20 Songs About Self Acceptance

We all have good and bad qualities, and it’s important to accept both parts of ourselves. When we’re kind to ourselves, we’re more likely to be kind to others as well. Accepting your whole self is a brave and powerful act.

What better way to start off a journey of self-acceptance than by listening to songs that promote positive messages? Songs can be incredibly powerful and moving, so why not use them to your advantage? Here are 20 songs about self-acceptance that will help you on your way.

1. “This Is Me” by The Greatest Showman Cast

The Greatest Showman Cast - This Is Me (Official Lyric Video)The Greatest Showman Cast – This Is Me (Official Lyric Video)

We are starting the list with a real powerhouse of a song. “This Is Me” is all about celebrating who you are, even if you don’t fit into society’s mold.

The lyrics are empowering, and the message is one that everyone needs to hear. It’s one of the official soundtracks for the hit movie The Greatest Showman, which is all about celebrating individuality.

2. “Beautiful” by Christina Aguilera

Christina Aguilera - Beautiful (Official Video)Christina Aguilera – Beautiful (Official Video)

We all need a daily reminder that we are beautiful, inside and out. Christina Aguilera’s “Beautiful” is the perfect song for that. It’s about not letting anyone else’s opinion of you determine your self-worth. So turn up the volume, and sing your heart out to this feel-good tune.

3. “Perfect To Me” by Anne Marie

Anne-Marie - Perfect To Me [Official Music Video]Anne-Marie – Perfect To Me [Official Music Video]

Anne Marie is a British singer who is known for her incredibly catchy pop songs. “Perfect To Me” is one of her latest releases, and it’s all about loving yourself just the way you are.

It was released in 2021 as part of her 100 Uplifting Songs album which can be streamed on all music platforms out there.

4. “Hand In My Pocket” by Alanis Morisette

Alanis Morissette - Hand In My Pocket (Official 4K Music Video)Alanis Morissette – Hand In My Pocket (Official 4K Music Video)

What could be more optimistic than Alanis Morisette’s “Hand In My Pocket”? It’s a song about being content with who you are, and not needing anyone or anything else to make you happy.

It’s the perfect pick-me-up for when you’re feeling like nothing’s going your way. It was released in 1995 as part of her Jagged Little Pill album.

5. “Confident” by Demi Lovato

Demi Lovato - Confident (Official Video)Demi Lovato – Confident (Official Video)

You could already tell from the title that this song is going to be a boost of confidence. Demi Lovato’s “Confident” is exactly that – a song about being proud of who you are, and not caring what anyone else thinks. It was released in 2015 as the lead single from her fifth studio album, Confident.

6. “Unpretty” by TLC

TLC - Unpretty (Official Video)TLC – Unpretty (Official Video)

The next song on our list is “Unpretty” by TLC. It’s a song about accepting yourself for who you are, and not worrying about conforming to society’s standards of beauty.

It was released in 1999 as the third single from their FanMail album. You can also listen to it on all the music platforms out there.

7. “Who You Are” by Jessie J

Jessie J - Who You Are (Official Music Video)Jessie J – Who You Are (Official Music Video)

Jessi J is a British singer and songwriter who is known for her powerful voice. “Who You Are” is one of her most popular songs, and it’s all about being comfortable in your own skin.

It’s a great song for anyone who is struggling to accept themselves and is looking for some inspiration. It was released in 2011 as part of her album of the same title.

8. “Scars To Your Beautiful” by Alessia Cara

Alessia Cara - Scars To Your Beautiful (Official Video)Alessia Cara – Scars To Your Beautiful (Official Video)

Next on the list is “Scars To Your Beautiful” by Alessia Cara. This song is all about accepting yourself for who you are, flaws, and all. It’s a great anthem for anyone who is struggling with self-acceptance.

The song was released in 2015 as part of her album Know-It-All. It’s one of her most streamed songs with over 100 million views on Youtube.

9. “Fu****’ Perfect” by Pink

P!nk - Fuckin' Perfect (Rock In Rio 2019)P!nk – Fuckin’ Perfect (Rock In Rio 2019)

This might have been your favorite song at some point in your life. It’s about being comfortable in your skin and not trying to be anyone else. You are perfect and nobody can tell you otherwise.

It was released in 2010 and can be found on the Greatest Hits… So Far!!! album which can be streamed on all music platforms out there.

10. “Brave” by Sara Bareilles

Sara Bareilles - Brave (Official Video)Sara Bareilles – Brave (Official Video)

From her The Blessed Unrest album, this song is about being brave to face the challenges that life throws at you. It has an empowering message that no matter what the world throws at you, you can face it head-on.

