The Best Pump-Up Songs to Tackle Any Workout

There’s nothing quite like lacing up for your first long run of the season, setting up for sprint intervals, strapping on a new pair of boxing gloves, or stepping up to a barbell that holds more weight than ever before. Those are the moments when you really need the best pump-up songs on the best album on the best workout playlist—the one that takes you from zero to 60—real fast. What’s even better than a perfect song? An entire playlist filled with all the best pump-up songs that you can use for virtually any workout. (Want to make a playlist of your own? Here are 170+ epic tunes to consider for a powerful mix.)

What you’ll find inside: plenty of Kanye West because, well, the guy knows how to get really worked up. Plus some other pump-up songs from hip-hop artists and rappers. You’ll also get your heartbeat racing with Avicii, and grab a little sass from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. You’ll stay fired up until the finisher, which is Sia’s “The Greatest,” because what could be more fitting after you nailed that PR, max-weight rep, or held that plank longer than you ever had before.

Plus, there’s plenty of beats because ICYMI, bass-heavy songs are scientifically proven to make you feel more powerful. This hour-long pump-up song playlist should cover most of your workouts, but if you need a little extra motivation, tack on this speedy running mix, a groove-inspiring playlist, and the Rock’s weight lifting pump-up songs for when you need to be in beast mode.

Press play to listen to the best pump-up songs below. What are you waiting for? That barbell isn’t going to lift itself.

The Best Pump-Up Songs for Your Workout

  • DJ Turn It Up — Yellow Claw
  • X Gon’ Give It To Ya — DMX
  • Remember the Name — Fort Minor (feat. Styles of Beyond)
  • POWER — Kanye West
  • Bring Em Out — T.I.
  • Ni**as in Paris — JAY-Z and Kanye West
  • ‘Till I Collapse — Eminem and Nate Dogg
  • All the Way Up — Fat Joe and Remy Ma (feat. French Montana and Infared)
  • Jungle — X Ambassadors and Jamie N Commons
  • Black Skinhead — Kanye West
  • Stronger — Kanye West
  • Heads Will Roll — Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  • Levels – Radio Edit — Avicii
  • The Greatest — Sia and Kendrick Lamar

40 (Mostly) Clean Pump Up Songs for Motivation at Work

The right music can make all the difference when you’re trying to be productive. With that in mind, we’ve compiled the ultimate pump-up playlist to keep you sharp and focused while you’re at work.

Motivational Songs for Work

Pump Up Songs

1. “Tightrope” — Janelle Monáe

Go ahead, dance up on them haters … there are enough of them in sales.

2. “The Final Countdown” — Europe

According to the Pomodoro technique, you’re most productive when you work in blocks — typically 25 minutes long — then take a five-minute break. Blast this tune during the first or last five minutes of your work sprints to get your energy levels up.

3. “Bright Future in Sales” — Fountains of Wayne


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4. “Hungry Like the Wolf” — Duran Duran

Because when you’re prospecting, you should be on the hunt. Just like a wolf.

5. “Livin’ On a Prayer” — Bon Jovi

For the last few days of the month when you need to close deals and create new opportunities at the same time.

6. “Can’t Hold Us — feat. Ray Dalton” — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Nothing can stop you — not even the ceiling.

7. “Survivor” — Destiny’s Child

You’re a survivor and you’ll make it through this week!

8. “Celebration” — Kool & the Gang

Sometimes your prospects will pick up the phone, want to talk to you, and be a great fit. After you hang up the phone, play this song. You deserve it.

9. “Welcome to the Jungle” — Guns N’ Roses

Growth is a team sport, but prospecting isn’t. It’s every salesperson for themselves in the jungle of leads … unless you find one that’s not in your territory.

10. “Good as Hell” — Lizzo

Note: Explicit lyrics

Boss up and change your life. This one might be explicit, but pop your headphones in and welcome those feel-good tunes.

11. “Honey, I’m Good” — Andy Grammer

Because it’s okay to walk away from a prospect that just isn’t a good fit.

12. “No Sleep Till Brooklyn” — Beastie Boys

More like, “No Sleep Till a Discovery Call Gets Scheduled.”

13. “Hall of Fame” — The Script ft.

Work every day like you want to be in the hall of fame.

14. “Build Me Up Buttercup” — The Foundations

Sometimes your prospects just won’t get back to you, and The Foundations know how you feel.

15. “Cheerleader (Felix Jaehn Remix)” — Omi

Replace “cheerleader” with “champion” and imagine yourself finding one. The Secret works, right?

16. Feel It Still — Portugal. The Man

This unapologetically upbeat track will make you feel just a little bit less like a desk jockey.

17. Life Itself — Glass Animals

I’ll admit it. This one has nothing to do with sales. But it’s an energetic jam that’s been on repeat all summer and always gives me an energy boost when I need it.

18. Feel Good — Gryffin, Illenium, Daya

The title says it all. This track will never fail to put you in a good mood and mentally reset after a hard day.

Songs About Teamwork

19. We Are the Champions — Queen

Do I need to say more?

20. “We Are Family” — Sister Sledge

Sales can be tough. But remember you and your team are in it together.

21. “We Can Work it Out” — The Beatles

Sometimes you’ll run into roadblocks. But you and your team can and will work it out.

22. “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” — Tammi Terrell & Marvin Gaye

Mountains and valleys and rivers weren’t enough to stop Tammi and Marvin from getting in touch, so what’s your excuse? There are salespeople out there willing to go in a dunk tank for a sale, so pick up the phone and start calling your prospects!

23. “Whatever it Takes” — Imagine Dragons

You and your team have got what it takes, and will do whatever it takes to reach your goals.

