- Perhaps one of the most famous songs for kids about a Determinator, "The Cat Came Back". Many versions have the song having the human race being wiped out by a nuclear holocaust, BUT...
But the cat came back the very next day,The cat came back. They thought he was a goner,But the cat came back; it just couldn't stay away.
- Looking For You In The Sky and its sequel, Paradise of Light and Shadow, by vocaloid Len and subsequently Rin Kagamine.
- "500 Miles" by the Proclaimers
- And its Spanish similar of sorts, Dúo Dinámico's "Resistiré".
- "Eye of the Tiger" by Survivor
- Bon Jovi's "It's My Life" and "Livin' On a Prayer."
- "Stay Hungry" by Twisted Sister
- The deaf, dumb and blind kid in The Who song "Pinball Wizard".
- Pick a song by DragonForce. Any song.
- "No Surrender", and "Unstoppable" (among others) by Bone Thugs-n-Harmony.
- "Stand" by Motörhead
- "Indestructible" by Disturbed.
- Queen's "The Show Must Go On" not only fits this trope in lyrics, but also in purpose; it was intended as Freddie Mercury's last defiant stab at death. It was released shortly before he died of AIDS.
Inside, my heart is breaking
My make-up may be flaking
But my smile still stays on
- Pat Benatar's "Invincible'.
- "Until the End" by Breaking Benjamin. Also, "I Will Not Bow."
- "Back for More" by Five Finger Death Punch is pretty much the theme song for this trope.
- "Curse of Fëanor" by Blind Guardian - it is about Fëanor, after all.
- The protagonist in Johnny Cash song "A Boy Named Sue".
- Speaking of Johnny Cash, the song "Ain't No Grave".
- Stand by Rascal Flatts.
- Like a Rock by Bob Seager.
- Most anything by HammerFall, especially "Hearts on Fire" and "Heeding the Call".
- "I Won't Back Down" by Tom Petty
You can stand me up at the gates of hellBut I won't back down
- Any metal drummer. Pick one. Their parts are usually incredibly active and some play at blistering speeds, even given the genre.
- "Spirit Never Dies" by Masterplan:
"Never give up / Never give in / Won't stop believing / 'Cause I'm gonna win [...] There is no limit to what can be done! / Climbing the mountain with power so strong"
- "Tubthumping" by Chumbawamba:
I get knocked down
But I get back up again
You're never going to keep me down
- Metal band Anvil — this is a band that has been active for over thirty years, but had probably the worst luck you'll ever see, but did this stop them? No! They kept pressing on until they finally got a break in 2008 when their documentary was able to help bring them the success they deserve. At least they got their documentary, although mainstream media downplayed it as an example of Giftedly Bad.
- Riot have had even worse luck than Anvil: they had to sue their record label to get an album released, and then were dropped. Fire Down Under was delayed for a year by lawsuits: it wasn't exactly a hit, but is often mentioned as the first Speed Metal album, and is to this day considered a classic. Then singer Guy Speranza quit music entirely. After recording one album with Rhett Forrester on vocals, they got dropped by their record label again. It was discovered later that the record labels weren't even their biggest problem: their own management team acted in a way that scared off anybody who wanted to give Riot higher-level promotion, because their management was more interested in having a "pet" band than having a successful one. Among the promoters chased off were Aerosmith's management team, who were looking to expand their roster at a time that Aerosmith were semi-disbanded. They eventually found another label, but in the meantime, the similarly-named Los Angeles band Quiet Riot had gone platinum, causing an identity problem for the New York City-based Riot. Riot broke up, and resurfaced in Texas several years later with only guitarist Mark Reale remaining from their "classic" lineup. They continue to this day to be a well-respected band, but are mainly able to keep going because they are Big In Japan. Also, continuing the blues refrain, no hopes of reunions of their early lineups, as Speranza and Forrester have both since passed.
- mc Chris's "Never Give Up."
- You only realize this if you listen to the lyrics but Welcome To The Black Parade by My Chemical Romance. The chorus is basically "We'll Carry On" over and over again to insane levels, with lines about not giving up and stuff of that type.
- Even more so with Famous Last Words, from the same album. I am not afraid to keep on living/I am not afraid to walk this world alone/Honey if you stay I'll be forgiven/Nothing you can say can stop me going home.
