Top 10 Alternative Never Give Up Songs

Here are my top 10 songs which inspire in times of need and help you know their is always a brighter future tomorrow. These are in no particular order.

  1. Jack’s Mannequin – Swim From the album Glass Passenger, Jack’s Mannequin frontman Andrew McMahon wrote this song after he saw a piece of paper with Swim written on it, while struggling to finish this album. This song inspires through its simple meaning of never giving up home and fighting for what matters. The most powerful lyrics of the song are ”Swim for your family, your lovers, your sisters, and brothers, and friends”. These lyrics intending you are never alone, alone being what it can feel like when you are struggling to get by. Swim is used as a metaphor throughout the song to encourage people to keep pushing no matter how hard it seems.

  2. My Chemical Romance – Welcome to the Black Parade An emo anthem, an inspiration to so many with the message it transcends. The band guiding people through their darkest hours with this song with the empowering lyric of ‘We’ll Carry On’. Gerard Way’s vocals inspiring an army with the daunting subject of losing a loved one he is tackling. Gerard believing when someone dies, they relive their fondest memory, in this case, a son being taken to a parade by his father. The lyrics of ”Do or Die, You’ll Never Make Me”, maybe suggesting you should never change even with social pressure surrounding you and you should always stay true to yourself. One of the best songs ever created with so much meaning behind it, along with their whole concept album, The Black Parade.

  3. The 1975 – So Far (It’s Alright)

    Just like the band itself, this song portrays a very hedonistic approach to life. Matt Healy reflecting on his childhood, dealing with addiction and living with his famous parents of Tim Healy and Denise Welsh. He describes how things may have went wrong in his life, but in the end it always ends alright.
  4. Falling in Reverse – Keep Holding On

    The most damning lyrics come when Ronny Radke sings ”I believe I’m just like you I believe I’ll make it through”, providing encouragement for his audience. Continuously through the song he describes the troubles he has faced, and if he can get through all his troubles, he believes his fans can as well. Using his life as an example, the chorus describes how he never thought he would be where he is today after all the trials he has faced, and people should hold on as it will get better.
  5. We The Kings – Just Keep Breathing

    Written by Travis Clark about his experience at school where he was bullied, Just Keep Breathing forwards the idea of perseverance when dealing with ridicule. Travis speaking about never going through life alone as their always help on hand.
  6. Fort Minor – Remember the name

    The ultimate never give up song for a gym workout or training. It is played in countless training videos as it gives people a reason not to give up in what they are doing through the motive and goal of having people remember who you are. Mike Shinoda was constantly rejected with Linkin Park, but through sheer will and dedication he finally got his big break with Linkin Park when they signed their first record deal. This describes the determination Mike showed and how he never gave up and never lost sight of his goal.
  7. Forever the Sickest Kids – Chin Up Kid

    From the album J.A.C.K, Forever the Sickest Kids provide a never give up attitude to young love. The band explained about the song, “It’s a feeling that anyone who’s been through heartbreak will recognize. ‘Chin Up Kid’ can be a very relatable song to most. We wrote this song about keeping your head up through heartbreak and trying times (Wikipedia 2017). The song expressing you may feel like the world is coming to the end, however, this is only short term and you need to press on as ultimately you will survive in the long term.
  8. A Day to Remember – A House that Doubt Built

    Opening with the lines of ”Don’t get me started on what it means to be alive”, the song reinforces this message throughout. In their opinion, the meaning to be alive is the art of music as it inspires people. Jeremy saying the song is ”about music in general, like the feeling like, no matter what’s going on in your life, like at least for me, like, music is something that makes me feel better about what’s going on with me”. Thus, he is saying when he does feel down and out it is music that brings him back and saves him, and this is what music should do for everyone. We’ll sing like everyone when they’re alone.
  9. Miley Cyrus – The Climb

    The most recognisable song on this list, The Climb by Miley Cyrus is a country pop power ballad stating that your journey through life may be hard and treacherous but you learn from it. Optimism is displayed throughout as she talks about keeping her head ‘held high’ and ‘pushing’ on no matter what. This is far from Miley’s current music styling as here she uses her vocals to their full potential creating a heart felt faith driven power ballad
  10. Hurts – Wonderful Life

    This song follows a man who is going to commit suicide by jumping off a bridge until he falls in love with a woman called Susie, who says ”Don’t Let go, Never give up it’s a wonderful life”. Lead singer Theo Hutchcraft saying in an interview with Digital Spy that the song is basically based on two extremes: the first being a man who wants to kill himself and the second being love at first sight. He’s standing on the bridge about to jump and he’s stopped by a woman. They see each other and fall in love. She basically says, ‘Come with me, it’s all going to be fine” (Wikipedia 2017). In a way this song is saying love is why life is worth living.

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