Pep Talk Song
You can do anything that you set your mind toA 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 You Are Not Alone and The Future Will Be Better.
No matter if it seems so hard
Friends are near, here to go through it, too
You won't have to look too far.
No matter if it seems so hard
Friends are near, here to go through it, too
You won't have to look too far.
—The LPS Pets to Blythe Baxter, Littlest Pet Shop (2012)
- "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" from Monty Python's Life of Brian 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 Transformers: The Movie, which serves as the theme song for the noble and heroic Optimus Prime.
- "Never Say Never" from An American Tail
- "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 South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut.
- "Dig a Little Deeper" from The Princess and the Frog.
- "Marry the Mole" from 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 Cats Don't Dance is one. But not the Dark Reprise.
- "The Worry Song" from Anchors Aweigh, sung by Gene Kelly and 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 The Jungle Book.
- "One Last Hope" in Hercules has aspects of this as well as Training Montage, with lines like "It takes more than sinew, comes down to what's in you!"
- "A Guy Like You" from The Hunchback of Notre Dame, featuring the gargoyles trying to convince Quasi that his... unique appearance makes him irresistible.
- "Friends to the End" from Tom and Jerry: The Movie.
- "Try The Impossible" from The Christmas Toy.
- In New Girl, 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 Sesame Street and Yo Gabba Gabba usually have one of these at least Once per Episode if not more.
- "50 ft. Queenie" by PJ Harvey, from Rid Of Me.
Hey I'm the king of the worldYou oughta hear my songYou come on and measure meI'm twenty inches long
- "Acid Theater" by The Kovenant.
- "Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life" by Monty Python.
- "Be Positive" by Jerry Nelson, which originated on a little-seen early 90's kids show called The Secret Life Of Toys (which itself was spun off from the earlier-mentioned The Christmas Toy).
- "Beautiful" by Carole King, from Tapestry.
- "A Better Place To Live" by Dolly Parton from Coat Of Many Colors.
- "Ben" by Michael Jackson.
- "Blowin' Down This Road" by Woody Guthrie, from Dust Bowl Ballads.
- "Le Bon Dieu" by Jacques Brel
Toi, tu es beaucoup plus mieux: tu es un homme! ("You, you are far more beautiful: you are a man/human!")
- "Breakout" by Swing Out Sister.
- "Breakthru" - Queen from their album The Miracle.
- "Bridge Over Troubled Water" by Simon & Garfunkel.
- "Can You Feel It?" by The Jacksons (Jackson Five).
- 'Chase The Devil" - Max Romeo from War In A Babylon.
- "Celebration" by Kool And The Gang.
- "Coming In From The Cold" by Bob Marley, from Uprising.
- "Comme d' Habitude" by Claude-François, aka Clo-Clo, which was the song Frank Sinatra's "My Way" was based on.
- "The Crusher" by The Cramps.
- "Dear Prudence" by The Beatles from The White Album.
- "Doin' The Pigeon" - Bert, from Sesame Street, available on Sesame Street Platinum All Time Favorites.
- "Don't Give Up" by Peter Gabriel.
- "Don't Let Him Go" by REO Speedwagon.
- "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Your Grievances" by Daniel Johnston from his album Yip/Jump Music.
- "Don't Look Back In Anger" by Oasis.
- "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" by Michael Jackson from Off the Wall.
- "Don't Worry About Me" by Joey Ramone, from Don't Worry About Me.
- "Don't Worry Be Happy" by Bobby Mc Ferrin.
- "Dust Can't Kill Me" by Woody Guthrie, from Dust Bowl Ballads.
- "Easy Come, Easy Go" by Diafrix could qualify as a very laid-back version of this.
- "Easy Lover" by Phil Collins and Philip Bailey.
- "Enjoy Yourself" by The Jackson Five.
- "Exodus" by Bob Marley.
- "Express Yourself" by Madonna from Like a Prayer.
- "Fight Like A Brave" by Red Hot Chili Peppers.
- "Find Your Own Voice" by Stratovarius.
- "Fly" by Machiavel.
- "Fool To Cry" by The Rolling Stones, from Black And Blue.
- "Free To Dream" by Deborah Voigt, featured in the 2004 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
- "Get Over It" by The Eagles, may be tongue-in-cheek.
- "Get Yourself Free (Happy Little Song)" by Jerry Nelson.
- "Get Yourself Together" by Daniel Johnston from his album Hi, How Are You.
- "Get Together" by The Youngbloods.
- "Get Up, Stand Up" by Bob Marley and Peter Tosh from Burnin'.
- "Gonna Fly Now" by Bill Conti, best known as the theme from Rocky.