24. The Sound — The 1975

The 1975 frontman Matty Healy uses this song as a bombastic end to the group’s live performances for a reason — the sheer energy will wake you right up.

25. “Just What I Needed” — The Cars

The perfect jam for when you find that perfect teammate.

Songs About Leadership

26. “The Greatest” — Sia, Kendrick Lamar

You’re the greatest! Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

27. “Don’t Stop Believin'” — Journey


28. BO$$ — Fifth Harmony

A modern-day girl-power anthem.

29. “It’s a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock ‘n’ Roll)” — AC/DC

If you wanna rock ‘n’ roll get into President’s Club, this song is a good reminder that it won’t be an easy road.

30. “Guiding Light” — Mumford and Sons

Be the guiding light for your team.

31. “My Shot (feat. Busta Rhymes, Joell Ortiz & Nate Ruess) — Rise Up Remix” — The Roots

Don’t throw away your shot — help your team rise up.

32. “Eye of the Tiger” — Survivor

No pump-up playlist is complete without this classic.

33. “Run the World (Girls)” – Beyoncé

Who runs the world? You do.

Songs to Make You Happy

34. “Bang Bang Bang” – BigBang

Is it even a roundup without some addictive K-pop?

35. “The Adventure” – Angels & Airwaves

Every day in sales is an adventure. Don’t lose sight of that and remember to enjoy the ride.

36. “All Things” – Betty Who

Because even on your worst of days on the sales floor, things will get better.

37. “Let Go” – The Very Best

What do you need to let go of today?

38. “Seventeen Years” – Ratatat

Whether you’ve been in sales for 17 years or 17 seconds, we all need some beats to pump us up.

39. “Run Boy Run” – Woodkid

Because sometimes you just need to hustle.

40. “Radio” – Santigold

Ambush that sales scene and show them who’s boss.

Originally published Jul 8, 2019 7:48:00 PM, updated July 08 2019


Sales Motivation


Okay, don’t get me wrong. Eye of the Tiger is a classic and Rocky is a hero, but it is also a little played out. You need some fresh pump up songs.

I believe music is such a great way to get you motivated and pumped up. Music is powerful. It can change your mood, spark memories and evoke a trillion different emotions. Music can be your superpower! I know from experience.

I’ve arrived at sales appointments in which I did NOT listen to music on the way there. And, I have arrived at sales appointments when I DID listen to music on the way.

I can tell you music makes the difference.

Research has shown that music is a very powerful neurological tool that helps us change our mindset and mood. It also has proven that playing a variety of different types of music can boost dopamine, which is why it is a great idea to change it up. Again, even Eye of the Tiger can become mundane- it’s science.

That is why I have put together this list of mega-super awesome, freshy-fresh, pump up songs with a ton of variety. It spans genres and generations. I hope you find some songs you’ve never heard before, some that bring you back and smile, and that all of them get you pumped up!

Whether you are getting ready for a sales presentation, working out, or preparing for a speech, I know you will find something that will elevate your mood and give you that little boost to make whatever you are doing extraordinary!

Sunrise- Kygo feat. John Walker

You know Kygo had to be on the list! This song builds in all the right ways.

Millionaire- Cash Cash & Digital Farm Animals

Must be the MONEY!! Everything about this song lifts my mood. Currently on repeat.

Make Way- Aloe Blacc

Legendary! It is impossible to not get a boost of confidence after listening to these lyrics.

All The Way Up- Fat Joe

“Nothing can stop me, I’m all the way up!” Need I say more?

Ain’t Got Far To Go- Jess Glynne

I love every Jess Glynne song. This one is a great reminder that you are closer to your goals than you think.

Good Morning- Max Frost

Listening to this song is the happiest way to start your day. If you haven’t heard it, you’re welcome.

Rise- Jonas Blue feat. Jack & Jack

Someone hating on you? Listen to this.

Good as Hell- Lizzo

This song is EVERYTHING. I mean… play it and you’ll understand.

Giltter & Gold – Barns Courtney

Gritty and powerful. This song will give you the chills and a little fire in your soul.

Be Cool- Embody feat. Bailey & Marco Foster

In the mid 90’s I spent a good portion of my time rewinding a particular cassette tape and listening to it over and OVER again. That cassette was Des’ree’s “You Gotta Be”. When Embody released this remake my 11 year old self screamed at the top of her lungs with joy. I can’t stop singing this song!

High Hopes- Panic! At The Disco

Optimism is oozing from this track. “Be something greater, Go make a legacy, Manifest destiny.” & “Rewrite your histories, Light up your wildest dreams.” I mean come on?! Does it get better?!

Free Ride- The Edgar Winter Group

This 70s classic is fitting for this list. Not only is it a great pump up song for the beat alone, but the lyrics are deeper than you’d expect- How’s “You know all the answers must come from within” for introspection?

Shotgun- George Ezra

This is such a fun song. I dare you not to smile while listening to this driving around town!

Love Myself- Hailee Steinfeld

Self-love is SO important for your mental health and well-being. This song will get you dancing and loving yourself!

Unstoppable- The Score

“Keep your silver, give me that gold” All these lyrics! Keep them coming!!

Wake Me Up- Avicii

I first heard this song at Tony Robbin’s Date with Destiny event and I have been listening to it ever since. Plus, it’s Avicii.

Do My Own Thing- American Authors

You do you and I’ll do me. Okay? It’s like the American Authors are personally giving you permission to do your own thing.

Dancing in the Moon Light- Jubel, NEIMY

Are you in the mood to dance? I got you! Jubel killed this remix.

