15 Inspiring Songs to Get You Ready for the New Year
New Years means a lot of things: fireworks, perhaps a kiss, and (of course) New Year Resolutions.
With the turnover from 2014 to 2015, it's likely you'll be looking to make some fresh start-inspired changes. Whether it's to hit the gym more often, start writing that book you've been talking about for years, or finally take the plunge and bring home that dog you've been eyeing, now is the time to set some goals and make them happen.
But, we get it — easier said than done. With your bed, Netflix, and a bowl of popcorn seducing you, it can be pretty tough to find motivation to get anything done except all seven seasons of Gilmore Girls. For this reason, we're supplying you with the most inspirational, motivational, get-up-and-get-going playlist of the season.
Maybe shaking your booty to Beyonce will help you make it to the gym, Helen Reddy will help you speak your mind, or Chumbawamba will get you hyped up to ask for a raise, and there's no better way to get the confidence you need to achieve your goals than with a killer playlist. Listen while struggling to get out of bed in the morning, running on the treadmill, or prepping for a big meeting – we guarantee you’ll instantly feel a surge of awesomeness.
1. "Girl on Fire," Alicia Keys
Plug in your headphones and retreat into a world where this song was written about you. Girl, you're on fire.
2. "Tubthumping," Chumbawamba
This 90s classic just makes you want to jump around and sing along (no shame). Get knocked down, get back up, then do it all over again.
3. "***Flawless Ft. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie," Beyoncé
If anyone can make you want to be a better person, it's Beyoncé. Even better, it features a clip from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's TEDxEuston speech, "We should all be feminists." #Flawless
4. "I Am Woman," Helen Reddy
Before Beyoncé, we had Helen Reddy helping us kick more butt through music. Channel your inner Rosie the Riveter and take on the world.
5. "Stronger," Kanye West
Jump on the treadmill, throw your headphones on, and blast a little retro Kanye West for inspiration.
6. "Piece of Me," Britney Spears
If Britney Spears can bounce back from 2007, you can achieve your New Year's resolutions.
7. Up, Up and Away," Kid Cudi
From the man who made us all acutely aware of boots with the fur comes the original haters-gonna-hate anthem. Bonus: a post-song, godlike speech by Common.
8. "Wavin' Flag," K'Naan
The unofficial song of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, this song half makes you want to conquer the universe and half makes you want to cry. Try to err on the former.
9. "Fighter," Christina Aguilera
This 2002 single by powerhouse Christina Aguilera just makes you want to throw on some boxing gloves and jump into the ring ... literally, if your gym has a kickboxing class, and figuratively if you're just trying to make it through the day.
10. "Dog Days are Over," Florence and the Machine
Let's face it, not every day can be butterflies and rainbows. But this song will make you realize you can put the tough times behind you, and get hit by a train of happiness.
11. "Run the World (Girls)," BEYONCÉ
Do we even need to explain this one? Go forth and conquer, ladies.
12. "We are Young Ft. Janelle Monáe," fun.
If there's ever a song that makes you want to grab your friends, sing karaoke, and "set the world on fire," this is it.
13. "Roar," Katy Perry
If you need proof that this is the most inspiring song of the past few years, check out the video of Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock.
14. "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)," KELLY CLARKSON
This song takes a classic saying and gives it new life — and a catchy tune.
15. "Good Life," OneRepublic
Just your daily reminder to take a look around and appreciate how truly good life is. Be careful — this song is known to incite spontaneous trips to Europe.
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