We asked and you answered — here are the songs that get you pumped up at work

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What music motivates you at work?
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It’s time to face the music.

Last week, we asked readers what song gets you motivated at work.

You replied with some intriguing jams, including music from the “Rocky” series, Bee Gees grooves, and some Kanye.

Here are the top responses.

Some answers have been edited for clarity.


‘Game of Thrones Main Title’ by Ramin Djawadi

– Pablo, Brazil


‘You Win Again’ by The Bee Gees

“It gets me pumped up since it has a zippy beatbox rhythm to it, has ‘win’ in it and has a energetic crescendo that’s got an uplifting and ‘Bring it on, world!’ feel to it.” – Anand Sivashankar, Bangalore, India


‘“Lose Yourself’ by Eminem

“I play it before pitch meetings!” – Susan Tynan, CEO of Framebridge.com. Georgetown, Washington, DC


‘9 to 5’ by Dolly Parton and ‘Waiting on a Plane’ by Maddie and Tae

“I listen to them on the train to work.” – Anonymous


“The Wild Life” by Vacationer

– JB, New York City


‘Hate It or Love It’ by The Game and 50 Cent

– Sabrina, Los Angeles


‘Eye of the Tiger’ by Survivor

– Ronnie George


‘Safety Dance’ by Men Without Hats

– Anonymous


‘My House’ by Flo Rida

“Flo Rida’s music gets me really pumped. I can’t help but fist pump or hit the whip whenever he comes on.” – Anonymous


‘Turn Down for What’ by DJ Snake and Lil Jon

– Anonymous


‘No Church in the Wild’ by JAY Z and Kanye West

“The reason is that the song starts nice and slow and then pumps up.” – Konstantinos Nomikos, Greece


‘Bitch Better Have My Money’ by Rihanna

“Good beat, positive messages.” – Anonymous


‘Online Songs’ by Blink-182

“This is on my ‘get stuff done now’ playlist for the fast-paced drum beat in the background. Something about the beat matching my heart rate lets me focus on the tasks at hand. Also may or may not replace ‘Josie’ with my boss’ name in the opening line of the song.” – Katie, Nashville, Tennessee


‘Hearts on Fire’ by John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band

– Anonymous


‘Serious’ by Kygo and Matt Corby

“All those chill out/sunset/’The Sound You Need’/’Majestic Casual’ kind of songs are the ones that work best for me when I need to concentrate and block out the outside noise. Playlists from Spotify or Youtube compilations, I spend hours on that groove. ‘Serious’ is the best one, for sure!” – Daniela Vaz, Lisbon, Portugal


Anything by Chico Buarque

“Jazz with great solos, saxo deep house, classic rock or classic Brazilian ‘pop’ singers, such as Chico Buarque or Alceu Valença. And, of course, the sound of silence is better than music some other times.” – Anonymous, Brazil


‘Can’t Tell Me Nothing’ by Kanye West.

“Kanye repeatedly goes back to the theme of how, when he was broke, no one was there for him. When you’re down, everything comes with a heavy dose of advice and often with strings attached. He got lots of advice but no one is willing to believe in him or invest in his dreams. I’ve faced a very similar position in my life, and this was my anthem getting through it.” – Troy Jensen


‘Rich Gang’ by Lifestyle ft. Young Thug, Rich Homie Quan

“Listen to this before a sales pitch. The energy gets you ready to talk to any prospect!” – Carlos, San Francisco


‘G.O.M.D.’ by J. Cole

– Anonymous


‘The One and Only’ by Chesney Hawkes

“It’s cheesy, makes you feel like you’re on top of the world and can tackle anything. Also, I love that it was No. 1 on the day I was born back in 1991!” – Dave C., London


‘Next Episode’ by Dr. Dre

“The beginning of the song gets you ready to go.” – Stephanie, San Francisco


‘Top of the World’ by Imagine Dragons

“Gets me to work harder to book another vacation.” – Jesmine W., Brunei