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What’s your favorite pick-me-up song?

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Question of the weekI’m been working on (well in my head anyways) a motivational play list. Not a workout mix per se, but a mix of songs that all have meaning to me and let me reflect a bit.

Sue reminded me of this when she commented WAAAY back in November and yet I STILL haven’t finished it. So I’m hoping by asking, it will get my butt in gear. I’ll organize everyone recommendations (including my own) into an iTunes iMix in the next few weeks.

So this weeks question is…

What songs would you recommend for a “pick-me-up” mix?

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    March 3, 2009

    My latest ‘pick me up song’ is So What by Pink. She rocks…even though she’s having a hard time she is still pushing through. Plus…she’s sassy, just like me! ;-)


    March 3, 2009

    Anything by Maroon 5!


    March 3, 2009

    “Say,” by John Mayer


    March 3, 2009

    WAY before your time, Roni, but I Will Survive, by Gloria Gaynor. :)


    March 3, 2009

    Hi Roni –

    Here are just a few of the maaannny I have on my MP3 player that I use to work out.. I get bored easy, and like a large variety….

    I Love Rock n’ Roll – Joan Jett
    We’ve got the Beat – the Go-Go’s
    Shook me all Night – AC/DC
    Figured You Out – Nickelback
    Low – Flo Rida
    Put Your Back Into It – Ice Cube
    So What – Pink
    Iko Iko – Amazulu
    You May be Right – Billy Joel
    Funky Cold Medina – Tone Loc


    March 3, 2009

    “Break Stuff” by Limp Bizcuit ALWAYs helps. I plug in the headphones and blare it usually 2 or 3 times while I’m on the bike and in minutes I’m a million times better than before. It’s been my go-to since it came out and it’ll always be in my playlist.


    March 3, 2009

    I Have Confidence- from the Sound of Music Soundtrack.

    It’s always is a nice “pick me up”. Just so dang cheery!!


    March 3, 2009

    Roni- I have lots of songs that pick me up when I hear them, but I will only list a couple…

    1. Joy and Pain by Rob Bass (Love this song!!!)
    2. Free to be me by Francesca Battistelli (my new favorite!!)

    Check out her website and it plays the song…

    The second song is relatively new, and it is a christain song, but the lyrics could apply to anything…here’s a the words to the chorus:

    Cause I got a couple dents in my fender
    Got a couple rips in my jeans
    Try to fit the pieces together
    But perfection is my enemy
    On my own I’m so clumsy
    But on Your shoulders I can see
    I’m free to be me

    I hope you like the song and it becomes a “pick me up” song!!


    March 3, 2009

    I like to listen to anything by Flight of the Conchords (esp. Business Time)–they can make me laugh anytime!


    March 3, 2009

    The Bitch is Back Elton John



    March 3, 2009

    oohh…i rarely comment, but I love music and it’s very important for me when working out.

    my current pick me ups are:

    5 years time – Noah & The Whale
    (seriously, just try not to feel happy listening to this)

    Walking on a dream – Empire of the sun

    Such Great Heights – Postal Service
    (It will make you want to run…maybe to UPS ;)

    Beautiful U R – Deborah Cox
    (okay, it’s a little cheesy, but awesome when working out)

    Fans – Kings of Leon

    My life long pick me ups:

    Everyday People – Arrested Development

    Dreams – The Cranberries

    Let Go – Frou Frou

    Now We Are Free – Gladiator Soundtrack
    (trust me on this one…it’s very moving, and builds and builds. GREAT for running and thinking…and letting stuff out…mentally & physically…cool down too…but i guess you have to be into it.)

    And because I’m short, it reminds me of high school and it’s just plain funny:

    i could do this all day. i’ll stop now i promise.


    March 3, 2009

    If Anyone Cared – Nickelback

    If You’re Going Through Hell – Rodney Atkins (This is great for the last mile on a long run!)

