63 Inspirational Songs for Young Entrepreneurs

by / ⠀Entrepreneurship / October 14, 2013

Live your Life TI ft Rihanna

Let’s face it, building a business is hard.

It’s a process that requires focus and a never-ending motivation.  And that’s why I thought it would be helpful to provide a list of inspirational songs that will give you the extra push that’s needed sometimes!

After the incredible response I got on last year’s article, 47 Inspirational Songs for Young Entrepreneurs, I figured it was time for Part 2.  I’ve taken song suggestions from young entrepreneurs all over the world, and have compiled a list I believe is better than last years.  With the mixture of genres I’ve included, there should be something to help inspire everyone!

 1.  Live Your Life – T.I. [feat . Rihanna]

“But you know what, at the end of the road through all the adversity, if you can get where you wanted to be, you remember whatever don’t kill you make you stronger, and all of the adversity was worth it.”

2.  Make The Money – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

“Make the money, don’t let the money make you.  Change the game, don’t let the game change you.”

3.  Lose Yourself – Eminem (Explicit)

“Look, if you had one shot, or one opportunity. To seize everything you ever wanted in one moment.  Would you capture it or just let it slip?

4.  Empire State of Mind (Explicit)-  Jay-Z & Alicia Keys

“New York, concrete jungle where dreams are made of.  There’s nothin’ you can’t do.  Now you’re in New York.  These streets will make you feel brand new.  Big lights will inspire you.  Let’s hear it for New York”

5.  Unwritten – Natasha Bedingfield

“Live your life with arms wide open.  Today is where your book begins.  The rest is still unwritten.”

6.  Work Hard, Play Hard – Wiz Khalifa

“The bigger the bill, the harder you ball.  Well I’m throwing mine, cause my money long.”

7.  Hall of Fame – The Script [feat. will.i.am]

“Standing in the hall of fame (yeah).  And the world’s gonna know your name (yeah).”

8. This Is Your Life – Switchfoot

“This is your life, are you who you want to be?  This is your life, is it everything you dreamed that it would be?”

 9.  We Own It (Fast & Furious) – 2 Chainz & Wiz Khalifa

“Money’s the motivation, Money’s the conversation.  You on vacation.  We gettin’ paid so, we on paycation.”

10.  Round of Applause – Lecrae

“We aint supposed to be here, never thought we see it.  Now we living proof, tell the world to believe it.”

Honorable Mentions (in no particular order)

All The Above  (Explicit) – Maino [feat. T-Pain]

“All I Do is win win win no matter what.  Got money on mind can never get it off.  And everytime I step up in the building, everybody hands go up.”

Applause – Lady Gaga

“I live for the Applause-plause.  Live for the Applause-plause.  Live for the way that you cheer and scream for me.”

Baby Girl – Sugarland

“I know that I’m on my way.  Well, I can tell every time I play. An’ I know it’s worth all the dues I pay, when I can write to you and say: Dear Mom and Dad, I’ll send money. I’m so rich that it ain’t funny.”

Billionaire – Travie McCoy [feat. Bruno Mars]

“Oh every time I close my eyes.  I see my name in shining lights yeah.  A different city every night alright.  I swear the world better prepare.  For when I’m a billionaire”

Boom – P.O.D. 

“Cause if you know these streets, then these streets know you.  When it’s time to handle business, then you know what to do.”

Brave – Sara Bareilles 

“Say what you wanna say, and let the words fall out.  Honestly I wanna see you be brave.”

Bring Me To Life – Evanescence

“(Wake me up) Wake me up inside.  (I can’t wake up) Wake me up inside.”

Can’t Hold Us – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis [feat. Ray Dalton]

“Can we go back, this is the moment.  Tonight is the night, we’ll fight ’til it’s over.  So we put our hands up like the ceiling can’t hold us.  Like the ceiling can’t hold us.”

Confe$$Ions – Lecrae

“Ain’t nothing wrong with havin’ it. Matter fact, go and get it. But if you find identity in it then go ‘n forget it.”

