It should be all rise, baby
April 29, 2020 4:18 AM   Subscribe

Give me upbeat, pumped up songs that start with a bang and keep going from there.
posted by Cozybee to Media & Arts (58 answers total) 48 users marked this as a favorite
The Go! Team - Bust Out Brigade
posted by EndsOfInvention at 4:56 AM on April 29 [3 favorites]

DJ Kool - Let Me Clear My Throat
posted by TheCavorter at 5:04 AM on April 29 [5 favorites]

You might enjoy the answers in this Reddit post from about a year ago, "What song is an absolute banger from start to finish?"
posted by NotMyselfRightNow at 5:06 AM on April 29

One of my favorite songs ever fits the bill.

Bad Boy by Miami Sound Machine

Link is to the music video featuring Gloria Estefan dancing with a bunch of anthropomorphic cats. You're welcome!
posted by RobinofFrocksley at 5:18 AM on April 29 [1 favorite]

The entirety of Elvis Costello's album This Year's Model fits the bill.
posted by vitout at 5:53 AM on April 29 [2 favorites]

Twisted Sister - I Wanna Rock
posted by beyond_pink at 5:54 AM on April 29 [2 favorites]

Walk the Moon: Shut Up and Dance
posted by kimberussell at 6:31 AM on April 29 [8 favorites]

Talking Heads: Born Under Punches
posted by ejs at 6:33 AM on April 29

vitout, great album, one song in particular keeps a steady intensity, Pump It Up.
posted by bitslayer at 6:38 AM on April 29 [4 favorites]

So many Phish songs. Check out Tube, MOMA Dance, and Tweezer for starters.
posted by bondcliff at 6:45 AM on April 29

Mariah Carey’s Fantasy remix with ODB should work. Starts with ODB, which is awesome, and then rides the Tom Tom Club sample.
posted by kevinbelt at 7:02 AM on April 29 [2 favorites]

Your favorite Frankie Goes to Hollywood track goes here.
posted by Glomar response at 7:12 AM on April 29 [1 favorite]

Maybe not the right genre, but lots of Bellowhead fits this description. Try their versions of Gosport Nancy, Let Union Be, Lillibulero or A-begging I will go.
posted by rhamphorhynchus at 7:15 AM on April 29

A good bit of Sloan's catalog from the 2000s fits the bill:
posted by Johnny Assay at 7:19 AM on April 29 [3 favorites]

Freedom, from Lemonade, is just relentless in the best way.
posted by nebulawindphone at 7:29 AM on April 29 [2 favorites]

INXS - What You Need
posted by JoeZydeco at 7:34 AM on April 29 [2 favorites]

Republica - Drop Dead Gorgeous
posted by merriment at 7:48 AM on April 29 [4 favorites]

Everything by Sleigh Bells, forex Infinity Guitars.
posted by axiom at 7:58 AM on April 29 [3 favorites]

ABBA - Dancing Queen, Waterloo, Take a Chance on Me
Bob Seger - Hollywood Nights
Bruce Springsteen - Born to Run
Genesis - Land of Confusion (or the cover by Disturbed)
Green Day - Welcome to Paradise
Pink Floyd - Not Now John, Run Like Hell
Smash Mouth - Nervous in the Alley
The Police - Synchronicity II
posted by DevilsAdvocate at 8:07 AM on April 29 [4 favorites]

The Moody Blues - Higher and Higher
(inspired by an Apollo launch)
posted by Rash at 8:43 AM on April 29

Amerie - 1 Thing
Moby - Feeling So Real
Outkast - B.O.B.
TV on the Radio - Wolf Like Me
Kanye - Black Skinhead
Roxy Music - The Thrill of It All
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Rockers to Swallow
Stones - Doom and Gloom
NIN - Came Back Haunted
The Hives - Two-Timing Touch and Broken Bones
posted by Bron at 8:59 AM on April 29 [4 favorites]

In a time when indie rockers just didn’t do guitar solos, Dinosaur Jr. starts this song with a ripping solo that picks up again at the bridge and continues to the end. It’s probably sludgier than you’re looking for, though. Out There
posted by sjswitzer at 9:14 AM on April 29

The lead off to nearly every road trip playlist I've ever made: Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band - Get Out of Denver ('Live' Bullet version).
posted by thatquietgirl at 9:17 AM on April 29 [1 favorite]

The Replacements - Alex Chilton
posted by JoeZydeco at 9:20 AM on April 29 [3 favorites]

Literally starts with a "bang". The Clash - Safe European Home
posted by humboldt32 at 9:26 AM on April 29

Florence and the Machine's Kiss with a Fist
posted by i_am_a_fiesta at 9:27 AM on April 29 [2 favorites]

