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March 4, 2011 1:49 PM   Subscribe

What are some good songs about being awesome?

God, all the songs I have are about self-pity! Jesus.

Do you have good songs (any genre) about the singer being awesome, up to and including being egomaniacal? "I'm awesome" is preferable to "I'm awesome and you suck" but the latter is also acceptable.

i.e., Time to Pretend by MGMT, Poker Face by Lady Gaga, I Did it My Way, Soak Up the Sun, etc

Or the person being sung to, as long as it's not a love song.
i.e., Vienna by Billy Joel

extra points for songs sung by women!
posted by MaddyRex to Media & Arts (83 answers total) 86 users marked this as a favorite
As Cool As I Am by Dar Williams
posted by marginaliana at 1:52 PM on March 4, 2011 [2 favorites]

You're the best. Around.
posted by Wild_Eep at 1:53 PM on March 4, 2011 [2 favorites]

"Underdog Victorious" by Jill Sobule.
posted by hermitosis at 1:58 PM on March 4, 2011

"I Sing the Body Electric" from the movie "Fame".

There was a great Sesame Street song called "Me," sung in both English and Spanish.
posted by Melismata at 2:01 PM on March 4, 2011

You really want to explore rap / hip-hop. There are several iconic pieces like this. It's a genre trope.

Picture Me Rollin', for example. But there are hundreds more.
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 2:02 PM on March 4, 2011 [1 favorite]

Bette Middler's "I'm Beautiful(Dammit)" & Proud by Heather Small (I like the dance mix)
posted by pointystick at 2:02 PM on March 4, 2011

Helen Reddy - I Am Woman
posted by jenny76 at 2:03 PM on March 4, 2011

"It ain't hard to tell" by Nas; also lots and lots of rap songs.

It ain't hard to tell, I excel, then prevail/The mic is contacted, I attract clientele...
posted by 2bucksplus at 2:03 PM on March 4, 2011

I'm Too Sexy - Right Said Fred
posted by jenny76 at 2:03 PM on March 4, 2011 [2 favorites]

Superman by The Clique
(better known by REM)
videos by people who like the kal-el by the looks of it.
posted by Seamus at 2:07 PM on March 4, 2011

Bad to the Bone
posted by misha at 2:09 PM on March 4, 2011

Mighty little man by Steve Burns
posted by slightlybewildered at 2:10 PM on March 4, 2011

I'm Every Woman by Chaka Khan
posted by Oriole Adams at 2:11 PM on March 4, 2011

Singing one's own awesomeness:
32 Flavors - Ani DiFranco
Bombshell - Mary's Danish
C'est Comme Ça - Les Rita Mitsouko
These Boots Are Make For Walkin' - Nancy Sinatra
Silent all these years - Tori Amos

Singing the awesomeness of others (i.e., you):
yea sure – MeFi's own Brian Park
Work with you - MeFi's own Noah Stone
She's a knockout - Social Distortion
Spectacular Girl - the Eels
Bombshell - Operation Ivy
Living in a World Without Her - the Pogues
A Good Woman is Hard to Find - Morphine
Kick it - the Vandals
posted by iamkimiam at 2:11 PM on March 4, 2011 [1 favorite]

Two off the top of my head: Des'ree's You got to be is more of a "come on be awesome", but it's very much not a self-pitying song. Defying Gravity from "Wicked" fits the bill.
posted by rmd1023 at 2:14 PM on March 4, 2011

For this I must apologize in advance.
Please forgive me.