Express Yourself- Charles Wright & The Watts

Oh damn! This song. Nothing compares.

Might Not Like Me- Brynn Elliott

If you work in a male-dominated field this song will speak into your soul.

Kamikaze- Walk The Moon

Walk the Moon is one of my all time favorite bands, up there with Kygo. If you get the chance- go seem them live. As for this song, I listened to this driving up to a real estate conference where I was speaking in front of hundreds of people. Guess what? I killed it!

Come Alive- Hugh Jackman- The Greatest Showman

This movie. This song. These lyrics. I could hang on to these word for days!

Learn To Let Go- Kesha

Are you hanging on to some shit from your past? I prescribe that you listen to this song.

Let the Games Begin- AJR

Get fired up for your next appointment with this little gem from AJR. Also, the horn section.

Up Around the Bend- Creedence Clearwater Revival

Here is another one that will not allow you to frown while you are listening. You just can’t.

Feels Right: Galloway Remix – Jocelyn Alice & Galloway

Sometimes you just have to play it based on how you feel. Does it feel right?

Thunder- Imagine Dragons

Yep, I am adding it. Too good not to.

Girl on Fire- Alicia Keys

If you ever forget how strong and passionate and amazing you are, just let Mrs. Keys remind you.

Roll Up- Fitz and The Tantrums

Okay, forget that this song was on the Peter Rabbit soundtrack. Let it be your car dance soundtrack.

Black and Yellow- Wiz Khalifa

“Everything I do, I do it big” That’s what this all about. Now, go brush your shoulders off.

Feel the Love- Rudimental feat. John Newman

Yes! This one! The layers, the complexity. This song gives me all the feels.

Confident- Demi Lovato

You know. For when you need a power anthem to start the day.

Don’t Stop Me Now- Queen

Yes. Call me Mrs. Fahrenheit!

Happier- Marshmello & Bastille

I have to admit, I cried when I saw the music video for this one. Not like a little teary eyed, but full on bawling! But, I love it. It is a calm raising of the spirits.

I Don’t Like It, I Love It – Flo Rida

Such a fun dancing song. Trust me when you listen, you’ll start moving.

America’s Sweetheart- Elle King

You guys. The banjo in this is insane. Almost as remarkable as the message to embrace who you are and be your authentic self.

I Can’t Stop- Flux Pavilion

So, this song has only one sentence. However, it doesn’t need any more. “I Can’t Stop” says it all.

Go Big or Go Home- American Authors

For when your wondering if you should go big or not.

Shake It Off- Taylor Swift

If this isn’t the feel good song of the decade I am not sure what is. Swiftie or not, you can’t deny the incredible urge to shake off all the BS when you listen to this song.

Bills- LunchMoney Lewis

We all got ’em. What you gonna do? Work!

All I Do Is Win- DJ Khaled feat.T-Pain, Snoop Dog & Rick Ross

Just a little reminder that you’re a winner. Don’t forget that.

Dreamer- Axwell Λ Ingrosso

A beautiful song and a beautiful message. “We are dreamers together.”

This is Me- The Greatest Showman -Remix feat. Missy Elliott

The original was amazing, this remix blew my freaking mind. Missy Elliott words are the words the world need to hear right now.

Hustle: P!nk

Yep, don’t try to hustle P!nk. Has someone tried to hustle you? Give this a listen.

The Show Goes On – Lupe Fiasco

Life goes on. So do you.

Connection- One Republic

It is easy to feel lonely even when surrounded by a sea of people. Ryan Tedder gets it.

Diamonds- Rihanna

You are a diamond. Don’t let anyone tell you differently.

What If I Go?- Mura Masa feat. Bonzai

The beats on this track. Just listen, there is nothing else like it.

Lose Yourself- Eminem

Remember when Eminem, I mean B Rabbit, took the stage in 8 mile? Chills. I pull this song out anytime I need to dig a little deeper, feel free to borrow it.

All Things- Betty Who

This is a happy little song. Bob Ross would have loved it.

What Do You Love- Zac Samuel Remix – Seeb, Jacob Banks

Need some inspiration to give up the nine to five? This will do the trick.

Fancy- Iggy Azalea- Charli XCX

First things first, well, you already know.

Renegades- X Ambassadors

“Go forth and have no fear” “All hail the underdogs” All the lyrics are soooo good.

Broccoli- DRAM feat. Lil Yachty

There is so much happening here and I just want to get out of my chair and whip and nae nae, then pipe it up and stab. So, you know, it had to go on the list.

Live Your Life- T.I. Feat. Rihanna

Preach! “Never mind what haters say- Ignore ’em ’til they fade away”

In the Morning Light- Alex Schulz

The beats. The feels!

I Feel Good- Thomas Rhett feat. LunchMoney Lewis

OK, the song title says it all. Want to feel good? Take listen.

I Like It- Cardi B, Bad Bunny, J Balvin

Get it! Get pumped up in the best way with Cardi!

Pumpin Blood- NONONO

This song is literally about your heart. It makes me so happy for my little beating heart! Plus, I love the title of this album “We are only what we feel.” Plus, plus, I bet you will be whistling this one in your head all day!

Good Life- G-Easy & Kehlani

“We put the good in the good in the good life. We put the bad in the past, now we alright” I love this song so much!

To recap, here is the full playlist of pump up songs for your listening pleasure:

So, there you go. 60 pump up songs giving you well over three and a half hours of opportunities to elevate your mood, motivate you and make your day better. I hope you enjoy these and share them with someone you love!

Tell me… what are your favorite songs to get you motivated? Send me your playlist. I want to check it out!’s 10 Best Hip-Hop Songs of 2015: Critics’ Picks

Billboard hip-hop editors Adelle Platon and Dan Rys’ picks for 2015’s best rap songs.