- Emilie Autumn lives this trope
- Britney Spears shows element of this trope.
- Eminem's "Lose Yourself".
- Martine McBride's "Concrete Angel"
"Through the wind and the rain she stands hard as a stoneIn a world that she can't rise above"
- "The Distance" by CAKE. The guy's already lost the race. He's just trying to finish.
- Styx's "Blue Collar Man (Long Nights)" is about an desperate unemployed man who is willing to work as long and as hard as he can to hold a steady job.
- I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor.
- Both "you" and Shia Lebouf in Shia Lebouf Live.
- "Vandraren" (The Wanderer) by Nordman.
- Don't Give Up by Eagle Eye Cherry
- Christian Metal is full of these.
- "When Everything Falls" by Haste The Day, from the album of the same name.
I will stand, I will stand
When everything falls away
I will fight this war forever
Or until I die
- Almost anything by For Today.
- "Tonight My Son" and "No Rival" by Wolves At The Gate.
- "Absence of Fear" by War Of Ages.
- "The Internal Cannon" by August Burns Red.
- "When Everything Falls" by Haste The Day, from the album of the same name.
- At least 66.6% of songs by Manowar
- "Live to Win" by Paul Stanley.
- Crush 40's songs have some very determined lyrics. Of particular note is Open Your Heart's "I can't hold on much longer/But I will never let go".
- The Megas' new album History Repeating includes a song called "Continue," based on the password theme of Megaman 3.
Footprints as far as you can see
This is who you are, you'll always be
The one, the one to fare the storm
- "Lullaby" by Nickelback is basically telling the listener "Yes things are bad, but don't give up." Also doubles as You Are Not Alone.
- "Never Give Up" by Sunstorm
- Ludwig van Beethoven. Even though he was born into the lower class and suffered from an abusive childhood at the hands of an alcoholic father, was socially isolated because of his class and intelligence, was physically ill most of his life and even went deaf (leading him to contemplate suicide) - he just went right on living and composing until the end, even after his nephew shot himself. Not to mention, he was a revolutionary and an uncompromising artist - he could have made a lot of money writing comic operas, but was determined to spend his life creating serious art.
"I shall seize Fate by the throat; it shall certainly not bend and crush me completely" - Ludwig van Beethoven
- The 3rd Symphony: revolutionary, defying all rules and stylistic conventions of the time. The composer named the work "Sinfonia Eroica", which is Italian for "Heroic Symphony".
- The 5th Symphony: Famous for it's subject of triumph over adversity, particularly the "darkness to light" transition during the final section.
- The 9th Symphony: A philanthropic, humanistic hymn in response to the Napoleonic Wars. Also, his first public appearance in 12 years as a musician was at the premierre, which makes this one of the great comebacks off all time since most critics had thought him washed up.
- The Hammerklavier Sonata: begins energetically, becomes heartbreakingly still and melancholy midway but eventually truimphs in in a blaze of complex intellectual activity.
- The Late String Quartets: the last six major works of his career, life-affirming and full of humanity although composed as he was sick and nearing death.
- Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath. Getting two fingertips cut off was only the beginning of his career. Since then he's soldiered through cheating managers, constant lineup changes, fading nearly into obscurity in The '80s, losing bandmate Ronnie James Dio to cancer and going through cancer himself. He's let absolutely none of that slow him down.
- "Eagleheart" by Stratovarius
- "Try" by P!nk.
- The Boy from the Kiss album Music from "The Elder", emphasized in the song "I".
- "Never Surrender" from Corey Hart.
- "Stand in the Rain" by Superchic[k]
- "Hound of Heaven" by Daniel Amos (from Horrendous Disc) is about being on the receiving end. God is the Hound of Heaven, and he's relentlessly pursuing the listener.
You can’t run
You can’t hide
From the Hound of Heaven
You’re free to choose
Can you refuse
The seeker of souls?
- Yehoram Gaon's song about Sir Moses Montefiore. When he's 80, angels come and tell him "God says it's time for you to go". He answers "Can't go, too busy", and goes about his business. They repeat it ten years later, with the same result. Ten years later, he's tired enough to go... but finds there are still too many matters to attend. Finally, at the age of 101, he dies... yet there are people who swear they still see him going about his business.