There is no denying the power of music. Be it a celebration or a low point in our lives, music can help amplify the experience, every single time. Music is especially important for us Indians. Blame it on the constant influx of classic Bollywood songs and their timeless videos; but music has always been a big part of our beautiful culture of colours, music, and celebrations.
From movies to theatre, music continues to entertain, inspire, and engage people across industries and countries, alike. Throughout history, music has been at the forefront of many political revolutions. Armies across nations imply music to uplift and inspire their soldiers. Similarly, no sports event ever starts without the national anthems being played.
Let’s take a quick look at some of the most revolutionary examples of stories that have moved people, across generations and national boundaries –
The Band That Never Stopped Playing
In the aftermath of the sinking of RMS Titanic, survivors reported that the Titanic’s on-deck band, made immortal by the namesake motion picture, continued to play the hymn – Lord Abide With Me as the ship was sinking.
This hymn was also said to be a favourite of none other than Mahatma Gandhi.
Jo’anna Gimme Hope
This timeless reggae song became a world-famous anti-apartheid anthem in the 1980s, in South Africa. The song was consequentially banned by the South African government post its release, but was widely played in South Africa nonetheless.
We Shall Overcome
A moving protest song, it became a key anthem of the African-American Civil Rights Movement (1955–1968) and helped rally millions to the cause
The Hindi version of the same song, called Hum Honge Kamyab, continues to inspire millions of Hindi speaking audience worldwide.
Team building, when looked through the holistic lens, can very well be immersive and engaging.
Presenting a list of songs that can help you bring your next team building event to life, with the perfect melody –
1. Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now
Co-written by Albert Hammond and Diane Warren, it was recorded by the American rock band Starship. It rocked the number 1 position across charts for months, post its release. It was also featured as the theme song for the romantic comedy blockbuster, Mannequi.
An upbeat song, it will work wonders for your team’s next celebration.
2. Yaha ke hum Sikandar
The title song of “Jo Jeeta wahi Sikandar” in 1992, it continues to rule the heart of every Indian. Best suited for the younger crowd, it can act like a dose of adrenaline and inspire your team into action!
3. Waving flag
A song that turned into a global phenomenon, it remains timeless. Composed by K’naan for FiFA World Cup 2010, the song works for practically every team, across industries.
A wonderful choice for your next Karaoke night, it is a powerful anthem.
4. We Are the Champions
A power ballad that needs no introduction, it continues to rule the music charts and the hearts of people, alike. It was written by Freddie Mercury and recorded and performed by British rock band Queen for their 1977 album News of the World.
One of their many timeless creations, it remains among rock’s most recognizable anthems. This (g)old number can leave your team feeling united and leave an after-tase of championship.
5. Yeh Dosti Hum Nahin Chodenge
One of the most popular Bollywood numbers from an equally timeless movie – Sholay, you simply cannot go wrong with it.
A moving song from the Bollywood movie Iqbal, it can inspire like no other. It has a moving but powerful message of resilience and rising above all odds. It can prove it be the highlight of your next team building session, thanks to overall positive vibe it leaves the listener with.
7. Chale Chalo
A catchy number from the Bollywood movie Lagaan, it has become synonymous with hope. The lyrics fill one’s heart with hope, courage, and the desire to fight against all odds.
8. Baadal Pe Paaon Hain
A peppy number from Chak De! India, this one will have everyone singing along. The interesting part is that it conveys a rather emotional message in a very lively manner. It is a feel-good song and is bound to be a great hit with any team.
9. Haan Ye Hi Lakshya Hai Tera
An inspiring lyrical masterpiece, this one is from the Bollywood movie Lakshya. A very powerful song, it can set the tone for sharing a common vision within any tea
10. Eye Of The Tiger
A song that has stood the test of the time to remain a classic, decades after its release. Originally featured in the movie Rocky, the song celebrates and empowers the champion within.
A cheerful song, this one will have everyone on their feet in no time. A song well suited for team celebrations, it should always be a part of your ’go-to’ playlist.
12. Don’t Worry, Be Happy
A timeless song by Bobby McFerrin, this one works wonders in driving away those occasional blues. With the unpredictable market conditions comes unprecedented risks. And there are going to be periods of doubt and roadblocks for every team. This song can, then, work like a soothing medicine during troubled times, and help people feel better.
13. That’s What Friends Are For
Another classic team number, it reminds one of the importance of good friends. The perfect fit for your next team building event, this one will leave your team feeling closer than ever.
14. I Won’t Back Down
Performed by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, this one will inspire, as well as it will entertain. The song talks about reaffirming one’s conviction. It will make for a powerful addition to your next team building celebration.
15. One Moment In Time
Performed by none other than Whitney Houston for the Seoul Olympic Games of 1988, this one is a song for ages. The classic line – “Give me one moment in time, when I’m more than I thought I could be” is moving enough to give anyone goosebumps.
16. Aa Dekhe Zara
The song is from the Bollywood film Rocky, and was performed by Kishore Kumar and Asha Bhosle. With lively beats and equally engaging lyrics, it is a fan favourite. It is the perfect song for any competitive team building activities.
17. Jai Ho
Composed by the legendary AR Rahman, this one is from the Oscar winning movie, Slumdog Millionaire. A song that is bound to ignite passion, it will work with teams across the board.
A song that acts like an instant dose of adrenaline, this one is a no-brainer. A song that can help inspire the warrior within, it is truly powerful. Include it in your team building festivities to add the right flavour of passion and inspiration.
19. Kandhan Se Milte
Another power ballad from the movie Lakshya, it makes for a great team anthem. With lyrics that bring out the beauty of team work, it is a must have part of any team celebration.
20. Kuch Kariye
A moving tribute to the passion that lies within, it is a power anthem for ages. Brilliantly written lyrics compliment the upbeat vibe of the song, beautifully.
A powerful pop song by Katy Perry, it ruled the music charts for months after its release. The lyrics compliment the safari theme of the music video, brilliantly. The song talks about rising to the occasion and can help inspire passion and resilience.
22. Lose Yourself
A timeless number by Eminem, this one has been publicly endorsed by the likes of Barack Obama. The song talks about coming face to face with rare opportunities and seizing them, every time. Hauntingly beautiful, the fast paced rhythm will have your team feeling inspired in no time.
23. Me Too
A hit number by Meghan Trainor, this one is all about self-love. Over the top lyrics make up for a catchy tune. Play it during your next team celebrations nd watch everyone sing along. The song can add a distinct feel good vibe to any event.
24. We Didn’t Start The Fire
Performed by the evergreen Billy Joel, the song is a revolution on paper. With upbeat music and catchy lyrics, it can add magic to any team celebration.
25. The Rising
This powerful anthem was written as a reaction to the aftermath of the infamous 9/11 attack by Bruce Springsteen. The moving lyrics talk about the plight of firefighter dealing with the destruction caused. The song pays homage to the resilience and perseverance that defines humanity.
Did your favourite song make it to our list? If not, do let us know and we will surely include it. Also, feel free to share your own musical experiences with us. We would love to hear.