Rap, grime, pop, country, rock and timeless crooners. Whatever your genre, we’ve got something for you. Why not draw on your icons wise words and take a read of our 44 famous sayings from your favourite artists.
From current stars to iconic musical figures of the past they’re all leaving a legacy behind and these sayings are some we can live by. Inspirational, uplifting and sometimes humorous, we give you 41 famous singing quotes and sayings from your favourite artists across all genres and eras of music.
Looking for inspiration from your favourite artists? Are you interested in quotes and sayings that can help guide your career as a musician? Below we’ve found some of the best inspiring singing quotes and sayings and there’s sure to be a few that resonate with you.
Quotes and sayings from your favourite singers
Irrespective of their era, these artists can give you timeless advice and guidance. Proving that sound advice never truly goes out of date.
#1 Billie Eilish
Billie shot to fame producing records with her brother in her bedroom. She draws upon her life experiences for her lyrics and is a great example of a rising, self-made star.
‘There are always going to be bad things. But you can write it down and make a song out of it’.
#2 Ellie Goulding
The British singer-songwriter stresses the importance of getting involved in the songwriting process.
‘I feel like I write songs for the future or something. Not in an arrogant way, but I feel like maybe my songs were, like, before their time or something.’
#3 Sam Smith
Sam is a sensitive soul who encourages positive thinking and doesn’t let his success get to his head.
‘I don’t want to think about what I’m doing in 20 years. All I want is I want to be happy, and I hope my family are healthy. And that’s all, really.’
#4 Taylor Swift
Now known for stepping away from her country routes but always does the right thing and expresses the importance of being kind no matter what.
‘No matter what happens in life, be good to people, being good to people is a wonderful legacy to leave behind.’
#5 Jorja Smith
Jorja is an inspiration for young songwriters out there looking to make their best music.
Inspirational quotes from rappers
#6 Tupac Shakur
Tupac was a rap superstar who tragically died too young. His lyrics and quotes are still an inspiration for many today.
‘Our future is our confidence and self-esteem.’
Canadian rapper, singer-songwriter, producer, actor and entrepreneur, Drake’s driven and determined.
‘A goal is just a dream with a deadline.’
American rapper, songwriter and record producer, Eminem is known for his work ethic and is an inspiration for many.
‘If people take anything from my music, it should be motivation to know that anything is possible as long as you keep working at it and don’t back down.’
#9 Kanye West
Kanye is phenomenally successful, and also has a career outside music as a fashion designer and entrepreneur.
‘Never stop fighting no matter what anyone says, if it’s in your gut, your soul, there’s nothing, no worldly possession that should come between you and your expression.’
He’s an inspiration for how to succeed against the odds and he’s stayed humble.
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#11 John Lennon
John Lennon is an icon who advocates the importance of being yourself.
‘Trying to please everybody is impossible, if you did that you would end up in the middle with nobody liking you, you’ve just got to decide what you think is your best, and do it.’
#12 Eric Clapton
Arguably the world’s most famous guitarist and an inspiration for musicians around the world.
‘You can’t mastermind everything. You’ll go crazy. Just show up and play.’
#13 Dolly Parton
is simply amazing, she shows her talent and longevity as an artist through sheer determination and passion for music.
‘After you reach a certain age, they think you’re over. Well, I will never be over, I’ll be making records, if I have to sell them out of the trunk of my car, I have done that in my past and I’d do it again.’
#14 Demi Lovato
She’s publicly documented her inner and outer struggles but has used her music as a form of therapy and as a way to share her own experience making others feel less alone.
‘Love yourself for who you are and just keep going.’
#15 Rex Orange County
A rising star who focusses on his music and doing things his way.
‘The moment you start thinking about what other people and other artists think, you’re going to start writing like other people.’
#16 Ariana Grande
Ariana began performing onstage and singing when she was just a child.
Female artist quotes
An international, multilingual star who draws on her personal experience to inspire her music and motivate others.
‘My songs are a reflection of how I think and how I feel at that moment. But I’m conscious of the fact that artists have a responsibility before the masses and they have to take care of their words.’
#18 Amy Winehouse
Tragically Amy died far too young, but her unique music legacy lives on.
‘You know what’s attractive on a girl? A girl being herself. Don’t be one of the crowd.’
#19 Arethra Franklin
Forever the Queen of Soul and a pioneer in her field. She paved the way for many young artists.
‘Be your artists and always be confident in what you are doing. If you are not going to be confident you might as well not be doing it.’
Madonna is famously outspoken and not afraid to challenge the establishment. She’s always been in charge of her brand.
‘One thing I have learned is that I am not the owner of my talent, I am the manager of it.’
