Music equivalent of coffee?
October 26, 2010 1:50 PM   Subscribe

I'm enjoying The Social Network's "In the Hall of the Mountain King". What are other fast-paced hyperactive songs that are the audio equivalent of coffee?

I love how the song just keeps building and getting faster and faster, and I feel like I'm along for the ride going WOOOOOOO!

What other songs give that getting-pumped just-had-coffee feeling? This isn't for running or physical exercise ... more like just feeling energized in the morning while coding with a cup of tea.
posted by cadge to Media & Arts (24 answers total) 41 users marked this as a favorite
Some Aphex Twin songs do that to me.
posted by greasy_skillet at 2:05 PM on October 26, 2010

Coldplay, Fix You

Gorillaz, Don't Get Lost in Heaven, and let it flow into the next track on the disc, Demon Days.
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 2:08 PM on October 26, 2010

How important is genre? Dragonforce are astonishingly fast-paced and hyperactive, but may not match your tastes. I could recommend a ton of metal, but I don't want to flood you with a genre you hate.
posted by Lifeson at 2:08 PM on October 26, 2010

Peer Gynt just added you as a friend.
posted by Aquaman at 2:08 PM on October 26, 2010 [5 favorites]

Flight of the Bumblebee
posted by delicate_dahlias at 2:10 PM on October 26, 2010

Response by poster: Any genre is acceptable!
posted by cadge at 2:10 PM on October 26, 2010

I call this my 3pm playlist. It spans many genres.

The Ride of the Valkyries (Wagner)
Danse Bacchanale from Samson et Dalila (Saint-Saƫns)
Sabre Dance (Khachaturian)
The Hut on Fowl's Legs (Baba Yaga) (Mussorgsky)
Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92: Allegro con brio (Beethoven)
Through the Fire and the Flames (Dragonforce)
Hard Rock Halleluja (Lordi)
Time Warp from Rocky Horror Show
It's the End of the World as We Know It (R.E.M.)
Eo (Cafe Tacuba)
Remedy (Little Boots)
Ash Like Snow (The Brilliant Green)
Go-Getter Greg (Ludo)
Oh Oh Oh Sexy Vampire (Fright Ranger)
Don't Stop Me Now (Queen)

To build your own: Beethoven, thrash metal and happy hardcore will get you there in a hurry.
posted by geekchic at 2:29 PM on October 26, 2010

Vivaldi, L'estate (Summer, from The Four Seasons), III. Presto
posted by DevilsAdvocate at 2:37 PM on October 26, 2010

My favorite is African Brother's Dance Band for tired mornings.
posted by ejfox at 3:12 PM on October 26, 2010

coffee by A.W.O.L aka & Minds. Give it until about a minute in... Heard it on a Warren Miller soundtrack a few years ago.
posted by hungrysquirrels at 3:16 PM on October 26, 2010

I'd say Underworld's Born Slippy is a good example of this.
posted by Kafkaesque at 3:48 PM on October 26, 2010

Conor Oberst's I Don't Want To Die (In the Hospital) is a good one when you're at work in a place where you can't see any natural light and feel trapped there. It starts off fast, has a little slow part, and then gets at little more frantic.
posted by BlooPen at 4:01 PM on October 26, 2010

Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture. if you don't recognise it, skip to 2:43.

Then, the piece which always makes me proud to be Cherman, Ride of the Valkyries.
posted by Biru at 4:14 PM on October 26, 2010

Bolero - Ravel
posted by zengargoyle at 4:25 PM on October 26, 2010 [2 favorites]

Apocalyptica, "Hall of The Mountain King." Hang in until after the 1:40 mark.
posted by MonkeyToes at 4:26 PM on October 26, 2010

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, "My Man Is A Mean Man". Even better, find the DJ Spinna remix.
posted by xil at 4:30 PM on October 26, 2010

In high school brass band we did a piece by Dmitri Kabalevsky that was absolutely rousing! Sorry, cannot remember the title.
posted by ovvl at 5:16 PM on October 26, 2010

Oh hello.
posted by RJ Reynolds at 5:49 PM on October 26, 2010

This usually isn't my kind of thing, but I am right this moment listening to Brian Eno's 'Small Craft On A Milk Sea' on NPR First Listen.
posted by Someday Bum at 7:34 PM on October 26, 2010

I think my best recommendation is Keep Hope Alive by The Crystal Method, and some other songs on their Vegas album, which seem to always be building to a crescendo.

Some other good ones:

Stress by Jim's Big Ego is explicitly about caffeine abuse.

O...Saya by AR Rahman.

What Time Is Love by The KLF.
posted by A dead Quaker at 8:48 PM on October 26, 2010

Response by poster: Hooray, thanks everyone!
posted by cadge at 11:30 AM on October 27, 2010

Some more suggestions in this thread from 2007: Pedal Faster!.

Nthing Eurobeat will probably be fitting.
posted by schleppo at 12:55 PM on October 28, 2010

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