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Pep Talk Song
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 You Are Not Alone.


  • "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!"
  • "Friends to the End" from Tom and Jerry: The Movie.

Live-Action TV
  • 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.

  • The Frank Sinatra classic "That's Life"
  • Sly And The Family Stone 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 Jimmy Eat World.
  • Madonna, "Express Yourself"
  • Billy Joel: "Second Wind", "Tell Her About It"
  • REO Speedwagon: "One Lonely Night", "Don't Let Him Go"
  • Bobby McFarrin, "Don't Worry Be Happy",
  • The Eagles' "Get Over It" is a bit harsher than most, probably tongue-in-cheek
  • Phil Collins / 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 Looney Tunes and in Who Framed Roger Rabbit.
  • 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 foul-mouthed parody of one.
  • Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush's "Don't Give Up".
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers, "Fight Like a Brave".
  • The Novas' "The Crusher" (covered by The Cramps) is essentially a Pep Talk from a wrestling coach.
  • The All-American Rejects, "Move Along"
  • Cab Calloway, "Wake Up And Live"
  • Kai Hansen (Gamma Ray, formerly of 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".
  • Lost Horizon 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 Municipal Waste definitely qualifies.
  • "Innocent" by Voltaire
  • "Survive" by Rise Against.
  • "Acid Theater" by The Kovenant.
  • "Shining Star" by And One.
  • "Hey Stupid" by Alice Cooper.
  • "Easy Come, Easy Go" by Diafrix could qualify as a very laid-back version of this.
  • "Lose Yourself" by Eminem.
  • "The Middle" by Jimmy Eat World

  • "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.
  • 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.

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Western Animation
  • 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.

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