We all have bad days. Even at a job you love, long hours and tedious procedures can get you down. Sometimes, there’s no better way to get rid of those workday blues than listening to your favorite music to reinvigorate your sense of purpose. Here are 10 songs that are sure to get your head bopping and hands typing.
1. “Ten Thousand Hours” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
No song is better for the entrepreneur than Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ epic single Ten Thousand Hours, a play on the time it takes to become a master popularized by Malcolm Gladwell’s best seller Outliers. This is an ode to hard work, dedication, perseverance and overcoming your own self-defeating thoughts, vital for all new business owners.
2. “Cough Syrup” by Young the Giant
When you need a song to take you away from where you are, give Cough Syrup a listen. “Life’s too short to even care at all,” sets the dramatic tone right from the beginning in this ballad about breaking free of routines and expectations. Stuck in a creative rut, listen to Young the Giant’s earliest single to pull you through.
3. “Carry On” by Fun.
Similarly, for a song about perseverance and hope, listen to indie-pop group Fun’s single Carry On. It will reignite your passion, motivate you to complete the task at hand, and leave you feeling hopeful.
4. “Best Day of My Life” by American Authors
This smash hit has caught on for a reason. Its message is simple- dream big, don’t quit, and keep looking forward. This song is sure to remind any entrepreneur of the reasons they got started in the first place.
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5. “Global Concepts” by Robert DeLong
This electronic-pop beat is the perfect accompaniment to doing it your own way. The trippy vocals will have you singing along while you boot up the new look of your website, fill orders, or whatever else your small business demands.
6. “On Our Way” by The Royal Concept
This upbeat indie song will keep you on track and inspire you to keep moving forward if you’re feeling sluggish. With a hook that sings, “ We are young, we are one, lets shine for what its worth,” you’ll be back on your work grind in no time.
7. “One Day/ Reckoning Song (Wanklenut Remix)” by Asaf Avidan
Forget Pharell’s Happy, this catchy tune will have you tapping your foot as you wax nostalgic about where you’ve been, and look forward to all that you will accomplish. With its super simple hook,“one day baby we’ll be old, think of all the stories that we could have told,” you should have all the inspiration you need to get working on your dreams.
8. “This Too Shall Pass” by OK Go
Renowned for their creative music videos (and this song is no exception, check out the Rube Goldberg version), OK Go appeals to overcoming hardship with this catchy single. As the Zen-like phrase “this too shall pass” is bellowed in different harmonies, you can’t help but let your problems wash away. What entrepreneur couldn’t use that?
9. “Andare” by Ludovico Einaudi
Modern classical composer Ludovico Einaudi has many beautiful songs that will fill your workspace with serenity. My personal favorite is Andare for its serious, yet hopeful tone. Sometimes it helps to just hear beautifully crafted music without lyrics or desk-shaking bass.
10. “Society” by Eddie Vedder
Whether you know the story of Chris McCandless and Into the Wild or not, this song will inspire you to follow your passions. Pearl Jam vocalist Vedder captures the essence of American wanderer McCandless in this folksy tune that will have you yearning for an ultimate truth.