Songs of Hope
We’re putting a melodic spin on our series we call The Hope Chronicles, sharing with you a collection of songs that keep us grounded in hope. Whether it’s the lyrics, the beat, the melody, or the space in between, our wish is that this music feeds your sense of hope and belief – even if just for a few minutes.
The songs are listed individually throughout this page and at the end, we share a full playlist of our collection via YouTube. The playlist can also be accessed via Apple Music and Spotify for you to save to your personal devices. Tap one of these links to open and save the playlist in your preferred music streaming account: Apple Music and Spotify.
The Yeske Buie Team
Posted April 22, 2021
Try a Little Kindness –
We think these are simple and powerful principles to live by – the epitome of genuine humanity.
You’ve got to try a little kindness, yes, show a little kindness. Just shine your light for everyone to see.
Humble and Kind –
In addition to being an anthem for kindness, the simple life joys described in this song remind us of our Live Big list.
Bitterness keeps you from flyin’; I know you got mountains to climb, but always stay humble and kind.
There’s Hope – India.Arie
This song has several parallels to our Live Big philosophy. Listen for the lyric that’s almost a mirror image of our tagline…
There’s hope. It doesn’t cost a thing to smile, you don’t have to pay to laugh.
Living in the Moment – Jason Mraz
This song clearly shares our belief that it’s about the size of your life, not the size of your wallet®.
With peace in my mind, with peace in my heart, peace in my soul, wherever I’m going, I’m already home living in the moment.
Alohoa Ke Akua – Nahko
Submitted by a Yeske Buie team member, this down to earth song chronicles the beautiful, messy journey we all share as humans.
And in this existence, I’ll stay persistent. And I’ll make a difference, and I will have lived it.
World – Five for Fighting
This song is a reminder that each day is a new opportunity to show up as your best self. At Yeske Buie, we call this Be Big.
What kind of world do you want? Think anything. Let’s start at the start, build a masterpiece.
Posted March 12, 2021
Just Fine –
Mary J. Blige
We love how Mary J. Blige’s words challenge us to look on the bright side and be grateful for life’s simple pleasures. We also love the tune’s positive, infectious beat – this song makes us want to move!
I’m a still wear a smile if it’s raining, I got to enjoy myself regardless, I appreciate life, I’m so glad that it’s fine.
I Wanna Dance with Somebody –
This mega hit radiates positive energy and has the ability to lighten the heaviness of our struggles, even if just for a few minutes. How can you not move around and dance when this song comes on?!
Don’t you wanna dance? Say you wanna dance? Don’t you wanna dance?
Unwritten – Natasha Bedingfield
For those daydreaming about what the post-pandemic world holds, we hope this song empowers you to pursue a limitless vision for your life – Live Big!
Live your life with arms wide open, Today is where your book begins, The rest is still unwritten.
I’m Coming Out – Diana Ross
The pandemic has challenged us to adapt and grow in a myriad of ways. Can you think of a better song to play when it’s safe to resume our favorite activities?
I’ve got to show the world, All that I wanna be and all my abilities, There’s so much more to me.
This song reminds us that because of our fight and our resilience, we are all stronger. The pandemic has been tough, and we’ve shown that we’re tougher.
You try to break me but you see, What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.
Walking on Sunshine –
Katrina & the Waves
“It’s just a piece of simple fun; an optimistic song,” said guitarist and songwriter, Kimberley Rew. We couldn’t agree more – this song quickly brings a smile to our face.
I’m walking on sunshine, whoa, And don’t it feel good.
Posted January 29, 2021
Man in the Mirror
This classic tune dishes out a powerful dose of positivity and re-energizes our motivation to continue rising to the difficult societal and pandemic related challenges we’re all facing. It’s a wonder we’ve yet to highlight it as a beacon of hope!
There Will Be Light After Dark
A song that is as heartwarming as it is heartbreaking, Luke Combs’ words pierce through the thoughts and feelings we’re all experiencing. Don’t lose hope, there will be light…
Posted November 6, 2020
One Day –
We believe human beings are fundamentally growth seeking and resilient, and we have hope for a future like this one. One day.
One day we’ll all be free, and proud to be under the same sun, singing songs of freedom
Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
Talk about resilience! Whatever goal you’re chasing, channel Marvin and Tammi and let nothing get in your way.
There ain’t no mountain high enough, ain’t no valley low enough, ain’t no river wide enough, to keep me from getting to you
Under Pressure –
Queen & David Bowie
The challenges of 2020 are pushing down on all of us. Queen and David Bowie remind us that love, self-care, and hope in ‘tomorrow’ can fuel our sense of resilience.
Tomorrow takes me higher, higher, high!
Don’t Stop –
Get a boost during challenging times by envisioning your Live Big® life and filling today with thoughts of a brighter tomorrow.
Don’t stop thinking about tomorrow / Don’t stop, it’ll soon be here / It’ll be, better than before.