    Better Life – Keith Urban


    March 3, 2009

    Natasha Bedingfield- Pocket Full Of Sunshine

    got a pocket, got a pocketful of sunshine.
    I got a love, and I know that it’s all mine.
    Do what you want, but you’re never gonna break me.
    Sticks and stones are never gonna shake me.
    Take me away: A secret place.
    A sweet escape: Take me away.
    Take me away to better days.
    Take me away: A higher place.
    I got a pocket, got a pocketful of sunshine.
    I got a love, and I know that it’s all mine.
    Do what you want, but you’re never gonna break me.
    Sticks and stones are never gonna shake me.
    I got a pocket, got a pocketful of sunshine.
    I got a love, and I know that it’s all mine.
    Wish that you could, but you ain’t gonna own me.
    Do anything you can to control me.
    Oh, no.
    Take me away: A secret place.
    A sweet escape: Take me away.
    Take me away to better days.
    Take me away: A higher place.
    There’s a place that I go,
    But nobody knows.
    Where the rivers flow,
    And I call it home.
    And there’s no more lies.
    In the darkness, there’s light.
    And nobody cries.
    There’s only butterflies.
    Take me away: A secret place.
    A sweet escape: Take me away.


    March 3, 2009

    This is the best pick me up or to get you into that upbeat tempo run!

    Holding Out for a Hero – Bonnie Tyler (remember, from Footloose!)

    It rocks!


    March 3, 2009

    Dreams by Diana Degarmo


    March 3, 2009

    I put my list up last week…and have been procrastinating this week when it comes to blogging, I have a list of stuff to write about (including a veggie burger recipe I am in love with)…Anywho, my list is here

    Can’t wait to watch the video!


    March 3, 2009

    I’m Walking On Sunshine – Katrina and the Waves
    Move It, Move It – Madagascar (movie)
    Free – Plumb


    March 3, 2009

    dancing on sunshine is one of my favorites!


    March 3, 2009

    I’m such a mom…. Move it, Move it and Single Ladies (Beyonce). Either one comes on in our house, instant dance party.



    March 3, 2009

    Shania Twain UP!
    Kid Rock All Summer Long


    March 3, 2009

    “Don’t Stop Believin’ ” by Journey always gets me in a good mood!
    And, of course “Whiskey Girl” and “She’s a Hottie” by my favorite…Toby Keith always give me that extra boost…since, of course, he is singing about me, right?!?!


    March 3, 2009

    LOL @ Move it, Move it – What a great song! I was introduced to it by my sister and my 5 year old nephew. I love watching the video on YouTube!

    Here’s my list. It includes all sorts of songs that I just like hearing and like singing along too. Alot of them remind me of really good times too.

    Baby baby baby – TLC
    Ain’t to proud to beg – TLC
    I’ll be there – Mariah Carey’s cover from her MTV Unplugged album.
    Glamorous – Fergie
    Be Yourself – Audioslave
    Honkytonk Woman – Rolling Stones
    Your My Best Friend – Queen
    Are you in? – Incubus
    Bad Medicine – Bon Jovi
    Beep – PCD
    Bossy – Kelis
    Caress Me Down – Sublime
    Relax – Frankie Goes to Hollywood
    Full Moon – Brandy
    No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems – Kenny Chesney
    For You – Staind
    I Believe in a thing called love – The Darkness
    Frontin – Pharell
    Ignition – R. Kelly
    Umbrella – Rihanna
    Rusty Cage – Soundgarden
    Roadhouse Blues – The Doors
    Psychosocial – Slipknot


    March 3, 2009

    gotta have “beautiful day” by U.2 in there somewhere… for me… the ULTIMATE pick me up song!


    March 3, 2009

    OK, I’m weird-when I’m about to die during my run I put on “It’s Tricky” by Run DMC really loud-works everytime!


    March 3, 2009

    Hey Ya by Outkast. I put this on my running mix when I was training for my half marathon and it was PERFECT as a boost in the middle of a long run. I”m also going to set it as my boost song (or whatever that’s called) on my Nike+


    March 3, 2009

    I’ve Only Just Begun Having My Fun – Ms. Britney Spears


    March 3, 2009

    Damn Girl by Justin Timberlake

    I’m Coming Out by Diana Ross — the lyrics specifically: there’s a new me comin out, and I just want to live, and I just have to give, I’m completely positive

    Tubthumping by Chumba Wumba

    Stronger by Kanye West

    Work It by Missy Elliott

    Gotta Get Thru Thus by Daniel Bedingfield

    Monica Shaw

    March 3, 2009

    “Alive and Kicking” by Simple Minds


    March 3, 2009

    I’m loving Lady GaGa’s album. Great tempos.


