motivation: speak it into existence

Like any other college student who aspires to go far in their desired career (mine happens to be radio/tv hosting), I go through periods of self-doubt and rejection. Whenever I do, I play these songs as a source of inspiration. A way to lift me up.

  1. When I Grow Up – The Pussycat Dolls (2008)aa441373ec8b8b19f10e728b987fe4f3.998x1000x1

Key Lyric:

“When I grow up, I wanna be famous
I wanna be a star, I wanna be in movies
When I grow up, I wanna see the world
Drive nice cars, I wanna have groupies
When I grow up, be on TV
People know me, be on magazines
When I grow up, fresh and clean
Number one chick when I step out on the scene”

2. The Fame – Lady Gaga (2008)82675e6981cb9f9985fcf48aecb4cd92.1000x991x1

Key Lyric:

“Fame (fame)
Doing it for the fame (fame)
‘Cause we wanna live the life of the rich and famous
Fame (fame)
Doing it for the fame (fame)
‘Cause we gotta taste for champagne and endless fortune.”

I can see myself in the movies, with my picture in city lights
Photograph on my mind
And whatever else you’d like to shoot you decide”

3. Keep on Keepin on’ – JoJo (2004)*

Key Lyric:

“You got to keep on keepin on
You got to keep your head up high
You gotta work with what you’ve got
And someday you will flyyyyy”

4. Glamorous – Fergie (2006)1280x1280

Key Lyric:

“G-L-A-M-O-R-O-U-S, yeah G-L-A-M-O-R-O-U-S
We flying the first class
Up in the sky
Poppin’ champagne
Livin’ my life
In the fast lane
And I won’t change
For the glamorous, oh the flossy flossy
I be on the movie screens
Magazines and bougie scenes
I’m not clean, I’m not pristine
I’m no queen, I’m no machine”

5. Breakaway – Kelly Clarkson (2005)

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“I’ll spread my wings, and I’ll learn how to fly
I’ll do what it takes till I touch the sky
And I’ll make a wish
Take a chance
Make a change
And breakaway”

6. Dreams – Ashanti (2002)

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“Dreams are real all you have to do is just believe
There is nothing that should ever take your heart away
From what it is you want to to do
You should always go with what you love
Don’t follow no one else just do what’s good for you, tell them”

7. Hold On – Fred Hammond, James Fortune & FIYA & Monica (2012)

Key Lyric:


“So hold on
You are too close to give up now
You have so much to live for
Remember what you prayed for
Hold on, please don’t let go in this season
Know that flowers bloom when rain falls
You just hold on”

“Sometimes your skies may look dim and grey
But know your breakthrough’s not far away”

8. Fly Away – Lenny Kravitz (1998)

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“Oh I want to get away.
I want to fly away”




9. Butterfly – Mariah Carey (1997)

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“Spread your wings and prepare to fly
For you have become a butterfly
Fly abandonedly into the sun”



10. Take Me Away – Janet Jackson (2015)

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“Take me away from here
To somewhere the air is clear
Take me away from here
To somewhere that love has no fear


11. Fame – Naturi Naughton (2009)* Fame (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Key Lyric:

“Remember my name (FAME!)
I’m gonna live forever
I’m gonna learn how to fly (HIGH!)
I feel it comin’ together
People see me and cry (FAME!)
I’m gonna make it to heaven
Light up the sky like a flame (FAME!)
I’m gonna live forever
Baby remember my name”

12. Sit Still, Look Pretty – Daya (2016)

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“Oh I don’t know what you’ve been told
But this gal right here’s gonna rule the world
Yeah, that is where I’m gonna be because I wanna be
No, I don’t wanna sit still, look pretty
You get off on your 9 to 5
Dream of picket fences and trophy wives
But no, I’m never gonna be cause I don’t wanna be
Cause I don’t wanna sit still, look pretty”

13. Our Time to Shine – Mona Lisa (1995)

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“Because I have been there
You gotta keep your head up high. Even though sometimes life seems unfair.
It’s my time to shine
Been down for much too long
I’ve gotta get mine
We’ve gotta keep it movin’ on”