Enter the Ninja - Die Antwoord
posted by Seamus at 2:16 PM on March 4, 2011 [5 favorites]

Dixie Chicks - Sin Wagon
Sparks - Waterproof
Mark Ronson, Ghostface, Nate Dogg - Ooh Wee
C'est Comme Ça - Les Rita Mitsouko
(This also has one of the single most fun videos ever made)

You might also be interested in this previous question's answers.
posted by Greg Nog at 2:16 PM on March 4, 2011

Champion - Kanye West

Good Life - Kanye West

Like A Boss
posted by 2bucksplus at 2:17 PM on March 4, 2011

Also, I'm On A Boat
posted by 2bucksplus at 2:18 PM on March 4, 2011 [4 favorites]

Audacity of Huge -- Simian Mobile Disco
This is actually an I AM FUCKING AWESOME WHY DON'T YOU LOVE ME song. Maybe that's a different genre.
posted by chesty_a_arthur at 2:20 PM on March 4, 2011

For this I must apologize in advance.
Please forgive me.

Ron Artest - Champions
posted by cashman at 2:21 PM on March 4, 2011

Because I'm Awesome by The Dollyrots
posted by geekchic at 2:25 PM on March 4, 2011 [2 favorites]

Why I Write Such Good Songs – Kleenex Girl Wonder

Great track!
posted by wemayfreeze at 2:26 PM on March 4, 2011

Storm Large's My Vagina Is 8 Miles Wide, Diana Ross' I'm Coming Out, Eurythmics & Aretha Sisters Are Doing It For Themselves. Not sung by a chick but awesome: Peter Gabriel's 'Solsbury Hill', Queen's 'Don't Stop Me Now', and When I'm Up (I Can't Get Down) by Great Big Sea and/or The Oysterband.
posted by rmd1023 at 2:32 PM on March 4, 2011 [1 favorite]

I'm a Woman, Peggy Lee.
I Feel Pretty, from West Side Story
Queen Bee and Voodoo Woman, Koko Taylor
posted by Iris Gambol at 2:44 PM on March 4, 2011

There is a wonderfully ridic Junior Vasquez song with AbFab samples as the only lyrics, called I Am Thin And Gorgeous!

In a somewhat similar vein, there's Kevin Aviance's "Cunty" is about being a truly fierce bitch in the greatest possible way.
posted by elizardbits at 2:48 PM on March 4, 2011

All The Wine - The National
Going Out West - Tom Waits
posted by robocop is bleeding at 2:50 PM on March 4, 2011

This Is The Life - Weird Al
posted by robocop is bleeding at 2:52 PM on March 4, 2011

Oh, of course. Ladies First from Queen Latifah.
posted by rmd1023 at 3:01 PM on March 4, 2011 [1 favorite]

PJ Harvey: 50 foot queenie
posted by ivan ivanych samovar at 3:01 PM on March 4, 2011 [2 favorites]

"No Such Thing" - John Mayer

posted by John Cohen at 3:02 PM on March 4, 2011

"I'm the Greatest" by Ringo Starr
posted by baho at 3:07 PM on March 4, 2011

Gin-Soaked Boy - Divine Comedy (for a gloriously, poetically goofy tongue-in-cheek take on the genre)

I Wanna Be Adored and I Am the Resurrection - the Stone Roses ("Resurrection" is in "I am awesome but you suck" territory)

Move On Up - Curtis Mayfield (greatest "you can do it, you're awesome, we're ALL awesome!" song ever)

Pretty Vacant - The Sex Pistols (in a great snotty "fuck you if you can't take the joke" sort of way)

I Am an Animal - Pete Townshend (more complex, lyrically, than just "I'm awesome!" but it does contain one of the world's greatest lines: "I will be immersed / Queen of the FUCKING UNIVERSE!" Can't find a good video or complete audio of it online, unfortunately)

depending on your political inclinations... Plenty Tough, Union Made - The Mekons

Peacock Suit, Wild Wood - Paul Weller
posted by scody at 3:14 PM on March 4, 2011 [1 favorite]

I am just gonna come right out and fly my nerd flag high - I totally listen to William Shatner's album Has Been to fill this need.
posted by stoneweaver at 3:14 PM on March 4, 2011 [1 favorite]

