30 Motivational Anthems To Kick Start 2014

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30 Motivational Anthems To Kick Start 2014

Arcade Fire - 'Ready to Start'
What better way to begin 2014 than with double-drum-kit, full-throttle Arcade Fire. Just make sure you pick the "Now I'm ready to start/My mind is open wide" lyrics as your year matra rather than the "Businessmen drink my blood" bits. That would be weird.

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30 Motivational Anthems To Kick Start 2014

La Roux - 'In For The Kill'
Do what La Roux says (go in for the kill, do it for the thrill, etc. etc.) not as she does (she hasn't released an album for five years) and you're sure to have a productive 2014.

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30 Motivational Anthems To Kick Start 2014

Be Your Own Pet - 'Adventure'
Containing the word 'adventuring' 8 times and the word 'adventurer' 10 times, if Be Your Own Pet haven't convinced you to head off on at least a mini-break by the time you finish listening to 'Adventure' you're a stone-hearted individual.

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30 Motivational Anthems To Kick Start 2014

The Strokes - 'You Only Live Once'
Surely The Strokes have missed a trick by not re-releasing this classic now YOLO's a thing? Anyway, aside for the obvious hedonistic title, this track has the kind of good vibes that make positive memories scroll through your mind like a 'Big Brother Best Bits' video montage.

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30 Motivational Anthems To Kick Start 2014

Doves - 'There Goes The Fear'
Two important things to know about 'There Goes The Fear'. 1. It's imperative you dance like your dad to the jangly bits that sound like the Grange Hill theme tune. 2. Make the most of 2014 by letting the lyric "You turn around and life's passed you by" give you the fear factor.

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30 Motivational Anthems To Kick Start 2014

The Vines - 'Get Free'
If you're trying to psych yourself into getting out of a mundane job/relationship/town this is the song to scream.

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30 Motivational Anthems To Kick Start 2014

Public Enemy - 'Fight The Power'
Spike Lee commissioned 'Fight The Power' for his movie 'Do The Right Thing'. "I wanted it to be defiant, I wanted it to be angry, I wanted it to be very rhythmic," he told TIME magazine - and that's why it's a perfect new year kick-starter.

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30 Motivational Anthems To Kick Start 2014

The Jam - 'Going Underground'
If any song's going to make you politically motivated in 2014, it's this anti-Conservative angry rant from The Jam. "You choose your leaders and place your trust/As their lies wash you down and their promises rust," Paul Weller sings. Let that be a lesson.

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Missy Elliott - 'Get Ur Freak On'
Question: Wouldn't life be 100% better if you lived everyday like you were Missy Elliot? Answer: Yes. Make sure you "Getcha getcha getcha getcha getcha freak on" and 2014's gonna be a great year.

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30 Motivational Anthems To Kick Start 2014

Oasis - 'Live Forever'
Put this on, yell the lyrics at the top of your voice and pretend it's 2am on Friday night, you've got your arms round your mates and anything is possible.

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30 Motivational Anthems To Kick Start 2014

Franz Ferdinand - Do You Want To
Follow Franz's lead and go where you've never let yourself before in 2014. At least switch your usual lunch for an edgier meal deal next year.

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The White Stripes - 'Seven Nation Army'
Egyptian journalist Mono Elthahawy says of 'Seven Nation Army': "Every time I hear the opening lines it just takes me to Egypt, where people – I've never seen anything like it. Literally, nothing can hold them back." If it's good enough for the Arab Spring it's good enough for you.

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The Gossip - Standing In The Way Of Control
Beth Ditto wrote Standing In The Way Of Control as a response to a US Amendment which would have outlawed same-sex marriage in the country. Explaining the ruling made her friends feel "helpless and cheated", she said: "I wrote the chorus to try and encourage people not to give up."

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30 Motivational Anthems To Kick Start 2014

Beyonce - Run The World
We imagine that when Beyonce faces the mirror each morning she looks herself in the eye and thinks "Who run the world? BEYONCE". You should do the same.

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MIA - 'Born Free'
Okay, so this video has that weird ginger genocide storyline but let's ignore that. The lesson to learn here is "Yeah I don't wanna live for tomorrow/ I push my life today".

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Nas - 'The World Is Yours'
Don't be fooled by the laid-back beat, this is a song about winning at life. Its title was taken from 'Scarface' in which Tony Montana makes the phrase his mantra.

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Fatboy Slim – Right Here, Right Now
The musical equivalent to your mum standing at the bottom of the stairs shouting "No, not in five minutes! Do your homework NOW".

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Kanye West - 'I Am A God'
If Kanye's breathless 'I Am A God' doesn't make you want to get up on your feet, not much will. It's time to get stacking millions till you're chilling with Jesus and remember, never ever accept sloppy service when it comes to croissant.

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Snow Patrol - 'Run'
Gary Lightbody apparently wrote 'Run' after going on a massive bender and falling down some stairs. "The words ‘Light up, light up’ gave this sense of a beacon. There had to be a light at the end of a tunnel," he said.

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30 Motivational Anthems To Kick Start 2014

Drake - 'Started At The Bottom'
If Drake started at the bottom and got his whole team here so can you. He used to work all night, drive home through traffic, be hungry, live at his momma's house and argue with her monthly but now nothing's poppin' off without him.

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Dizzee Rascal - 'Fix Up, Look Sharp'
Originally used to slew Asher D in a rap battle, you can now use 'Fix Up, Look Sharp' to convince yourself that sweatpants are never office appropriate. Even in January.

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Florence + The Machine - 'Dog Days Are Over'
This is probably one to listen to in the secrecy of your bedroom if you don't want to ruin your street cred. It's a bit.. well.. 'X Factor final' now. (Cheers Cowell.) Still, listening to 'Dog Days Are Over' puts an uplifting summer glow on grey January days.

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Primal Scream - 'Higher Than The Sun'
Let's slow down the tempo a little because even lazy Sunday mornings can be motivational. The mix of hazy melodies and lyrics like "I believe you get what you give" is potent.

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Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit
That riff, that anti-establishment attitude: whether you're doing a 20 minute crosstrainer sesh or powering through your tax returns, try your hardest to channel 'Teen Spirit' in 2014.

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House Of Pain - 'Jump Around'
Two parts aggressively energetic, one part hilarious ("I never eat a pig 'cause a pig is a cop"), 'Jump Around' has featured in at least two action movies, 'Daredevil' and 'Rush Hour', so is certified motivation music.

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Kanye West – 'Stronger'
A stone cold motivational anthem, guaranteed to get you moving and shaking in 2014. When it comes to getting yourself in gear, look no further than the king of overconfidence.

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Justice Vs Simian - We Are Your Friends
Combine forceful synth stabs with stirring lyrics - "We are your friends/ You'll never be alone again" - and you have a track so powerful it'll defeat even Hollyoaks Omnibus laziness.

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Daft Punk - 'Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger'
Do we really need to explain why we chose this? No track is more hype than 'Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger'.

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Kelis – 'Bossy'
Life lesson to take from 'Bossy'? Stop being nice to everyone. Remember: "You don't have to love me/ You don't even have to like me/ But you will respect me". Now, dominate the office.

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Friendly Fires - 'Jump In The Pool'
Something about this synthy, bubbly, giddy tune turns tedious jogs through rundown towns into excited dashes through vibrant metropolises. It's the ultimate 'pretending to be in a movie' exercise song.

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