Inspirational playlist for #NPTech-ies

We all have "those days."

The days when you feel like you've hit a wall.

When your motivation doesn't just flag, it ceases to exist.

When you start to wonder if it's all worth it.

Never fear. I have just the playlist to help perk you right back up.

I designed this playlist specifically for Those Days, but it can also be used for days you're feeling super good and want your music to amp up your good mood. Take a look and see what you think.

Caveat: Just as you probably wouldn't watch MTV when someone is looking over your shoulder at work, be aware that this playlist and the videos may contain occasional, marginally-NSFW words and content. Keep it in a hidden tab and keep headphones on. 

Update: Mark A. Pitman replicated this playlist in Spotify (though he wasn't able to find one of the songs).

  1. Journey - "Don't Stop Believin'"
    "Don't stop believin'!
    Hold on to that feelin'!"
  2. The Crystal Method - "Busy Child"
    (The lyrics here are basically just techno nonsense, but the beat is one that keeps you moving and focused.)
  3. Daft Punk - "Harder Better Faster"
    "Work it harder, make it better
    Do it faster, makes us stronger."
  4. The Dollyrots - "Because I'm Awesome"
    "I'm a leader, I'm a winner."
  5. Icona Pop - "I Love It (feat. Charli XCX)"
    "You're on a different road, I'm in the Milky Way.
    You want me down on earth, but I am up in space."
  6. Sister Sledge - "We Are Family"
    "Have faith in you and the things you do.
    You won't go wrong!"
  7. CAKE - "The Distance"
    "The arena is empty except for one man,
    Still driving and striving as fast as he can."
  8. OK Go - "Here It Goes Again"
    "Just when you think that you're in control,
    just when you think that you've got a hold,
    just when you get on a roll,
    here it goes, here it goes, here it goes again."
  9. Ozzy Osbourne - "Crazy Train"
    "Crazy, but that's how it goes.
    Millions of people living as foes.
    Maybe it's not too late
    To learn how to love, and forget how to hate."
  10. Poe - "Walk the Walk"
    "Hey everybody, when you walk the walk
    You cannot measure out your life to the tick of a clock.
    I wanna walk to the beat of my own drum."
  11. Cake - "Comfort Eagle" 
    "We are building a religion.
    We are making a brand.
    We're the only ones to turn to
    When your castles turn to sand."

    (Confession: I listened to this song a LOT on my way to work for the ELCA.)
  12. MIKA - "We Are Golden"
    "We are not what you think we are
    We are golden, we are golden!"
  13. MIKA - "Love Today"
    "Everybody's gonna love today, gonna love today.
    Anyway you want to, anyway you've got to"
  14. Daft Punk - "Technologic"
    "Write it, cut it, paste it, save it,
    Load it, check it, quick - rewrite it."
  15. Jonathan Coulton - "Code Monkey"
    "Code Monkey like Fritos.
    Code Monkey like Tab and Mountain Dew."
  16. SuperChic[k] - "Not Done Yet"
    "We're not done yet,
    Not going quietly into the night."
  17. Widelife - "All Things (Just Keep Getting Better)"
    "The days keep getting better,
    Nights keep getting better,
    All things just keep getting better!"
  18. The B-52's - "Roam"
    Fly the great big sky, see the great big sea.
    Kick through continents, bustin' boundaries!
    Take it hip to hip, rock it through the wilderness!"
  19. Ben Folds Five - "Do It Anyway"
    "You might put your love and trust on the line.
    It's risky, people love to tear that down.
    Let 'em try.
    Do it anyway.
    Risk it anyway."
  20. Junior Senior - "Move Your Feet"
    "Everybody, move your feet and feel united."
  21. Katy Perry - "Firework"
    "Do you know that there's still a chance for you
    'Cause there's a spark in you?"
  22. KT Tunstall - "Suddenly I See"
    "She got the power to be,
    The power to give,
    The power to see, yeah, yeah"
  23. Smash Mouth - "All Star"
    "You'll never know if you don't go.
    You'll never shine if you don't glow!"
  24. Alanis Morissette - "All I Really Want"
    "All I really want is some peace, man:
    A place to find a common ground."
  25. Billy Joel - "The River of Dreams"
    "We all end in the ocean,
    We all start in the streams,
    We're all carried along
    By the river of dreams."
  26. Christina Aguilera - "Fighter"
    "Makes me that much stronger,
    Makes me work a little bit harder,
    It makes me that much wiser,
    So thanks for making me a fighter!"
  27. Chumbawamba - "Tubthumping"
    "I get knocked, down but I get up again!
    You're never gonna keep me down!"
  28. Jimmy Cliff - "I Can See Clearly Now"
    "I can see clearly now; the rain is gone.
    I can see all obstacles in my way.
    Here's the rainbow I've been praying for.
    It's gonna be a bright, bright sunshinin' day."
  29. Sheryl Crow - "Everyday Is A Winding Road"
    "Everyday is a winding road.
    I get a little bit closer.
    Everyday is a faded sign.
    I get a little bit closer to feeling fine."
  30. Paul Oakenfold - "Ready Steady Go"
    (This is another one selected for the beat, not the lyrics.)
  31. Cast of Rent - Seasons of Love
    "Remember the love.
    (Share love, give love, spread love.)
    Measure in love.
    (Measure, measure your life in love.)"