Seeing as how my novels revolve around the music industry, it should come as no surprise that music is one of my go-to picker-uppers. I never cease to be amazed at how much power a song can contain. One simple melody can lift a bad mood or heighten one that is already good. A great lyric can become a rallying cry when you’re in need of motivation. A familiar tune can spark a million memories, bringing you in touch with parts of yourself you normally close off. There’s no limit to what music can do.
Of course, as someone who loves music, I’m constantly coming up with playlists. Sometimes they revolve around a theme, like songs that mention the word “sunshine”, and sometimes it’s all about a certain vibe. Regardless of the common thread, I always put a lot of thought into these lists.
Awhile back, I was in a bit of a funk and decided to put together a playlist comprised of songs that made me feel like I could take on the world. I burned a CD (yes, I still play CDs!) and put it on while I was cleaning the house, driving in my car, or preparing to get down to some writing. The results were fantastic, and I began creating new lists of songs for different mindsets I wanted to achieve.
In the course of putting together these lists, I would find myself searching for songs that other people associate with whatever theme I was working with. Time and again, I was let down by the lack of rock and roll on these lists. Nothing against the current pop favorites, but sometimes you need something with a little more bite.
Today, I would like to share 10 songs that are instant mood-boosters for me. These are the songs that I know put a smile on my face, no matter what.
I Love Myself Today-Bif Naked
I’m not sure how I came across this song but I’m so glad I did! Although it’s a break-up song, I feel like it can apply to breaking free from any situation that isn’t working out for you. The chorus is insanely catchy and singing along definitely brings a sense of empowerment. Who doesn’t need to affirm their love for themselves from time to time?
I Wanna Be Somebody-W.A.S.P.
This song…you guys, I don’t know if I can accurately express how much I love this one. In fact, it’s one of those songs that I’ve played so much that my husband and our daughter both roll their eyes whenever they hear it starting. I play it when I’m feeling a bit down and need a pick-me-up, I play it when I’m frustrated that things aren’t progressing in the manner I’d envisioned, I play it when I need an extra boost of confidence, I play it when I’m already feeling confident. Not only is the driving beat motivating in and of itself, but the lyrics definitely give a dose of motivation as well! Who says metal can’t be positive?
Stick To Your Guns-Motley Crue
This is one of those tunes that gets overlooked way too often! Honestly, I could have put just about any Crue song in here. Their music sparks something in me that nothing else can replicate, and they generally dominate my feel-good lists. This one, however, is something special. When the going get’s rough, the reminder that “what’s right for you ain’t right for everyone” can be just the thing to put things into perspective.
Is it just me, or is any AC/DC song generally good for getting you pumped up? They tend to show up on a lot of my playlists, from work-out songs to preparing for a night out, their upbeat style is always a good choice! This one is a particularly good mood-booster for me. You just can’t go wrong with a light-hearted celebration of the simple joy of rock and roll!
We’re Not Gonna Take It-Twisted Sister
There’s always something in life that you’re not gonna take anymore, and belting it out definitely gives you a feeling of control over those situations!
Do You Love Me-The Contours
This list isn’t all hard-rock! And, it’s not all about the lyrics themselves, but the vibe. I can’t imagine how a person could not want to dance around to this song. This one is definitely an instant mood-booster for me!
I could have chosen at least 12 other Beatles songs to go in this spot, but this one always puts a smile on my face. Like the song above, I find it hard to sit still and can’t help but to sing along!
Bad Reputation-Joan Jett
Who better to make you feel like an unstoppable force than Joan Jett? She is the epitome of female power, in my book, and this song captures that perfectly. We all need to reaffirm our bad-assery from time to time!
Stand Tall-Killer Dwarfs
This song is another one that should get way more love. Have you figured out that I have a soft-spot for songs about staying true to yourself and not letting anyone or anything get in your way? It’s kind of my thing. This song is another great example of that inner drive that we all strive to maintain.
Push Comes To Shove-Jackyl
Sometimes you need a cathartic outlet for pent-up frustration to turn your mood around, and this song always seems to do that for me! Plus, that guitar riff just does something that makes me smile!
Do you know how hard it was to narrow this down to 10 songs? I easily could have done another 140, easy! In fact this may be something I do from time to time on this blog from now on!
What are some of your go-to pick-me-up tracks? Let me know in the comments below!