As the writer of The Onion A.V. Club's series Then That's What They Called Music! series states, this describes pretty much Beyoncé's (and therefore by extension Destiny's Child) entire oeuvre. Well, actually, he says the core message is "Fuck you, I'm awesome", but hey. Take Independent Woman, for instance.
posted by flex at 3:15 PM on March 4, 2011

whoops, it's the Waco Brothers (a Mekons side project) who did "Plenty Tough, Union Made." That's what I get for listening to one band while thinking about another.
posted by scody at 3:23 PM on March 4, 2011

I Am Right! by The Dictators
I'm Bad by LL Cool J
I Am Not Ashamed by Culture
I'm Alive by Tommy James and the Shondells (caution: link to iffy Russian site)
I Ain't Goin' Out Like That by Cypress Hill
I'm Set Free by The Velvet Underground
I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man By Muddy Waters
Rare Child by Daniela Cotton
posted by BitterOldPunk at 3:34 PM on March 4, 2011

Rock Star by Prima J
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 3:37 PM on March 4, 2011

I'm gonna be proud and loud and outta control
I love myself today (Not like yesterday)
I'm cool, I'm calm, I'm gonna be okay. Uh huh

posted by the latin mouse at 3:40 PM on March 4, 2011

i believe in the good of life, by the hidden cameras!
posted by andreapandrea at 3:59 PM on March 4, 2011

Big Time, by Peter Gabriel.
posted by Bruce H. at 4:19 PM on March 4, 2011

Brass in Pocket by The Pretenders
posted by lovermont at 4:20 PM on March 4, 2011 [1 favorite]

Warren Zevon, Mr Bad Example.
posted by scalefree at 4:21 PM on March 4, 2011

Songs from my "Music for hard days" playlist. Some are "I'm awesome!" songs, some are "The world is awesome!" songs, but they're all good stuff when I'm stressed or down.

Beautiful Day - U2
I am Superman - REM
Keep On - Champion
Let's Go! - Wang Chung
Lift Me Up - Moby
Love Invincible - Michael Franti & Spearhead
Once in a Lifetime - Talking Heads
Perfect in Between - Champion
Praise You - Fatboy Slim
Rain on Your Parade - Duffy
Reach Up for the Sunrise - Duran Duran
Right Here, Right Now - Fatboy Slim
Safe From Harm - Massive Attack
Standing (Still) - VNV Nation
Yes I Will - Michael Franti & Spearhead
posted by workerant at 4:29 PM on March 4, 2011 [1 favorite]

A couple I went to college with has a band called the Dollyrots. Their big song is "Because I'm Awesone".
posted by gnutron at 5:04 PM on March 4, 2011

spencer davis group - I'm a man
posted by freakazoid at 5:08 PM on March 4, 2011

One Girl Revolution - Superchick
Perfect Day - Hoku
Baby I'm A Star - Prince
posted by SisterHavana at 5:16 PM on March 4, 2011


This Charlie Sheen Dubstep Remix is all about being 'awesome' and egomaniacal.
posted by justalisteningman at 5:24 PM on March 4, 2011 [1 favorite]

"Lost One" by Jay-Z the message is dead on, about being good at life (rather than being good on the mic like many many rap examples) and the chorus is sung by a woman (" sorry I'm a champion" .)
posted by oblio_one at 5:46 PM on March 4, 2011

Echobelly--I Can't Imagine the World Without Me.
posted by crush-onastick at 6:17 PM on March 4, 2011

You need some Robyn in your life!

Dancehall Queen
Konichiwa Bitches
U Should Know Better (warning: Snoop Dogg and F-bombs)
Handle Me

These are definitely more along the "I'm awesome and you suck" lines. I've had one of the worst weeks of my life, and Robyn never fails me.
posted by timetoevolve at 6:49 PM on March 4, 2011

I'm Cute - Animaniacs

posted by magnetsphere at 7:26 PM on March 4, 2011 [1 favorite]

Roy Brown - Mighty, Mighty Man
posted by JDHarper at 7:45 PM on March 4, 2011

Imani Coppola - Legend of a Cowgirl
Keri Hilson - Pretty Girl Rock

And I have to imagine that Nicki Minaj has something out there that would fit the bill.
posted by synapse at 9:24 PM on March 4, 2011

