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Help me create the ultimate "You Can Do This" soundtrack.

I'm in need of music that will inspire me to not give up.

Music that will inspire me to move. To do. To conquer. To say "yes, I can" when everything around me says "no, you can't".

I want to create a soundtrack that is a lyrical love letter of You Can Do This awesomeness.

Genre, language, and time period are not factors.
posted by WaspEnterprises to Media & Arts (53 answers total) 79 users marked this as a favorite
 
What you want is Battle Without Honor or Humanity. Crank it up and put on some sunglasses.
posted by castlebravo at 6:21 PM on January 19, 2011 [2 favorites]


A House - I Am The Greatest
posted by nadawi at 6:21 PM on January 19, 2011


Beethoven's 5th Symphony, 4th movement
posted by John Cohen at 6:23 PM on January 19, 2011


What I find inspiring may be somewhat idiosyncratic, but my friend Tom gave me a CD a couple years back which had "cheesy movie montage inspiration" as its theme. Its tracks, in alphabetical order by performer, are:

Chumbawumba - I Get Knocked Down
Europe - The Final Countdown
Foreigner - Jukebox Hero
Frank Stallone - Far From Over
Joe Esposito - You're The Best
Joey Scarburry - Believe It Or Not
Journey - Don't Stop Believin'
Peter Cetera - The Glory of Love
Smash Mouth - Hey Now, You're An All-Star
Stan Bush - Never Surrender
Stan Bush - Fight For Love
Stan Bush - The Touch
Survivor - Eye of The Tiger
Trey Parker - Now You're a Man
Trey Parker - Only a Woman
Trey Parker - America, Fuck Yeah
Van Halen - Top Gun Theme
Vince Dicola - Training Montage
posted by Greg Nog at 6:33 PM on January 19, 2011 [3 favorites]


Am loath to post this because I will be stripped of any musical cred on the internet for ever more, but,

I think Garth Brooks' The River fits the bill, lyrically.

Melodically, it's more Southern-churchy pop-country... so don't expect "Eye of the Tiger"-style energy. (But anyway, if you get a ton of arena-rock, hard-edged anthem suggestions as I expect, this could add a nice foil to the mix)
posted by pineapple at 6:33 PM on January 19, 2011 [2 favorites]


I'm trying to think of non-cliche answers, but this really does seem like a question begging for cliche, so:

The theme from Rocky
"Unbelieveable" - EMF

I always find that "Atlas" by Battles gets my blood pumping.
posted by It's Never Lurgi at 6:33 PM on January 19, 2011


25 Miles by Edwin Starr.
posted by Paragon at 6:36 PM on January 19, 2011 [1 favorite]


Eminem "Lose Yourself." OWNSIT.
posted by sweetkid at 6:39 PM on January 19, 2011 [4 favorites]


"Train In Vain" by The Clash
posted by sourwookie at 6:44 PM on January 19, 2011




If I could be in Major League Baseball, my at-bat music would be Kanye West's "Stronger."
posted by princesspathos at 6:57 PM on January 19, 2011


Seriously people. You need "Get Yourself Up" by KRS-One.
posted by chrchr at 7:00 PM on January 19, 2011


I made a cheesy 'power' mix a few years ago to get me to do the stuff that was a bit too easy for me to give up on. Here are some of the songs from that:

The Bitch is Back-- Elton John
Brass In Pocket-- Pretenders
Don't Stop --Fleetwood Mac
Don't stop till you get enough--Michael Jackson
Float On -- Modest Mouse 128 kbps
Forca -- Nelly Furtado
I Will Survive-- Gloria Gaynor
Let's Get It Started--Black Eyed Peas
Perfect Day--Hoku
Suddenly I See--KT Tunstall
I like the way you move --Bodyrockers
Pulled Up--Talking Heads
posted by sadtomato at 7:02 PM on January 19, 2011


"Stand My Ground" by Within Temptation (symphonic metal)
"Go the Distance" by Roger Bart (Disney's Hercules)
"Faith of the Heart" by Russell Watson (Star Trek Enterprise)
"Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)" by Shakira (2010 FIFA World Cup)
"Anthem" by Superchick (for girls)
"It's On" by Superchick (for anyone)
"All Star" by Smash Mouth
posted by datarose at 7:07 PM on January 19, 2011


