There’s no easier way to break the ice, lighten a mood, make someone smile, or let them know you care than giving them a heartfelt compliment. It might be hard to find just the right words to tell someone what you admire most about them – especially if you’re shy. It’s amazing, though, how much offering up some kind words can lift someone up and really turn a person’s day around.
There are many ways to deliver a compliment, from sending a text message filled with hearts to writing a quick note and stuffing it in a lunchbox, briefcase, or purse. Music artists and enthusiasts alike will probably agree that nothing can express your thoughts and feelings as simple and easy as saying it in a song.
January 24 is National Compliment Day. So, we’ve created this list of 11 of the best songs to use to give someone a compliment to help you get in the spirit and let the good feelings flow.
Those who love us and who we love most are often baffled by how quickly we can cut ourselves down. The One Direction boys speak for everyone who has ever known someone who doesn’t recognize the beauty and strengths that other people see in their debut hit single “What Makes You Beautiful.” When you catch someone looking down at the ground, you can use this song to remind them “Everyone else in the room can see it/Everyone else but you …/You don’t know, oh oh/You don’t know you’re beautiful.”
Elton John and Bernie Taupin delivered one of the greatest classic rock ballads of all time with their timeless hit single “Your Song.” They released the track in 1970 and nearly three decades later (in 1998) it was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.
There’s nothing sweeter than gifting someone with a song and this one offers up enduring devotion in the best way as John sings “I hope you don’t mind/I hope you don’t mind/That I put down in words/How wonderful life is while you’re in the world.”
What would life be without our friends? They guide us through storms, make us laugh, lend a shoulder to cry on, and share some of our best and worst moments. Andrew Gold penned a perfect friendship tribute with this 1978 track that later served as the theme song (recorded by Cynthia Fee) for the NBC sitcom “The Golden Girls.”
If a friend needs some reassurance, give them a call or take them for a ride and crank this song up to tell them “your heart is true, you’re a pal and a confidante” so “thank you for being a friend.”
Harsh words can cut deep and really ruin your self-esteem. Sadly, it’s often way too easy to believe a bully’s opinion. Christina Aguilera offers hope, encouragement, and comfort in her uplifting 2002 ballad “Beautiful.” When someone you care about is feeling down or hurting after being bullied, just tell them to listen to this song’s confident chorus, “You are beautiful/No matter what they say/Words can’t bring you down/Oh no/You are beautiful in every single way …”
Chances are we all know someone who shines from the inside out and lives their life with quiet dignity, compassion, and grace. These are the kind of people who operate in a spirit of love and kindness and never seek a reward or recognition for their good deeds.
Bette Midler’s tear-inducing ballad from the 1988 movie “Beaches” celebrates that special person who lifts other people up when they need it most. If you’d like to give credit to a person who always thinks of others, “Wind Beneath My Wings” offers a perfect compliment in the lines “Did you ever know that you're my hero/And everything I would like to be?/I can fly higher than an eagle/For you are the wind beneath my wings.”
Taylor Swift wrote this song after meeting her boyfriend, Joe Alwyn, while she was dating someone else. Playing this for your secret crush is a great way to reveal your true feelings. Plus, telling someone they’re gorgeous is a pretty sweet compliment for any reason.
Just taking the time to let that special person know you’re glad they are part of your life can mean so much in this hectic, fast-paced world. Blood, Sweat & Tears say it beautifully in their in 1969 remake of Brenda Holloway’s 1967 original song. They offer up a heartfelt sentiment in two simple lines: “You’ve made me so very happy/I’m so glad you came into my life.”
Sometimes people just need a little nudge to believe in themselves and reach their fullest potential. Katy Perry’s uplifting message is loud and clear in her 2010 anthem “Firework.” She says, “Baby you’re a firework/Come on show ‘em what you’re worth” in the chorus. Then she reminds us we are all beautiful because nobody else can ever be exactly like us in the lines “You don't have to feel like a waste of space/You're original, cannot be replaced.”
P!NK is known for standing up for the underdog in many of her songs. In this track, she pleads with her listeners to never feel like they are nothing because to her, “they are f*cking perfect.” She also charges them to stop hating themselves and beating themselves up when she sings “change the voices in your head and make them like you instead.”
Ed Sheeran wrote this song to tell his girlfriend-turned-wife just how beautiful she is. The romantic track is a popular wedding proposal song. It also delivers a short, sweet, adoring compliment in the single line “darling you look perfect tonight.”
Bruno Mars serves up multiple compliments in his lead single from his debut studio album Doo-Wops & Hooligans. Though it’s highly-regarded as a romantic track, the kind words and observations he offers can easily apply to a friend or family member as well. He sings, “When I see your face/There’s not a thing that I would change/Cause you’re amazing just the way you are.” If everyone on Earth would learn to respect and embrace our differences and choose to love others just the way they are, the world would be such a beautiful place.