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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
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"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

“This Is Why I’m Hot” by Mims album cover

21. “This Is Why I’m Hot” by Mims

For a good chunk of 2007, no one was better at shutting down haters than Mims.

“On a Level” by Wiley album cover

22. “On a Level” by Wiley

“Give me trophies, awards and medals”

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“Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey album cover

23. “Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey

You’re almost there!

“Tubthumping” by Chumbawumba album cover

24. “Tubthumping” by Chumbawumba

Get knocked down, get back up again, repeat.

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“Do That Stuff” by Parliament album cover

25. “Do That Stuff” by Parliament

Keep the funky stuff coming.

“You Got It (The Right Stuff)” by New Kids on the Block album cover

26. “You Got It (The Right Stuff)” by New Kids on the Block

Hang tough with the rest of the new kids.

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“The World Is Yours” by Nas album cover

27. “The World Is Yours” by Nas

That title says it all.

“On Fire” by Lloyd Banks album cover

28. “On Fire” by Lloyd Banks

You can practically hear that NBA Jam voice, “He’s on fire.”

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“Walk Thru” by Rich Homie Quan album cover

29. “Walk Thru” by Rich Homie Quan

This motivational song should have you feeling like the man.

“Hard in da Paint” by Waka Flocka Flame album cover

30. “Hard in da Paint” by Wacka Flocka Flame

Go hard in the paint.

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