15 Great Songs About Doubting Yourself

Songs About Doubting Yourself
Written by Corey Morgan

Top Songs About Doubting Yourself

“To doubt” means “to question whether something is true; to be uncertain.” It also shows a lack of confidence. It’s crazy how much doubt can creep into our lives and cause us to second-guess the people, goals, and ideals we hold dear.

Fortunately, musicians are familiar with these emotions and, to our benefit, have written a number of great songs about doubt. You’re not alone in your feelings of uncertainty, and this list will examine the deeper meanings of various songs that deal with the subject.

15 Great Songs About Doubting Yourself

1. Last Loser in the Universe, by Drew Gasparini

Alexander Sage Oyen - "The Last Loser in the Universe" by Drew Gasparini

This song is almost certainly going to be the first song that comes to anyone’s mind when they are asked to mention songs about doubting yourself.

This groovy catchy piece, sung here by Alexander Sage Oyen (another multitalented artist who sings and writes/composes; check out his wonderful piece Belief with an amazing rendition by Ben Fankhauser), says a lot about being true to yourself and your convictions regardless of whether or not other people do. Concentration, effort, and knowing one’s destination and intended outcome are the keys to success.

2. TLC’s Unpretty

TLC - Unpretty (Official HD Video)

Next on our list of songs about doubting yourself is this phenomenal song by TLC. The insecurities one may have regarding one’s physical appearance are explored in Unpretty.

The message is that superficial changes to your look can make you feel better in the short term, but that you won’t be truly happy or satisfied with yourself until you address your internal feelings.

The song confidently advises its listener to cut ties with whoever is dragging them down emotionally so that they can concentrate on loving themselves.

3. James Blake, “If I’m Insecure”

James Blake - If I'm Insecure (Audio)

The song’s message is that doubt may be overcome by placing trust and solace in another person. The story’s optimistic theme is that finding the one who makes you feel safe is the key to overcoming self-doubt.

The ideal partner doesn’t need to “fix” your issues, but rather helps you feel secure in your own skin. The singer comes to the realization that perhaps they are not so insecure after all because they are confident in their ability to take care of their loved one.

4. “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”

Bobby McFerrin - Don't Worry Be Happy (Official Music Video)

This is one of the songs about doubting yourself i find interesting. The too optimistic attitude of this song has been misunderstood by some. But if you only focus on the most obvious phrase—”don’t worry, be happy”—you can miss the bigger picture.

Sure, Bobby McFerrin wants his audience to keep their spirits up no matter how difficult things get. Moreover, he uses a laundry list of horrible scenarios to emphasize his point. However, by doing so, he demonstrates that he is aware that bad events can and do occur.

5. I Suck — Mark Ronson ft. Rivers Cuomo

I Suck (feat. Rivers Cuomo)

When it comes to expressing how the protagonist feels, ‘I Suck’ holds nothing back. It accurately portrays the universal “I suck” reaction many have when they have low opinions of themselves.

The protagonist of the song laments the fact that the girl of his dreams is leaving with a guy who is totally boring, and he can’t understand why he can’t do the same. This song does a good job of capturing the feelings of jealousy and frustration that come along with a lack of self-confidence.

6. Wolf Alice, “Don’t Delete The Kisses”

Wolf Alice - Don't Delete the Kisses (Official Video)

Listening to this song, you can almost feel what it’s like to have a crush on someone and question if you should ever tell them how you feel. The lyrics suggest that the speaker has such low self-esteem that she wonders if she is destined to find love at all.

The fact that they’ve worked out their emotions and are planning to be open about them during a party gives this otherwise depressing song a sense of hope.

7. “I Hate U, I Love U”

gnash - i hate u, i love u ft. olivia o'brien (music video)

The two vocalists in this song argue with each other as a result of a misunderstanding in the relationship that is brought on by doubts on both sides.

The woman apparently broke up with her boyfriend because she thought he had feelings for someone else. But in the man’s lines, he expresses his sadness at her abandonment and his conviction that he did nothing to deserve her rejection.

The most tragic aspect of this song is that it presents just two emotionally-tainted viewpoints, neither of which can be relied upon to accurately represent reality.