Stand By You – Rachel Platten
Community is an essential part of human nature, and a powerful source of hope – we’re better and stronger together.
I’m gonna stand by you, even if we’re breaking down, we can find a way to break through
Lean On Me – Bill Withers
This song makes us reflect on all the special people in our lives that we can always turn to. We hope you think of us as somebody you can lean on.
Lean on me, when you’re not strong / And I’ll be your friend, I’ll help you carry on
Posted September 11, 2020
America the Beautiful – Whitney Houston
This version of the patriotic classic gives us chills.
Oh beautiful for spacious skies, for amber waves of grain / For purple mountain majesties above the fruited plain!
Pray for Me – The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar
“The struggles along the way are only meant to shape you for your purpose” – Chadwick Boseman, the epitome of resilience and persevering for a cause. Rest in power.
Who need a hero? You need a hero. Look in the mirror, there go your hero.
Here Comes the Sun – The Beatles
A nostalgic tune that reminds us that hope and gratitude can be found in simple moments.
Here comes the sun / And I say, it’s all right
Somewhere Over the Rainbow – Israel Kamakawiwoʻole
A song so pure that soaks us with hope.
Where trouble melts like lemon drops, high above the chimney top, that’s where you’ll find me
The Prayer – Marcelito Pomoy
This song is always beautiful, but this version, shared by dear friends, is sung by a man unshakably grounded in hope.
Lead us to a place, guide us with your grace, to a place where we’ll be safe.
The Star of Hope – Alma Deutscher
Musical prodigy Alma Deutscher (age 15), says this song is about “not giving up hope, even in times of darkness.” Many thanks to our close friend for sharing it with us.
And if all other stars have faded, she will remain faithful and bright / and send through the night comfort and light
Posted August 28, 2020
I’ll Be There – Jess Glynne
When you need a little love, I got a little love to share / Yeah, I’m gonna, I’m gonna, I’m gonna come through / You’ll never be alone, I’ll be there for you
Who’s the person that’s always there for you? Check in with them today!
Look for the Good – Jason Mraz
Look for the good in everything, look for the people who will set your soul free / It always seems impossible until it’s done, look for the good in everyone
There’s not a single lyric in this song that doesn’t lift our spirits.
Better As One – The Heavy
I know that we could do better, I know we’re better as one / I know that we could do better, without evil on our tongue
An anthem of hope for change that’s only possible together.
Count On It – The Swingin’ Lads
Sometimes a song doesn’t need to have words to give you energy and bolster your sense of hope – this instrumental by a dear friend of ours is a perfect example.
Smile – Jimmy Durante
If you smile through your fear and sorrow / Smile, and maybe tomorrow you’ll see the sun come shinin’ through for you…
As Thich Nhat Hanh said, “…sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.”
I’m Still Standing – Elton John
You know I’m still standing better than I ever did / Looking like a true survivor
Elton John gives us the confidence to carry on.
Posted July 31, 2020
Imagine – John Lennon
You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one / I hope someday you’ll join us, and the world will be as one
This song never gets old.
Together – Sia
Stand up, raise your face to the sky, my love / Together, we can take it higher
From the beat, to the colors, to the message, it’s hard not to smile while listening.
You Gotta Be – Des’ree
You gotta be cool, you gotta be calm, you gotta stay together / All I know, all I know, love will save the day
This song has the power to heal souls.
My Corona Home – “Kokomo” Parody
It’s been thirteen seconds since I last went to go wash my hands in my Corona home
This parody video, shared by a friend, reminds us that laughter is the best medicine!
I Will Survive – Gloria Gaynor
I will survive / Oh, as long as I know how to love, I know I’ll stay alive
A message of resilience mixed with some much-needed dance nostalgia.
The Climb – Miley Cyrus
My faith is shaking but I gotta keep trying / Gotta keep my head held high
When times are tough, this song reminds us that we are tougher.
Posted July 17, 2020
Don’t Stop Believing – Journey
Don’t stop believin’ / Hold on to that feeling
Need we say more? The only bad thing about this song is that it ends.
Rise Up – Andra Day
And I’ll rise up, I’ll rise like the day / I’ll rise up, I’ll rise unafraid / I’ll rise up, and I’ll do it a thousand times again
A song for when you need the strength to face everything.
Let it Be – The Beatles
And when the night is cloudy there is still a light that shines on me / Shine until tomorrow, let it be
Was there ever a song that gave more comfort?
Don’t Worry, Be Happy –
In every life we have some trouble / When you worry you make it double / Don’t worry, be happy
Be a warrior, not a worrier.
Keep Your Head Up –
The glow that the sun gets right around sunset helps me to realize / This is just a journey, drop your worries, you are gonna turn out fine
Keeping our heads up during quarantine!
What the World Needs Now is Love – Burt Bacharach
What the world needs now is love, sweet love / No, not just for some but for everyone.
Love sweet love… From 6 feet away…