GO FOR IT - JOEY B ELLIS
posted by Sticherbeast at 7:07 PM on January 19, 2011


Amerie - Gotta Work
posted by trunk muffins at 7:08 PM on January 19, 2011


Do Your Thing, Basement Jaxx
Move On Up, Curtis Mayfield
All These Things That I’ve Done, The Killers
Higher Ground, Stevie Wonder
The Dog Days Are Over, Florence + the Machine
Rock, Lexicon
Mr. Churchill Says, The Kinks
Break These Chains of Love, Erasure
Nobody Could Change Your Mind, Generationals
They Want EFX, Das EFX
Roll With It, Oasis
Faith, George Michael
Elevation, U2
Lisztomania, Phoenix
Beautiful Possibility, Parade (more for the chorus than the weird white lady rapping)
Silver Lining, Beulah
A Peak You Reach, Badly Drawn Boy
Life is a Highway, Tom Cochrane
Destiny Calling, James
Fighter, Christina Aguilera
Stronger, Kanye West (or Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger, Daft Punk)
I Got a Feeling, Black Eyed Peas
posted by HonoriaGlossop at 7:22 PM on January 19, 2011 [2 favorites]


Runnin' Down a Dream - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
posted by cmgonzalez at 7:32 PM on January 19, 2011


Wounds by Masterplan is one of my personal "let's do this" songs.
posted by NMcCoy at 7:32 PM on January 19, 2011


For the "You can do this" A-side:
  • BARNABYS -
  • Cake - I Will Survive (IMO, better than the original)
  • The Hives - Tick Tick Boom
  • La Roux - Bulletproof
  • Mellowdrone - Oh My
  • The Mooney Suzuki - Alive & Amplified
  • Muse - Uprising
  • OK Go - Invincible
  • ストレイテナー - Berserker Tune

    And for the "Hey, it's ok, at least you tried" B-side:
  • Always Look On the Bright Side of Life
  • Yakety Sax, just because everything becomes funny with Yakety Sax (caution: TV Tropes link).

  • posted by 0x88 at 7:40 PM on January 19, 2011


    These are amazing suggestions . . . thank you, thank you, thank you. I'm already putting together my new playlists.
    posted by WaspEnterprises at 7:55 PM on January 19, 2011


    The Middle by Jimmy Eat World, because some days it's nice to hear an upbeat, silly song that says 'just try your best...everything's gonna be all right, ALL RIGHT!"
    posted by martianna at 7:59 PM on January 19, 2011 [1 favorite]


    The theme song from Laverne and Shirley needs to be on there.
    posted by Metroid Baby at 7:59 PM on January 19, 2011


    Tim Finn - Couldn't Be Done
    Sound of Music Soundtrack - I Have Confidence
    posted by cecic at 8:03 PM on January 19, 2011


    Coming Up From Behind - Marcy Playground
    posted by mmmbacon at 8:04 PM on January 19, 2011


    Watershed - Indigo Girls
    posted by any major dude at 8:33 PM on January 19, 2011


    Every Goliath Has Its David by The Boy Least Likely To is another one in the "cheerful, you-can-do-anything" category.
    posted by hatta at 8:37 PM on January 19, 2011


    Jonsi - Go Do
    posted by clearly at 8:52 PM on January 19, 2011


    Willy Mason -- We Can Be Strong
    Tom Petty -- I Won't Back Down
    Sufjan Stevens -- Chicago
    The Joy Formidable -- Cradle
    Les Savy Fav -- Pots & Pans
    New Radicals -- You Get What You Give
    Patty Griffin -- Up To The Mountain
    posted by threeants at 9:00 PM on January 19, 2011


    I'm SO using these suggestions! What a great question.

    My cheeseball ideas:

    The Cup of Life/La Copa de la Vida by Ricky Martin

    and

    Ready to Go by Republica
    posted by lvanshima at 9:28 PM on January 19, 2011


    I'm Not Afraid by Fleming and John.
    posted by verb at 9:33 PM on January 19, 2011


    These aren't really cheerful 'you can do it' songs, but they always make me want to go out and kick ass.

    LL Cool J - Mama Said Knock You Out
    Prodigy - Firestarter
    posted by emeiji at 9:37 PM on January 19, 2011


    Rush - The Enemy Within
    Daft Punk - Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger
    posted by Tknophobia at 9:45 PM on January 19, 2011


    From my personal "let's get pumped up" playlist:

    "Race For The Prize" by the Flaming Lips (no video for this, sorry)
    "First We Take Manhattan" by Leonard Cohen (nice friends you got there, Leonard)
    "Who Do You Love?" as recorded by Townes Van Zandt
    "Born On The Floor" by the Make Up
    "Legal Man" by Belle and Sebastian (sorry about the intro on this video)
    "I Like Fucking" by Bikini Kill
    posted by milk white peacock at 9:47 PM on January 19, 2011




    "Let the River Run" by Carly Simon (theme from the movie "Working Girl") played very, very loud.
    posted by Logophiliac at 12:08 AM on January 20, 2011


    S Club 7 - Reach
    posted by doublehappy at 12:17 AM on January 20, 2011




    It's difficult to get more quintessential for this than The Aquabats - Look At Me (I'm a Winner!)
    posted by namewithoutwords at 7:20 AM on January 20, 2011


    My personal sunny day, windows down, personal empowerment number is "When I Am King" by Great Big Sea.

