Psych Up Music


I don’t write enough posts about music- I think because I cycle through music fairly quickly- songs are short whereas books and movies are rather long, more of a time commitment.  And my fashion and perfume debates last a pretty long time.

But there’s this ‘genre’ of music that will never stop being incredibly useful to me (and maybe to many of you too). This is the psych-up song.  The one you listen to before a rough final exam.  Before going into battle.  Before your speech at the Democratic Convention (yes, Obama and Eminem did partially inspire this post).  I also have  habit of watching a favorite inspirational speech medley before big-deal things. It’s become quite the long-standing tradition.  But music still does the trick better than most anything else. For the speeches, the visual component feels necessary.  For music, the audio is the complete point.

So maybe you call it motivational.  Maybe you call it inspirational.  For me it’s psych up music.  It’s not music that makes me want to create; it’s music that makes me want to kick ass and destroy.  It’s the music I’d want if I had to get into a boxing ring.

In no particular order (actually sort of alphabetical by artist but not quite).

  1. Bad Girl ft. Marilyn Manson- Avril Lavigne
  2. Strange Clouds ft. Lil Wayne- B.o.B
  3. I Don’t Fuck With You- Big Sean
  4. Cat People- David Bowie
    Found via Inglourious Basterds, which was pretty dope
  5. Shipping Up to Boston- Dropkick Murphys
    Screaming and anger and bagpipes
  6. Lose Yourself- Eminem
    A la POTUS
  7. Without Ma- Eminem
    A la Suicide Squad
  8. Last Breath- Future
    I mean, it samples the Rocky music. Has to be legit
  9. I Mean It ft. Remo- G Eazy
  10. Hold Me Down- Halsey
  11. Middle Finger- Honey Cocaine
    The name says it all
  12. Do It Like a Dude- Jessie J
  13. I Need a Hero (The one from Shrek 2)
    I don’t care what you say, Shrek 2 was inspiring
  14. Bad Reputation- Joan Jett
    Shrek 1, also inspiring
  15. Dirty Deeds- Joan Jett
  16. Black Skinhead- Kanye West
    say what you will about Kanye, this is excellent
  17. Power- Kanye West
  18. I Don’t Get Tired (#IDGT)- Kevin Gates
    For when you’re working six jobs
  19. Hit And Run- LOLO
  20. Move Bitch- Ludacris
    Get out the way
  21. Pep Rally- Missy Elliott
  22. Problem- Natalia Kills
  23. Ever Fallen In Love (also the one from Shrek 2)
  24. Bitch Better Have My Money- Rihanna
  25. LAF- Rittz
  26. The Greatest- Sia
  27. Wreak Havoc- Skylar Grey
  28. Renegades- X Ambassadors


Playlist Mood: Charge of the Light Brigade, Ride of the Rohirrim, St. Crispin’s Day, Battle of Thermopylae

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