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Motivational Songs: The Best Pump Up Music And Work Lyrics

Motivational music and the best feel-good pump-up songs for Friday at work

Is there anyone who doesn't listen to motivational songs and music to get through hard times or even a Monday morning? There are even studies that associate certain types of music with better physical and mental performance.

To find out which motivational songs can pump you up and improve your mood, for work, exercise, or even for an important meeting; we'll share a list of the best uplifting and feel good songs to get you motivated.

Motivational songs: Why you should listen to positive music

Listening to happy songs and motivational music can have a positive impact  on the body. These types of songs have been proven to have certain positive effects like:

  • Enhancing creative thinking

  • A more open mind

  • Improving mood

  • Freeing pent-up energy

  • Increasing motivation in tedious tasks

  • Boosting self-esteem

  • Strengthening personality

Generally speaking, happy songs can change your mood and attitude when it comes to carrying out certain tasks or even just in taking on everyday life.

You can use the impact that empowering songs have on you at times where you're afraid to do something, or you're simply bored, tired, or you just need a little motivation boost.

When should I listen to motivational music?

Motivational songs are perfect to listen to while athletes are getting ready to play a game since this motivates the players, while exercising, studying for an exam, or even just when it's time to wake up and you need some good morning motivation.

In summary, you can listen to it whenever you want to or when you need a little adrenaline rushing through your body and that's why we think it's a good idea to always have a playlist of motivational songs on hand.

16 motivational songs to make you feel good

There are so many legendary songs out there that star athletes, doctors, polititians, and even school kids have used as motivational music for decades. Below, we share the top 16 songs about perseverance and not giving up.

1. Eye of thThe Tiger - Survivor (1982)

This hard rock song was written as requested by Sylvester Stallone for Rocky III and this is definitely one of the best-known sports songs of all time. You'll be able to accomplish anything if you listen to this track by the American group, Survivor.

2. I Will Survive - Gloria Gaynor (1996)

Besides making you want to put on your dancing shoes, this song will empower you to overcome any obstacle that life puts on your path. This is the perfect uplifiting song to get you through hard times and over come negative situations.

3. The Final Countdown - Europe (1986)

This Swedish group released this track in the 80s and they really hit the nail on the head with this one since it still plays non-stop. Really this is the perfect workout song  if you want to give it your best at the gym while listening to this rock hit.

4. The Moment Of Truth (Karate Kid) - Survivor (1984)

This motivational song is on the Karate Kid soundtrack  and it is the second song from the group 'Survivor' on our playlist. Strong and shameless, this song is capable of motivating anyone and putting them in a better mood.

5. Hakuna Matata - The Lion King (1995)

Hakuna Matata is a Swahili saying that means 'no worries' and this is a happy song that gives off great vibes and more importantly this message: don't worry more than you need to about things that simply aren't worth it and stick to the basics in life.

6. I Want it All - Queen (1989)

This motivational song will make you want to go out and take on the world from the time you get out of bed on Monday morning. If you listen to this pump up song while you're walking down the street, you'll send out all kinds of positive vibes.

7. It's My Life - Bon Jovi (2000)

Bon Jovi's inspirational song says “It’s now or never, I ain’t gonna live forever.” This is great motivation since we just have one life to live and it reminds us to make the most of each and every day. This song's melody will make you feel happy and want to try new things with a smile on your face.

8. Livin' On A Prayer - Bon Jovi (1986)

This is another classic from Bon Jovi that's an oldie but a goodie. “Livin’ On A Prayer” an uplifting song with a rockin' rhythm  that will make you want to get up and move no matter where you are.

9. We Will Rock You - Queen (1977)

Queen has the power to give you goosebumps the second one of their song comes on the radio. When you hear “We Will Rock You,”  this song about winning is sure to put your self-esteem through the roof and you'll want to show it, especially if you're doing something that you love.

10. Don’t Stop Me Now - Queen (1978)

With its lyrics, rhythm, and drum beat this track will remind you that there is no one that could possibly stop you under any circumstances. This is one of those songs that you listen to and you can't help but trust in yourself.

11. A Gift Of A Thistle (Braveheart) - James Horner (1995)

This is one of the most famous songs in the history of film making.  Braveheart is an epic movie that tells the tale of William Wallace, a Scottish leader that fought for the independence of his village at the end of the 13th century.

The melody of this song reminds us of one of the most important quotes from the movie:

  • "Fight, and you may die. Run, and you will live at least a while. And dying in your bed many years from now, would you be willing to trade all the days from this day to that for one chance, just one chance, to come back here as young men and tell our enemies that they may take our lives, but they will never take our freedom!"

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12. I'll Make a Man Out of You (Mulan) - (1998)

At first, this inspirational song might seem a little childish, but this track from Mulan is one of the best motivational songs from the entire movie. It shows strength, bravery, and courage in training.

13. Pirates of the Caribbean soundtrack - Hans Zimmer (2003)

The soundtrack from The Curse of the Black Pearl is a major milestone in film scores, perfectly composed by Zimmer, composer of other famous soundtracks like The Lion King and Batman Begins.

You can't leave out this film score on a list of motivational songs because every instrument fits perfectly to give you a little energy boost  while you listen.

14. Go the distance (Hercules) - David Zippel (1997)

Another Disney classic that talks about motivation and the desire to overcome struggles and move forward. I bet  everyone has gotten up to sing a catchy Hercules song at least once... Listen to it -with headphones, of course- and relive your childhood while getting motivated.

15. The Last Samurai soundtrack - Hans Zimmer (2003)

Here's another renowned soundtrack from Hans Zimmer. This is an elegant and epic composition that reminds us of the honor, values, and sacrifice of the samurai. If you're a fan of this movie, then you'll love these inspirational songs.

16. Game of Thrones (Theme music) - Ramin Djawadi (2011)

This is the newest soundtrack on our playlist of motivational songs and it's one of the most powerful. It reminds us of the epic battles and strong emotions in one of the best series currently. Its composer was nominated for Grammy and Emmy awards.

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