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)
- II. Pop songs about destiny
- III. Gospel songs about destiny
- IV. Rock/indie songs about destiny
- V. Country songs about destiny
- VI. Rap/hip hop songs about destiny
- VII. Songs about destiny in love
- VIII. Songs about destiny and fate
- IX. Songs with destiny in the lyrics
- X. Disney songs about destiny
I. Latest songs about destiny (2020, 2021)
1) Invisible String
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.
2) Instant Destiny
3) Paul’s Dream
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.
II. Pop songs about destiny
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.
2) Twist of Fate
3) Jai Ho! (You are My Destiny)
4) See You Again
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.
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
2) Who You Say I Am
4) Gospel Medley
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
2) When Am I Gonna Lose You
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?
3) Call It Fate, Call it Karma
4) Hand of Fate
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
Bob Dylan simultaneously gives life meaning and makes everything seem meaningless in this song of ‘simple’ life stories and events.
2) Blue Destiny
What if your destiny is one of the saddest outcomes, could there be a way to change this terrible future?
4) There But For Fortune
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.
NF is a rapper who has spoken extensively about his destiny and plans to become successful after experiencing an unhappy childhood.
4) When I Grow Up
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
This song is not precisely about destiny, but the group’s name and manifesto in this song imply one powerful destiny for these women.
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
2) Can’t Put It In The Hands of Fate
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.
4) Fate Is…
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
From the album titled ‘Fate for Breakfast,’ this song holds a peaceful and sorrowful outlook on one’s destiny.
3) Prophecy of the Morning Dew
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.
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
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.
2) Fate and Destiny
3) Touch The Sky
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.
4) Into The Unknown
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.