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Adele has earned huge success in the industry on the back of her talent and quality of music. She refused to conform to the stereotype of a typical pop star, not just in terms of her image but also through her release strategy and happily taking years out of the industry to focus on producing the best possible product.
‘I don’t make music for eyes, I make music for ears.’
Beyoncé is a strong and powerful artist who you can draw inspiration from. She is always groundbreaking and willing to take risks.
‘If everything was perfect you would never learn and you would never grow.’
#23 Billie Holiday
One of the best jazz vocalists of all time, Billie stresses the importance of making your sound and having a distinctive tone of voice.
‘If I’m going to sing like someone else, then I don’t need to sing at all.’
#24 Lana Del Rey
Lana sees her greatest strength in writing her own music.
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#25 Luis Armstrong
is a music legend. His career spanned five decades, an incredible feat by today’s music industry standards with a great sense of humour.
‘All music is folk music. I ain’t never heard a horse sing a song.’
#26 Ozzie Osbourne
lived a rock ‘n roll lifestyle, touring with his band extensively and picking up some bad habits along the way. Through highs and lows of the business, he has never lost his sense of humour.
‘Being sober on a bus is, like, totally different than being drunk on a bus.’
#27 Lewis Capaldi
The ‘Scottish Beyoncé’, Lewis is an incredible talent and also supremely funny. Humour is a great unifier.
‘Whoever says money can’t buy ye happiness has never ordered three takeaways in one day.’
Appreciation quotes for singers
American singer-songwriter Khalid encourages staying positive.
‘Live a good life full of good vibes.’
Halsey has had some criticism and has dealt with it well through her down-to-earth attitude.
‘I have to remember for every kid saying something awful, there’s a kid saying something great.’
Lemmy was an old-school heavy metal artist, the lead singer of Motörhead who led a full-on rock n’ roll lifestyle.
‘I don’t do regrets.’
#31 Paloma Faith
A strong-minded artists who knows her own worth, Paloma famously walked out of her first audition with a record label boss because he wouldn’t get off this phone
Success quotes for musicians
#32 Bruno Mars
A multi-talented singer, producer, instrumentalist and dancer, his skills span a wide range of genres including pop, rock, reggae, hip hop, soul, funk, and R&B. If anyone was prepared for fame, it’s him.
‘You can’t knock on opportunities door and not be ready.’
#33 Ed Sheeran
Ed has sold more than 150 million records worldwide, if you’re looking for an artist to draw inspiration from, look no further.
‘It’s like if you want something so badly go out and grab, just keep on doing it.’
#34 Dua Lipa
She began her music career at age 14, after she started uploading cover songs onto YouTube.
#35 Jessy Nelson
been the subject of horrific online trolling regarding her image. Her documentary ‘Jessy Nelson Odd One Out’ bravely tackled the issue head-on, and she has become a spokesperson for body positivity amongst young people and a champion of mental health.
‘Your insecurities are what makes you different and what makes you who you are. If everyone looked the same it would be boring.’
Sia has struggled with fame, but her powerhouse voice and bravery have seen her through.
‘I don’t read reviews or interviews or anything, just because I’m afraid; If I believed the good, then I’d believe the bad, and there will be bad.’
#37 David Bowie
Bowie was and is a global icon. His songs live on forever and he is considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century.
‘I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring.’
#38 Kurt Cobain
A rock legend who tragically died young, Kurt always did things his way and shows the importance of being yourself.
‘Wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person you are.’
#39 Katy Perry
Katy’s songs are long-lived hits and she has her own unique style.
‘If you can believe great, then you can achieve something great.’
A brilliant marketer, he has a unique self-made brand and interests way beyond music. Like a product, he understands the need to make music suited to his audience.
‘I go out partying to figure out exactly who I am making music for. You just can’t guess’.
#41 Harry Styles
Having released music from boyband hits to solo ballads, Harry’s music has inspired millions worldwide.
The undisputed king of rock n’ roll. Elvis personified the X-Factor. He was a genius and like many innovators, he struggled to be accepted and was ahead of his time.
‘I am trying to keep a level head, you have to be careful out in the world, it’s so easy to get turned.’
#43 Min Yoongi
Min from BTS is a K-Pop superstar. Known as Suga, he started writing music at the young age of 13 and he is now a global icon for millions.
‘We were born to be real. Not perfect.’
#44 Selena Gomez
is a show business phenomena. Actor, singer, songwriter and producer. Selena knows more than most about how personal struggles can affect your outlook on life.
‘I’ve learned there’s power deep down inside yourself, and you can find it when you don’t give up on yourself and when you ask for help.’
If you follow the advice from the successful artists, maybe we’ll be listing your quotes here someday. Music and songwriting are emotional processes that reflect your mood. Drawing inspiration from other artists who understand this creative art can be helpful.
What are your favourite singing quotes and why? Let us know in the comments below!