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The best motivational songs

If you’re looking for some musical inspiration, here are the best motivational songs to jumpstart your day

By Andrew Frisicano

"Getting by" in even the most basic sense of the phrase is an arduous task in the 21st century, and all of our batteries run low from time to time. After you've taken to your favorite places to chill out on your lazy Sunday off, look to this playlist of the best motivational songs to get your head back in the game. Maybe you need a little in the way of workout songs to return to city's best gyms or maybe you just need to get back to the office. Regardless of your needs, this list has you covered.

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Best motivational songs

“Ultralight Beam” by Kanye West

11. “Ultralight Beam” by Kanye West

Jumpstart your life with Kanye’s opening prayer.

“Feeling Myself” by Nicki Minaj

12. “Feeling Myself” by Nicki Minaj

Nicki and Bey are on top form with this motivational song—follow their lead.

“Work It” by Missy Elliott

13. “Work It” by Missy Elliot

Put your thing down.

“Get Money” by Junior M.A.F.I.A.

14. “Get Money” by Junior M.A.F.I.A.

Biggie’s currency-centric approach to life is something to emulate.

“Work Hard, Play Hard” by Wiz Khalifa

15. “Work Hard, Play Hard” by Wiz Khalifa

“Work, work, work, work...”

“This Is How We Do It” by Montell Jordan

16. “This Is How We Do It” by Montell Jordan

The best motivational song for Friday night, or any other.

“Crank That (Soulja Boy)” by Soulja Boy

17. “Crank That (Soulja Boy)” by Soulja Boy


“This Is How We Do” by Big Tymers

18. “This Is How We Do” by Big Tymers

For the record, where they’re from is New Orleans. Plan a trip.

“Take It to Da House” by Trick Daddy

19. “Take It to Da House” by Trick Daddy

Trick Daddy’s uptempo banger is essentially a slam-dunk highlight reel set to music.

A$AP Ferg - "Work" album cover

20. “Work REMIX” by A$AP Ferg

This A$AP mob member calls in a spitfire squad to remix his single "Work": Trinidad James, French Montana, A$AP Rocky and the inimitable Schoolboy Q. If that crew can't get you inspired to "put in work," no one can.

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