60 Songs about Hope & The Future

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60 Songs about Hope & The Future

Let’s face it, the last couple of years have been difficult for everyone because of the pandemic and the rising concern about climate change. It should be no surprise that many musicians used their music to spread a message of hope.

Songs about Hope

I. New songs about hope (2020, 2021 & 2022)

In the last two years, we got new songs about hope from ABBA and other well-known musicians to help us get through the tough times.

1) Keep an Eye on Dan

Artist: ABBA
Album: Voyage
Year: 2021
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After 40 years, the iconic band ABBA finally released a new album. This song tells the story of two parents getting a divorce and one of the parents is hoping that the other will keep an eye on their son, Dan.

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2) The Future

Artist: Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
Album: The Future
Year: 2021
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In this song, the singer expresses his thoughts and hopes for the future.

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3) 2010

Artist: Earl Sweatshirt
Album: Sick!
Year: 2022
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In this song, the rapper talks about his humble origins, how he had hope for the future and how he built a successful career.

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4) Cry Your Heart Out

Artist: Adele
Album: 30
Year: 2021
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Adele’s, “Cry Your Heart Out” is another song that talks about moving on and having hope after going through a divorce.

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5) Like I Used To

Artist: Sharon Van Etten, Angel Olsen
Album: Like I Used To
Year: 2021
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This song is about being able to reclaim your sense of self and your own space.

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6) New Shapes

Artist: Charli XCX ft Caroline Polachek, Christine, and the Queens
Album: Crash
Year: 2022
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In this song, the musicians talk about the hope of keeping a failing relationship alive by changing who they are.

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II. Songs about hope for the future

Many songs will talk about hope for the world and working together to create world peace.

1) Heal the World

Artist: Michael Jackson
Album: Dangerous
Year: 1991
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In this song, Michael Jackson asks listeners to take care of our world and those who are less fortunate.

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2) You Are Loved (Don’t Give Up)

Artist: Josh Groban
Album: Awake
Year: 2005
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3) After The Rain

Artist: Nelson
Album: After the rain
Year: 1990
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4) When We Stand Together

Artist: Nickelback
Album: Here and Now
Year: 2011
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This song is about humanity working together to create a peaceful world.

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5) Never Give Up

Artist: Whitney Houston
Album: I Will Always Love You
Year: 2012
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6) Don’t Stop Believing

Artist: Journey
Album: Escape
Year: 1981
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III. Songs about hope and not giving up

With songs reminding us not to give up, the songs will often have a theme of being in a fight or making their last stand.

1) Fight Song

Artist: Rachel Platten
Album: Fight Song
Year: 2014
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Platten wrote this song when she was at a low point in her life to remind herself not to give up on her dream.

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2) I Won’t Back Down

Artist: Tom Petty
Album: Full Moon Fever
Year: 1989
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3) Survivor

Artist: Destiny’s Child
Album: Survivor
Year: 2001
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4) Lose Yourself

Artist: Eminem
Album: 8 Mile
Year: 2002
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5) We Are The Champions

Artist: Queen
Album: We Are The Champions
Year: 1977
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6) The Climb

Artist: Miley Cyrus
Album: Hannah Montana: The Movie
Year: 2011
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IV. Pop songs about hope

These songs will often remind listeners that they should push through the difficult times and remind them of their potential.

1) Stronger

Artist: Kelly Clarkson
Album: Stronger
Year: 2011
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In this song, Clarkson sings about the hope of regaining your strength and recovering from a painful breakup.

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2) Firework

Artist: Katy Perry
Album: Teenage Dream
Year: 2010
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With this song, Katy Perry tells the listener that it’s not too late to reach your potential, even when life beats you down.

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3) Try

Artist: P!nk
Album: The Truth About Love
Year: 2012
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In this song, P!nk reminds us the listener that sometimes our low points in life can sometimes bring out our biggest strengths or be a blessing in disguise.

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4) Here Comes the Sun

Artist: The Beatles
Album: Abbey Road
Year: 1969
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If you’re going through some tough times, you should listen to this folk-pop song. With this song the Beatles remind us even though times seem dark and bleak, there will eventually be a new light.

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5) Hope

Artist: Natasha Bedingfield
Album: Hope
Year: 2015
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6) Shake It Out

Artist: Florence + the Machine
Album: Ceremonials
Year: 2011
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V. Rock songs about hope

In rock songs, the musicians will sometimes make references to light and darkness when talking about hope during tough times.

1) The Light

Artist: Disturbed
Album: Immortalized
Year: 2015
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With this song, there’s a message of hope for people who are going through a “dark” period in their lives and there is hope for them (light). It also reminds us that sometimes we need to go through these dark periods to finally see the light.

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2) It’s Okay

Artist: Imagine Dragons
Album: Mercury – Act 1
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3) Never Too Late

Artist: Three Days Grace
Album: One-X
Year: 2006
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This song is about being in a very dark place and struggling to find a way out. The song is meant to remind the listener that there is always a way out.

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4) Everybody Hurts

Artist: R.E.M
Album: Automatic for the People
Year: 1992
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R.E.M’s, “everybody hurts” was written to give hope to teenagers in particular who are struggling and prevent them from taking their own lives.

