A song that contains encouragement, advice, and maybe a little tough love, generally meant to lift the listener's spirits or to help them when they don't know what to do.

Related to YouAreNotAlone.


[[folder: Film ]]

* "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" from ''Film/MontyPythonsLifeOfBrian'' is a darkly humorous twist on this, given that it's sung at the finale of the film by ''dying, crucified prisoners''.
* Stan Bush's unapologetically idealistic and inspirational "The Touch" from ''TransformersTheMovie'', which serves as the theme song for the noble and heroic Optimus Prime.
* "Never Say Never" from ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail''
** "The Girl You Left Behind" from ''Fievel Goes West'' warns the listener that leaving their lovers behind will "cause their heart to wander".
** "Get the Facts" and "Who Will" from the 4th movie, ''Mystery of the Night Monster''.
* "It's Easy Mmm'kay" from ''WesternAnimation/SouthParkBiggerLongerAndUncut''.
* "Dig a Little Deeper" from ''ThePrincessAndTheFrog''.
* "Marry the Mole" from ''WesternAnimation/{{Thumbelina}}'' is a strange twist on this. While Miss Field Mouse thinks she's giving Thumbelina good advice and encouragement, she's also telling her to marry someone for their money and that love is over-rated.
* "Big And Loud" from ''WesternAnimation/CatsDontDance'' is one. But not the DarkReprise.
* "The Worry Song" from ''Film/AnchorsAweigh'', sung by Creator/GeneKelly and [[WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry Jerry]].
* "Learn to Do It" from ''{{Anastasia}}'': "If ''I'' can learn to do it, ''you'' can learn to do it."
* "The Bare Necessities" from Disney's ''Disney/TheJungleBook''.
* "One Last Hope" in Disney/{{Hercules}} has aspects of this as well as TrainingMontage, with lines like "It takes more than sinew, comes down to what's in you!"
* "Friends to the End" from ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerryTheMovie''.


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* In ''Series/NewGirl'', one of Jess's quirks is her tendency to give ''herself'' songs meant to boost her own confidence.
--> '''Jess''': "She's goin' out to find a rebound... Who's that girl? It's Jess!"
--> '''Nick''': "Wait, did you make up a theme song for yourself?"
* Series made for toddlers such as ''Series/SesameStreet'' and ''Series/YoGabbaGabba'' usually have one of these at least OncePerEpisode if not more.


[[folder: Music ]]

* The Music/FrankSinatra classic "That's Life"
* Music/SlyAndTheFamilyStone did a few, including "Stand" and "You Can Make It If You Try"
* "You Can Get It If You Really Want" by Jimmy Cliff
* The clearest 21st century example may be "The Middle" by JimmyEatWorld.
* {{Madonna}}, "Express Yourself"
* BillyJoel: "Second Wind", "Tell Her About It"
* REO Speedwagon: "One Lonely Night", "Don't Let Him Go"
* Bobby [=McFarrin=], "Don't Worry Be Happy",
* TheEagles' "Get Over It" is a bit harsher than most, probably tongue-in-cheek
* PhilCollins / Phillip Bailey, "Easy Lover"
* {{Stratovarius}}, "Hold Onto Your Dream", "Season of Faith's Perfection","Find Your Own Voice"
* Charles [=O'Flynn=], "Smile Darn Ya Smile!", which has been performed by many since, famous for appearing in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' and in ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit''.
* {{Oasis}}, "Don't Look Back in Anger", "Roll With It", "Supersonic" ("You need to be yourself, you can't be no one else.")
* D'Mite, "Read A Book", is a [[ClusterFBomb foul-mouthed parody]] of one.
* PeterGabriel and KateBush's "Don't Give Up".
* RedHotChiliPeppers, "Fight Like a Brave".
* The Novas' "The Crusher" (covered by Music/TheCramps) is essentially a Pep Talk from a wrestling coach.
* The All-American Rejects, "Move Along"
* CabCalloway, "Wake Up And Live"
* Kai Hansen (Music/GammaRay, formerly of Music/{{Helloween}}) is in love with this trope. Notable songs in this vein include "I'm Alive", "Lust for Life", "Heaven Can Wait", and "Salvation's Calling".
* LostHorizon does it in "Sworn in the Metal Wind", and again in "Welcome Back":
-->"Now is really the time to wake up, you old jade\\
Such as Phoenix spreads his fire wings\\
I will help you remember by KICKING YOUR ASS!\\
And the will shall return\\
And again hearts shall burn\\
All the horns now will sing\\
Leading you back to the metal wind!"
* "Guilty of Being Tight" by MunicipalWaste definitely qualifies.
* "Innocent" by Music/{{Voltaire}}
* "Survive" by Rise Against.
* "Acid Theater" by Music/TheKovenant.
* "Shining Star" by Music/AndOne.
* "Hey Stupid" by Music/AliceCooper.
* "Easy Come, Easy Go" by Music/{{Diafrix}} could qualify as a very laid-back version of this.
* "Lose Yourself" by Music/{{Eminem}}.
* "The Middle" by Music/JimmyEatWorld