- "Go Your Own Way" by Fleetwood Mac.
- "Guilty of Being Tight" by Municipal Waste
- "Heal The World" by Michael Jackson from Dangerous.
- "Heaven Can Wait" by Gamma Ray.
- "Hero" by Mariah Carey.
- "Hey Joe" by Daniel Johnston from his album Hi, How Are You. (Not to be confused with the Jimi Hendrix song of the same name.)
- "Hey Jude" by The Beatles, available on Past Masters.
- "Hey Stupid" by Alice Cooper.
- "Holiday" by Madonna, from her Self-Titled Album Madonna
- "Hold On" by Wilson Phillips, made famous to younger audiences by its usage in Bridesmaids.
- "Hold On To Your Dream" by Stratovarius.
- "I Got Knocked Down (But I'll Get Up)" by Joey Ramone, from his album Don't Worry About Me.
- "I Got You (I Feel Good)" by James Brown.
- "I Hope You Dance" by Lee Ann Womack.
- "I Want It All" by Queen from The Miracle.
- "I Want To Break Free" by Queen.
- "I Will Survive" by Gloria Gaynor.
- "I'll Be Your Mirror" by Velvet Underground, from The Velvet Underground And Nico.
- "I'm Alive" by Gamma Ray.
- "Innocent" by Voltaire
- "Instant Karma" by John Lennon
And we all shine on, like the moon and the stars and the sunAnd we all shine on, on and on, on and on and on
- "Instant Street" by dEUS from their album The Ideal Crash.
- "It's All Too Much" by The Beatles from Yellow Submarine.
- "It's Like That" by Run-D.M.C. from their self-titled album.
- "Jacky" by Jacques Brel, the most Badass Boast Brel ever recorded about life and himself.
- "Jef" by Jacques Brel.
- "Just The Way You Are" by Billy Joel, written for his mother.
- Subverted with a different "Just The Way You Are" by Bruno Mars, which has often been mistook for one of these when it's actually a Silly Love Song (you might want to blame Glee for that one).
- "Keep The Faith" by Michael Jackson from Dangerous.
- "Lean On Me" by Bill Withers.
- A different "Lean On Me" by Kirk Franklin, The Family and Nu Nation (featuring Mary J. Blige, Bono, R. Kelly and Crystal Lewis).
- "Let It Be" by The Beatles from their album of the same name.
- "Lite As A Feather" by Caron Wheeler.
- "Live To Win" by Motorhead from Ace Of Spades.
- "Lively Up Yourself" by Bob Marley from Natty Dread.
- "Living On My Own" by Freddie Mercury.
- "Look on the Bright Side" and "When Someone Needs a Hand (Lend a Paw)." Paddington Bear picture record included.
- "Lose Yourself" by Eminem, as featured in 8 Mile.
- "Love Will Always Find You" by Donna Summer from Bad Girls.
- "Lust For Life" by Iggy Pop from Lust For Life.
- "Man In The Mirror" by Michael Jackson from Dangerous.
- "Marieke" by Jacques Brel.
- "Martha My Dear" by The Beatles from The White Album.
- "The Middle" by Jimmy Eat World.
- "Move Along" by The All American Rejects.
- "Move On Up" by Curtis Mayfield.
- "My Way" by Frank Sinatra.
- "No Agreement" by Fela Kuti, which ought to be understood from the viewpoint of black Africans against their colonial oppressors.
No agreement tomorrow, no agreement today!
- "No More Trouble" by Bob Marley from Catch A Fire.
- "No Woman, No Cry" by Bob Marley from Natty Dread, made more famous by the live version on Live!
- "Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien" by Édith Piaf.
- "One Lonely Night" by REO Speedwagon.
- "One Love" by Bob Marley from his album Exodus.
- "Over And Over" by Madonna from Like A Virgin in which she tells her listeners that failing isn't a disaster, "you start again over and over".
- "Play To Win" by Cheyenne Jackson, featured in the 2009 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
- "Positive Vibration" by Bob Marley from Rastaman Vibration.
- "Put A Little Love In Your Heart" by The Isley Brothers.
- "Pulled Up" by Talking Heads from Talking Heads: 77.
- "Que Sera, Sera" by Doris Day.
- "Respect" by Otis Redding from Otis Blue, better known in the cover of Aretha Franklin.
- "Revolution" by The Beatles from The White Album, which informs us "everything is gonna be alright".
- "Revolution" by Bob Marley from Natty Dread.
- "Roll With It" by Oasis.
- "Salvation's Calling" by Gamma Ray, formerly of Helloween
- "Season of Faith's Perfection" by Stratovarius.
- "Second Wind" by Billy Joel.
