Monday, June 1, 2009

Top 20 Songs for a Fresh Start

Liana asked me for this list, and there's nothing I love more than requests from readers. These are songs about leaving the past behind, reinventing yourself, spreading your wings and embracing a new beginning, a new life, a new you. You might say these are songs for the "first day of the rest of your life":

01. Cake - I Will Survive

At first I was afraid / I was petrified / I kept thinking I could never live without you by my side / But I spent so many nights just thinking how you done me wrong / I grew strong / I learned how to get along

02. The Beatles – Black Bird

Black bird singing in the dead of night / Take these sunken eyes and learn to see
all your life / you were only waiting for this moment to be free

03. Barbra Streisand - Memory

Daylight / I must wait for the sunrise / I must think of a new life / And I mustn’t give in
/ When the dawn comes / Tonight will be a memory too / And a new day will begin

04. Johnny Nash - I Can See Clearly Now

Oh yes I can make it now, the pain is gone / All of the bad feelings have disappeared / Here is the rainbow I've been prayin' for / It's gonna be a bright (bright), bright (bright) / Sun-Shiny day

05. Olivia Newton John - Twist of Fate

Don't understand what's going on / Woke up this morning, all the hurt was gone / This is a new beginning / I'm back in the land of the living

06. Gloria Estefan - Coming Out of the Dark

Starting again is part of the plan / And I'll be so much stronger holding your hand / Step by step, I'll make it through; I know I can / It may not make it easier / But I have felt you near all the way

07. Celine Dion - A New Day Has Come

Let the rain come down and wash away my tears / Let it fill my soul and drown my fears / Let it shatter the walls for a new, new sun / A new day has...come

08. Abba - I Wonder (Departure)

I wonder, it's frightening / Leaving now, is that the right thing? / I wonder, it scares me / But who the hell am I if I don't leave it? / I'm not a coward / Oh no, I'll be strong / One chance in a lifetime / Yes I will take it, it can't go wrong

09. Carrie Underwood - Lessons Learned

And every tear that had to fall from my eyes / Everyday I wondered how I'd get through the night, / Every change, life has thrown me, / I'm thankful, for every break in my heart, / I'm grateful, for every scar, / Some pages turned, / Some bridges burned, / But there were lessons learned.

10. John Lennon - (Just Like) Starting Over

Everyday we used to make it love / Why can't we be making love nice and easy? / It's time to spread our wings and fly / Don't let another day go by my love / It'll be just like starting over, starting over

11. Pink Floyd - Learning to Fly

A soul in tension that’s learning to fly / Condition grounded but determined to try /
Can’t keep my eyes from the circling skies / Tongue-tied and twisted just an earth-bound misfit, I

12. Aladdin - A Whole New World

A whole new world / Every turn a surprise / With new horizons to pursue
Every moment red-letter / I'll chase them anywhere / There's time to spare / Let me share this whole new world with you

13. John Denver - Rocky Mountain High

He was born in the summer of his 27th year / Coming home to a place he’d never been before / He left yesterday behind him, you might say he was born again / You might say he found a key for every door

14. R. Kelly - I Believe I Can Fly

I believe I can fly / I believe I can touch the sky / I think about it every night and day
Spread my wings and fly away / I believe I can soar / I see me running through that open door / I believe I can fly

15. Barry Manilow - Ready to Take a Chance Again

And I'm ready to take a chance again, / ready to put my love on the line with you. /
Been living with nothing to show for it; / You get what you get when you go for it, / And I'm ready to take a chance again with you.

16. Fergie - Big Girls Don't Cry

The path that I'm walking I must go alone / I must take the baby steps until I'm full grown / Fairytales don't always have a happy ending, do they? / And I foresee the dark ahead if I stay

17. Shawn Colvin - Whole New You

To shake the loneliness and shine the light / take all your tears save 'em for a rainy night / go and wish on every star that's fallen / shake your head and wonder when it's all to good to be true / like a whole new you

18. Paula Abdul - Promise of a New Day

And so time over time / what will change the world? / no one knows /
so the only promise is a day to live / to give and share with one another

19. Tom Petty - Learning to Fly

Well some say life will beat you down / Break your heart, steal your crown
So I started out for God knows where / But I guess I’ll know when I get there

20. Eminem - Lose Yourself

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

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