20 Best Songs About Not Giving Up

Richard Ellison

This article takes a look at the 20 best songs about not giving up. Sometimes we all need something to inspire us and keep us going, and these songs provide just that.

By the way, if you’re interested in songs about not giving up, you may also be interested in songs about giving up, songs about broken trust, songs about breathing, songs about breaking free, and songs about dreams.

It’s Gonna Be Me – NSync

*NSYNC - It's Gonna Be Me (It's Gonna Be May - Official Video)

This song was written by J.C. Chasez, Justin Timberlake, Lance Bass, & Chris Kirkpatrick. It was included in the “No Strings Attached” album which sold 2.4 million copies after being released.

The Reason – Hoobastank

Hoobastank - The Reason (Official Music Video)

This song is about not wanting to give up on someone you love. It was written by Douglas Robb, Dan Estrin, Chris Hesse, and Markku Lappalainen. It peaked at number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

I Will Not Bow – Breaking Benjamin

Breaking Benjamin - I Will Not Bow (Official Video)

This song is about being strong in a rough time even when you feel like giving up. It was written by Benjamin Burnley and David Bendeth. It became their first number one single on the Mainstream Rock chart.

The Greatest – Sia

Sia - The Greatest (Official Video)

This song is about not giving up on your dreams, even if you are afraid. It was written by Sia Furler & Christopher Braide for Sacha Baron Cohen’s film “The Dictator”. It was nominated for an Oscar and a Golden Globe.

I Won’t Give Up – Jason Mraz

Jason Mraz - I Won't Give Up (Official Video) [4K]

This song is about not giving up on the one you love, even when times get hard. It was written by Jason Mraz & Michael Natter. The song was purposely made for his album “Love is a Four Letter Word” which peaked at number 2 on the Billboard Hot 200 chart.

The Fight Song – Marilyn Manson

Marilyn Manson - The Fight Song (Official Music Video)

 This song is about staying strong and not giving up, no matter what people say or think of you. It was written by Brian Warner, Robert “Mordecai” Harrell and Tyler Bates. It was nominated for a Grammy Award.

Still Breathing – Green Day

Green Day - Still Breathing [Official Music Video]

This song is about not giving up on life, even if the world has turned against you. The song was written by Billie Joe Armstrong, Frank E., II Wright, and Jason White. It became their second number one single on the Alternative Songs chart, where it stayed for ten weeks.

Get Up – Shinedown

Shinedown - GET UP (Piano Version) [Official Video]

This song is about never giving up, even when people tell you that you can’t keep trying to do something. It was written by Brent Smith & Jasin Todd. It peaked at number 7 on the Mainstream Rock chart.

No More I Love You’s – Annie Lennox

Annie Lennox - No More "I Love You's" (Official Video)

This song is about not being able to love someone anymore because they have already let you down too much and broken your heart too many times. The song was written by Dave Stewart & Annie Lennox. It peaked at number 52 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Don’t Stop Me Now – Queen

Queen - Don't Stop Me Now (Official Video)

This song is about living life to the fullest by not stopping for anything, even death. The song was written by Freddie Mercury and it gave Queen their first Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Duo, Group or Chorus.

Fight for All the Wrong Reasons – Nickelback

Nickelback - Fight For all The Wrong Reasons

This song is about fighting your demons and fighting your addictions in order to not give up on life. It was written by Chad Kroeger, Ryan Peake, Mike Kroeger, and Daniel Adair. It peaked at number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

The Unforgiven – Metallica

Metallica - The Unforgiven (Official Music Video)

This song is about a man who wants to die but doesn’t have the courage to do so, and he feels that he can’t escape from himself or others because he will always fight back. It was written by James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, and Kirk Hammett. It was nominated for a Grammy Award.

I Will Survive – Gloria Gaynor

This song is about not giving up on life after you have gone through some rough times. The song was written by Freddie Perren and Dino Fekaris. It has been covered on numerous occasions, the most notable of which was in 1999 by Cake.

Not Gonna Die – Skillet

Skillet - "Not Gonna Die" (Lyric Video)

This song is about fighting to stay alive even when you know that death is near. It was written by John Cooper, Korey Cooper, and Lori Peters. The song has peaked at number 2 on the Mainstream Rock chart.

The Phoenix – Fall Out Boy

Fall Out Boy - THE PHOENIX (Kinetic Typography Lyrics)

This song is about not giving up on life even if everything around you seems to be falling apart. It was written by Patrick Stump, Pete Wentz, Joe Trohman, Andy Hurley, and J-Trick. It peaked at number 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Keep Your Head Up – Ben Howard

Ben Howard - Keep Your Head Up

This song is about not giving up and doing as much as you can to make your dreams come true. It was written by Ben Howard and produced by Chris Bond. The song peaked at number 76 on the UK Singles Chart.

Fight Song – Rachel Platten

Rachel Platten - Fight Song (Official Video)

This song is about never giving up on yourself and fighting to be the best version of yourself that you can be. It was written by Rachel Platten, Colbie Caillat, and Dave Bassett. It peaked at number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Welcome to the Black Parade – My Chemical Romance

My Chemical Romance - Welcome To The Black Parade [Official Music Video] [HD]

This song is about not giving up on life even when it seems like there’s no hope left. The song was written by Gerard Way, Ray Toro, Mikey Way, Frank Iero, and Bob Bryar. It peaked at number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

You’re Gonna Go Far Kid – The Offspring

The Offspring - You're Gonna Go Far, Kid (Official Music Video)

This song is about not giving up on life and doing whatever it takes to go as far as you can. It was written by Dexter Holland. The song peaked at number 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Keep Yourself Alive – Queen

Queen - Keep Yourself Alive (Official Video)

This song was written by Brian May and it talks about the importance of not giving up on life. It has been covered by countless bands including Iron Maiden, Def Leppard, Dream Theater, Bullet for My Valentine, Arizona Wilder, Anubis Gate, Iced Earth, Avantasia, Battlelore , Epica , Dragonland , and Sonata Arctica.

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