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“A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees.” – Amelia Earhart
If you’re looking for songs about kindness, we have 15 great suggestions to add to your playlist in today’s article.
We can never truly fathom the challenges other people face, but we all have burdens to bear and difficulties to overcome.
A simple act of kindness can help lighten that burden and make a challenge seem less overwhelming.
The Benefits of Being Kind
Being kind doesn’t cost anything, and it offers a host of benefits for you and the rest of the world.
For instance, acts of kindness:
Considering all of these benefits, wouldn’t you want to be an agent of kindness? Some of the songs featured in this collection give us the artists’ personal definitions of what kindness is. Other hits reassure us that there is someone out there who cares.
Let’s check out our list.
1. Hands, Jewel
“In the end, only kindness matters.”
This song is a powerful reminder that our choices determine our destiny. We can choose to be mean, arrogant, and spiteful, or we can take the path of gentleness, generosity, and kindness.
Jewel encourages her listeners to have more faith in themselves and choose the right path.
2. A Random Act of Senseless Kindness, South Sixty Five
“With a random act of senseless kindness, unexpected hand to help remind us a little bit of love is the cure for hate.”
We often hear news about victims of senseless violence, but not so much about “victims of senseless kindness,” This is a concept that South Sixty Five promotes in this song.
It would certainly become a better world if everyone went on a spree of senseless, random acts of kindness.
3. Try a Little Kindness, Glen Campbell
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“You've got to try a little kindness, yes, show a little kindness. Just shine your light for everyone to see.”
Every day, we are bombarded with news about violence and hate. It often seems as if negativity envelops us in a grimy cloak, darkening our days and making our hearts heavy.
In this song, Glen Campbell encourages us to show a little kindness. By doing so, negativity’s hold on us loosens and little streams of light can shine through to give us hope.
4. If Everyone Cared, Nickelback
“If everyone cared and nobody cried. If everyone loved and nobody lied. If everyone shared and swallowed their pride. Then we'd see the day when nobody died.”
With everything that’s going on around us—wars, riots, health crises, and more—it’s easy to feel a heavy sense of hopelessness. People get tired of trying to make things better, thinking that nothing they do will ever make a difference.
But this song is a call to action in which Nickelback challenges listeners to start caring.
5. Be Kind, Marshmello & Halsey
“When you know you can cry to the one, always confide in the one. You can be kind to the one that you love.”
Oftentimes, when partners become comfortable with each other, they begin to show their worst traits and take each other for granted. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
This song reminds listeners that kindness shouldn’t only be reserved for strangers or people in need. People in relationships have to remember to cherish the special people in their lives, treating them with kindness and respect.
(If you need some ideas on how to strengthen your relationship, check out this post featuring 31 relationship goals to help couples grow their love for each other.)
6. Treat People With Kindness, Harry Styles
via Harry Styles
“Maybe we can find a place to feel good. And we can treat people with kindness. Find a place to feel good.”
If you’ve ever given kindness when it was least expected, you may have witnessed the recipient’s eye light up in happiness. This kind of experience touches the heart.
This jubilant song is a reflection of that experience. It communicates the sense of happiness and lightness that comes when we show genuine kindness to others.
7. Humble and Kind, Tim McGraw
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“When the dreams you're dreamin' come to you, when the work you put in is realized. Let yourself feel the pride, but always stay humble and kind.”
Many people pursue fame and fortune, thinking that they lead to the path of true happiness. However, in their journey to being famous and rich, many also become arrogant and mean.
This song reminds all of us to stay humble and kind, no matter what our station in life.
8. At Your Side, The Corrs
“I'll be at your side. There's no need to worry. Together, we'll survive. Through the haste and hurry. I'll be at your side, if you feel like you're alone and you've nowhere to turn. I'll be at your side.”
It’s a rare gift to have a friend who truly cares and promises to stand by you, no matter what. This song from The Corrs celebrates that kind of friendship. (Check out this post for more songs about friendship.)
9. Carry You, Union J
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“When the vision you have gets blurry, you don't have to worry. I'll be your eyes. It's the least I can do. ‘Cause when I fell, you pulled me through.”
Friends who care for you are a blessing.
The theme of a friendship that weathers all of life’s storms is echoed in this song from Union J. The song describes how a friend returns the kindness shown to them at a time when they were the one facing difficulties.
10. Kindness, Ryan Adams
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“Kindness don't ask for much, but an open mind. Kindness can cure a broken heart. Honey, are you feelin' kind? Do you believe in love?”
This song has several reminders about kindness for its listeners:
I get excited at the idea of everyone in the world being kind to each other. It would truly be something to behold.
11. Do Something, Matthew West
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“If not us, then who? If not me and you, right now. It's time for us to do something, yeah!”
You may have heard people complain about a situation, blaming a particular sector of society or the government for unfortunate events. This song encourages listeners to take action themselves.
Instead of waiting for others to make a difference, Matthew West calls on us to be the ones to enact the change that we want to see. Let’s do something, right now.
12. The Promise, Sturgill Simpson
“If you need a friend don't look to a stranger. You know in the end, I'll always be there. But when you're in doubt and when you're in danger, take a look around and I'll be there.”
If you’re looking for a song that represents how deeply someone can care for another person, look no further than this single from Sturgill Simpson.
In this song, Simpson states his dedication to a friend and promises to be there, looking out for them, even to the very end.
13. K Is for Kindness, Sesame Street Cast ft. Chris Jackson
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“And when you try a little kindness, kindness. And you help someone for real. You might be surprised to realize how good it makes you feel.”
To make sure that children grow up to be good people, they should be introduced to the concept of kindness as early as possible.
This song from the cast of Sesame Street can be used to encourage kindness in children.
It gives several concrete examples of what constitutes an act of kindness. Plus, the music video is cute!
14. We Build, Nichole Nordeman
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“We build. We clear away what was and make room for what will be. If you hold the nails, I'll take the hammer. I'll hold it still, if you'll climb the ladder. If you will, then I will build.”
When life gets hard, it can be easier to pick up the pieces and rebuild if we have even just one friend to help us.
This song is about that kind of friend—someone who provides support during difficult moments.
15. Count on Me, Bruno Mars
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“We'll find out what we're made of when we are called to help our friends in need.”
Finally, we have this peppy hit from Bruno Mars. It is an anthem about caring for others.
Just listening to the song lifts your mood. It is also a good reminder about what kindness is really about.
There you have it—songs about kindness to add to your playlist today.
We hope you have been inspired to constantly choose kindness in a society where toughness is often encouraged and even celebrated.
Kindness has the power to help you live longer and make the world a better place.
If you need some ideas on how to improve the world through random acts of kindness, you can check out this post.
Meanwhile, here’s an in-depth resource about how kindness can help you live longer.
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