    March 3, 2009

    Don´t stop me now – Queen:

    “Don´t stop me now, I am having such a good time, I am having a ball”


    March 3, 2009

    The songs I consider as “pick me up” are not typically reflective but rather a little mindless…..I can’t think of the song names but there are a few by the Ting Tings, Pink’s Fun House, Britney Spears – several off Circus and Blackout


    March 3, 2009

    I am a runner and these are a few songs that always get me running faster:
    Kat Deluna “Run this Show”, and “Whine Up”
    Missy Elliot “Ching a Ling”
    P.Diddy & Christina Augulara “Tell Me”
    Kevin Rudolph “Let it Rock”


    March 3, 2009

    oh my…my second favorite category – music……!
    (the first, of course, is FOOD!)
    I Feel so Alive – POD (GREAT UPLIFTING SONG!!!!!)
    Just Push Play – Aerosmith
    Anything by Basia
    You can’t, you won’t – Beastie Boys
    Shake it up tonight – Cheryl Lynn
    Trippin Billies – Daev MAtthews
    Most Earth Wind and Fire
    Suicide Blonde – INXS
    Sunday Morning – Maroon 5
    The ENTIRE ‘Maybe you’ve been brainwashed too’ album from New Radicals.
    ExGirlfriend – No doubt
    Boom Boom Boom – Outthere Brothers
    Suck My Kiss – Red Hot Chilis
    oh my…Saliva, Stone Temple Pilots, Sublime, Tears for Fears, Train, U2…..
    I think I just got a weeeeeee bit carried away eh??
    As you can see, I have a hard time stopping at just one of ANYTHING!!!!!


    March 3, 2009

    Okay – first the plug to check out the workout playlists at (my other gig). But I have so many pick me up songs:
    My hardcore badass song – Don’t make me Kill (8 Ball)
    What made me squeeze out the extra 5 minutes on the treadmill this morning: Looking Boy (HotStyles).


    March 3, 2009

    My current “go to” songs are “Don’t Stop” by Flleetwood Mac and “It’s My Life” by Bon Jovi. And always, “These Are Days” by 10,000 Maniacs, for celebrating the joy in life.

    Great topic. I’ve poached quite a few possibilities to add to my playlist. Thanks! :)


    March 3, 2009

    Lose Yourself by Eminem and Stronger by Kanye West

    They both are high energy songs, but they have really inspiring lyrics too.


    March 3, 2009

    Oh jeez, its hard to pick!

    Lemonade by G.Love with Jack Johnson
    Here Comes the Sun by The Beatles
    Put Your Records On by Corinne Bailey Ray
    Canned Heat by Jamiroquai
    Seasons of Love from Rent
    I Dare You to Move by SwitchFoot
    Shes on Fire by Train
    In the Meantime by Tim Blane

    Canned Heat is my favorite, I listen to it when I just need some energy, something to smile to or if I wearing heels that are way too high and I need some confidence that I can make it somewhere!


    March 3, 2009

    Ok, I’m embarassed to admit this, but….

    Mariah Carey…Make it Happen


    March 3, 2009

    I’m Alive – Celine Dion – great pick me up song!!! Really good when you put to pictures for a slideshow.


    March 4, 2009

    I forgot Video by India Arie. Another great song! This is a great question, as I listen to my iTunes I keep thinking of songs!


    March 4, 2009

    The Rocky movies theme song!


    March 4, 2009

    My all time favorite pick me up song is “Ain’t nothing gonna break my stride” by Matthew Wilder. Whenever I hear it it reminds me to never give up and just keep on going!


    March 4, 2009

    Fat Bottomed Girls-Queen
    It’s Raining Men-The Weather Girls
    YMCA-The Village People
    Born to Run-Bruce Springsteen
    Shook Me All Night Long-AC/DC
    Old Time Rock and Roll-Bob Seger


    March 4, 2009

    How many hours does the battery of an i-pod last? There is so much good music out there!


    March 4, 2009

    All-American Rejects – “Move Along”

    Charlie Hills

    March 4, 2009

    When I was doing my marathon training I liked listening to Quantum Mechanic by Thomas Dolby with Dr. Fiorella Terenzi on guest vocals. The beat was the perfect pace for walking and her voice is so unique. (I know you’re not talking about a workout mix, but that’s what popped in my head first.)


