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.
- Journey - "Don't Stop Believin'"
"Don't stop believin'!
Hold on to that feelin'!"
- The Crystal Method - "Busy Child"
(The lyrics here are basically just techno nonsense, but the beat is one that keeps you moving and focused.)
- Daft Punk - "Harder Better Faster"
"Work it harder, make it better
Do it faster, makes us stronger."
- The Dollyrots - "Because I'm Awesome"
"I'm a leader, I'm a winner."
- 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."
- Sister Sledge - "We Are Family"
"Have faith in you and the things you do.
You won't go wrong!"
- CAKE - "The Distance"
"The arena is empty except for one man,
Still driving and striving as fast as he can."
- 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."
- 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."
- 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."
- 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.)
- MIKA - "We Are Golden"
"We are not what you think we are
We are golden, we are golden!"
- MIKA - "Love Today"
"Everybody's gonna love today, gonna love today.
Anyway you want to, anyway you've got to"
- Daft Punk - "Technologic"
"Write it, cut it, paste it, save it,
Load it, check it, quick - rewrite it."
- Jonathan Coulton - "Code Monkey"
"Code Monkey like Fritos.
Code Monkey like Tab and Mountain Dew."
- SuperChic[k] - "Not Done Yet"
"We're not done yet,
Not going quietly into the night."
- Widelife - "All Things (Just Keep Getting Better)"
"The days keep getting better,
Nights keep getting better,
All things just keep getting better!"
- 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!"
- 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."
- Junior Senior - "Move Your Feet"
"Everybody, move your feet and feel united."
- Katy Perry - "Firework"
"Do you know that there's still a chance for you
'Cause there's a spark in you?"
- KT Tunstall - "Suddenly I See"
"She got the power to be,
The power to give,
The power to see, yeah, yeah"
- Smash Mouth - "All Star"
"You'll never know if you don't go.
You'll never shine if you don't glow!"
- Alanis Morissette - "All I Really Want"
"All I really want is some peace, man:
A place to find a common ground."
- 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."
- 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!"
- Chumbawamba - "Tubthumping"
"I get knocked, down but I get up again!
You're never gonna keep me down!"
- 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."
- 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."
- Paul Oakenfold - "Ready Steady Go"
(This is another one selected for the beat, not the lyrics.)
- Cast of Rent - Seasons of Love
"Remember the love.
(Share love, give love, spread love.)
Measure in love.
(Measure, measure your life in love.)"