14. One Step At a Time (2007) – Jordin Sparks* 

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“You wanna show the world
But no one knows your name yet
Wonder when and where
And how you’re gonna make it
You know you can if you get the chance
In your face
As the door keeps slamming
Now you’re feeling more and more frustrated
And you’re getting all kind of impatient
We live and we learn to take
One step at a time
There’s no need to rush
It’s like learning to fly
Or falling in love
It’s gonna happen
When it’s supposed to happen
That we find the reasons why
One step at a time”

15. Triumphant (Get ‘Em) [feat. Rick Ross & Meek Mill]  – Mariah Carey (2012)

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“Can’t fall down, stay triumphant, keep on living
Stay on your toe, get off the ropes
Don’t let them ever count you out
Realize all things are possible
In your heart who’s the greatest
Reach for the stars, be all that you are
And make them all fall down”

16. Make It Out This Town (feat. Gabe Saporta) – Eve (2013)

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“When I close my eyes
I can see me fly in the hope
High above the clouds
Swear I won’t look back
If I get chance
I will come back around
If I make it out this time, yeah
I gotta make it out this town, yeah
I’m gonna make it out this town, yeah
I’m gonna roll the dice
And take a risk tonight
Gotta make it out this time”

17. Glow Up (feat. Quavo, DJ Khaled & Missy Elliott) – Mary J. Blige (2017)

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“I’mma glow up, glow up
Throw it in your face like yeah”




18. Make It Shine – Victorious Cast (feat. Victoria Justice) (2010)

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“You don’t have to be afraid to put your dream in action
You’re never gonna fade, you’ll be the main attraction
Not a fantasy
Just remember me when it turns out right
Cause you know that if you live in your imagination
Tomorrow you’ll be everybody’s fascination
In my victory
Just remember me when I make it shine”

19. Satisfaction – Eve (2002)

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“……But I’m stayin’ on the grind (Never goin’ back to broke)
Anything I want
I’mma get it ‘cuz I know I need it
It’s Evey comin’ and I know you heated
Anything I need
Gotta have it, bet I’m gonna grab it
Ain’t nothin’ better than the satisfaction
Everything I am
Just because I had to make it happen
They never thought that I would make it rappin’
Anything I need
Gotta have it, bet I’m gonna grab it
Ain’t nothin’ better than the satisfaction”

20. Fancy (feat. Charli XCX) – Iggy Azalea (2014)

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“I just can’t worry ’bout no haters, gotta stay on my grind”



813WUmxLtvL._SL1500_21. Unwritten – Natasha Bedingfield (2004)

Key Lyric:

“Feel the rain on your skin
No one else can feel it for you
Only you can let it in
No one else, no one else
Can speak the words on your lips
Drench yourself in words unspoken
Live your life with arms wide open
Today is where your book begins
The rest is still unwritten”

22. Survivor – Destiny’s Child (2001)

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“I’m a survivor (What?)
I’m not gon’ give up (What?)
I’m not gon’ stop (What?)
I’m gon’ work harder (What?)
I’m a survivor (What?)
I’m gonna make it (What?)
I will survive (What?)
Keep on survivin’ (What?)
…After of all of the darkness and sadness
Soon comes happiness
If I surround my self with positive things
I’ll gain prosperity”

23. My Time Has Come (Dedicated to Andretta Tillman) – Destiny’s Child (1998)

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“It’s okay
Be afraid
It’s alright
You just take that fear
Turn it in
To your strength
It’s called life
And that’s why we’re here
Now I’ve come much too far
And I know what’s in my heart
And I know what I feel
And this time I know it’s real
My time has come”

24. Cleopatra’s Theme – Cleopatra (1998)

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“We need education to get us to the ranks
We’ve no time to play those silly little pranks
(So we’re saying) Please don’t try to change the person you are
Keep on dreamin’ that you’ll be a superstar
(Be together, we’ll last forever) Hey, yeah
Our minds will stay the same
We won’t be beaten down by fame”

25. Meteorite – Mariah Carey (2014)

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“Gotta get up, ’cause you know the world is waiting
Can you keep up? Everyone you see is racing
And you know what you are
It’s true, you will go far”