Whether you’re trying to beat a personal record on the track or on the bench, or you’re next in line for that critical presentation to a potential client or an academic review panel, you need something to put your mind at ease. We all know that music is one of the best ways to enrich your life.
So if you’re gonna be living life on the edge of your seat in the next few minutes, you need the right soundtrack running through your head to center yourself. Grab your workout headphones or Bluetooth earbuds because below are 10 tracks that will get you pumped up for your next biggest challenge.
Here I Go Again – Whitesnake
It’s great to be part of a team but some challenges are destined to be faced alone. Celebrate those moments when it’s you against the world with Whitesnake’s solo journey anthem.
Back in the Saddle – Aerosmith
When you need to remind everyone that you’re in control and you’re calling the shots, this tune makes a great entrance theme song. It also helps when you’re picking up a personal challenge that used to be part of your past.
Princes of the Universe – Queen
Taking down bad dudes, seizing the day, manifesting destiny, and sizzling guitars. This song has everything you need to get pumped and fight. Freddie Mercury knew exactly what it meant to claw your way to the top. A personal choice over Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now.”
We Will – John Sykes
Sykes was technically a member of Whitesnake for a short while before they released “Here I Go Again.” His solo work is chock full of adrenaline-fueled guitar work and pretty straightforward lyrics but “We Will” is definitely one of those pump-up tracks you need to help you get back up again.
I Got Mine – Black Keys
When you need to remind yourself why you’re putting yourself through hell, listen to the Black Keys’ “I Got Mine.” Don’t give up on working for what you deserve.
Stiff Upper Lip – AC/DC
There’s a reason why AC/DC is Tony Stark’s favorite band. Straightforward, tough, and simple. Just what you need to be when you have something big to tackle.
Light This Party Up – Rick Springfield
While “Jesse’s Girl” may be more of what people remember about the Zoot frontman’s repertoire, Rick Springfield’s latest material is still fun to listen to. “Light This Party Up” is the burst of energy that you need if you’ve got the shakes.
Come Follow Me – The Answer
The Answer’s opening musical hook and high energy is contagious. Fuel your fight with this track and don’t get knocked down.
Rise – The Cult
When you’re feeling like you’re up against a wall, The Cult’s “Rise” is gonna keep you pushing yourself to your limit.
Taking Care of Business – Bachman-Turner Overdrive
To be fair, it was either this or Steppenwolf’s “Born to be Wild.” But I prefer BTO because there’s more to listen to after this track. Need a song that makes work sound easy? This classic is perfect.