Wham! - I'm Your Man
posted by Balthamos at 9:58 AM on April 29 [1 favorite]

Herzog -- Full Stick (only 90 seconds)
posted by miguelcervantes at 10:56 AM on April 29

BRNDA's Go Bi.
The Rat.
posted by tmcw at 11:14 AM on April 29

Duran Duran Rio
posted by supermedusa at 11:20 AM on April 29 [2 favorites]

The Soft Boys - "I Wanna Destroy You"
Throwing Muses - "Not Too Soon"
The Minus 5 - "Aw Shit Man"
XTC - "Life Begins at the Hop" & "Science Friction"
Liz Phair - "Supernova"
L7 - "Shitlist"
Sugar - "If I Can't Change Your Mind"
posted by jzb at 11:31 AM on April 29 [2 favorites]

Run-D.M.C. - Tougher than leather
posted by charles kaapjes at 11:43 AM on April 29 [1 favorite]

I came in to say The Go! Team as well. I love The Power is On

Also Curtis Mayfield - Move on Up
posted by Mchelly at 11:45 AM on April 29 [1 favorite]

Started blasting this right before I came to check out MeFi, so the timing of your question seemed auspicious. Tom Cochrane's Life is a Highway. Turn it up... more!
posted by kate4914 at 11:58 AM on April 29

Thomas Dolby - Hyperactive
Motörhead - Overkill
Perfume - Spring of Life (Largely because I want to nominate something that came out in the last ten years, and not feel so old. Is it a sign of aging that one no longer notices upbeat songs?)

(Technically, Going For the One fits your description, but I suspect it's not the kind of thing you're looking for. )
posted by Grangousier at 12:03 PM on April 29

Mint Royale (ft. Pos from De La Soul) - Show Me
posted by Banky_Edwards at 12:09 PM on April 29

M.C. Hammer's Do Not Pass Me By. If religion is a problem for you, that might be a problem, but DAMN if the song isn't the catchiest thing I've heard in my life.
posted by WCityMike at 12:18 PM on April 29

BTW, re: "all rise" – Shepard toneWhen Will the Bass Drop? (tw: gore)
posted by WCityMike at 12:22 PM on April 29

Or A Short Ride in a Fast Machine by John Adams, or Chasing Sheep is Best Left to Shepherds or Synchronising by Michael Nyman (who tends to Ramonesify everything live), or Blockhead by the California Guitar Trio (n.b. that's not the California Guitar Trio, but conveys the gist)
posted by Grangousier at 12:25 PM on April 29

Richard Hell and the Voidoids: "Liars Beware".
posted by JimDe at 12:39 PM on April 29 [1 favorite]

Sleater-Kinney - Entertain (opens with a drum solo and goes up from there)
posted by mhum at 1:10 PM on April 29

I think you just made a request for Joe Satriani.
Surfing with the Alien
It's sequel, Back to Shalla-Bal
Nineteen Eighty
Satch Boogie
Shockwave Supernova
The Mystical Potato Head Groove Thing
Ice 9
posted by plinth at 2:34 PM on April 29

Play With Me - Extreme
posted by plinth at 2:40 PM on April 29

Fountains of Wayne - Bright Future in Sales
posted by kitten kaboodle at 3:19 PM on April 29

Tall Cool One- Robert Plant

World War II (pt2)- Wax Fang
posted by Splunge at 3:48 PM on April 29

Temple Priest - Missio and friends (uh, NSFW)
posted by liet at 5:06 PM on April 29

Nirvana - In Bloom
posted by sickinthehead at 5:23 PM on April 29

Journey - Stone in Love
Anthony David - Can't Look Down
posted by fuse theorem at 7:31 PM on April 29

Moskau - Dschinghis Khan

I Know You Want Me -Pitbull

I Believe In a Thing Called Love - The Darkness
posted by vespabelle at 8:35 PM on April 29

I highly recommend searching Spotify for "Jock Jams" for cheesy 90s pump-you-up music.
posted by vespabelle at 8:59 PM on April 29

Beyoncé—Love On Top
posted by ocherdraco at 10:36 PM on April 29 [1 favorite]

Hüsker Dü - “Divide and Conquer”
posted by mustard seeds at 12:42 AM on April 30

Edguy - "929"
posted by CheesesOfBrazil at 9:35 AM on April 30

Deep Purple - Highway Star drives pretty hard.
So does Lazy

And this cover of Lazy by Joe Bonamassa and jimmy Barnes may just knock your socks off!
posted by ecorrocio at 9:23 PM on April 30

Marina & The Diamonds - Bubblegum Bitch

Walk the Moon - Different Colors

Grimes - Kill vs Maim
posted by littlesq at 8:00 PM on May 1 [1 favorite]

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