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Readers' Choice

We asked what inspires you, and this is what you said

We asked you to pick the movies, TV shows, books, and songs that most inspired you. Your answers were surprisingly personal.

'Ordinary People'
This book taught me that it's important to understand, forgive, and love others, but much more important to understand, forgive, and love yourself. —Christopher


John Lennon's ''Imagine'' Is The Most Inspiring Political Anthem

LEE GREENWOOD'S ''God Bless the USA'' 22%

PUBLIC ENEMY'S ''Fight the Power'' 19%

BOB DYLAN'S ''Blowin' in the Wind'' 16%

43% of EW.com voters picked it


'BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN'
It drives me to live the life I want to live. The scene that really gets me is when Jack remembers Ennis' embrace before he leaves for the last time. You can't miss out on happiness because of society or anyone else, because once it's gone, it's gone. —Junior

'LOST'
I was inspired by the season 1 finale to start meeting people in airport bars. Less than a year later, I met this amazing woman at the Muñoz Marín airport in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The woman is now my fiancée, and I can say for 100 percent certain that I would never have met the love of my life without Lost. —Enrique

Foo Fighters
There are tons of things that inspire me, but the most recent would be their song ''Best of You.'' I finally had to accept that my crummy job was getting the best of me and that it was time to get a new job. I've never been happier in my life. —A.A.

'THE MUPPET SHOW'
In my baby book, my mom lists this as my favorite TV show. As I grew up, the Muppets helped shape my sense of humor, my imagination (important, as I am a creative writer), my curious mind, and my sense that everyone has worth, even monsters. —Josh

MELISSA ETHERIDGE
I had just lost my father to cancer, and seeing her singing ''Piece of My Heart'' at the 2005 Grammys while battling cancer herself really spoke to me, and inspired me to take challenges head on and not let them beat me. —Kim

Originally posted Nov 24, 2006 Published in issue #909 Dec 01, 2006 Order article reprints
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