The best motivational songs

If you’re looking for some musical inspiration, here are the best motivational songs to jumpstart your day
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Surviving the New York City lifestyle requires an unholy amount of energy, and our reserves all get low from time to time—what better way to refuel than music? Once you’ve found the time post-exhaustion to chill out sufficiently, these motivational songs are sure to get your head back in the game—whether you’re looking for workout songs to get to the best gyms or just to get your kaboose out of bed for the best brunch in Brooklyn.

Best motivational songs

1
The Heat is On Glenn Fry

“The Heat Is On” by Glenn Frey

Nothing like a blaring saxophone riff to get the adrenaline going.

2
"I’m So Excited” by the Pointer Sisters

“I’m So Excited” by the Pointer Sisters

A virtual running-man-dance in song form, this disco classic should raise your energy levels for whatever you’re about to take on.

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3
“Working for the Weekend” by Loverboy

“Working for the Weekend” by Loverboy

Everyone can use a little bit more Loverboy in their life.

4
“Higher Love” by Steve Winwood

“Higher Love” by Steve Winwood

With palpable uplift, let Steve Winwood take you to the next level.

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5
“Best I Ever Had” by Drake

“Best I Ever Had” by Drake

We could all use a cheerleader like Drake on the sidelines.

6
“All I Do Is Win” by DJ Khaled

“All I Do Is Win” by DJ Khaled

The DJ-Snapchat guru is a motivational figure of titanic proportions; this 2010 single is still his defining statement.

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7
“Hustlin” by Rick Ross

“Hustlin’” by Rick Ross

If there’s a better mantra than “Everyday I’m hustlin’” we haven’t heard it.

8
“Welcome Back” by Mase

“Welcome Back” by Mase

It’s hard to deny Mase’s sunny disposition on this ode to perseverance.

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9
“Encore” by Jay Z

“Encore” by Jay-Z

This Black Album gem features a “post-retirement” Jay ticking off his accomplishments. More than enough motivation for you to get going yourself.

10
“Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor

“Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor

It doesn’t get any more inspirational than this rock staple from Rocky III.

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