    A quick sampling from some of my personal upbeat mixes:
    Guster - Happy Frappy
    Carbon Leaf - Life Less Ordinary
    Stroke 9 - Kick Some Ass
    Entrain - Dancin' In The Light
    Green Day - JAR
    Ozomatli - Can't Stop
    Michael Franti and Spearhead - Yes I Will
    Gabriel Mann - Slumber
    Groovelily - Live Through This
    Groovelily - No Room In Your Bag
    Robert Randolph and the Family Band - Ain't Nothing Wrong With That
    Dolly Parton - Travellin' Thru (though a bit more religious than I usually do)
    Warren Haynes - Soulshine
    Everybody Rejoice (from The Wiz)
    Various songs from the Go! Team's album Thunder. Lightning. Strike., particularly Huddle Formation and The Power Is On

    For me, at least:
    The Proclaimers - 500 Miles
    Man of La Mancha (from the musical of the same name)

    And while I've never owned it myself, there's always:
    Starship - Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now
    posted by rhymeswithaj at 8:53 AM on January 20, 2011


    Blood Brothers - First Blood mixtape.

    "...a DJ duo creating mixtapes of the best of 80s action movie soundtracks"

    Kinda corny, but I guess that's sorta the point.
    posted by banwa at 8:54 AM on January 20, 2011 [1 favorite]


    Amazing by Seal.
    posted by anderjen at 9:24 AM on January 20, 2011


    No Fear - Terri Clark

    Kind of a country-folkish ballad, but very powerful in terms of "HELL YEAH!"
    posted by SuperSquirrel at 9:26 AM on January 20, 2011


    If You Want To Sing Out, Sing Out - Cat Stevens
    posted by kitcat at 10:55 AM on January 20, 2011


    Unless my quick scan missed it, there's no "It's My Life" by Bon Jovi in this list. I'd add that one.

    Also, "The Touch" by Stan Bush. You may remember Mark Wahlberg singing a cover of it at the end of "Boogie Nights". Lyrics here:

    You got the touch
    You got the power

    After all is said and done
    You've never walked, you've never run,
    You're a winner

    You got the moves, you know the streets
    Break the rules, take the heat
    You're nobody's fool

    You're at your best when when the goin' gets rough
    You've been put to the test, but it's never enough

    You got the touch
    You got the power

    When all hell's breakin' loose
    You'll be riding the eye of the storm

    You got the heart
    You got the motion

    You know that when things get too tough
    You got the touch

    You never bend, you never break
    You seem to know just what it takes
    You're a fighter

    It's in the blood, it's in the will
    It's in the mighty hands of steel
    When you're standin' your ground

    And you never get hit when your back's to the wall
    Gonna fight to the end and you're takin' it all

    You got the touch
    You got the power

    When all hell's breakin' loose
    You'll be riding the eye of the storm

    You got the heart
    You got the motion

    You know that when things get too tough
    You got the touch

    You're fightin' fire with fire
    You know you got the touch

    You're at your best when when the road gets rough
    You've been put to the test, but it's never enough

    You got the touch
    You got the power

    You got the touch
    You got the power
    posted by Spyder's Game at 11:09 AM on January 20, 2011


    Rollins Band - Do it
    posted by wcfields at 12:51 PM on January 20, 2011


    what I remember that is on my mix:

    Joan jett and the black hearts - love is all around [this is a cover of the mary tyler moore theme song]
    R.E.M. - the great beyond
    LL Cool J - Shut em down
    posted by fizzix at 12:56 PM on January 20, 2011 [1 favorite]


    Also, "The Touch" by Stan Bush. You may remember Mark Wahlberg singing a cover of it at the end of "Boogie Nights"

    And its the theme from the Transformers animated movie!
    posted by His thoughts were red thoughts at 2:26 PM on January 20, 2011


    Queen - Don't Stop Me Now
    posted by hellojed at 3:38 PM on January 20, 2011 [1 favorite]


    "Let's do it" from the Tank Girl soundtrack. Joan Jett + Paul Westerberg + Cole Porter == awesome.
    posted by rmd1023 at 5:41 PM on January 20, 2011 [1 favorite]


    The Impossible Dream as performed by Carter USM.
    posted by The Dutchman at 6:08 PM on January 20, 2011


    and how could I have forgot the theme song to Reading Rainbow !

    [it's also for sale on amazon as an mp3].
    posted by fizzix at 5:18 AM on January 22, 2011


    Under the category "songs I hope that don't show up on my iPod while shuffling with anyone else in the car," Reach, by Gloria Estefan.

    Also, Matisyahu - One Day.
    posted by tenaciousd at 8:04 PM on January 24, 2011


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