10 Songs That Exhibit Spirit | Playlist
The premise is simple for ‘10 Songs That Exhibit Spirit.’ The 10 selected songs from the playlist must exhibit spirit in some regard.
The premise of this playlist is simple. The 10 selected songs must exhibit spirit in some regard. The song title does NOT have to have the word spirit in its title. That means, other words related to spirit are completely acceptable, as well as the song itself embodying spirit. Artists appearing on this list are Macklemore, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Imagine Dragons, Charlie Wilson, Depeche Mode, Big Sean, Kim Burrell, Pharrell Williams, Bastille, Panic! At the Disco, Common, and John Legend. Without further ado, here are 10 Songs That Exhibit Spirit.
1. Macklemore, “Glorious”
Ft. Skylar Grey
Macklemore returned in in the utmost spirited, uplifting fashion with “Glorious.” “Glorious” served as a promo single from his self-titled solo project. In regards to sound, it’s vintage Macklemore through and through. He’s assisted by Skylar Grey, who delivers the thoughtful, memorable, and winning chorus.
“I feel glorious, glorious / Got a chance to start again / I was born for this, born for this / It’s who I am, how could I forget.”
2. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, “Come and Be a Winner”
Album: Soul of a Woman
“Come and Be a Winner” is a relatively short joint from Soul of a Woman, the final studio album by Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings. It clocks in at under three minutes. It embraces funkiness and ‘the art of groove.’ Even with a foundation built upon electricity, Sharon Jones never over-sings, packing just the right amount of punch and pushing at the appropriate moments.
“So, take some time, understand / Life’s a race for each and every man / Sometimes people will treat you like a worn-out shoe / But they don’t know that you can’t lose / Come and be a winner.”
3. Imagine Dragons, “Believer”
The script for “Believer” plays true to the identity established by Imagine Dragons. The drums are gargantuan, packing a mean punch. Frontman Dan Reynolds delivers overt vocals, with a bite. He also employs a mean falsetto which is key here, particularly during the chorus. Rhythmically, the melody of the pre-chorus on “Believer” is quick-paced, with a dash of hip-hop sensibility. The chorus – the crème de la crème – is anthemic, with a strong urban influence. Man, it’s tough NOT to be a believer.
“Pain! / You made me a, you made me a believer, believer / …Oh let the bullets fly, oh let them rain / My life, my love, my drive, it came from… / Pain! / You made me a, you made me a believer, believer.”