10 Old School Songs To Keep You Motivated

Whether you are having a bad day or wanting to get motivated to exercise, it can be challenging to find the inspiration to get things done. This is why it is important to read motivational quotes so that you can get yourself pumped up to push through hard time. 

According to Motivational Speakers, it’s critical that we all find tools and techniques that can help get us out of a negative mindset and to put us into a positive one. If you are struggling with this, try listening to one of these motivating songs on a play list and get moving again. These songs for motivation are listed from oldest to newest and not in order of preference.

1. The Rolling Stones – Jumpin’ Jack Flash

This was a famous hit that the Rolling Stones released in 1968. Aretha Franklin later did a decent cover of “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” with Keith Richards and it was featured in the movie Sister Act. Play the music when all hope seems lost. (I was drowned, washed up and left for dead…)

2. Higher Ground – Stevie Wonder

This is a funk song from 1973 that continues to be covered by popular artists. The amazing Stevie Wonder wrote and played every single instrument on Higher Ground. “Don’t you let nobody bring you down (they’ll sho ’nuff try),” Stevie sings.

3. You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet – BTO

This is Bachman Turner Overdrive’s surprise hit as it was originally recorded as a joke for Randy Bachman’s stuttering brother. (B-B-B-Baby, you just ain’t seen nothin’ yet!) It was released in 1974 and is still played as motivating music.

4. Gonna Fly Now – Bill Conti

This is the first Rocky theme song from 1976 and actually only includes 30 words. It’s very motivating music, although whether it would’ve been so popular without the movie is unlikely.

5. Don’t Stop – Fleetwood Mac

“Don’t Stop” is from Fleetwood Mac’s 1977 Rumours album and reminds listeners that yesterday’s gone. It’s a great one for making listeners realize that things will get better, which can be motivating.

6. We Are The Champions – Queen

“We Are The Champions” is a timeless classic rock song by Queen from 1977 that people continue to use it as motivation at sports events. Use “We Are The Champions” as motivating music while running, trying to get through a rough day or trying to stay awake.

7. Eye Of The Tiger – Survivor

This 1982 hit by Survivor became popular after it was used in Rocky III and remains one the most popular songs used on workout music play lists. “Hangin’ tough, stayin’ hungry!” are a couple of Survivor’s memorable lines.

8. I Love Rock and Roll – Joan Jett

This rock anthem became a hit in 1982 once Joan Jett and The Blackhearts gave it their own spin. Joan is a rebellious rocker and a great artist to listen to for motivation.

9. Push It – Salt-n-Pepa

The 1987 hip-hop song “Push It” has been covered and sampled by tons of artists. “Push It” is one of those songs that makes people get up and dance, so is considered motivating music.

10. Bust A Move – Young MC

Young MC is not so young anymore, but he can probably still bust a move. This 1989 hit is an old school rap song that will get people moving.

If seeking more music, explore some of these artists further. There are also plenty of songs from the 90s that are perfect to add to a motivating dance and/or workout play list. Consider Ace of Base or Technotronic. For old school rock motivation, try Whitesnake, Poison or AC/DC.