    March 4, 2009

    I crank up Poison–Nothing But a Good Time or Queen–Another One Bites the Dust!!

    Michelle in CA

    March 4, 2009

    I second #36’s songs and also love: Suddenly I See by KT Tunstall


    March 4, 2009

    It’s so ironic, I heard my choice yesterday and said to myself, “Didn’t Roni just ask about motivational songs?” I’m a mental health therapist and everyday is crazy and yesterday was a mess. The song I listented to numerous times was “Stand” by Rascal Flatts. A professor of mine played it the last day of class to remind us of the different hats we wear when working with clients and how we need to take stock in ourselves at the same time. But honestly the song applies to all different situations!! It really helped me yesterday when I just wanted run and hide. Thanks!!

    Allison K

    March 4, 2009

    “Revenge Wears No Wristwatch,” The Walkmen
    “Don’t You Evah,” Spoon
    “Reckoner,” Radiohead
    “Hysteric,” Yeah Yeah Yeahs

    Just a few!


    March 4, 2009

    “Overkill” by Men At Work. Great beat and awesome self-reflective lyrics that can help move you out of any low spot.


    March 4, 2009

    Walking on Sunshine by Katrina and the Waves!!!

    Little Warrior's Mom

    March 4, 2009

    Maybe God is Trying to Tell You Something – The Color Purple soundtrack (GREAT for interval training)
    Wonder – Natalie Merchant
    My Sharona
    Perfume – Sparks
    He Thinks He’ll Keep Her — Mary Chapin Carpenter

    Super Healthy Kids

    March 4, 2009

    Independent Woman by Desitny’s Child!!

    Kate Young

    March 4, 2009

    Nichole Nordeman’s “Legacy” and “Brave” :o)


    March 5, 2009

    My favorite song that gets me hopping is Back in Black by AC DC. It’s so funny but I am not a hard rock person, BUT this song gets me GOING!!


    March 7, 2009

    “Young Folks” by Peter Bjorn & John
    “Supermassive Black Hole ” by Muse
    “Have a Nice Day” by Bon Jovi
    “Somebody Told Me” by the Killers (that was always my power song when I used my nike+ipod)


    March 12, 2009

    Go to when it asks you for an artist to start with type in Buddy Holly. You will get all kinds of oldies and goodies that are fun. Just listen to it for a few days and give a thumbs up to all the songs you like. Then later you can look at the list of songs you liked and BAM you have your new playlist.

    I love Pandora for this reason. I create all kinds of playlists by doing this. My most recent one is Buddy Holly but just pick an artist that you like or a style of music and you are ready to go.


    April 3, 2009

    I love Kylie Minogue or her sister Danii. Both have great music to work out to.


    April 21, 2009

    This is exactly the type of thing I am looking for when I found this while googling. I want to make a pick me up, kick butt CD for a friend that is battling Cancer. Other than the obvious, I Will Survive, she’s just dealing with getting through each day. Thanks for all the great ideas.


    February 11, 2010

    OMG i like alot of these songs but you are all totally forgetting one of the best pick me up/ dancing/ sing along songs ever -_-

    “Shes got electric boots! A mohair suit! I read it in a MagAZIIIINNEEE OHhhhh”

    Elton john – Bennie and the jets.. DUH? :P


    February 11, 2010

    OH, and Earth, Wind & Fire – Septemeber (also known as the song in Night at the Meusum)


    February 26, 2011

    daylight by Matt and Kim


    March 26, 2011

    Kylie Minogue- Get outta my way
    Mariah Carey- Make it Happen
    anything by Mariah really….
    Madonna-Ray of Light
    Keri Hilson-Pretty Girl Rock
    Temper Trap-Sweet Disposition-
    Hall and Oats- You make my dreams come true
    also anything by Hall and oats…
    Joan Jett- Hit me with your best Shot
    The Issacs-If that dont Make you want to go (if you like christian music)
    Jonas Brothers-Love Bug…I know but its good
    Katy Perry-Last Friday Night
    Mandy Moore-Candy

    Thats just a few I can think of


    June 10, 2011

    Firework-Katy Perry
    Fucking perfet-Pink


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