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5) Dream On

Artist: Aerosmith
Album: Aerosmith
Year: 1973
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Aerosmith’s “Dream On” is about the hope that comes with holding onto a dream and working towards your goal.

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6) Right Now

Artist: Van Halen
Album: For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge
Year: 1991
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VI. Love songs about hope

In many songs, love and hope seem to go hand in hand. From the hope of first love or simply being a hopeless romantic.

1) Faith

Artist: George Michael
Album: Faith
Year: 1987
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In this song, the listener is reminded that you have to have faith in a relationship.

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2) You Can’t Hurry Love

Artist: The Supremes
Album: I Hear A Symphony: Expanded Edition
Year: 1966
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In this song, a young woman is in a hurry to find true love but her mother advises her to hold onto hope and be patient because you can’t hurry love.

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3) Happy Girl

Artist: Martina McBride
Album: Evolution
Year: 1997
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4) Haven’t Met You Yet

Artist: Michael Bublé
Album: Crazy Love
Year: 2009
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This song is about someone who is a romantic and who hasn’t given up on finding the right girl for him yet.

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5) You’ve Got The Love

Artist: Florence + the Machine
Album: Dog Days Are Over
Year: 2008
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6) Keep Your Head Up

Artist: Andy Gramer
Album: Speaking in Tongues
Year: 1982
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VII. Christian songs about hope

Christian songs about hope often will talk about the speaker’s faith in God.

1) My Hope Is In You

Artist: Aaron Shust
Album: This Is What We Believe
Year: 2011
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In this song, the narrator of the song simply praises God for helping him during a troubling time.

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2) Living Hope

Artist: Phil Wickham
Album: Living Hope
Year: 2018
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Wickham explained that this song is about God rescuing him when he couldn’t rescue himself and bringing living hope to him.

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3) Awake and Alive

Artist: Skillet
Album: Unleashed
Year: 2010
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4) Trust In You

Artist: Lauren Daigle
Album: How Can It Be
Year: 2015
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Daigle wrote this song after her grandfather passed away. The song is about her trusting God and he will be there for them during tragic times.

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5) I Will Rise

Artist: Chris Tomlin
Album: Hello Love
Year: 2008
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6) Hope Of The World

Artist: Hillsong Worship
Album: Cornerstone
Year: 2012
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VIII. Worship songs with hope in the lyrics

Worship songs about hope will often express the musician’s faith and trust in God.

1) It Is Well

Artist: Bethel Music ft Kristene DiMarco
Album: You Make Me Brave: Live at the Civic
Year: 2014
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2) We Believe

Artist: Newsboys
Album: Restart
Year: 2013
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This song has been described as an expression of what the musicians believe and what their church believes.

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3) Just Like You

Artist: Lecrae ft J. Paul
Album: Rehab
Year: 2010
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This is a Christian hip-hop song that explains the importance of finding good role models in your life so you can work and improve yourself.

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4) Move

Artist: MercyMe
Album: The Generous Mr. Lovewell
Year: 2010
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This song talks about getting through difficult times with God’s help and having hope that there are better days ahead.

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5) Hope Is Rising

Artist: Downhere
Album: Ending Is Beginning
Year: 2008
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6) One Thing Remains

Artist: Jesus Culture ft Chris Quilala
Album: Come Away
Year: 2010
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IX. Songs with the theme of hope

Hope is a common theme in music. Musicians will use the low points in their lives as inspiration for their music.

1) Coming Out Of The Dark

Artist: Gloria Estefan
Album: Into the Light
Year: 1991
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This song was inspired by a phrase Estefan’s husband wrote down when she was about to have surgery to fix her broken back.

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2) Hope Is A Dangerous Thing For A Woman Like Me To Have

Artist: Lana Del Rey
Album: Norman Fucking Rockwell!
Year: 2019
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3) Eye Of The Tiger

Artist: Survivor
Album: Eye of the Tiger
Year: 1982
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This classic song is all about getting up after a difficult situation and moving on with your help. It’s about the hope that keeps you moving forward.

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4) I Can See Clearly Now

Artist: John Nash
Album: I can see clearly now
Year: 1972
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5) Imagine

Artist: John Lennon
Album: Imagine
Year: 1971
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6) Lean On Me

Artist: Bill Withers
Album: Still Bill
Year: 1972
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X. Songs with hope in the lyrics

Songs with the word “hope” in the lyrics can have different meanings. The songs can go from expressing spite to questioning what you’re supposed to expect to give hope to other people.

1) I Hope

Artist: The Chicks
Album: Taking the Long Way
Year: 2006
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2) High Hopes

Artist: Bruce Springsteen
Album: High Hopes
Year: 2014
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In this song, Bruce Springsteen questions what is meant by the American Dream and what you can expect for yourself.

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3) Gives You Hell

Artist: All American Rejects
Album: When the World Comes Down
Year: 2008
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4) Hope

Artist: Take That
Album: Wonderland
Year: 2017
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In this song, the narrator explains that he still has hope despite all the negativity he sees in the world.

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5) Hope You Love Me Like You Say You Do

Artist: Huey Lewis and the News
Album: Picture This
Year: 1982
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6) I Hope You Dance

Artist: Lee Ann Womack
Album: I Hope You Dance
Year: 2000
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In this song, the narrator expresses her hope for the listener to take chances in life and to not let fear hold them back.

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