In 2015, rappers weren’t shy about singing their way to the top of the charts, thanks to Fetty Wap’s sticky melodies and Drake’s inescapable viral smash “Hotline Bling.” In other corners of hip-hop, though, consistent timeline favorites like Kendrick Lamar and Future got their bars up in the name of justice (K.Dot’s “Alright”) or the turn-up (“March Madness”). Regardless of your rap preferences, these DIY wordsmiths delivered the year’s best tunes — including the ones you’ve hit the Dab to.

10. Fetty Wap, “My Way”
Sure, one of Fetty Wap’s top 10-charting singles this year landed a Drake remix, but the original “My Way” featuring Wap’s 1738 collaborator Monty had the Internet and even LeBron James hitting notes. The third single off Zoo Wap’s self-titled debut album showcases the New Jersey rapper’s strong riff game as he climbs the melodic scale for the track’s catchy hook: “Baby won’t you come my wAaAaAaAayyyy.” The bae dedication also weaves in a finger-wag to his lady’s ex and some flex-y bars about his squaaaa’s deep pockets and sparkly bling.

9. Rich Homie Quan, “Flex (Ooh, Ooh, Ooh)”
Rich Homie Quan might not have ridden the same buzz in 2015 that he enjoyed the two years prior, but it’s starting to seem like crafting songs that stick in the brain is easy for him. No one would accuse “Flex” of being a lyrical marvel, but Quan’s upbeat crooning on the hook made this song a playlist staple over the summer, effortlessly rising to No. 26 on the Hot 100 and becoming the highest-charting song of his career. Quan’s work as a featured artist has generally gotten him better looks than his solo work, but he did this one all on his own.

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8. Travi$ Scott, “Antidote”
Rap enigma Travi$ Scott couch-stomped his way into club rotations with the inescapable summer 2015 jam “Antidote,” the second single off his major label debut Rodeo. Any civilian on their worst behavior got down to the pill-popping and blowing-money-fast record, which recently went platinum. La Flame’s sonic palette stays consistent on the follow-up to “3500” as he toasts his various vices — even rapping about kicking off a cameraman on-stage, which actually happened in real-life at HOT 97’s Summer Jam in June — on one of the year’s most notable hair-whipping party tracks.

7. Kanye West, “All Day”
During the 2015 BRIT Awards, Kanye West led a mob of hooded men in all-black ensembles (which included U.K. rappers Skepta, Novelist and Stormzy) and delivered the dark, bouncy track “All Day.” The collaborators on this track may appear random on paper (Minnesota spitter Allan Kingdom, Theophilus London and Beatles icon Paul McCartney), but Yeezy manages to string it all together with a haunting hook, fire emojis and rap‘n’roll charisma to create a memorable, ball-so-hard anthem.

6. Big Sean, “Blessings” featuring Drake
One of Drake’s continuous achievements is his effortless ability to coin new cultural catchphrases with almost every song he releases. On “Blessings,” Drizzy lent a hand to Big Sean, and the two went way-ay up, incorporating “blessings on blessings on blessings” into the hip-hop lexicon and taking the song into the top 10 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart along the way.

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5. Drake “Know Yourself”
Not only did the rapper born Aubrey Graham make “running through the 6 with my woes” a thing, the self-proclaimed 6 God played his own hypeman on the Boi-1da, Vinylz and Syk Sense-produced heat. With braggadocious bars and CN Tower-sized confidence, Drake is never not working on excellence, especially as the man of his city, and perhaps, the whole rap game. Drake’s self-reflection even landed punk and instrumental covers from Toronto rock group Dilly Dally and the Toronto Symphony, obviously by-products of hashtag winning.

4. Future, “March Madness”
There is a duality in Future’s existence that is both blindly self-destructive and fully self-aware, a sense of glamour and despair, simultaneously victorious and ruinous. He tends to stand at the top of the Atlanta hip-hop food chain while conversing with the devil and celebrating and damning his achievements and what they’ve done to him. Few songs in his increasingly impressive catalog embody that more than “March Madness,” the Tarentino-produced 56 Nights banger that became an anthem to debauchery and an indictment of police violence in America. With a dressed-up hook and relentless energy, it’s one of the most influential hip-hop songs of 2015, a year when Future fully embodied the artist he always strove to be, for better and for worse.

3. Kendrick Lamar, “Alright”
With one fist raised in the air, Kendrick Lamar soundtracked 2015’s biggest protests (including the Black Lives Matter movement and Million Man March) with the impactful To Pimp A Butterfly track “Alright.” With Pharrell and Sounwave manning the beat, the Compton MC spun hopelessness into a power record, rapping like a presidential candidate-to-be: “Do you hear me, do you feel me? We gon’ be alright.” While TPAB’s lead single “King Kunta” was more mainstream-friendly, it would be criminal to overlook the social struggle that K.Dot captured from the frontlines with “Alright.”

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2. Fetty Wap, “Trap Queen”
Now that we can all breathe easy with the conviction that Fetty Wap is more than a one-hit wonder, we can all agree that the one hit that launched him from Paterson, N.J., local to hip-hop star is his best and brightest effort. “Trap Queen” may have released in 2014, but its whirlwind impact was on this past year, as his ad-libs and earnest ode to his ride-or-die turned 1738 into a common number and revolutionized how people greet each other when they walk into a room. Fetty was the breakout rap star of 2015 without a shadow of a doubt — even if the Grammys would care to disagree — and “Trap Queen” was the spark that got the ball rolling for him.

