Who are the most important, inspirational figures in history? That is hard to quantify.
The two colleagues from the University of Toulouse used Google’s PageRank algorithm and concluded that the most influential person is none other than Carl Linnaeus, the father of modern taxonomy. Surprisingly, the 18th-century Swedish scientist beat Shakespeare, Einstein, and Napoleon.
But sometimes, you need something more than influential people and their inspirational life stories. Or just something more fun.
Music can be very powerful in helping you change your mindset and mood. It can change the way you perceive the world or the way you perceive your own capabilities. Here is a playlist that will motivate you to rise above.
Eye of the Tiger by Survivor
As soon as that famous hook starts to play, everyone just feels psyched up. Eye of the Tiger was inspired by the band’s trials and tribulations in the music industry and talks about overcoming them and triumphing in the end.
My Way by Frank Sinatra
For what is a man, what has he got?
If not himself then he has naught
My Way represents an outlook that nothing matters more than living life on your own terms. The song became Sinatra’s signature song.
It’s My Life by Bon Jovi
Jon Bon Jovi affirms his intent to live life to the fullest and “stand tall” in the face of all opposition. But the vocalist acknowledges that taking such a stance is going to be a struggle.
Live and Let Die by Paul McCartney and Wings
The main idea behind the song is “you do you, and I’ll do me,” as McCartney put it. Focus on your own life choices, and don’t concern yourself with others’. Whatever “you do you” entails, you have to let yourself go with it.
9 to 5 by Dolly Parton
You’re just a step on the boss man’s ladder
Dolly Parton isn’t hesitant to critique bad bosses and the corporate slog. But the song is not anti-work. Parton encourages listeners to take control of their careers and embrace their ambitions.
Greenback Boogie by Ima Robot
The song is addressed to people who want more than they have. But it also warns about people who are going crazy to earn the buck. It’s all about being greedy, and you just want to know what it’s like to be rich, life will be miserable.
Ain’t No Mountain High Enough by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell
This song is for an immediate confidence boost. If you take the lyrics literally, it’s about two lovers and their unbreakable bond. But fundamentally, the lyrics are about not letting anything stop you.
Don’t Stop Believin’ by Journey
It goes on and on and on and on
The songwriters shared a timeless message that reassures you not to stop believing in yourself and the world. They remind you that life goes on whether you’re just a small-town girl, a city boy, or a stranger waiting up and down the boulevard.
Hold On by Alabama Shakes
Even at times when you don’t know where you’ll go or think you’ll make it, you have to listen to the inner voice saying, “come on, you got to come on up”.
What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong
This legendary song is about optimism and celebration of life, which still inspires people decades after its original release. It remains a reassuring antidote to the mounting problems people are facing every day.
And finally, remember that if you’re struggling to get into the zone and take the market by storm, the right song can get you there.