We all need motivation from time to time. Motivation gets our gears running when we’re running on empty. It gives us that kick to hit the gym, that energy when we need to study or that courage to face countless daily battles. People find motivation in various ways: books, friends, caffeine, etc. While all of these are great sources for inspiration they may be not be the shortcut we need (who has time to read a book before a crucial exam or to make better friends). Lucky for most of us, some artists have created motivational masterpieces that complement the soundtracks of our lives and give us that extra kick we’re looking for. So the next time you’re feeling down or worried or just need a reason to feel good, check out our Top 10 Motivational Songs Of All Time. And while you’re at it, feel free to add to the list…
10. Faint – Linkin Park
From the album “Meteora”, Faint is a powerful song that speaks to those who feel belittled or meek. It gives you that voice to speak out, nay scream out, and demand to be heard.
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9. Thunderstruck – AC/DC
A classic song that gets you riled up every time you listen to it. Thunderstruck’s effect is in its music, not its lyrics. The intro to the song makes you feel like you are about to go to war. Maybe that’s why it has been used as entrance music by many UFC Fighters, as well as by Welterweight Boxing Champion Manny Pacquiao.
8. Push it to the limit – Paul Engemann (Scarface)
Anyone that is a fan of Scarface remembers the climactic moment in the movie when Tony Montana is at the top of the world and this song comes on. It perfectly depicts Tony’s rise to power, his mansion, and his truckloads of money. The song’s title says it all, sometimes we just need to push it to the limit.
7. Run This Town – Jay Z ft. Rihanna & Kanye West
Jay Z is an inspirational story all on his own, and he never shies away from a chance to sing about how great he is. For those moments when we feel down there’s no better way to lift ourselves than listening to the BOSS himself telling us how to run shit.
6. Enter Sandman – Metallica
Another classic. Metallica’s tune is so heavy and uplifting that Brock Lesnar frequently uses it for his entrance music.
5. Hate Me Now – Nas Feat. P Diddy
The best song for dealing with the haters. Nas is a great rapper and this song shows why. This song is so kick-ass that the Toronto Raptors used it as their theme song for the 2009/10 season.
4. Don’t Stop Believing – Journey
The song that gets every single person singing along. It gets played over and over and over again, and yet it never gets old. For some of the more trying moments in our life, this song will put a smile on our face and make us believe every time.
3. All Eyes on Me – Tupac
Tupac’s entire discography is itself a collection of inspirational pieces. All Eyes on Me has always spoken to me, but Keep Ya Head Up, Changes or Me Against the World are just as effective at reminding us about life’s endless struggles. Tupac was one of the best rappers of all time because of his ability to convey real issues and ways to battle them.
2. Till I Collapse – Eminem
This song gives me goosebumps every time I hear it. Eminem’s powerful lyrics speak about fighting till the last drop. It’s a great song pre-exam, for working out or for just about anything. Former Boxing champion Shane Mosley used it as his entrance music for his 2010 fight against Floyd Mayweather. Eminem’s No Love, Not Afraid and Lose Yourself are also great songs to get one pumped up.
1. Eye of the Tiger – Survivor
Always number one and so it shall be till the end of time. Although the entire Rocky Soundtrack (from all 12 movies) makes for great workout music, this song is clearly the winner. If you pick one song to get you out of bed in the morning, or to get you pumped for a workout or an exam, it should be Eye of the Tiger.
Did we miss any? Let us know which pump up songs you would add to the list in the comments section below.