It’s a new year, and for many people that means it’s time to make a fresh start. A new beginning is always an exciting time, full of possibilities and potential. But it can also be a bit daunting, especially if you’re not sure where to start.
If you’re looking for some inspiration, here are 20 songs about new beginnings. They’ll help get you in the right frame of mind to start fresh and achieve your goals for the year ahead.
- 1. “Closing Time” by Semisonic
- 2. “Pack It Up” by Pretenders
- 3. “Up and Up” by Coldplay
- 4. “I Can See Clearly Now” by Johnny Nash
- 5. “Break Free” by Ariana Grande ft. Zedd
- 6. “New Morning” by Bob Dylan
- 7. “Brand New Day” by Sting
- 8. “Waking Light” by Beck
- 9. “Feeling Good” by Nina Simone
- 10. “The Middle” by Zedd, Maren Morris, Grey
- 11. “New Rules” by Dua Lipa
- 12. “A New Day Has Come” by Celine Dion
- 13. “Here Comes the Sun” by The Beatles
- 14. “I Was Here” by Beyonce
- 15. “Begin Again” by Purity Ring
- 16. “Four Years” by Jon McLaughlin
- 17. “Godspeed” by Frank Ocean
- 18. “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’” by Michael Jackson
- 19. “Everything Has Changed” by Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran
- 20. “I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston
- Final Thoughts
1. “Closing Time” by Semisonic
When one door closes, another one opens. This classic song captures that feeling perfectly, and gives you the motivation to keep pushing forward. With over 100 million views on Youtube, it seems tons of people relate to its uplifting message of starting anew.
2. “Pack It Up” by Pretenders
Leaving the past behind and focusing on the future is often the best way to start anew. This song from The Pretenders captures that sentiment perfectly, as it urges you to move forward and trust in your own ability to succeed. You can find this on their Pretenders II (Deluxe Edition) album.
3. “Up and Up” by Coldplay
Coldplay always seems to capture the feeling of new beginnings better than most, and this song is no exception. With its upbeat tempo and inspirational lyrics, it’s sure to give you a much-needed boost of encouragement as you look ahead towards your future.
4. “I Can See Clearly Now” by Johnny Nash
A song about looking forward and seeing the possibilities that lay ahead of you. This classic tune from Johnny Nash is sure to lift your spirits as you start a new chapter in life. You can still stream it on all major music platforms.
5. “Break Free” by Ariana Grande ft. Zedd
Breaking free from the past and embracing a new beginning is always an empowering experience. This fun and upbeat song from Ariana Grande and Zedd is the perfect pick-me-up as you embark on something new.
6. “New Morning” by Bob Dylan
Next on the list is a classic from the legendary Bob Dylan. “New Morning” is an upbeat track that celebrates a new chapter in life and all its possibilities.
The song is all about looking to the future with optimism, even after going through a rough patch. After gaining some inspiration from the “King of Folk”, it’s time to start fresh!
7. “Brand New Day” by Sting
Being able to start anew is a precious gift, and Sting captures it perfectly with “Brand New Day”. Peaking at number three on the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100, this song celebrates the joy of having a clean slate and all the possibilities that come with it. An uplifting track to remind you to seize life’s opportunities.
8. “Waking Light” by Beck
“Waking Light” by Beck is an emotional track about seeing the light at the end of a dark tunnel. It’s an uplifting journey through the singer’s personal struggles, and how he was able to rise up against them. A song for when you’re ready to start afresh after a tough experience.
9. “Feeling Good” by Nina Simone
Starting a new day, a new life, or a new job can be an exciting experience. Nina Simone’s iconic 1965 hit “Feeling Good” perfectly captures this feeling of optimism and joy.
The song is driven by her powerful and soulful voice as she belts out lyrics that make us feel empowered and inspired. A perfect choice to get you through those first few days of a new beginning.
10. “The Middle” by Zedd, Maren Morris, Grey
Zedd’s song “The Middle” invokes happy memories while providing hope for the future, making it perfect for anyone starting afresh.
Maren Morris and Grey provide the catchy chorus that will have you singing along in no time and Zedd’s lighthearted production style gives it a modern, upbeat twist. You can stream it on all music platforms.
11. “New Rules” by Dua Lipa
Moving on from a difficult past and creating a new life can be daunting, especially when it comes to setting boundaries in relationships.
That’s where Dua Lipa’s “New Rules” comes in, with its catchy chorus and relatable lyrics that make us want to stick to our resolutions. It’s the type of song that you can’t help but sing along to, and it’s perfect for anyone who is looking to start a new chapter.
12. “A New Day Has Come” by Celine Dion
“A New Day Has Come” by Celine Dion is an emotive ballad that speaks to the joy of a fresh start. The song’s lyrics are uplifting and provide encouragement for anyone who needs it during their journey towards a new beginning.
It’s one of those songs that will stay with you for years to come. Dion’s powerful voice and the song’s sweeping melody make it a must-listen.
13. “Here Comes the Sun” by The Beatles
A timeless hit by the legendary Beatles, “Here Comes the Sun” is a reminder that no matter how dark the night may be, a new day—and a new beginning—is always just around the corner.
George Harrison’s cheery guitar strumming and upbeat melody make it hard not to smile and sing along.
14. “I Was Here” by Beyonce
Beyonce’s “I Was Here” is a hopeful ode to those who are starting a new chapter, with the singer proclaiming her determination to make her mark in life. It’s an inspiring anthem of self-determination that will leave you feeling empowered.
15. “Begin Again” by Purity Ring
Purity Ring’s “Begin Again” is a gentle song with an airy, ethereal quality that speaks to the beauty of starting anew. While it won’t provide much of a danceable beat, its lyrics are encouraging and inspire courage in those who are ready for a change.
16. “Four Years” by Jon McLaughlin
A song about no longer being the person you used to be, and embracing the new person you have become. Jon McLaughlin sings about the changes that occur in life—from growing up, to moving on and making space for something new.
This song, with its delightful piano melody and thought-provoking lyrics is perfect for starting over. It will leave you feeling inspired and motivated.
17. “Godspeed” by Frank Ocean
“Godspeed” is a beautiful ballad about letting go and allowing someone you love to fly away. It speaks of being strong enough to let something come to an end, even if it hurts so much. The soothing melodies and mellow vibes will make the process of saying goodbye easier.
18. “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’” by Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson’s classic anthem is all about starting something new. With its groundbreaking blend of funk, soul, and pop styles, “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin” is an ideal song to get you in the mood for a fresh start. The lyrics explore themes of self-motivation and determination while delivering a memorable chorus.
19. “Everything Has Changed” by Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran
Next on the list is about realizing that everything has changed and that is okay. Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran’s “Everything Has Changed” tells the story of two people who used to be so different but now have found something in common that binds them together – love. The song celebrates the beauty of meeting someone new and embracing the changes that come with it.
20. “I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston
Finishing off our list is an absolute classic from the late, great Whitney Houston. “I Will Always Love You” celebrates the power of love to transcend over time and distance – no matter how much things have changed and no matter how far apart two people may be, love will always prevail and remain unchanged.
No matter what changes life brings, the message behind this song is that we will always have the capacity to love deeply and profoundly – a perfect way to wrap up our list of 20 songs about new beginnings.
The beauty of new beginnings is that they bring hope, optimism and a renewed sense of purpose. A new beginning can be the start of something beautiful and it offers us an opportunity to rewrite our story and start anew.
Through these 20 songs about new beginnings, we are reminded of the power of love, transformation and personal growth.