Music conveys a message in a unique and memorable way.  Here are various songs whose lyrics reinforce the importance of the On Course Principles.  Additionally, you’ll find a list of instrumental music that can be used to set the right mood for various activities.  You will find lyrics at Please help us update this list by sending your song suggestions to

Getting On Course

  • Success: Bonnie Raitt
  • Your Life is Now: John Mellencamp


  • My Way: Frank Sinatra (also Aretha Franklin and Paul Anka)
  • Poor, Poor Pitiful Me: Terri Clark (also Linda Ronstadt) (Note: Victims’ national anthem)
  • Responsibility: Mxpx (Note: They don’t want it)
  • One Moment in Time: Whitney Houston
  • Get Over It: Don Henley


  • Reach: Gloria Estefan
  • When You Wish Upon a Star: Louis Armstrong (also Michael Feinstein and Leon Redbone)
  • The Power of the Dream: Celine Dion
  • Live Your Dream: Athena Cage
  • River of Dreams: Billy Joel
  • The Impossible Dream: Luther Vandross (also Smothers Brothers–a comedy version)
  • Somewhere Over the Rainbow: Eva Cassidy


  • Step by Step: Whitney Houston
  • Do It or Die: Atlanta Rhythm Section
  • The River: Garth Brooks
  • Can’t Give Up Now: Mary, Mary
  • Nick of Time: Bonnie Rait
  • Oh, How the Years Go By: Vanessa Williams
  • Never Give Up: Common Sense
  • Nothin’s Gonna Stop Us Now: Jefferson Starship
  • No Time to Kill: Clint Black


  • We’re in This Together: Simply Red
  • My One True Friend: Bette Middler
  • Friends: Dion Warwick, Elton John, et. al.
  • I Will Remember You: Sarah McLachlan
  • All by Myself: Celine Dion (from the Victim’s viewpoint)
  • Wind Beneath My Wings: Bette Middler (also Willie Nelson)
  • You’ve Got a Friend: James Taylor
  • With a Little Help from My Friends: Beatles (also Joe Cocker)
  • I’ll Stand by You: The Pretenders
  • Lean on Me: Bill Withers (also Club Neauveau)
  • Bridge Over Troubled Waters: Paul Simon (also Russell Watson)
  • Before the Night is Over: Gaelic Storm


  • I Can See Clearly Now: Johnny Nash (also Ann Murray and Jimmy Cliff)
  • Miles Away: Marc Cohn
  • When You Believe: Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey
  • Wherever You Go (There You Are): Clint Black

Life-Long Learning

  • It’s in Every One of Us: David Pomeranz
  • Teach Your Children Well: Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young
  • Dig Down Deep: Marc Cohn
  • You Learn: Alanis Morisette
  • Spirit of a Boy, Wisdom of a Man: Randy Travis

Emotional Intelligence

  • New Attitude: Patti Labelle
  • Forgiving You Was Easy: Kris Kristofferson or Willie Nelson
  • Give Me My Rapture: Van Morrison
  • On the Sunny Side of the Street: Willie Nelson
  • Don’t Worry, Be Happy: Bobby McFerrin
  • Get Over It: Don Henley
  • Secret of Life: James Taylor
  • Mike and the Mechanics: In the Living Years
  • Why Walk When You Can Fly: Mary Chapin-Carpenter
  • What a Wonderful World: Louis Armstrong (also Eva Cassidy)

Believing in Yourself

  • I Believe in You: Stephen Fisk
  • I Believe in You: Amanda Marshall (same title, different song)
  • I Believe I Can Fly: R. Kelly
  • Hero: Mariah Carey
  • There’s a Winner in You: Patti LaBelle
  • Believe in Yourself: from The Wiz
  • Pride (A Deeper Love): Aretha Franklin
  • All That You Have is Your Soul: Tracy Chapman
  • This Little Life of Mine: Raffi
  • Man in the Mirror: Michael Jackson (also Rockapella)

Staying On Course

  • We Are The Champions: Queen
  • Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now: McFadden & Whitehead
  • Heroes Live Forever: 2002 Olympics Album

Instrumentals (for creating a mood)

  • Angelic Music: Iasos
  • Prince of Tides (Soundtrack)
  • Lord of the Dance
  • Baby Loves Baroque
  • Cider House Rules (Soundtrack)
  • Brahams Waltz in A flat for Orchestra
  • The Legend of Bagger Vance (Soundtrack)

I play classical music for the first ten minutes of every class while my students write in their journals.  The music helps them to focus, and it establishes clear times and boundaries for activities.  —Jean Zipke, Director, Academic Support Services, Wesley College, Delaware

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