The Songs I Listen to On Repeat as a Teacher


As a teacher, it’s not uncommon to find oneself in need of the perfect background music or inspirational soundtrack for lesson planning, grading, or even just during breaks. In this article, I will share with you the songs that have accompanied me as my personal favorites on those long school days.

1. “Don’t Stop Believin'” by Journey

This classic rock anthem has been a staple in my routine for years now. As a teacher, you know that sometimes all it takes is believing in yourself and your students to turn things around. “Don’t Stop Believin'” is the ultimate motivational song that reminds me to keep pushing forward.

2. “I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor

This empowering disco hit has always spoken to me as both a woman and an educator. It has helped me navigate some of the most challenging moments in my career, and it’s always on standby when I need a reminder that I am strong and resilient.

3. “Here Comes the Sun” by The Beatles

This uplifting song never fails to put a smile on my face, especially after a long day of teaching. When the sun sets on those school days that seem never-ending, this classic tune is a beacon of hope that tomorrow is indeed a new day.

4. “We Are the Champions” by Queen

Nothing beats that feeling of accomplishment when you see your students succeed—whether it be acing tests, mastering new skills, or conquering personal difficulties. When I want to celebrate these milestones with my students, this anthem fills our classroom with triumphant energy.

5. “Three Little Birds” by Bob Marley

In our fast-paced world, it’s easy to become overwhelmed with stress and anxiety. This timeless reggae track reminds me not to worry and trust in my ability as their teacher and mentor because every little thing is going to be alright.

6. “Lean on Me” by Bill Withers

This soulful ballad underscores the essential message of companionship and teamwork. As a teacher, it’s important to remind myself that I rely on the support of my fellow educators, and in turn, they can lean on me when times get tough.

7. “Teach Your Children” by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

Ending the list with this beautiful reminder that our role as educators goes beyond academics. Teaching our students life lessons, cultivating empathy, and fostering emotional intelligence are just as significant. This song captures the essence of what it means to be a teacher.


These are just some of the songs I listen to on repeat as a teacher. They motivate me, lift my spirits, and get me through those challenging days. Having an inspiring playlist can help in creating a positive atmosphere and reinforcing your role as an unforgettable educator in your students’ lives.

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