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Inspirational Music When You Need a Boost

Do you ever need inspiration at the end of the day? I remember my mom putting on loud, happy music while she cooked dinner every night. I loved the way it ended our day, but now that I’m a mom I’ve wised up: the reason you put on the music is because you have no motivation to make the dinner and feed the masses. The reason I know? Because I do the same thing.

This playlist is for all the people who need a few more spoons at the end of the day when they feel like it’s a stretch to get anything else done. It’s inspired by my DJ life (remember to book early and often if you want some killer music at your event!), but also by what I find when I scroll through Spotify. There are some fantastic music aficionados there.

Note: I don’t worry about clean music. Use this list at your own discretion. If you use Spotify, they have a handy little “E” notation for songs with explicit lyrics.

Please take one and leave one: use what you can from this post and share with me what you add to it on your own Spotify lists in the comments section.

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Kick It Off Right

My parents gave me my eclectic taste in music. Give me showtunes, 70s, 80s, rock, metal, pop, folk, swing, anything, if I’m in the right mood. My teen years were spent in the car with my mom listening to 90s country, so that’s my happy music. That’s why you’ll find some country in this playlist.

Here are some hopping tunes to start your motivational playlist off right:

  • “Kick the Dust Up” by Luke Bryan

  • “Any Way You Want It” by Journey

  • “I Want You to Want Me” by Cheap Trick

  • “My Give a Damn’s Busted” by Jo Dee Messina

  • “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” by Kelly Clarkson

  • “Pour Some Sugar on Me” by Def Leppard

  • “Suddenly I See” by KT Tunstall

  • “We Built This City” by Starship

  • “Party Rock Anthem” by LMFAO

  • “Best Song Ever” by One Direction

  • “Cannonball” by Avril Lavigne

In the Groove

Now that you’ve started moving and you’re pulling out supplies or ingredients, whatever you need to finish tonight’s dinner or project, it’s time to build momentum.

Here are some songs that will help you keep going. I highly recommend pouring yourself a drink at this point, either something boozy or something with caffeine (or both).

  • “Geronimo” by Sheppard

  • “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)” by Pink

  • “Little Voice” by Hilary Duff

  • “America’s Sweetheart” by Elle King

  • “The Middle” by Jimmy Eat World

  • “Miss Murder” by AFI

  • “Hole in the Bottle” by Kelsea Ballerini and Shania Twain

  • “Levitating” by Dua Lipa

  • “Whip It” by Devo

Finish Strong

If you’re halfway through your drink and you’re finally feeling capable of getting through the evening, then you’re ready to slow it down just a bit. Use these tunes to help you finish strong and get to the end of dinner prep or whatever you’re working on.

  • “Astronaut in the Ocean” by Masked Wolf

  • “3AM” by Matchbox Twenty

  • “Speedball Tucker” by Jim Croce

  • “Carry On My Wayward Son” by Kansas

  • “Thunder” by Imagine Dragons

  • “Carried Me with You” by Brandi Carlisle

  • “Once in a Lifetime” by Talking Heads

  • “Betty (Get Money)” by Yung Gravy

  • “Lemon Drop” by Raynes


After you’re done, all you need is one more drink and something to relax to while you eat the dinner you prepped or revel in how well you did on your project. Try these slower tunes to put you in the right mood. If the kids are sick of the upbeat stuff, this might help them calm down for dinner.

  • “Sympathy” by Goo Goo Dolls

  • “Meant to Be” by Bebe Rhexa

  • “Mr. Tambourine Man” by Bob Dylan

  • “Leave the Pieces” by The Wreckers

  • “Slow Hands” by Niall Horan

  • “Purple Rain” by Dwight Yoakam

  • “Pieces of Me” by Ashlee Simpson

  • “80s Mercedes” by Maren Morris

  • “Here Comes the Sun” by The Beatles

Listen Up

Did you like our music choices? You can try another one of our playlists, or follow us on Instagram where we share most of the music we’re listening to during the day.

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