Every single day, there are so many tasks you have to do and things to worry about. It can feel overwhelming and hard to push through. That’s when you turn to music to make you feel motivated.
The real question is, what music will help the most? Next time you whip out your phone to find the perfect playlist, consider these 21 pump up songs to get you ready for your next task.
21 Pump Up Songs
There are so many different songs that can get you pumped up. Here are just a few examples ranging from classic bops to some newer pop songs that will leave you feeling motivated.
1. “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell
“Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” is an upbeat classic guaranteed to get you moving and motivated. Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell fight for each other and push to move forward no matter what. They climb mountains, push through valleys, and wade through rivers just to get to the other. It is uplifting and empowering to get you ready for your next task.
2. “Fight Song” by Rachel Platten
Rachel Platten wrote “Fight Song” to push herself forward. She said she felt the need to remind herself that she will always have the power to keep going and fight, no matter what she has been through and no matter what lies ahead. It’s your turn to get up and move forward.
3. “Survivor” by Destiny’s Child
Originating from a mean joke towards Destiny’s Child, the group turned something negative into something positive. Rather than letting the comment bring them down, the members of the group in turn made a song to bring themselves up, reminding themselves that they are survivors and to never give up. Keep working hard like these girls and you will be ready to go.
4. “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” by Kelly Clarkson
Kelly Clarkson’s lyrics ring true across several generations, with the title being the popular phrase “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” She wanted to sing about how even when things seem impossible and the struggles bring you down, you should keep pushing after learning the lessons from each of these trials.
5. “Run Boy Run” by Woodkid
“Run Boy Run” quickly blew up on social media thanks to its catchy rhythms and powerful message. The singer is guiding a boy through the various stages of his life, telling him to keep running forward no matter what happens and face everything that comes his way head-on.
This song is about growing up, self-discovery, and all the hard times that can follow. Just keep running and you will make it too.
6. “Honey, I’m Good” by Andy Grammer
This song is less about trials in life than it is about trials within a relationship. The message is about staying strong and faithful even if you are tempted or lured away. The song is still a great song to get pumped up to thanks to the rhythms and catchy lyrics.
7. “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars
The entirety of “Uptown Funk” is about getting you up and moving. It is designed to energize you and hype you up in every way, especially about how you look and feel. The 80s-inspired funky music has rhythms reflecting that era, making it catchy, predictable, and fun to listen to as you get pumped up.
8. “Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift
“Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift is a memorable tune that won’t leave your head. Anytime you start to be bothered by life or rude people, just shake it off. Swift has faced a lot of hate in her time and this song is about her coping with all of that to remind herself not to let it bother her. Don’t let your task make you nervous, shake off that fear and go.
9. “Good As Hell” by Lizzo
Lizzo is all about positivity and empowerment for both herself and her listeners. After “Good As Hell,” you will walk away feeling confident and loving yourself. The song shifts from Lizzo talking about herself to her singing to her audience directly to let you know that you should feel just as good as she does. Once you are feeling good as hell, you will be excited for your next task.
10. “Run the World (Girls)” by Beyoncé
This one is mainly for the girls, but guys, don’t be afraid to get pumped up too.
In “Run the World (Girls),” Beyonce is empowering women to make them realize they are just as powerful as any man. It is about female empowerment in every aspect of life such as in everyday life, motherhood, and political power. She is telling them to never back down and never give up because they are important too.
11. “MIC Drop (Steve Aoki Remix)” by BTS
Don’t be afraid to be proud of your accomplishments and even brag about them. “MIC Drop” is doing just that as BTS lets everyone know that they are not afraid to be proud of themselves and tell any haters off. With the heavy beat and hype lyrics, you will be feeling just as confident in no time.
12. “Roar” by Katy Perry
Whatever may be bringing you down, don’t let it win without a fight. Katy Perry’s “Roar” is about fighting back against challenges. When they knock you over, you make sure to roar back because you are as fierce as any tiger and you will win. You are a strong and capable being who will always face your fears.
13. “Level Up” by Ciara
“Level Up” is about taking the next steps to become the better version of yourself. Like a character in a video game, you must level up throughout life, turning your mistakes into lessons learned. Ciara is talking about all the leveling up she has done and how empowered she is now by everything she has gone through. She wants you to feel ready to level up too.
14. “The Final Countdown” by Europe
“The Final Countdown” is an oldie but a goodie that never fails to get people hyped up. It is a song about escaping the Earth and leaving everything behind to start over. It celebrates the courage it takes to do that and to chase your goals despite the consequences it may bring.
When counting down to the end of your next task, Europe is there for you to let you know how empowering it feels to keep going.
15. “I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor
Even though this song is about female empowerment it is still relatable to a wide audience. Many people have dealt with pain from their past relationships and had to push to continue surviving. This is the perfect song to give you the courage to move on from any situation. No matter what happens you will survive and have the empower to keep pushing, even if it is just to spite the person that hurt you.
16. “Welcome to the Jungle” by Guns N’ Roses
The band Guns N’ Roses wrote “Welcome to the Jungle” as a reaction to how they felt the first time they experienced Los Angeles. It’s about being forced to adapt to the new city and the dangers you might face there, both emotionally and physically. Rock out with the band as you learn to fight through the jungle and survive despite it all.
17. “Work Bitch” by Britney Spears
There is no better way to get pumped up to get something done than having Britney Spears serenade you and tell you to get to work. She is telling you that if you want something, you have to work hard for it and persevere no matter what gets thrown at you. Don’t disappoint Britney, get to work!
18. “Livin’ on a Prayer” by Bon Jovi
“Livin’ on a Prayer” is about a working-class couple, Tommy and Gina, fighting to keep going. They are struggling to make ends meet, but they have to keep holding on and they can do it only because they have each other. No matter what, you have to keep pushing and hold onto whatever you have that will help you keep moving forward.
19. “I’m Still Standing” by Elton John
In the face of any adversity, you may be swayed and feel like you will be knocked down, but you have to keep standing. Elton John felt hopeless when he wrote “I’m Still Standing” and he needed to remind himself that after everything, he was still alive. Keep picking up the pieces you lose when things get hard and you will stay on your feet.
20. “Celebration” by Kool & The Gang
Another classic upbeat song that will get you going is “Celebration,” a post-disco dance song designed to hype you up. The lyrics remind people that despite any troubles, it is important to remember what you have. You have music, dance, and the people around you that you love. Be grateful for the joy you experience and focus on how beautiful the world can be.
21. Eye of the Tiger by Survivor
Get back on your feet and take your chances as you keep going as the song “Eye of the Tiger” tells you. The song tells you to rise to any challenges that come your way, even if you are just a person because you have the will to survive. Stay strong and have the courage to push forward.