Motivating Music for a New Year

January can feel like a grim month – it’s most likely dark when you get up and dark again when you get home from school – so here are Agnes’ top 20 tracks to perk you up and brighten your winter days.

Staying Alive (Rap Remix) by N-Trance & The Bee Gees – the disco classic reimagined; guaranteed to put a spring in your step (which is why it also appears here).
One Day Like This by Elbow – the 2008 hit was sung at the closing ceremony of the 2012 Olympics; it’s an uplifting song guaranteed to get you up and at it.
Break it Down Again by Tears for Fears – brilliant 1980s band fronted by Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith, probably best known for ‘Shout’ and ‘Everybody Wants to Rule the World’ but this track is great too.
There She Goes by The La’s – lovely guitar sounds from the now disbanded Liverpudlian rock band.
Right Here Right Now by Fat Boy Slim – (aka Norman Cook).
Nothing Can Stop Us by St Etienne – plug your headphones in, shove your hands in your pockets and listen to this on your journey to school (or anywhere). Another song that also appears here.
Atomic by Blondie – back when you could wear a bin bag, ripped tights and some tin foil and nobody judged you.
Thunder by Imagine Dragons – some serious double-jointed dancing (or CGI) in this video by Joseph Kahn, aka Ahn Jun-hee, the Korean-American director.
Ready to Go by Republica – the rousing ‘technopop punk rock’ sound.
New Year’s Day by U2 – from when they were young and super-cool, the mega-band’s first UK hit before Bono went all tax-haven-y.
Alive and Kicking by Simple Minds – some fantastic 80s clothes and posing in this video. (They wouldn’t be allowed to film so close to the edge these days!)
It’s Oh So Quiet by Bjork – written in the 1950’s by American singer Betty Hutton, this wonderful cover was Bjork’s biggest hit in the 1990s.
Feel it Still by Portugal. The Man – the longest-running number-one song in the US Alternative Songs chart.
Higher by Sigma ft. Labrinth – a lot of snow-fun was had making this video.
This is Me from The Greatest Showman Soundtrack – one song from a wonderful soundtrack. Do see this great film if you haven’t already; it’s our current favourite!
Feeling Good by Nina Simone – an empowering anthem for any situation.
Proud by M People – ‘You could be so many people, just make that break for freedom, so what have you done today to make you feel proud?’
Dog Days are Over by Florence and the Machine – whatever the lyrics mean, it’s a perky tune.
You Can Get It If You Really Want by Jimmy Cliff – the title says it all.
I Get Knocked Down by Chumbawamba – also called ‘Tubthumping’, an activist song from the late 1990s.
And don’t forget to check out our other great music suggestions on the link below – whatever your mood, and whatever you’re doing, we’ve got a track to match!