1. Drake, “Hotline Bling”
There’s a reason why America’s most recognizable faces, from President Barack Obama to Donald Trump to Justin Bieber, have covered Drake’s “Hotline Bling.” Call logs haven’t been the same since the Toronto rapper put on his singer suit last July and danced across timelines for one of the year’s most GIF-able videos. Despite being accused of jocking D.R.A.M.’s “Cha Cha,” the smartphone-savvy ode to love, which samples Timmy Thomas’ 1973 hit “Why Can’t We Live Together,” marked a high note in 2015, not just for Drizzy, but anyone who uses the Internet.

Honorable Mentions:

Young Thug, “Check”

Drake and Future, “Jumpman”

A$AP Rocky, “L$D

Vince Staples, “Norf Norf”

Post Malone “White Iverson”

50 Best Rap Songs of 2015

2015’s highlight reel stretches far and wide. Drake kicked the year off with “Know Yourself,” debutant Vince Staples held the “Summertime” down and Pusha T closed the year feeling “Untouchable.” Here are the 50 best rap songs of 2015, as voted on by visitors. — Michael Heal

50. Tyler, the Creator feat. Lil Wayne & Kanye West – “Smuckers”

Dreams do come true, at least for Tyler, the Creator. While the outspoken rapper had a terrible year in the media, nothing could dampen seeing idols Lil Wayne and Kanye West jump on his track. With the best opening couplet of 2015: “Richer than white people with black kids / Scarier than black people with ideas” Yeezy hopped on his Late Registration flow in arguably his best feature of 2015. Similarly, Weezy takes things back to Tha Carter II days with two show stopping verses. Although Tyler narrowly escaped being “renegaded,” credit is due for cultivating one of the top tracks of the year. — Ben Carter

48. Bryson Tiller – “Sorry Not Sorry”

44. King Los feat. Marsha Ambrosius- “War”

42. Ty Dolla $ign feat. Future & Rae Sremmurd – “Blasé”

Isaiah keeps to the winning formula with producers Chris Calor and The Antydote for his first single since 2014’s Cilvia Demo. The fluid, soothing song sees Rashad provide the personal lyrics he’s known for. The song title refers to the success of rapper Nelly: “Cause what these niggas on, is not my favorite song” — Rashad embraces individuality and encourages fans to rock out no matter what anyone thinks.. — YahwehSolomon

36. Kanye West feat. Paul McCartney – “Only One”

34. Meek Mill feat. Tory Lanez – “Lord Knows”

32. Action Bronson feat. Chance The Rapper – “Baby Blue”

If anyone knows the key to success, it’s Pusha T. Aided by a Biggie sample, King Push flexes his lyrical prowess over a dark Timbaland instrumental. From Donald Trump references, to Birdman disses and pop-culture mentions, Pusha vacuum packs the wordplay. When it comes to D-Boy rap, Pusha T really is “Untouchable”.
— Michael Heal

29. Lupe Fiasco feat. Ayesha Jaco – “Prisoner 1 & 2”

26. Logic feat. Big Lenbo – “Young Jesus”

21. Dr. Dre feat. Marsha Ambrosius, King Mez & Kendrick Lamar – “Darkside/Gone”

God forbid somebody actually started paying Young Thug in checks instead of cash—he makes the stack phone look way too cool. And while no checks show up in the video for “Check,” the rest of the aesthetic stays true to his form: junk food, left-field fashion choices (a Hooters tank-top, anyone?), and a blatant disregard for money. Thug is one of the few artists out there whose videos perfectly capture the song’s intentions, and it succeeds in complementing the turn-up anthem. Unlike other stand-out tracks of his from 2015, “Check” doesn’t see too many vocal twists or absurd lyrics, and that in itself makes for a jarring experience contrary to what’s expected. You never know what you’re going to get out of Young Thug, but you know disappointment isn’t in the cards. — Brian Duricy

18. A$AP Rocky feat. Mark Ronson, Rod Stewart & Miguel – “Everyday”

15. Vince Staples – “Norf Norf”

13. Kanye West feat. Paul McCartney, Theophilus London & Allan Kingdom – “All Day”

11. Kendrick Lamar – “The Blacker The Berry”

Posse cuts remain the domain of the true hip hop head and Jay Rock’s “Vice City” is no exception. Black Hippy houses four of the most lyrical and musically talented rappers in the game, including one who sits atop the rap totem pole. And yet, it was Schoolboy Q who came through with the W. While the crew uses the same flow throughout, Groovy Q adds his own spin, throwing shade at himself, while tempering the verse with some braggadocio. The unique flow that Kendrick introduces on the hook immediately grabs attention, and any track that mentions “cheese eggs” gets an iron clad stamp of approval. — Ben Carter

9. Lupe Fiasco – “Mural”

As the title suggests, “Mural” is a sonic painting. Just hearing the opening keys is enough to provoke a dramatic escape. Lupe doesn’t so much invite you into his mind as forcibly drop you there. Entranced by the cadence of repeating piano chords, we’re at his mercy. The strain of conscious thought oscillates wildly between existential musings, Freudian slips into childhood, and religious opinion pieces. “Mural” is a hip-hop wet dream of lyricism paired with technical ingenuity. — Ben Carter

8. Fetty Wap – “Trap Queen”

“I’m like ‘Hey, what’s up, hello’”: Very few times has a rapper entered stardom with such welcoming first words. “Trap Queen” is the song that launched Fetty Wap into fame, something he saw coming from the moment he heard the beat. And boy, was he right. The song went on to reach the top 40 in fifteen countries, went platinum in five, and was even the most streamed song of the year on Spotify in the US. The one-eyed trapper’s catchy ode to his “trap queen” is one of the most successful songs of the year.
— MvdS