Dare You To Move – Switchfoot

“I dare you to move.  I dare you to lift yourself up off the floor.  I dare you to move”

Disparate Youth – Santigold

“I turn my back well the odds all stand beneath me.  And they all said I was mislead.  But now the odds all stand beneath me.”

Donald Trump (Explicit) – Mac Miller

“Take over the world when I’m on my Donald Trump $***.  Look at all this money, ain’t that some $***.”

Even If It Breaks Your Heart – Eli Young Band

“Some dreams keep on gettin’ better.  Gotta keep believin’ if you wanna know for sure.”

Eye On It – Toby Mac

“I got my eye on the prize, I got my eye on it.  I got my eye on it, and I will not quit.”

Firework – Kay Perry

“You just gotta ignite the light, and let it shine.  Just own the night like the 4th of July.  ’Cause baby you’re a firework.  Come on, show ‘em what you’re worth.

Fly (Explicit) – Nicki Minaj [feat. Rihanna]

“I came to win, to fight, to conquer, to thrive.  I came to win, to survive, to prosper, to rise.”

Forever (Explicit) – Drake [feat. Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Eminem]

“It may not mean nothing to y’all, but understand, nothing was done for me.  So I don’t plan on stopping at all.  I want this shit forever mine.”

Get Back Up – Toby Mac

“We get back up again.  It’s never too late to get back up again.  One day you will shine again.”

Good Life – OneRepublic

“Oh, this has gotta be the good life.  This has gotta be the good life.  This could really be a good life, good life.”

Good Morning – Chamillionaire

“Cause they hate to see you be successful.  I want to show all of my haters love.  So I wave to you like ‘good morning’”

Headlines (Explicit) – Drake

“I even gave them a chance to decide.  Now it’s something they know.  They know, they know, they know.”

Heart of a Champion (Explicit) – Nelly [feat. Lincoln University Vocal Ensemble]

“I’ma get what I can and more, even if my blood, my sweat, and my tears don’t mean nothin.  It’s the heart of a champion.”

Hustlin’ (Explicit) – Rick Ross

“Ev-ev-everyday I’m, everyday I’m, everyday I’m hustlin’.  Everyday I’m hustlin’ hustlin’ hustlin’ hust-hustlin'”

I’m So Paid – Akon [feat. Lil Wayne, Young Jeezy]

“Number one hustler get money.  Why do you wanna count my money?  I’m a hustler don’t need them! One of them you all see! I’m so paid.”

It’s My Life – Bon Jovi 

“It’s my life. It’s now or never.  I ain’t gonna live forever.  I just wanna live while I’m alive.”

Keep Changing The World – MIKESCHAIR

“All the people who keep holding onto love.  All the people who are reaching for the lonely.  Keep changing the world.”

Keep Your Head Up – Andy Grammer

“Fine, oh, you turn out fine..But you gotta keep your head up, oh.”

Live Like We’re Dying – Kris Allen

“Yeah, we gotta start. Looking at the hands of the time we’ve been given.  If this is all we got and we gotta start thinking.  If every second counts on a clock that’s ticking, gotta live like we’re dying”

Live Like You Were Dying – Tim McGraw

“And he said someday I hope you get the chance, to live like you were dyin’.”

Make A Move – Royal Tailor

“There’s more to life.  Open my eyes.  Someone is needing You.  So I gotta Make A Move.”

Meant To Live – Switchfoot

We were meant to live for so much more.  Have we lost ourselves?

Mirror (Explicit) – Lil Wayne [feat. Bruno Mars]

“I see you’re not satisfied.  And I don’t see nobody else.  I see myself I’m looking at the…mirror on the wall.”

Moment 4 Life (Explicit) – Nicki Minaj [feat. Drake]

“We done did everything they can think of.  Greatness is what we wanna brink up.  I wish that I could have this moment for life, for life, for life.”

My Life Your Entertainment (Explicit) – T.I.  

“I’m gonna make it a good show, you dig that.  This goin’ make a hell of a movie huh!  My life, your entertainment.  You watch it while I live it.”