- "Shining Star" by And One.
- "Shuffering And Shmiling" by Fela Kuti
Suffer, suffer, suffer for war/ not your fault to be that.
- "Sing" by Sesame Street
Sing a song, sing it loud, sing it strongSing of good things, not badSing of happy, not sadSing a song, make it simple to last your whole life longDon't worry that it's not good enough for anyone else to hearSing a song
- "Smile, Darn Ya Smile" by Charles O'Flynn, which has been performed by many since, famous for appearing in an episode of Looney Tunes and in Who Framed Roger Rabbit.
- "Stand!" by Sly And The Family Stone, from the eponymous album.
- "Stand Up" by Al Green, from Call Me
- "Start Me Up" by The Rolling Stones from Tattoo You.
- "Sworn In The Metal Wind" by Lost Horizon.
- "Supersonic" ("You need to be yourself, you can't be no one else.") by Oasis.
- "Survive" by Rise Against.
- "Tell Her About It" by Billy Joel.
- "That's Life" by Frank Sinatra.
- "Three Little Birds" from Bob Marley's album Exodus.
- "True Colors" by Cyndi Lauper (and everyone who's done a cover of it since).
- "Try" by P!nk.
- "Wake Up And Live" by Cab Calloway.
- "Wake Up And Live" by Bob Marley from Survival.
- "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'" by Michael Jackson from Thriller.
- "War" by Bob Marley, which sings how war will always exist if racism, poverty and oppression exist, but he has faith that the nature of love will eventually succomb over hate.
And we know we shall win/ as we are confident/ in the victory/ of good over evil.
- "We're The Champions" by Queen from News Of The World.
- "We Shall Overcome" by Pete Seeger, also covered by Joan Baez.
- "We Will Rock You" by Queen from News Of The World.
- "Welcome Back" by Lost Horizon
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!
- "With A Little Help From My Friends" by The Beatles from Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.
- "The Worry Song" from the musical Anchors Aweigh.
- "You Can Get It If You Really Want" by Jimmy Cliff, also prominent in The Harder They Come.
- "You Can Make It If You Try", recorded by The Rolling Stones on The Rolling Stones, later too by Sly And The Family Stone.
- "You Can't Always Get What You Want" by The Rolling Stones from Let It Bleed appears to be the opposite, but it does tell the listener: "You can't always get what you want/ but sometimes you'll find/ you'll get what you need."
- "You Can't Hurry Love" by The Supremes, later covered by Phil Collins.
- "You've Got A Friend" by Carole King from Tapestry, later covered by James Taylor and others.
- "Heart" from Damn Yankees.
- "On The Right Track" from Pippin, which the Leading Player steps in to sing when Pippin is starting to sense that he can't win at anything he tries. The finale (well, the first part) also counts as this, in a cruelly twisted way, with the Players encouraging Pippin to find total fulfillment in Self-Immolation.
- Another twisted example: "Everybody's Got The Right" from Stephen Sondheim's Assassins.
- "Ya Got Me" from On the Town, sung by Claire, Hily, Chip and Ozzie to cheer Gabey up.
- The last big production number of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, "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 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.
- In Seussical, as the Whos are falling, the action pauses for the Cat to reassure the audience with "How Lucky You Are." This is not to say it reassures the Whos at all, especially when the Cat sneezes on them in the middle of the song.
- "Somewhere" - West Side Story.
- "If I Didn't Believe in You" from The Last Five Years.
- The Excuse Plot of the music games Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan and Elite Beat Agents is that you're using The Power of Rock to help encourage people, thereby making every song in the games one of these.
- Pinkie Pie's "Giggle At the Ghostly" song from the second episode of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic.
- 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 part 1 of the season 4 finale, sung by Celestia, Luna and Cadance, encouraging Twilight after she laments that she doesn't seem to have a real purpose as a princess.
- The first My Little Pony 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 Wartime Cartoon "Scrap Happy Daffy", the ghosts of Daffy Duck's ancestors sing him a song of patriotic encouragement after he gets beaten up by a Nazi goat.
- "Wonderful Ways to Say No" from the anti-drug PSA Cartoon Allstars To The Rescue.
- Dr. Rabbit sings about how to properly brush one's teeth in Doctor Rabbit's World Tour.
- In Littlest Pet Shop (2012)'s season 2 finale, after Blythe and the pets get to the International Pet Fashion Expo, the pets break out into song, encouraging Blythe to take chances, have fun, and remember that they are always there for her. See page quote.
- "There's Always Tomorrow" from Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964).
- A few of the songs from the ChalkZone music video segments, such as "Comin' To Life", "Golden Thumb", and "There You Are".