Mac Davis, "It's Hard To Be Humble"
posted by kirkaracha at 9:33 PM on March 4, 2011 [1 favorite]

Awesome by Veruca Salt. Lives up to its name.
posted by indienial at 11:39 PM on March 4, 2011

Here are some that jump out at me looking down my iTunes library. (Hence the alphabetical-by-artist arrangement.) Links mostly to YouTube, with a couple of MP3 samples here and there. And like some other respondents, I've kind of expanded to include "THINGS are awesome" as well as "I am awesome" and "You are awesome" - Though I've *starred the ones that I think stick more to the original question.

Atom And His Package - I Am Downright Amazed At What I Can Destroy With Just a Hammer, and Mustache T.V.

Barr - Half of Two Times Two.

Beastie Boys - *The Maestro.

Ben Folds Five - *One Angry Dwarf and 200 Solemn Faces. Also *Philosophy, *Underground, and *Sports & Wine (Though those three are more satire aimed at different types of people who overestimate their own awesomeness.)

Ben Harper - Gold to Me.

Billy Bragg - *Milkman of Human Kindness.

Bjork - It's Oh So Quiet.

Blind Melon - Life Ain't So Shitty.

Cat Power - Free.

David Gray - Babylon.

Death Cab for Cutie - Passenger Seat.

Decemberists - *Rise to Me, and July July, and Sons and Daughters.

Donovan - *Mellow Yellow.

Eels - P.S. You Rock My World, and Blinking Lights (For Me), and Hey Man (Now You're Really Living), and Mr. E's Beautiful Blues.

Erin McKeown - *Queen of Quiet, and Fast As I Can.

Feist - I Feel It All.

The Format - *I'm Actual.

Frank Zappa - *Dancin' Fool.
Gorillaz (feat. Del tha Funkee Homosapien) - Rock the House.

James Brown - *Super Bad, and

Johnny Cash - *A Boy Named Sue.

Junior Senior - *Dynamite, and *Rhythm Bandits, and *Go Junior, Go Senior. (In fact, they were pretty much a band who just wrote fun songs about being a band who plays fun songs.)

Matt Singer - *Dynamic Public Speaker.

Mike Doughty - *Busting Up a Starbucks, and Tremendous Brunettes.

Modest Mouse - *We've Got Everything.

Mr. Bungle - *Vanity Fair.

Nick Drake - One of These Things First.

Muddy Waters - *Hoochie Coochie Man.

Oasis - She's Electric.

OK Go - *You're So Damn Hot.

The Pogues - *I'm a Man You Don't Meet Every Day.

The Postal Service - Such Great Heights, and Brand New Colony.

Prince - *Let's Go Crazy.

R.E.M. - *Wake Up Bomb.

Radiohead - *You and Whose Army?, and *Talk Show Host.

Rufus Wainwright (with Martha Wainwright & Teddy Thompson) - *One Man Guy. (Cover - written by Rufus & Martha's Dad, Loudon Wainwright III.)

Ryan Adams - *Gonna Make You Love Me.

The Smiths - *This Charming Man.

Spoon - *The Way We Get By.

Squirrel Nut Zippers - *Got My Own Thing Now.

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists - Me and Mia, and Walking to Do.

(sooo many from) They Might Be Giants - *Extra Savoir-Faire, and *Hypnotist of Ladies, and *The Cap'm, and *The Mesopotamians (great video), and *Meet James Ensor, and *Kiss Me, Son of God, and *Bangs, and perhaps best of all, *Dr. Worm.

Tom Waits - *Big in Japan.

Weezer - *Buddy Holly.

The Who - *Pinball Wizard.

Wilco - *The Late Greats, and *Wilco (The Song).

