Monday Morning Anthems

The alarm rings on Monday morning and you groan. It doesn’t matter whether or not you love your job—waking up and getting a move on at the beginning of a new work week after two days off is no small feat. But one thing that can help get us geared up to return to the office is music. (Just be mindful when it comes to actually playing it in the office.)

What songs do you find yourself turning up in the car or on your iPod as you head into the office to start the week? Maybe Elvis Costello’s “Welcome to the Working Week”, “Let’s Go” by the Cars or “Manic Monday” by the Bangles? How about the classic R.E.M. tunes “Get Up” or “Finest Worksong”? Does Iggy Pop help you rock out and find a “Lust for Life”?

Maybe you need to throw yourself a dance party to really get motivated—a little Lady Gaga, M.I.A. or Justin Timberlake, perhaps? Or maybe you seek productivity inspiration from that inveterate hustler, Jay-Z.

(By the way, we already know you listen to MC Hammer’s “U Can’t Touch This” to get pumped for a big presentation. Don’t worry, we won’t tell anyone.)

What songs get you motivated for the workweek?

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Georgiana Cohen is a freelance writer and blogger who has contributed to publications including the Boston Phoenix and the Boston Herald and works full-time on web content for Tufts University. Her blog at covers a variety of topics relating to web communications and content, while her blog Safe Digression covers life, music and adventures around Boston. You can also follow her mobile photolog.


  1. Robert on the 26th July

    Definitely “Taking Care of Business”…

  2. Tim on the 26th July

    “The Final Countdown” by Europe. “dah-dah-DAH-duh dah-dah-DAT-Dat-duh”

  3. Maggie on the 26th July

    I have a mix on my iPod labeled “Ear Coffee” that listen on the way to work each morning. “Sexyback” “On to the Next One” and “Mama Said Knock You Out” (haha)

  4. Ollie on the 27th July

    My 2 favourite alarm songs are Cypress Hill – Insane in the brain or Cake’s cover of I Will Survive.

  5. Bryan Thompson on the 27th July

    Like Maggie, I also make playlists on my iPhone for different moods, scenarios, etc. If I’m feeling melancholy, I have a playlist called “Ambient” – Aqualung, Moby, Zero 7, etc. If the feeling is peppy and pumped up, there’s a playlist for that, too – “Feel Good” and it is a good mixture of up-tempo artists and songs of different genres – from Jack Johnson to Huey Lewis & the News to The Black Eyed Peas.

  6. Matt B on the 27th July

    Darkest Hour: Veritas, Aequitas

    10 minutes of “Lets do this”

  7. Peter North on the 29th July

    “Wake Up” by Rage Against The Machine comes to mind.

  8. Ash on the 1st August

    “Make It Mine” by Jason Mraz

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