7. Future – “March Madness”

The haunting piano introduces a pained Future on “March Madness,” balancing social commentary with his established ethos. In a year where he made distraught euphoria a tangible feeling, was there any moment more powerful than his howling “Future Hendrix Dirty Sprite legendary!”, an acknowledgement of the destructive forces that allowed his ascent to legendary status? Though he didn’t completely leave his lane like Pusha T did on the standout “Sunshine,” the poignant lines hit hard through the desperation he expressed. Future owned 2015 through his ability to draw multiple guests and subject matters into his orbit, staking the claim for Pluto as its own planet once again. — Brian Duricy

6. Travi$ Scott – “Antidote”

Initially nothing more than “vibes for the summer,” “Antidote” was created as a placeholder for Travis’ highly anticipated Rodeo. However upon its immediate popularity, was added to the tracklist last minute, becoming one Travis’ most notable songs. The listener is thrust into the passenger seat of Travis’ partying lifestyle the second “Antidote” starts. The rapper’s unique auto-tune infused voice allows him to deliver an infectious summer anthem still being played long after summer’s end. — drxw

5. Drake – “Know Yourself”

On the headline song from Drake’s surprise mixtape If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late, Drizzy reminisces and reflects: “Runnin’ through the six with my woes!” he raps, the lyric quickly becoming the masses favorite catch-phrase. Co-written by Quentin Miller, this would later ignite controversy (fueled by Meek Mill, among others) claiming Miller and other ghost-writers were the predominant source of Drake’s verses. Simple yet powerful production by hit-makers Boi-1da, Vinylz, and Syk Sense give the song a subtle rhythm that packs heat with every note. — Cosmos

4. Kendrick Lamar – “King Kunta”

To describe the funkalious bassline of “King Kunta” as “toe tapping” would be like calling Dr. Dre “quite well off.” It channels James Brown and Michael Jackson to make your body move in ways you didn’t know it could.
Only a rapper at the very top of the game could hope to make a track like this. Kendrick is simultaneously furious and braggadocios. He boasts that he smells of “the powers that be,” and tears into his pseudo-competition: they’re pretending to be his friends whilst cutting him down, sneakily sharing bars, and despite their boasts of greatness, are only providing token competition. After hearing this, a track far beyond the abilities of most artists, it’s hard to disagree. — Vesuvius

3. Vince Staples – “Summertime”

Produced by Clams Casino, the closing track on the first disc of Vince’s debut album Summertime ‘06 is Vince at his most vulnerable. The slowed down, gentle crooning is a drastic change from the harsh, dark style Vince has been known for. It’s honest yearning for companionship and Vince is pouring his heart out in a way we’ve never witnessed before. — YahwehSolomon

2. Drake – “Hotline Bling”

Packaged just before the deadly “Charged Up” on his OVO Sound Radio show, Drake hid a track so infectious even the most hardened pop deniers struggled to make a case against it. Drake didn’t need a number 1 hit, he swept pop culture off it’s feet once again with simplicity married with undeniable star power. The video was another stroke of genius, ensuring the song lived well past it’s used by date via a mountain of memes and cementing Drake at the very top of the pop-rap totem pole. — Ben Carter

1. Kendrick Lamar – “Alright”

With a precise melding of gritty vocals and an infectious beat, “Alright” is an activist anthem, manifesting a critical juncture in American society. Like a maestro, Kendrick composed a song reflecting the collective psyche of a generation, fraught at once with both political unrest and a desire for reluctant hope. Although the song was inspired by his trip to Africa, the message is a universal ode of hardship and the subsequent struggle for change.
Even in its lack of particulars, Kendrick does not shy away from making the root of his lamentation clear; specifically naming the police system. While this was met with backlash from some, the song’s melodic, chant-like delivery demands to be heard and not silenced, serving as a beacon to the weary; a moment of respite in a year of brutality. Despite this adversity, Kendrick conveys the human spirit as having a resilient characteristic, capable of smiling even in the midst of pain, and fighting on to see another day.
— Evelyn Blanco (Freeus)

If there’s one question we here at Travel Ball Parents get more than any other, it’s “Can you recommend some good warm up songs?” So, by popular demand, here’s our latest collection of warm up and walk up songs (in no particular order) to get your team’s energy levels pumping. We’ve done our best to vet each of them for profanity, making sure that clean* versions exist.

See also: 15 Essential Songs for your Team Dee Jay’s Playlist is always one of our top posts.

But, before we get to the song list, here are a few considerations for team deejays to always keep in mind.

  1. Keep it clean and classy! There’s no bigger turn-off than to hear kids warming up to songs with profanity and explicit lyrics blaring through the speakers. Especially, knowing that one of the parents is in charge of the music.
  2. Remember, it’s a baseball game, not a concert. When the game is in play, the music should stop.
  3. Be considerate of your competition and other teams playing games within earshot of your speakers. If you’re getting looks and comments from others, it’s probably time to lower the volume.
  4. Don’t force it! Make sure all (or at least most) players and parents are okay with having warm-up and/or walk-up songs. We once had a parent who insisted on blaring tunes at every opportunity, not realizing that nearly the whole team found their selections to be obnoxiously distracting.

And now onto the music list (which was compiled with input from dozens of players, coaches, parents and a few random strangers).

