Sounding off against breast cancer: Songs that inspire

Music can stir strong emotions and elicit action with a simple lyric. In honor of breast cancer awareness month, we’ve picked inspiring songs that are sure to bring out your inner fighter… whether you are battling breast cancer yourself or supporting a loved one who is.

Christina Aguilera in the Video for her Single "Fighter"

“Fighter” by Christina Aguilera

Fightin’ Words: Makes me that much stronger/Makes me work a little bit harder/It makes me that much wiser/So thanks for making me a fighter/Made me learn a little bit faster/Made my skin a little bit thicker/Makes me that much smarter/So thanks for making me a fighter

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“Won’t Back Down” by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Fightin’ Words: Well I won’t back down, no I won’t back down/You can stand me up at the gates of hell/But I won’t back down/Gonna stand my ground, won’t be turned around/And I’ll keep this world from draggin’ me down/Gonna stand my ground and I won’t back down

“Times Like These” by Foo Fighters

Fightin’ Words: I am a new day rising/I’m a brand new sky/To hang the stars upon tonight/I am a little divided/Do I stay or run away/And leave it all behind?/It’s times like these you learn to live again/It’s times like these you give and give again/It’s times like these you learn to love again/It’s times like these time and time again

“If You’re Going Through Hell” by Rodney Atkins

Fightin’ Words: But the good news/Is there’s angels everywhere out on the street/Holding out a hand to pull you back up on your feet/The one’s that you’ve been dragging for so long/You’re on your knees/You might as well be praying/Guess what I’m saying/If you’re going through hell/Keep on going, don’t slow down/If you’re scared, don’t show it/You might get out/Before the devil even knows you’re there

“Stand” by Rascal Flatts

Fightin’ Words: Cause when push comes to shove/You taste what you’re made of/You might bend, till you break/Cause it’s all you can take/On your knees you look up/Decide you’ve had enough/You get mad, you get strong/Wipe your hands, shake it off/Then you Stand, then you stand

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“Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” by Kelly Clarkson

Fightin’ Words: You didn’t think that I’d come back/I’d come back swinging/You tried to break me, but you see/What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger/Stand a little taller/Doesn’t mean I’m lonely when I’m alone/What doesn’t kill you makes a fighter/Footsteps even lighter

“We are the Champions” by Queen

Fightin’ Words: I’ve paid my dues/Time after time/I’ve done my sentence/But committed no crime/And bad mistakes/I’ve made a few/I’ve had my share of sand kicked in my face/But I’ve come through/We are the champions, my friends/And we’ll keep on fighting till the end/We are the champions/We are the champions/No time for losers/’Cause we are the champions — of the world

“Hit Me with Your Best Shot” by Pat Benatar

Fightin’ Words: You come on with a come-on, you don’t fight fair/But that’s O.K., see if I care!/Knock me down, it’s all in vain/I’ll get right back on my feet again!/Hit me with your best shot!/Why don’t you hit me with your best shot!/Hit me with your best shot!/Fire away!

“It’s My Life” by Bon Jovi

Fightin’ Words: Better stand tall when they’re calling you out/Don’t bend, don’t break, baby, don’t back down/It’s my life/And it’s now or never/’Cause I ain’t gonna live forever/I just want to live while I’m alive/(It’s my life)/My heart is like an open highway/Like Frankie said/I did it my way/I just want to live while I’m alive

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“I am Woman” by Helen Reddy

Fightin’ Words: Oh yes, I am wise/But it’s wisdom born of pain/Yes, I’ve paid the price/But look how much I gained/If I have to/I can do anything/I am strong (strong)/I am invincible (invincible)/I am woman/You can bend but never break me/’Cause it only serves to make me/More determined to achieve my final goal

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