8. Bobby Cronin, “Reach the Sky”

Mark Evans sings REACH THE SKY by Bobby Cronin

This masterpiece also reflects on songs about doubting yourself, as doubts multiply, you lose track of where you left off and where to resume in order to reach your objectives.

The song’s arch and gospel-like motivational bridge, where the protagonist decides to “fly and be alive” instead of letting aspirations die, are two of my favorite parts.

9. Liability – Lorde

The vocalist of this melancholy song expresses his or her belief that he or she is undeserving of others’ affection and admiration. Lorde, after being told she made a mistake by going out with her, says she’ll return home to the only girl she loves, who she reveals to be herself.

Even though this melancholy song is about not being accepted by others, there is hope since the singer can find consolation in self-love despite her insecurities. You have to be your own support system when it seems like everyone else has turned against you, as implied by the song’s lyrics.

10. ‘I’m Dumb,’ by Glen Campbell

The protagonist of this song has come to his senses and realized he made a mistake by ending things with his ex-lover. Separation was a simple choice at the time, but now he sees how much he’s changed.

The feeling of love has changed, he doesn’t feel confident in his own identity, and his relationships with others have suffered as a result. He now realizes that the girl he abandoned was the one for him and longs for a reunion with her. Saying “guess I’m dumb” suggests that he has regrets and feels uncertain about his capacity to make smart decisions.

11. “No Church in the Wild”

Jay-Z & Kanye West - No Church In The Wild ft. Frank Ocean, The-Dream

The artists are essentially arguing that, contrary to popular belief, they do not rely on any one religion to guide their moral judgments. In contrast, as was suggested previously, their religion is actually no religion at all.

So there’s a whole lot going on in “No Church in the Wild”. In the end, though, the simplest way to characterize it would be to say that it’s a regular rap song (at least as far as Jay-Z and West are concerned) that contains religious references but does not advocate strict adherence to religious ideology.

12. Easier to Run by Linkin Park

Easier To Run - Linkin Park (Meteora)

I think this song, as many claim, is about a person being disgusted with his history. For him, death seems like the only possible exit, as he would just be leaving behind a corpse.

Since he doesn’t want his blunders to live on after his death, he is intent on burying them with him. He has made some efforts to alter his ways. Since he has exhausted all other options, he sees this as his last resort. His scars from his mistakes are so severe that they will never heal. He worries about having to deal with everything on his own.

13. Linkin Park’s “Breaking The Habit”

Breaking the Habit (Official Music Video) [HD UPGRADE] – Linkin Park

This is a story of a person who frequently engages in behaviors that are harmful to his own mental and physical health. He spends a lot of time in his room, where everyone assumes he can’t do anything to hurt himself, but in reality, he may begin hurting himself at any time without their knowing.

He continuously criticizes himself for everything he did wrong or allowed to be done to him in the past. When he sings, “I don’t want to be the one the battles constantly choose / Cause inside I realize I’m the one puzzled,” he’s expressing his confusion at being the target of so many difficulties. >>

14. Polarize \sTwenty One Pilots

Twenty one pilots - Polarize ( music video )

I take the overall theme of this song to be one of discovering one’s own sense of morality and deciding what is most essential to oneself. He appears to be seeking God for assistance in figuring it out, but it’s difficult because he’s drifting away from God. He sincerely desires to reform his life and abandon his bad habits.

I believe that when he talks about the one he loves, he is talking about God. I also think that by saying “my friends and I have troubles,” he’s attempting to make his listeners feel like they’re a part of the story; after all, we’re all fighting the good fight to figure out what’s right and wrong. Lyrically, “Polarize” by Twenty One Pilots is one of the best songs about doubting yourself.

15. Sum 41’s “Fat Lip”

Sum 41 - Fatlip (Official Music Video)

This song is about the parents of the lead singer, Deryck Whibley, who wanted him to be an ordinary guy. Deryck had other ideas: He wanted to accomplish what he loved, not become another victim of conformity.

Although the song was inspired by his childhood and the trials of being a teenager, he encourages everyone to chart their own route and not give a damn about what other people think of it, he said at concerts.

“Fat Lip” struck a chord with young people wanting to break free from the confines of their parents’ expectations. Whibley, who was only 20 at the time, co-wrote the song with guitarist Dave Baksh and drummer Steve Jocz, who were also around the same age.