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Can you recommend me some songs that are motivational?

Asked by naivete (2458 points ) April 18th, 2011 from iPhone

I’m looking for songs that have good vibes and encourage you to always be in a good mood. An example would be Andy Grammer’s “Keep your head up”.

Any genre just as long as it’s happy and puts off a feel good and everything is going to be ok vibe.

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FluffyChicken's avatar

Don’t Stop Me Now by Queen.
Think About Your Troubles by Harry Nilsson.

EtherRoom's avatar

U2 – Original of The Species
Seal – A Change is Gonna Come
Coldplay – God Put A Smile On Your Face
Cut Off Your Hands – As Happy As You Can Be
The Killers – This is Your Life
My Morning Jacket – Lay Low (the guitar in this is AMAZING)

trickface's avatar

a little bit of friendly modern hiphop to break up all the soft rock:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qRPpLGxGNZY

Kid Cudi – Up Up and Away

I absolutely love The National but wouldn’t recommend them as motivational stuff, ha!

BarnacleBill's avatar

@trickface, I agree. But there’s something about that song that makes me crank out a lot of work.

naivete's avatar

@trickface I Absolutely love Kid Cudi. Pursuit of happiness is one of my favourites.

FluffyChicken's avatar

Also, Frontier Psychiatrist by the Avalanches makes me feel quite jolly just because it’s so darn silly.

trickface's avatar

my girlfriend’s suggestion for this is simply Hakuna Matata from Disney’s The Lion King. Cute.

SABOTEUR's avatar

I’m surprised nobody suggested Don’t Worry, Be Happy by Bobby McFerrin

naivete's avatar

@FluffyChicken The video for that song on Youtube
was interesting… haha

naivete's avatar

@SABOTEUR I know, right? I assumed Marley was going to be one of the first suggestions! Classic :)

trickface's avatar

Mr Blue Sky – Electric Light Orchestra

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=98P-gu_vMRc

it’s a classic and very jolly, but some pop-diet kids might find it sickly. I’m dancing and that’s all that counts.

SABOTEUR's avatar

@FluffyChicken Indeed. Would have thought it’d be first on the list.

FluffyChicken's avatar

@naivete It’s from the movie The Point, which I’m sure to some extent shaped me as an indivifual.

gmander's avatar

If i’m just looking for something to get me going I go with Lovely Day always works for me.

It’s gonna be a Lovely daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Also it amused me that it messes up my browser formatting, that’s just my inner geek.

If I’m in combative mood (with a hangover), I’d go with I get knocked down

Are you looking at me?

RareDenver's avatar

Not so much down to lyrics but just an overall upbeat and positive vibe to it.

The Clash – Rock The Casbah

erichw1504's avatar

Jimmy Eat World – 23

Buttonstc's avatar

Let’s not forget the Pythons.

“Always Look on the Bright Side of Life”

Can’t do links from iPhone but you can find it on YouTube.

And for another classic, find Louis Armstrongs version of “What a Wonderful World” or the Ukelele version of the same from Iz.

sakura's avatar

How about Heather Small – Proud

mazingerz88's avatar

Love those uplifting songs with their motivational yet simple lyrics. Sometimes they maybe vague or silly but the jolting, finger and foot tapping inducing beat by itself will lift your heart and make it soar effortlessly. Here are three great ones imo. Enjoy!

You Are What You Give by the New Radicals
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cPAEFnVZVOs

Pass The Dutchie by Musical Youth
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HUH1XmFb05Y

Trapped In A Stairway by Paul Jabbara
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nyGIiJC62h0

aprilsimnel's avatar

We The People, by the Staple Singers

KateTheGreat's avatar

Swim by Jack’s Mannequin.

Keeps me going every time!

lillycoyote's avatar

This one, Tom Petty’s I Won’t Back Down always does it for me.

And if your looking for something of different style there’s Lee Ann Womack’s I Hope You Dance

And James Taylor’s Smiling Face is just so cheery.

lillycoyote's avatar

@mazingerz88 Great cholces. How could anyone not feel better after listening to Pass The Dutchie?

Sunny2's avatar

High Hopes. An oldie but upbeat and a “Yes, you can” message.

Ladymia69's avatar

Duhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh….“Eye of the Tiger”?

Ladymia69's avatar

“Strong, Gifted, and Black”?

ml3269's avatar

Gerry and tne Pacemakers: “You’ll never walk alone”

naivete's avatar

Thanks for all your suggestions! Definitely going to download some of these :)

Nullo's avatar

I rather like If You’re Going Through Hell.

I keep this on the shelf for when “motivation” means “get yer backside in gear.”

lonelydragon's avatar

“Don’t Stop”—Fleetwood Mac.

Nullo's avatar

You might also like some instrumental musical pick-me-ups:
Giacchino’s soundtrack piece Enterprising Young Men
Iwasaki’s soundtrack pieces, Ten Wo Tsuke, No Helping It! I’ll Suck Up for Just One Minute and Twenty Seconds.
Perhaps I’ll add more as I think of them.

RareDenver's avatar

The Impossible Dream

markylit's avatar

Better Man by Robbie Williams.

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