[[folder: Theatre ]]

* "Heart" from ''Theatre/DamnYankees''.
* "On The Right Track" from ''Theatre/{{Pippin}}'', which the [[LemonyNarrator Leading Player]] steps in to sing when Pippin is starting to sense that [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption he can't win at anything he tries]]. The finale (well, the first part) also counts as this, in a cruelly twisted way.
* Another twisted example: "Everybody's Got The Right" from StephenSondheim's ''Theatre/{{Assassins}}''.
* "Ya Got Me" from ''OnTheTown'', sung by Claire, Hily, Chip and Ozzie to cheer Gabey up.
* The last big production number of ''Theatre/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'', "A Little Me", is this directed at Charlie Bucket, who doesn't think he has what it takes to be Willy Wonka's successor, since he has no experience in being a chocolatier (much less a business owner). It's Wonka himself who explains that the boy's inexperience means he can not only learn but become a unique, open-minded talent in the process. He goes on to explain that Charlie is [[YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre better than he thinks he is]], being a bright, kind, unspoiled, creative child -- an opinion backed up by the Oompa-Loompas and Charlie's own family, who join in on the song.


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* The ExcusePlot of the music games ''VideoGame/OsuTatakaeOuendan'' and ''VideoGame/EliteBeatAgents'' is that you're using ThePowerOfRock to help encourage people, thereby making every song in the games one of these.


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* Pinkie Pie's "Giggle At the Ghostly" song from the second episode of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''.
** She also tries to sing to Fluttershy to encourage her to make a jump in "Dragonshy" ("You can make it if you try/with a hop, skip, and jump!")
** "You Gotta Share", also by Pinkie Pie, from "Over a Barrel".
*** Although, it's subverted when it ends up making things worse.
** "You'll Play Your Part" in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E25TwilightsKingdomPart1 part 1 of the season 4 finale]], sung by [[spoiler:Celestia, Luna and Cadance, encouraging Twilight after she laments that she doesn't seem to have a real purpose as a princess]].
* The first ''Franchise/MyLittlePony'' TV special, "Rescue at Midnight Castle," has "Dancing on Air," in which Firefly insists (over Megan's protests) that the other little ponies will be overjoyed that Megan is coming to help them against Tirac.
* In the WartimeCartoon "Scrap Happy Daffy", the ghosts of WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck's ancestors sing him a song of patriotic encouragement after [[ItMakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext he gets beaten up by a Nazi goat]].
* "Wonderful Ways to Say No" from the anti-drug PSA ''WesternAnimation/CartoonAllstarsToTheRescue''.
* ''WesternAnimation/DoctorRabbit'' sings about how to properly brush one's teeth in ''Doctor Rabbit's World Tour''.