And FINALLY, exponentially more legend-building than any other song ever: *GEORGE WASHINGTON* by Brad Neely.
posted by D.Billy at 11:52 PM on March 4, 2011 [6 favorites]

Jimmy Cliff - The Harder They Come (As sure as the sun will shine/I'm gonna get my share now, what's mine)
posted by naoko at 12:37 AM on March 5, 2011

Wonder - Natalie Merchant
posted by amyms at 3:37 AM on March 5, 2011

Timbuk3 "The Future's So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades"
posted by alchemist at 3:42 AM on March 5, 2011

What It Is- Lil Mama
posted by Jon-o at 4:48 AM on March 5, 2011

Weezer - The Greatest Man Who Ever Lived

LL Cool J - Mama Said Knock You Out

Chumbawumba - Tubthumping

Queen - We Will Rock You/We Are the Champions

ZZ Top - Sharp-Dressed Man

Michael Jackson - Bad
posted by skypieces at 5:25 AM on March 5, 2011

Ghostface Killah - The Champ. Bonus points for rhyming "scared to step to me" with "hysterectomy".
posted by Gortuk at 5:25 AM on March 5, 2011

Remember the name - this is about exceptional people who do amazing things
posted by Jade_bug at 8:06 AM on March 5, 2011

Kate by Ben Folds
"She plays 'Wipeout' on the drums
the squirrels and the birds come
gather 'round to sing the guitar
oh, I...have you got nothing to say?

when all words fail, she speaks
her mix tape's a masterpiece
walks through the garden
so the roses can see"
posted by i_love_squirrels at 8:10 AM on March 5, 2011

David Bowie - That's Motivation
The Dictators - Next Big Thing
Bonzo Dog Band - Look at Me, I'm Wonderful
posted by Devoidoid at 8:15 AM on March 5, 2011

Everybody Loves Me Baby by Don Mclean. Although its probably more 'I think I'm awesome' than 'I'm actually awesome'.
posted by Laura_J at 1:42 PM on March 5, 2011

The Aquabats - Look At Me (I'm A Winner!)
posted by namewithoutwords at 4:33 PM on March 5, 2011

Not lyrically necessarily, but this is pretty much what most Fang Island songs are like.
posted by saul wright at 6:21 PM on March 5, 2011

REM: I'm Gonna DJ
Rilo Kiley: Spectacular Views (sort of?)
Butch Walker and the Let's-Go-Out-Tonight's: Too Famous To Get Fully Dressed
posted by bah213 at 6:57 PM on March 5, 2011

born to be adored - momus :)
posted by myaru at 2:37 PM on March 6, 2011

ooh, a great one I forgot earlier: The In Crowd - Dobie Gray
posted by scody at 2:49 PM on March 6, 2011

Smoked Sugar - I'm a Winner
posted by sciapod at 4:14 PM on March 6, 2011

Beyoncé - Ego
posted by Kurichina at 9:27 PM on March 6, 2011

Ida Maria - I Like You So Much Better When You're Naked

Technically it's about being nervous around a member of the opposite sex, but then getting over it and realizing it's just awesome to be naked.
posted by kidsleepy at 7:15 AM on March 7, 2011

"In My Mind" - Amanda Palmer
posted by lucyleaf at 8:20 AM on March 7, 2011

I wouldn't call it good, and it pains me to say so because she is in fact awesome, but Liz Phair's "Extraordinary" for sure. Also that song of hers "Big Tall Man" (even though it's a joke on puffed up masculinity, much like the fantastic aforementioned "50 Ft. Queenie") which frankly these days reads like something Charlie Sheen would say to himself.
posted by ifjuly at 2:05 PM on March 10, 2011

Liz phair - 6'1" (this song always makes me feel like strutting)
Flaming Lips - Yoshimi vs the pink robots (she's a black belt in karate!)
posted by natasha_k at 12:08 PM on March 11, 2011

Michael Jackson - Don't Stop 'till You Get Enough
Breakwater - Release The Beast
Vangelis - Chariots of Fire
James Brown - I Feel Good
Michael Jackson - Man In The Mirror
Gabriel Rios - Broad Daylight
posted by svenni at 9:56 AM on April 18, 2011

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