  1. Load Up the Bases – Whiskey Falls
  2. Centerfield – John Fogerty
  3. Thunderstruck – AC/DC
  4. TNT – AC/DC
  5. Back In Black – AC/DC
  6. Welcome to the Jungle – Guns-N-Roses
  7. We Will Rock You – Queen
  8. Jump – Van Halen
  9. Crazy Train – Ozzy Osbourne
  10. Enter Sandman – Metallica
  11. Hall of Fame – The Script
  12. Livin’ on a Prayer – Bon Jovi
  13. Rock of Ages – Def Leppard
  14. Lovin’ Every Minute of It – Loverboy
  15. Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey
  16. Eye of the Tiger – Survivor
  17. Paint It Black – Rolling Stones
  18. Kryptonite – 3 Doors Down
  19. Pretty Fly for a White Guy – Offspring
  20. Revolution – The Beatles
  21. My House – Flo Rida (clean version)
  22. Whoomp! (There It Is) – Tag Team
  23. Mr. I Don’t Bunt – CJ Beatty
  24. Swing – Trace Adkins
  25. I’m a Beast – T Powell
  26. Fortunate Son – Credence Clearwater Revival
  27. This is Our House – Bon Jovi
  28. Hall of Fame – The Script
  29. Small Town Throw Down – Brantley Gilbert
  30. Till The Day I Die – Toby Mac
  31. Snap Off – Thi’sl
  32. Monster – Skillet
  33. You Can’t Stop Me – Andy Mineo
  34. Heart of a Champion- Nelly
  35. Man- Aloe Blanc
  36. Remember the Name- Fort Minor (clean version)
  37. Go Hard- Lecrae
  38. Here Comes the Boom – Nelly
  39. All I Do Is Win – DJ Khaled (clean version)
  40. Kick the Dust Up – Luke Bryan
  41. Jump Around – House of Pain
  42. Me and My Gang – Rascal Flatts
  43. Pump It – Black Eyed Peas
  44. Ride – 21 Pilots
  45. Centuries – Fallout Boy
  46. Light ‘Em Up – Fallout Boy
  47. Uptown Funk – Bruno Mars
  48. 2 Legit 2 Quit – MC Hammer
  49. All About That Base – Meghan Trainor
  50. Comin’ To Your City – Big and Rich
  51. The Baseball Song – Corey Smith
  52. Eye On It – Toby Mac
  53. Let’s Get it Started – Black Eyed Peas
  54. Come with Me Now – Kongos
  55. Cruise – Florida Georgia Line
  56. The Final Countdown – Europe
  57. Keep Your Head Up – Andy Grammer
  58. Come Out and Play – The Offspring
  59. Play That Funky Music (White Boy) – Wild Cherry
  60. Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough – Michael Jackson
  61. Go Big or Go Home – American Authors
  62. Take Me Out – Franz Ferdinand

Here are a few recommended playlist apps to arrange and edit your music.

–Walkout Song DJ
–Sports DJ (for Android)
–Ballpark DJ

*Clean – Everyone is going to have their own definition of “clean” music. I did my best to go through lyrics and weed out profanity, drugs and strong sexual content. But I may have overlooked something that you find unforgivably offensive. If you come across one that you feel doesn’t belong, then shoot me a quick message.

Calling all 2018 Cooperstown Dreams Park Parents, Coaches and Players

Do You Know…. – –Which bat models are allowed for play at Dreams Park? –Why your player should bring a swimsuit to Dreams Park even if he/she isn’t planning to swim? –What time you should arrive for check-in? (Hint: it’s earlier than what’s listed on the Dreams Park website.) –If Dreams Park concession stands accept credit/debit cards? –What happens at the opening ceremony skills competitions? –Which uniform elements are provided by Dreams Park and which ones you have to bring? –If you should bring your ball field chairs from home? – These questions and hundreds more are answered in our new e-book Taking Your Team to Cooperstown: The Ultimate Guide for Your Week at Cooperstown Dreams Park – Make sure you’re properly packed and prepared for the biggest tournament of your kid’s youth baseball career! Get dozens of tips from past attendees, packing lists, daily itineraries, bunkhouse dos and don’ts, uniform laundering hints and much more! – Click the link above or the book cover below to download via Amazon Kindle.

The Ultimate Pre-Game Playlist: 17 Songs Guaranteed To Hype You Up

2 February 2018, 16:26

You ready?

Whether you’re playing, coaching or spectating – there’s nothing like a solid pre-game playlist to get you pumped for that big match.

So to really get that adrenaline going, we’ve compiled a list of the most energy-fuelling bangers you need to play in the run up to the event.

From Drizzy and Kendrick to Skepta and Dizzee, your favourite artists are on hand to serve up some serious fire and bring your pre-game warm-up to life!

Press play to get your party started.

Justin Timberlake – ‘Rock Your Body’

Justin Timberlake will definitely get the NFL crowd pumped up during his half-time performance at the 2018 Superbowl.

DJ Snake Feat. Lil Jon – ‘Turn Down For What’

A big one to start with! The intro to this song alone is enough to hype you up, but nothing beats that feeling when the beat kicks in.

Kendrick Lamar – ‘DNA’

You can always rely on some high-octane Kung Fu Kenny bars to get your blood pumping.

Jay Z – ’99 Problems’

Hov comes through with this classic bulshy banger.

Dizzee Rascal & Calvin Harris – ‘Hype’

Dizzee and Calvin are quite literally here to get you hyped. Yes boys!

DJ Khaled Feat. T-Pain, Ludacris, Rick Ross & Snoop Dogg – ‘All I Do Is Win’

Looking for a last minute confidence boost before the big game? Just turn this up – loud.

Avelino Feat. Stormzy & Skepta – ‘Energy’

Avelino, Skepta and Stormzy all on one track? Seriously, this goes IN.

