30+ Songs About Chasing & Achieving Your Dreams

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Music is incredibly powerful and the words and melody you blare through your headphones can change your mood and shift your mindset.

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There are so many empowering songs and inspirational songs that have transcended time and are still used in trying or happy times. Songs for chasing and achieving dreams can help you visualize success and give you the confidence to keep going.

The following songs will motivate you to continue on the journey of your dreams and push through any adversity you may encounter on your way. 

Rap and Hip-Hop Songs About Dreams

If you’re partial to rap and hip-hop music, there are plenty of songs about the trials and tribulations of life. 

1. “Lose Yourself” by Eminem 

This iconic song is Eminem’s tribute to his move from trailer park to fame, with these lyrics: “You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow, this opportunity comes once in a lifetime.”

2. “Now or Never” by Kendrick Lamar 

Kendrick Lamar raps about how incredible it feels to see his dreams realized, but warns he needs to keep his head on straight and keep going:

I know it's my time, and it's now or never, I shine so bright I light the night, and it feels so right, ain't nothing better.” 

3. “Believe” by Meek Mill and Justin Timberlake 

Meek Mill and Justin Timberlake say this song was made for motivational purposes. The song goes, “Let’s play it smart, ‘cause we ain’t playin’ checkers, this is chess, play your pawns, sit back like a king, when they move, make your mark, and never ever let your competition take your heart.” Any dream you’re after will have people trying to get in your way and this song talks about how to handle it. 

4. “American Dream” by MKTO

This song is about the idea of the American Dream instead of other summer songs about love.

The world is spinning too fast for you and me, so tell me whatever happened to the American dream.”

5. “I Can” by Nas 

This 2002 song has a chorus of children singing “I know I can be what I wanna be.” It’s just as catchy as it is inspiring with a rap detailing the ways you can struggle in life. 

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Country Songs About Dreams

There’s no shortage of inspiration in the country genre. The storytelling in these songs can be positive, uplifting and will help you envision yourself achieving your dreams. 

6. “Growing her Wings” by Lauren Alaina 

This song is about growing, improving, and learning with so much ahead in life. 

But outside her window there’s so much more room for running and space to discover, a whole wide world to see, she’s dreaming ‘bout the girl she’s gonna be.”

7. “Humble and Kind” by Tim McGraw 

This slow song is about continuing to be humble and kind no matter what. It can be hard to keep grounded when you’re successful.

“I know you have mountains to climb, but always stay humble and kind.”

8. “I Hope You Dance” by Lee Ann Womack 

Similar to “Humble and Kind,” this song is about being in the moment, thankful for what you have while continuing to strive for more.

“I hope you never fear those mountains in the distance, never settle for the path of least resistance.” 

9. “Learn to Live” by Darius Rucker 

Darius Rucker shares the advice he got from his grandfather about adversity, encouragement, and inspiration. 

“You gotta live and learn, you gotta crash and burn, you gotta make some stances and take some chances, you gotta live and love, and take all life has to give, you gotta live and learn so you can learn to live.”

10. “If You’re Going Through Hell” by Rodney Atkins 

Listen to this song when you are struggling on the road to your dreams. It’s an upbeat tune about continuing through during tough times!

If you're going through Hell, keep on going, don't slow down, if you're scared, don't show it, you might get out before the devil even knows you're there.”

Pop and Rock Songs About Dreams

These pop and rock songs offer more than a catchy tune. They have profound lyrics that will inspire you and give you the confidence you might need. 

11. “Brave” by Sara Bereilles 

The lyrics in this song are all about being yourself and being brave enough to speak up and make moves. Some of our dreams require stepping out of our comfort zone and this is the song for that feeling.

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

12. “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor 

This iconic melody is a perfect track to get you in the mood to succeed. Especially before a big event when you need to be pumped up, turn to this one. 

It's the eye of the tiger, it's the thrill of the fight, risin' up to the challenge of our rival, and the last known survivor stalks his prey in the night, and he's watchin' us all with the eye of the tiger.”

13. “Fight Song” by Rachel Platten

The song goes, “Like a small boat, on the ocean, sending big waves, into motion, like how a single word, can make a heart open.” This powerful song is all about continuing to fight, even when nobody else thinks you can do it.

14. “Unwritten” by Natasha Beddingfield

This catchy song has been the theme song to various shows and movies for its upbeat tune, but the lyrics say a lot as well about your life being unwritten.

Live your life with arms wide open, today is where your book begins, the rest is still unwritten.”

15. “Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey 

There is no doubt you have heard this singalong song that goes, “Don't stop believin'.

Hold on to that feelin'!”

