What songs make you feel good about yourself?
One of the hardest EQ elements to increase is Self-Regard. One action you can take not only to maintain your self-image, but even boost your confidence and self-esteem is surround yourself with positive thoughts—ideas and messages that reinforce high Self-Regard. OKA’s Self-Regard Playlist includes the following songs. Click the album graphic to hear the song.
Respect, Aretha Franklin
The quintessential anthem for both the Women’s and Civil Rights movements, this classic from the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, is an urgent call for respect, reflecting and securing a deep self respect.
Titanium, David Guetta featuring Sia
“You shoot me down, but I won’t fall. I am titanium.” Like an updated version of Pat Benatar’s “Hit Me with Your Best Shot”, this song is about strength and confidence.
The Greatest Love of All, Whitney Houston
There was a time in 1986 that you could not turn on the radio without hearing this anthem to Self-Regard, reminding us that you can’t do much of anything without a foundation of respect and love for yourself.
I Am, I Said, Neil Diamond
A dark horse in this list, Neil Diamond’s classic song sounds like a shout from the darkness of isolation and depression that “I am.” I am worthy of attention, love, and happiness.
Respect Yourself, Staples Singers
This classic soul hit from 1971 was a much needed but seldom heard (at the time) call to self-sufficiency and self-respect.
You Gotta Be, Des’ree
In this song, Des’ree serves as a funky life coach as she offers gentle reminders, “You gotta be bad; you gotta be bold; you gotta be wiser.”
The World’s Greatest, R Kelly
After R Kelly gave us the Self-Regard anthem, “I Believe I Can Fly”, he released one even better. “I’m that star up in the sky; I’m that mountain peak up high. Hey, I made it; I’m the world’s greatest.”
Support your EQ with music. What is on your Self-Regard playlist?
Interested in OKA’s other playlists?
- OKA’s Playlist–Self-Actualization
- OKA’s Playlist–Assertiveness
- OKA’s Playlist–Independence
- OKA’s Playlist–Interpersonal Relationships
- OKA’s Playlist–Social Responsibility
- OKA’s Playlist–Optimism
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