Disney songs about destiny

Disney movies have deepened their meanings, and many children are now being taught to embrace their agency over their futures and destined journeys.

1) We Don’t Talk About Bruno

Artist: Carolina Gaitan
Album: Encanto (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Year: 2021
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One of the most beloved songs from the Disney hit movie focuses on the character Bruno who can see the future, but it usually ends in disaster.

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2) Fate and Destiny

Artist: Patrick Dowle
Album: Brave (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Year: 2012
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3) Touch The Sky

Artist: Julie Fowls
Album: Brave (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Year: 2012
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Merida is the main character from the movie ‘Brave.’ She wants to change her destiny as a princess. Instead of being wed early in life, she wanted to have the freedom to choose her path.

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4) Into The Unknown

Artist: Idina Menzel ft. AURORA
Album: The Slow RUsh
Year: 2020
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If you have encountered a child under the age of 13 in the past few years, you know what the movie Frozen is about. But this song, in particular, is all about deciding if you should go ‘into the unknown’ and do what you instinctively feel you are destined to do.

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