Why You Need a Theme Song

Each morning, as part of my daily routine, I blast and sing along to my theme song Defying Gravity by Idina Menzel.

I first learned of the theme song concept while watching the show Ally McBeal, when Ally was told by her therapist to choose a song to play in her head that made her feel good.

While I appreciate that songs can express the full spectrum of emotions, I love songs that are uplifting and empowering, especially in the mornings.

In fact, I created the list below of feel-good songs because I was so tired of being dictated by the songs played on the radio, which often had depressing or self-deprecating lyrics.

  1. Good Time - Owl City and Carly Rae Jepsen
  2. Defying Gravity – Idina Menzel
  3. Brave – Sara Bareilles
  4. Unwritten – Natasha Bedingfield
  5. Living in the Moment – Jason Mraz
  6. One Step at a Time – Jordin Sparks
  7. Firework – Katy Perry
  8. Hall of Fame – The Script, will.i.am
  9. Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) – Green Day
  10. Best Day of My Life – American Authors
  11. Catch My Breath – Kelly Clarkson
  12. Roar – Katy Perry
  13. Good Life – OneRepublic
  14. I Gotta Feeling – The Black Eyed Peas
  15. On Top of the World - Imagine Dragons

As I scan through the songs on my list, all of which I’d consider my theme song, I realized there’s actually a theme to my theme songs - All these songs are about having courage, succeeding, and having a ball!

Setting Intentions with Theme Songs

Listening to my theme songs always puts me in a good mood and helps me feel excited to start my day.

Theme songs are important not just because they'll, as Arnold Schwarzenegger would say, pump you up, but they're also a powerful way to set your intention for your day.

The words that come out of your mouth, such as through lyrics you repeat (either consciously or not), can become ingrained into your mind.

Singing them is even more powerful because you're likely to bring in your emotions. So be mindful of the lyrics you repeat and choose theme songs that uplift and empower you.

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After all, do you want to keep reminding yourself that you’re suffering or that you’re strong and powerful?

As you're probably aware, thoughts, words, and actions are all interconnected.

Now it’s your turn…

Do you have a theme song? What songs would you add to this list? What other ways can you set your intention for your day? Share your thoughts by leaving a comment below.

Like my playlist? Listen to it on Spotify.

Thanks for reading!

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