Disney Songs About Dreams

Disney songs are deeper than what you might expect. They are fun songs to sing along to as well. 

16. “Let it Go” from “Frozen” by Idina Menzel 

You’ve heard it many times. Since this song is about being unapologetically you, there are plenty of worse songs for kids to be obsessed with.

“Can't hold it back anymore. Let it go, let it go! Turn away and slam the door, I don't care what they're going to say.”

17. “How Far I’ll Go” from “Moana” by Alessia Cara 

This Moana song shows that your dreams are limitless. 

See the line where the sky meets the sea? It calls me, and no one knows, how far it goes, if the wind in my sail on the sea stays behind me, one day I'll know, if I go there's just no telling how far I'll go.”

18. “A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes” from “Cinderella” by Lily James

The lyrics are encouraging you to listen to your heart, follow your dreams, and believe it will work out. 

Have faith in your dreams and someday, your rainbow will come smiling through, no matter how your heart is grieving, if you keep on believing, the dream that you wish will come true.”

19. Part of Your World from “The Little Mermaid” by Jodi Benson

Ariel had the most unique dream of all — to be a human! It’s a song about her seemingly unattainable dream. 

When's it my turn? Wouldn't I love, love to explore that shore above? Out of the sea, wish I could be, part of that world.”

20. “I’ll make a man out of you” from “Mulan” by Donny Osmond

This movie is an inspirational story about a woman who pushes past doubt and struggle to get to where she dreams to be.

Be a man, we must be swift as the coursing river, be a man, with all the force of a great typhoon, be a man, with all the strength of a raging fire, mysterious as the dark side of the moon.”

Songs About Dreams Not Coming True

There are going to be times when you fail. The upside here is you’re not alone and it’s part of life. These songs will help you with all of the rage, sadness, and disappointment inside of you. 

21. “Just a Dream” by Nelly 

In this song, Nelly paints a picture of being with a woman and getting married. It ends up being just a dream.

Open my eyes yeah, it was only Just A Dream, so I traveled back, down that road, will she come back, no one knows, I realize yeah, it was only Just A Dream.”

22. “I Dreamed a Dream” by Anne Hathaway 

In this “Les Miserables" song, the lyrics go, “And the song was exciting, there was a time, then it all went wrong, I dreamed a dream in times gone by, when hope was high and life worth living.”

23. “In the End” by Linkin Park 

Linkin Park is always great for passionate lyrics and tone. In this song, it details experiencing all of the hard times to not achieve the dream at the end.

I tried so hard and got so far, but in the end, it doesn't even matter, I had to fall, to lose it all, but in the end, it doesn't even matter.”

24. “The Kids Aren’t Alright” by The Offspring 

In this song, they sing about the “Chances thrown, nothing's free, longing for what used to be, still it's hard, hard to see, fragile lives, shattered dreams.”

25. “Warrior” by Demi Lovato

Demi Lovato shares the pain she was in as she was pushed down and broken. Even though she went through the tough times, she calls herself a warrior with “thicker skin.” Listen to this to believe in yourself after failure. 

Songs About Achieving Your Dreams

Dreams might feel out of reach, but one day you’ll get that delicious taste of victory. It might take a while to get there, but if you continue to move forward and believe it, you can get there, 

26. “Long Live” by Taylor Swift 

Taylor Swift is hopeful her name and memory will live on for the success she has had, “Long live the walls we crashed through, all the kingdom lights shined just for me and you, I was screaming, ‘Long live all the magic we made,’ and bring on all the pretenders, one day we will be remembered.”

27. “Best Day of My Life” by American Authors 

Sing to this song when you’re gleefully excited about the dreams you have achieved! 

I'm never gonna look back, Woah, never gonna give it up, no, please don't wake me now.”

28. “We are the Champions” by Queen 

Is there a more appropriate song for winning a sports game? “We are the champions, my friends, and we'll keep on fighting till the end.”

29. “The Climb” by Miley Cyrus

This ballad features a light piano and inspirational lyrics about chasing your dreams and seeing the possibilities of getting there despite your doubts. 

“I gotta keep trying, gotta keep my head up high, there’s always gonna be another mountain.”

30. “My Way” by Frank Sinatra

In the 1960s, this song grew popular. It can give you goosebumps with its growing instrumentals and singing. 

Regrets, I've had a few, but then again, too few to mention, I did what I had to do, and saw it through without exemption.”

31. “Can’t Tell Me Nothing” by Kanye West 

Kanye details his experience growing in fame and money. 

The Soundtrack to Achieving Your Dreams 

We’ve listed songs to encourage you and make you sing right along. These songs will make for the best soundtrack to get you to your dreams and live your life to the fullest

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