You are brave and strong and you will get through whatever it is. It’s still a popular song, being released in 2013, and can be found on all music streaming platforms.

11. “Crooked Smile” by J Cole

J. Cole - Crooked Smile (Video) ft. TLCJ. Cole – Crooked Smile (Video) ft. TLC

“Crooked Smile” is a song that talks about self-acceptance in the face of adversity. Despite the haters and the negativity, you have to keep moving forward.

You are not defined by your past, but by how you choose to live your life from this moment on. It was released in 2013 and features TLC.

12. “Courage” by Superchick

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Superchick’s “Courage” is an energetic pop song with a message of self-acceptance. The lyrics encourage listeners to be proud of who they are, even if they don’t fit in with the mainstream.

The song also promotes body positivity, with the chorus affirming that “every shape and size is beautiful.” You can find this on their Beauty from Pain album.

13. “Good As Hell” by Lizzo

Lizzo - Good As Hell (Official Music Video)Lizzo – Good As Hell (Official Music Video)

Here’s a soundtrack from the film “Barbershop: The Next Cut”. This feel-good anthem by Lizzo is all about having the confidence to be your true self. The lyrics celebrate individuality and encourage listeners to love themselves just the way they are. It was released in 2016.

14. “Express Yourself” by Labrinth

Labrinth - Express Yourself (Studio Video)Labrinth – Express Yourself (Studio Video)

“Express Yourself” is a song about being proud of who you are and celebrating your unique talents and abilities.

Labrinth encourages listeners to use their creativity to express themselves and not be afraid to be different. The song was released in 2012 as part of their  Electronic Earth album.

15. “I” by Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar - i (Official Video)Kendrick Lamar – i (Official Video)

This song is all about self-love and respect. Kendrick Lamar urges listeners to believe in themselves and have confidence in their own abilities.

He also promotes positive body image, with the lyrics celebrating African American features. The song was released in 2015 as part of his To Pimp a Butterfly album.

16. “Firework” by Katy Perry

Katy Perry - Firework (Official Music Video)Katy Perry – Firework (Official Music Video)

Another bopper for the kiddos, Katy Perry’s “Firework” has a message we can all get behind: believe in yourself. The lyrics encourage listeners to be confident and proud of who they are, even if they don’t fit in with the mainstream.

The song also promotes body positivity, with the chorus affirming that you’re a firework and can light up the world. It was released in 2010 as part of her Teenage Dream album.

17. “You Should See Me In A Crown” by Billie Eilish

Billie Eilish - you should see me in a crown (Vertical Video)Billie Eilish – you should see me in a crown (Vertical Video)

Listening to any Billie Eilish song will probably make you feel a little bit better about yourself. But this one in particular has a message of self-acceptance and confidence.

The lyrics encourage listeners to embrace their uniqueness and not be afraid to stand out from the crowd. It was released in 2018 as part of her debut album, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?.

18. “I Love Me” by Meghan Trainor (ft. Lunch Money)

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Loving yourself is just as important as loving others, and this upbeat anthem from Meghan Trainor is the perfect reminder!

“I Love Me” celebrates all the things that make us unique and special, from our physical appearance to our personality quirks. This song is sure to put a smile on your face and help you remember just how awesome you are!

19. “Bulletproof” by La Roux

La Roux - Bulletproof (Official Video)La Roux – Bulletproof (Official Video)

“Bulletproof” is an empowering pop song about standing up to your haters and being confident in yourself. La Roux’s catchy tune will remind you that you’re strong enough to handle anything life throws your way.

And even if people try to bring you down, they’ll never be able to touch your inner strength. It was released in 2009 as part of his self-titled album.

20. “Pretty Hurts” by Beyoncé

Beyoncé - Pretty Hurts (Video)Beyoncé – Pretty Hurts (Video)

Wrapping up our list of songs about self-acceptance is “Pretty Hurts” by Beyoncé. This powerful ballad addresses the pressure society puts on us to conform to unrealistic standards of beauty.

While it can be difficult to love ourselves when we’re constantly being bombarded with people telling us we’re not good enough, this song reminds us that we’re all beautiful in our own way.

Final Thoughts

These are only a few of the amazing songs out there that can help you on your journey to self-acceptance.

Remember, the most important thing is to be gentle with yourself and to keep moving forward even when it’s tough. You deserve all the love and happiness in the world, so don’t forget that!