Bert Lahr as the Cowardly Lion, Ray Bolger as the Scarecrow, Judy Garland as Dorothy, and Jack Haley as the Tin Woodman, are shown in a scene from "The Wizard of Oz."

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For inspirational songs, there's no place like hope

  • Article by: KIM ODE
  • Star Tribune
  • August 26, 2012 - 3:48 PM

The next time you're seeking a source of inspiration, try singing "Over the Rainbow." You know, um, the song that ends, "Why, oh why can't I?"

Perception is a funny thing.

While the lyrics of the signature song from "The Wizard of Oz" actually paint a mood of wistfulness wilting into despair, the feelings perceived from Judy Garland's serenade to a place beyond the clouds apparently are enough to make it No. 1 on a list of "Top 100 Most Inspiring Songs" as determined by Beliefnet.

Beliefnet, which describes itself as a multi-faith online resource for inspiration and spirituality, compiled the list "as a guide for individuals who seek encouragement and strength," according to a release.

Granted, Dorothy sort of flew over a rainbow, and even though she awoke vowing never "to leave here ever, ever again" because there's no place like ... Oh, gosh, the music swells and you just know there must be a place where dreams really do come true.


•"What a Wonderful World," by Louis Armstrong

•"Lean on Me," by Bill Withers

•"Wind Beneath My Wings," by Bette Midler

•"Man in the Mirror," by Michael Jackson

•"We Are the Champions," by Queen

•"Greatest Love of All," by Whitney Houston

•"Imagine," by John Lennon

•"You Raise Me Up," by Josh Groban

•"One," by U2.

Kim Ode • 612-673-7185

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