Although you may not always think about them, a playlist with songs about freedom is a great playlist to have on hand. You can play it to cheer you up when you are feeling down or to help a friend through a difficult time (like a breakup). The point is how much freedom we have in life isn’t always on our minds, but it should be. So here are our favorite 15 songs about freedom to listen to next time you are feeling down.
15. “And We Run” –Within Temptation feat. Xzibit
Within Temptation is a Dutch symphonic rock band, so imagine the surprise when they featured rapper Xzibit in one of their songs. Although this song is unconventional, it’s all about breaking chains and running free—something which can clearly be heard in Xzibit’s part of the song. If you can get past the rock/rap mashup, that is.
14. “Born Free”—Kid Rock
Made famous during the 2012 presidential election campaign, Kid Rock hits the nail on the head as he discusses what it’s like to live in America and the freedom every American enjoys.
13. “Weightless”—Natasha Bedingfield
Freedom is a word that is often associated with the United States, but freedom is also something you should seek in your personal life. Bedingfield discusses just that in this song she released in 2010, which talks about freeing yourself from the things that weigh you down in life.
12. “I Want to Break Free”—Queen
Originally a song about the women’s liberation movement in the United States, no list of songs about freedom would be complete without mentioning the band Queen. Unfortunately, this music video was originally banned in the United States, but that didn’t stop it from rising to fame in the years that followed.
11. “Free Fallin’”—Tom Petty
While this song isn’t technically about freedom as a whole, it is about the freedom the singer is feeling in his own life. Plus, it’s catchy, so there’s no reason not to add it to your list.
10. “I’m Still Standing”—Elton John
Thanks to the blockbuster hit Rocketman, the world became aware of Elton John’s struggles in 2019. We have to admit this song doesn’t really talk about freedom but telling someone who had hurt you that you are still standing, well, that’s the same as declaring you are free.
Swedish rock band Amaranthe sings all about freedom and being limitless in their song “Limitless.” While it isn’t as popular as some of their other songs (like “Drop Dead Cynical”), it’s much easier for the average listener to get into as it isn’t as metal-based as some of their other songs.
Along the same lines as “Limitless,” this catchy, chart-topping song from Sia makes it clear that being free and being unstoppable go hand in hand.
7. “Get Free”—Lana Del Rey
Sometimes freedom means letting go of the thoughts you are allowing to control you. Lana Del Rey discusses just this in her song “Get Free,” which is technically a sequel to her song “Ride.”
6. “Freedom”—Rage Against the Machine
There are times in life when freedom is a total farce. Rage Against the Machine wrote this song about it because sometimes, while you may feel free, the reality is far from the truth.
5. “Superman”—Armin Van Buuren
Do you want to feel like you are superman? You definitely will feel free then. Sing along with this next song on our list of songs about freedom which contains the line “Must have forgotten that I’m superman.”
4. “Freedom”—Pharrell Williams
Made famous by the film Despicable Me 3, this tune by Pharrell Williams discusses freedom and the choice it gives us over our lives.
3. “Free Bird”—Lynyrd Skynyrd
Perhaps one of the most famous songs about freedom ever, “Free Bird,” is a great song to listen to when you are trying to make a difficult decision, just as the main character has to in the song.
2. “I’m Free (Heaven Helps the Man)”—Kenny Loggins
If you’ve ever seen Footloose, then you’ll know this song. Its beautiful heartfelt lyrics will really resonate with you, and you’ll get to shout “I’m Free” during the chorus—what can be better than that?
1. “Wind of Change”—The Scorpions
Written during the cold war at a time when citizens across Europe had very little freedom to celebrate, “Wind of Change” became an instant hit when it was released by German artist The Scorpions. Supposedly it is about the USSR and the removal of the Berlin Wall, but like any song on this list, it’s open for interpretation.