For my first official post, I’m going to give you all a run-down of my Top 10 Inspirational Songs. This isn’t going to be a long post, but it’s not going to be a short one either. The songs on this list are primarily “feel-good” and, at least in my case, induce some sort of happy trance.
1. 30 Seconds to Mars – Closer to the Edge
A classic rock hit, enough to get anybody’s blood pumping for individuality and some recognition. In many ways, this is not so much an inspirational song as it is a push to get off your sorry ass and start standing up for yourself. If you, like me, find yourself oppressed, then this track will be a great relief.
Tomo Miličević, the lead guitarist of 30 Seconds to Mars, said about the song, “A really interesting track. We call it our ‘pop’ song, but when you really listen to it, you realize that it has a lot of rock glory in it. It’s a song that fools you, and I like that. Jared really pushed himself as a songwriter here in that he was trying to reach for a new way of presenting music that was very accessible but not spoon-feed it to the audience. He has a lot of respect for the fans in that way. The guy’s a trip – very inspiring to be around and work with.”
2. LMFAO – Party Rock Anthem ft. Lauren Bennett, GoonRock
This one was pretty big a while ago, and while it seems to have been overtaken in popularity by their newer, Sexy and I Know It, I prefer this one. Sure, you might think you are sexy. And maybe you are. Everybody is sexy to someone, I admit. But somehow that song doesn’t sit too well with me. Maybe it’s because it seems to promote random sex and I’m not a supporter of that, or perhaps it’s the images of dudes dancing in their underwear that freaks me out. This one tops my recommendation list of dance tracks, because while it is important to feel sexy, I think it’s more important not to give a shit about how you look and enjoy yourself anyway.
Or maybe it’s the killer “Party Rock” shoes, I don’t know.
3. Afroman – Crazy Rap
A list of tracks to listen to wouldn’t be complete without a little bit of rap. And crudeness. I stumbled upon this song a few years ago when I was high, and while I don’t approve wholeheartedly of the encouragement of random sex, I appreciate the song and hope you will too. It’s a very witty and smart song, and somehow it gets you in a happy mood.
4. Dolly Parton – Nine To Five (Remix by Mike Myers, A.K.A. “The Guru Pitka”)
I looked on YouTube for the original, but I couldn’t find a VEVO version. Then it occurred to me that the version in The Love Guru was much more inspirational (to me, at least). This song is a definite morning track, something to listen to as you get ready for work or school or just about anything, actually. Puts a spring in your step that lasts you until lunchtime, and then you realize you’re already halfway through the day and the excitement kicks in of going home. If it doesn’t, might I recommend buying the single from iTunes?
5. Flo Rida – Club Can’t Handle Me
A favorite of mine ever since it first came out. Popularized to an extent through Step Up 3D, it seems to have faded with the movie. I, however, got it straight off the Billboard Top 100 and went and bought the single (I do this with all the top 100, once a month) and fell instantly in love with it. If you want some confidence, if you want to feel happy, then close your eyes and picture yourself as Flo Rida in the music video. Or, well, watch it and then do that. I guarantee you’ll feel better and more confident about being unique.
6. Lady Gaga – Yoü and I
Although Lady Gaga – the Queen of Being Unique – has been getting a lot of flack in the media lately regarding her supposed “Illuminati” membership (and while I don’t believe that even for a second), this song seems to contain no satanic messages whatsoever. It’s a ridiculously upbeat song about Nebraska, or her lover, or something. Either way, it’s one of those tracks that nobody can deny is a masterpiece. The music video, however, some may not like. But the song?
7. Nickelback – Rockstar
Nickelback‘s music is, to be honest, pretty damned redundant. It all sounds the same. This song, however, remains my mother’s favorite song. It always gets her in a good mood, which is good ’cause then I can get away with just about anything.
So this definitely qualifies to be on the list!
8. Kelly Clarkson – Mr. Know It All
You know it was bound to happen sooner or later. The break-up song! Far be it from the best break-up song on Earth, it is rather upbeat and if you’re going through a break-up, I’m sure this can help you out!
In an interview with MTV News, Kelly Clarkson described herself in the video, “I think there’s that free-spirit side of me, and then there’s that feisty performer in me, Then there’s the funny side of me. I mean, obviously you have to be funny to have a big giant wall of doubt with actual headlines of your life on the wall. It’s a little fun, a little feisty.”
9. Bruno Mars – Just The Way You Are
To balance things out a bit, with regard to Clarkson’s song, here is a love song. I like it, although the fact that a girl once dedicated it to me, and turned out to be a crack whore who kind of disgusted me (don’t ask), kind of brings it down a little for me. Nonetheless, I’m sure most of you (or just a few, at least) will like this one!
Mars’ A&R Aaron Bay-Schuck told HitQuarters that as soon as “Just the Way You Are” was finished they knew they had the first single, saying: “It had a massive chorus, an instantly memorable melody and lyric, and was a natural transition from the B.o.B and Travie McCoy songs … [Also] it didn’t sound like anything else on the radio. It had everything we could want in a first single for Bruno.”
10. Avril Lavigne – Sk8er Boi
And, of course, no list could be complete without the Punk-Rock princess, Avril Lavigne. This is a definitive track that makes you aware of the fact that you should never change for anybody! I don’t give it a shit if it’s for your mom, your dad, your grandmother, or your love interest. Be who you are and rock on for life, do what you want to do and enjoy it while it can!
Life is fleeting and every moment should be spent enjoying yourself!