If you’re feeling low on self-esteem, there are songs to help boost your spirits. No matter if you want to feel like an incredible success or simply need motivation, these English songs about confidence will bring out the best in you!
Confidence in yourself is essential for dealing with life’s obstacles. These songs about confidence will motivate you to push through those difficulties and remain strong.
1. I’m Every Woman by Chaka Khan
Written by Valerie Simpson and Nick Ashford, Chaka Khan’s first solo single marked her ascent from Rufus star to stardom in her own right. With its daring vocal performance, this early masterpiece set the standard for commercially viable funk pop music.
Released in 1978, the song went on to become a number one hit on Billboard Soul chart in November of that year and also enjoyed major success in the UK where it peaked at number four.
As well as becoming the number one selling single of 1978, “Respect” has become an iconic soul anthem with a powerful message about self-love and confidence. It has often been described as “a song about empowering women”, with its confident attitude and bold lyrics; it marked an important turning point in music when women weren’t yet accepted as equals.
On International Women’s Day (March 8), Idina Menzel and Chaka Khan have come together for an exciting rendition of this timeless classic to honor those who have made a difference in their lives. Through CARE’s #IMEVERYWOMAN campaign, the two singers will join forces to champion various causes that have had an impact on them throughout their careers.
Chaka Khan’s voice is truly captivating, as she blends it with some stunning percussion to create an entrancing rhythmic backdrop for her powerful vocals.
Her vibrato never deviates too far from earthy, adding an extra touch of glamour to the track. It is truly a standout rendition of I’m Every Woman that sets this version apart from other cover versions.
Though this version has been polished a bit more than the original, there’s still an undeniably dance-oriented vibe that is reflective of its time. The powerful chorus and strong vocals have just as much impact today as they did back then in 1978.
In addition to its stunning vocal performance, I’m Every Woman also features a captivating music video. Five dancing Chakas dressed in various outfits represent “every woman”, created years before mainstream coverage of music promotions through outlets like MTV and VH1.
2. Let Them Know by Mabel
Mabel is a British pop singer-songwriter with an upbeat, upbeat outlook. Her songs explore the difficulties and rewards of modern relationships, often through anxiety or growing up as mixed-race girl.
Mabel McVey was born into a musical dynasty; her dad Cameron McVey is the producer behind some of the UK’s most celebrated artists. This has given her an aptitude for combining genres to craft captivating pop music with heart. This has seen her blossom into one of Britain’s most inspiring young role models.
Mabel’s debut single ‘Know Me Better’, an uptempo R&B song about confidence and self-love, was released in September 2015 and quickly went viral, garnering over two million streams. It served as the lead single from her debut studio album ‘High Expectations’ which went platinum, leading to her tour alongside Harry Styles across Europe.
Since then, Mabel’s growth as an artist has been remarkable both emotionally and lyrically. Her recent singles reflect her growing self-assurance, such as ‘FineLine’ and ‘One Shot’.
Mabel’s sophomore album About Last Night offers an insightful look into the allure of dancing and the emotional ups-and-downs that accompany a night out. The record follows along with a partygoer as it captures moments of blissful exuberance, frustration, and heartbreak that can arise from spending a night on the town.
This album is a blend of house, disco and pop music. Songs like ‘Let Them Know’ offer an upbeat take on feeling like “you’re that bitch,” while ABBA-influenced track ‘Animal’ encourages women to be their feisty selves.
Mabel has collaborated on her album with a range of artists, such as 24kGoldn, Lil Tecca, Jax Jones, Galantis and Joel Corry. Set for release on July 15th 2022, the record features 11 tracks.
Since 2017, Mabel has seen her career take off. Since releasing ‘Finders Keepers’ in 2017, she has been on a steady rise and recently joined Harry Styles on tour. Additionally, she made an appearance on the popular television show Love Island. Her latest release ‘Let Them Know’ is out now and serves as the lead single from her new album.
3. Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You) by Kelly Clarkson
Kelly Clarkson released “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” in 2011. It is the title track from her fifth studio album Stronger and it is a mid-tempo pop song with R&B influences. The lyrics explore themes of vengeance, forgiveness and empowerment through metaphors about relationships among people.
Clarkson was inspired to pen the lyrics for Stronger by her own struggles with heartbreak. She wanted to communicate that she could overcome hardships while still remaining resilient, and she hoped that through music others could share that message as well.
After signing with RCA Records in 2010, Kelly began writing new material for her fifth album. Originally scheduled to be released late 2010, the record experienced several delays.
On October 21, 2011 Australia and October 24 2011 USA, Clarkson released her album ‘Untitled’ which boasted an eclectic blend of pop rock, dance-pop, R&B influences – widely considered one of her best works to date.
Critics generally praised the album, with Metacritic rating it 62 out of 100. Allmusic’s senior editor Stephen Thomas Erlewine wrote that Clarkson “has returned to form” on this release and it is her most polished work since Breakaway”.
However, the album’s second single “Mr. Know It All” achieved modest success in both America and Australia and charted at number three in Poland; unfortunately, its successor “Dark Side” failed to meet with similar commercial success.
The accompanying music video depicts Clarkson standing amidst a flash mob crowd as she performs the song. It received positive reviews and was nominated for a MuchMusic Video Award. She performed it live on several award shows and television appearances, as well as on her Stronger Tour and 2012 Summer Tour with American alternative rock band The Fray.
4. Me Too by Megan Trainor
Music industry insiders rarely witness a single song reach the top of the pops list, let alone become an overnight success. Meghan Trainor made headlines last December following her engagement to Spy Kids star Daryl Sabara and release of her first studio album, Thank You (Deluxe). Me Too has become one of several songs to grace fans’ playlists; it showcases Trainor’s knack for crafting catchy melodies into dance floor hits while also showing off her poetic side.
Hannah Lux Davis directed the video, a name familiar to fans as she has collaborated on multiple projects with the singer in the past. As such, it quickly became one of her most popular YouTube videos with over 1 million views and counting. Nominated for Best Pop Single and winning over judges with its excellent lyrics and production values, it helped boost her profile enough that she earned a place among top 5 female artists on Billboard chart with 4x Platinum certification in USA and 3x Platinum certification in Australia.