Never Forget Me (Explicit) – Bone Thugs-N-Harmony [feat. Akon]

“There’s a lot of haters that don’t want me to make it.  All I want is for you to remember my name.  So that you’ll never forget me”

Not Afraid (Explicit) – Eminem

“Yeah, it’s been a ride.  I guess I had to, go to that place, to get to this one.  Now some of you, might still be in that place.  If you’re trying to get out, just follow me.  I’ll get you there.”

On My Way (Explicit) – DJ Khaled

“You can look into my eyes, see that I’m dead tired.   6:00 in the morning, money still on my mind.”

Out Of My Way – Seether

“Nobody’s gonna stand in my way.  Give it up son, I’m doin’ this my way.  Nobody’s gonna stand in my way.”

Remember The Name – Fort Minor [Featuring Styles of Beyond] 

“This is 10% luck,  20% skill, 15% concentrated power of will.  5% pleasure, 50% pain, and 100% reason to remember the name.”

Roar – Katy Perry

“I got the eye of the tiger, a fighter, dancing through the fire.  Cause I am a champion and you’re gonna hear me roar.”

Rocketeer – Far East Movement [feat. Ryan Tedder]

“Here we go, come with me.  There’s a world out there that we should see.”

Run This Town (Explicit) – Jay-Z [feat. Rihanna]

“Got a problem, tell me now.  Only thing that’s on my mind.  Is who’s gonna run this town tonight…”

So Many Details – Toro Y Moi

“You sent my life, Into somewhere I can’t describe.  So many details.”

The Climb – Miley Cyrus

“There’s always gonna be another mountain.  I’m always gonna wanna make it move.  Always gonna be an uphill battle.”

The Fighter – Gym Class Heroes [feat. Ryan Tedder]

“Give me scars, give me pain.  Then they’ll say to me, say to me, say to me.  There goes the fighter, there goes the fighter”

The Impossible – Joe Nichols

“If the fury of the wind is unstoppable, I’ve learned to never underestimate, the impossible.”

The Show Goes On – Lupe Fiasco

“Anybody ever wonder, when they would see the sun up.  Just remember when you come up, the show goes on!”

The Story of Your Life – Matthew West

“This is the story of your life.  You decide, how the rest is gonna read.  This is your chance between the lines, to redefine what kind of legacy you leave.”

The Time Of My Life – David Cook

“This is the time to be more than a name.  Or a face in the crowd.  I know this is the time, this is the time of my life.”

This – Darius Rucker

“All the things I knew but I didn’t know.  Thank God for all I missed.  Cause it led me here to this.”

Turn On The Lights (Explicit) – Future

“I heard she be there anytime you need ‘er, she come through.  Turn on the lights.  I’m lookin’ for ‘er”

Waiting For Tomorrow – Mandisa

“Can’t spend my whole life wastin’ everything I know I’ve been given.  ’Cause you’ve made for so much more than sittin’ on the side lines.  I don’t wanna look back and wonder, if good enough could’ve been better.”

You Gotta Be – Des’ree 

“You gotta be bad, you gotta be bold, you gotta be wiser.  You gotta be hard, you gotta be tough, you gotta be stronger.”

Hopefully, you’ve found this to be a helpful list!  Please let me know of any songs I’ve forgotten.

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About The Author

Matt Wilson

Matt Wilson is Co-Founder of Under30Experiences, a travel company for young people ages 21-35. He is the original Co-founder of Under30CEO (Acquired 2016). Matt is the Host of the Live Different Podcast and has 50+ Five Star iTunes Ratings on Health, Fitness, Business and Travel. He brings a unique, uncensored approach to his interviews and writing. His work is published on Under30CEO.com, Forbes, Inc. Magazine, Huffington Post, Reuters, and many others. Matt hosts yoga and fitness retreats in his free time and buys all his food from an organic farm in the jungle of Costa Rica where he lives. He is a shareholder of the Green Bay Packers.