It gets to a point on Monday where you just want to curl up in a ball, scream, cry and obliterate the earth because you’re stressed and tired from the weekend. What’s the best way to get some Monday morning motivation? Through music, of course! Here’s a list of the top 25 motivational songs of all time to help you kick start your day the right way!
- La Roux – ‘In For The Kill’
Listen to the sassy debut and go in for the kill at work today! You never know what you’ll tackle with the right can-do attitude.
- Florence + The Machine – ‘Dog Days Are Over’
This song is one you probably already secretly jam to in your bedroom, but it certainly lifts spirits on a dull day.
- Daft Punk – ‘Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger’
Is there any song better than this to get you going on a Monday morning? The uplifting beat serves to lift your mood and inspire you to keep going.
- The White Stripes – ‘Seven Nation Army’
Egyptian journalist Mona Elthahawy commented on this song that ‘Every time I hear the opening lines – ‘I’m gonna fight them off, a seven nation army couldn’t hold me back’ – it just takes me to Egypt, where people – I’ve never seen anything like it. Literally, nothing can hold them back.’ If it’s good enough for the Egyptians, it’s good enough for us. Maybe we need to take a leaf out of their book?
- Destiny’s Child – ‘Survivor’
This song can get anyone’s blood pumping with its upbeat tempo. With its motivational lyrics, ‘I’m a survivor, I’m not gonna give up, I’m not gonna stop, I’m gonna work harder’ it reminds us to push through and keep on working to get where we want to be.
- Chumbawamba – ‘Tub-thumping’
This song isn’t as ridiculous as the title… The term “tub-thumper” is commonly used for someone, often a politician, seeming to “jump on the bandwagon” with a populist idea. But either way, this song has a great tune behind it to lift your spirits on a Monday morning!
- Queen – ‘The Show Must Go On’
Without a doubt, Queen has produced some amazing inspirational music in their time. This song is undeniably moving and motivational with its underlying message that no matter what happens in life, the important thing is that you keep on going.
- James Brown – ‘I Feel Good’
Obviously, this song is always going to be motivating people from all over. It really is the perfect ‘feel good’ song.
- Monty Python – ‘Always Look On the Bright Side of Life’
By reminding you to look at the positive things in life this song proves a great motivational song. It’s jolly tune and cheesy lyrics can boost your mood and give you the incentive you need to get through the day.
- Bobby McFerrin – ‘Don’t Worry Be Happy’
A chilled motivational song that reminds you to forget the strain in life and be happy. Imagine it’s 2am; you’re a little bit merry, you’re clicking along with the melody and bouncing along to the tune, not missing a single ‘ooh-ooh-hoo-hoo-ooh hoo-hoo-ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh’.
- Eminem – ‘Lose Yourself’
Even the lyrics alone in this song give me the motivation to keep going. Eminem has always been an inspiring person in my life and I think his songs remind us that times are always going to be hard but where there is a will, there is a way.
- Fall Out Boy – ‘Centuries’
With its powerful tune, this song can rise even the lowest of moods.
- Kanye West – ‘Stronger’
When it comes to getting yourself into gear, put your earphones on and indulge in the music given by the boss of overconfidence. This upbeat track is guaranteed to put you in the zone and motivate you to do more.
- Martin Gaye & Tammi Terrell – ‘Ain’t no mountain high enough’
This song doesn’t just have to be about your loved one, anything can be your ‘baby’. Never let anything stop you from reaching your goals and aspirations. Look past the obstacles despite the struggle. This song is a perfect motivator.
- The Black Eyed Peas – ‘Where Is the Love?’
A soothing motivational song as it enforces the message that it’s important to love and be kind. A lyric tells us to ‘take control of your mind and meditate’ which reminds us we need to be calm about things and stay in control of our emotions to achieve peace.
- The Killers – Human
This inspiring song sends the message that we are all human and make mistakes. Sometimes we must forget and forgive in order to move on and get through life. The backing beat serves as a great motivational tune as it makes you feel good.
- Ben E. King – ‘Stand by Me’
By standing by Ben E. King, he taught us that it’s important to stand for what you believe in, take a step outside of your comfort zone and not to be afraid. Everyone has fears to overcome.
- Survivor – ‘The Eye of the Tiger’
One of the most iconic motivational songs of the 80s. Say no more.
- Bastille – ‘Pompeii’
The unique percussions of Pompeii combined with the vocal chords and lyrics make this song perfect for early morning motivation.
- Kid Cudi – ‘Pursuit of Happiness’
This uplifting song gives you the motivation to carry on with life, it reminds us that not everything is perfect, but life is still good.
- Nirvana – ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’
The rough, anti-establishment attitude serves as a powerful motivator. Whether you’re stressed out over an abundance of emails in your inbox you have to answer, or you’ve got a pressing deadline, get a little bit of ‘Teen Spirit’ from this song and power through.
- Oasis – ‘Live Forever’
This is the kind of song you can sit and listen to at 2am, belt out the words and wear out your vocal chords. Oasis amplifies the belief that anything is possible in this song, making it one of the best motivators.
- Swedish House Mafia – ‘Save the World’
I think the message in this song is to inform us that it’s down to us to motivate ourselves to achieve what we want to. That’s motivation in itself really.
- Louis Armstrong – ‘What a Wonderful World’
The iconic sound of ‘What a Wonderful World’ helps us to remember that life is full of colour, rainbows and smiles. When life gets you down, this song definitely picks you back up and stands as a truly inspirational melody.
- David Guetta ft. Sia – ‘Titanium’
‘Titanium’ is a self-empowerment song that forms as an open statement to anyone who tries to bring us down, and it helps us remember that we can’t be knocked down, that we are stronger and can rise above it. “I’m bulletproof, nothing to lose. Fire away, fire away. You shoot me down, but I won’t fall. I am titanium.”