Drake – ‘Worst Behaviour’

The boy is here and he’s going to make you feel invincible. (Just remember to be on your best behaviour on the pitch – ain’t nobody got time for a red card.)

If you don’t feel like an absolute boss after listening to this Eminem classic, listen again. And louder.

Migos – ‘Fight Night’

Move over, Mayweather – one play of this Migos anthem and you’ll be ready to take on the champ.

Drake, Kanye West, Lil Wayne & Eminem – ‘Forever’

“Last name ‘Ever’, first name ‘Greatest” – Drizzy knows.

It’s impossible not to get hyped to Skepta – press play on this and watch your squad lose it.

Kanye West – ‘Power’

An all-time classic from one of Kanye’s most well-loved albums. Feel the power!

Lethal Bizzle Feat. Stormzy , Chip, Fuse ODG & Wretch 32 – ‘Fester Skank’ (Remix)

Sure, the original is a banger, but listen to what happens when you throw Stormzy, Chip, Fuse and Wretch into the mix.

Macklemore Feat. Ryan Lewis – ‘Can’t Hold Us’

What a tune! This motivational banger from Macklemore and Ryan Lewis will always go down well.

Eminem – ‘Berzerk’

And finally, who better to finish off your pre-game than the Rap God himself?

50 ‘Power’ Songs To Pump Up Your Run

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I asked a bunch of runners what song is “their song” when it comes to training or racing.

Some were tried and true favorites and some were fun surprises. It was interesting to see a mix of inspirational lyrics and upbeat tempos with all kinds of genres and eras. Some of them had heard it at a poignant race moment and some had trained for a goal race with the song on repeat.

Whatever the backstory, it resonated with the runner and makes them push a little harder, a little faster every time they hear it. Check out their suggestions to update your playlist:

  1. “Super Bad” by James Brown
  2. “Remember the Name” by Fort Minor
  3. “Lose Yourself” by Eminem
  4. “Stairway to Heaven” by Led Zeppelin
  5. “Good to be Alive (Hallelujah)” by Andy Grammer
  6. “Can’t Hold Us” by Macklemore
  7. “Don’t By Down” by Tom Petty
  8. “Hungry Like the Wolf” by Duran Duran
  9. “Ready to Start” by Arcade Fire
  10. “I’m Shipping Up to Boston” by the Dropkick Murphys
  11. “Learn to Fly” by the Foo Fighters
  12. “Running on Empty” by Jackson Browne
  13. “Born to Run” by Bruce Springsteen
  14. “I Like It Heavy” by Halestorm
  15. “Madness” by Muse
  16. “Bulls on Parade” by Rage Against the Machine
  17. “99 Problems” by Jay-Z
  18. “Crawling” by Linkin Park
  19. “Bodies” by Drowning Pool
  20. “Thrive” by Casting Crowns
  21. “Eminence Front” by The Who
  22. “Mahna Mahna” by The Fray
  23. “Stronger” by Kelly Clarkson
  24. “Black Dog” by Led Zeppelin
  25. “Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey
  26. “Hells Bells” by AC/DC
  27. “Run” by Ben Kweller
  28. “Unstoppable” by Sia
  29. “Run to the Hills” by Iron Maiden
  30. “Wheels” by Foo Fighters
  31. “To Be with You” by Mr. Big
  32. “We Will Rock You” by Queen
  33. “We are the Champions” by Queen
  34. “Celebration” by Kool & The Gang
  35. “Walking on Sunshine” by Katrina & The Waves
  36. “Sinnerman” by Nina Simone
  37. “Express Yourself” by Diplo
  38. “Flirtin’ with Disaster” by Molly Hatchet
  39. “Champagne Supernova” by Oasis
  40. “Town Called Malice” by The Jam
  41. “Superheroes” by The Script
  42. “You’re Gonna Go Far, Kid” by The Offspring
  43. “Mind Over Matter” by Young the Giant
  44. “Take Me Home, Country Roads” by John Denver
  45. “Hall of Fame” by The Script
  46. “Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen
  47. “Bad Romance” by Lady Gaga
  48. “Move (Keep Walkin’)” by TobyMac
  49. “We Own It” by 2 Chainz & Wiz Khalifa
  50. “Just Like Fire” by P!nk

Carissa Liebowitz has run the Boston Marathon as well as dozens of marathons and half marathons. You can follow her running adventures on Strava, Instagram and her blog.

Whether you just joined a new gym or have hundreds of miles of runs under your belt, running can feel like a chore. The prospect of getting up early to put your feet to the floor or coming home after a long day of work only to hit the road can be, frankly, pretty damn exhausting. There are plenty of days when not even the strongest motivational speech can get you going.

That’s where music comes in. Putting together a perfect playlist to take your mind of the act of running makes getting out the door or onto the treadmill that much easier. So, after you’ve stocked up on a closet’s worth of athletic gear, posted up your routine pre-workout #riseandgrind photo to Instagram, and finally laced up the newest pair of running sneakers you just bought, you’ll also definitely need to queue up a playlist that will get help make what could be a reluctant trudge into your best run the yet.

There’s no formula for making a great running soundtrack. But a booming bass line and a killer chorus never hurt. Bonus points if the songs you pick have ever been included in an action movie montage, have the word “run” in the title, or immediately send a rush of blood to the head and boost your heart rate. Timing your steps to the beat and aligning your breaths throughout the verses tends to throw even the most experienced runners into a trance. Before you know it, you’ve racked up more miles than you ever meant to, picking up the pace every step of the way.

The playlist can be the difference-maker between a personal best and a gym session that just crashes and burns. From twisted reggae-inspired electronic to rap with memorable and joggable breakdowns, these are the best running songs.

Best pump up songs

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