Weekday Wake-Ups: Week 1


Do you have a case of the perpetual Mondays? Here are 5 songs to get you out of bed in the morning and move you into a productive mindset. Carpe Diem!

Let’s face it, Mondays might as well be the worst day of the week. Your weekend feels like it abruptly ended before you could truly enjoy it, and you’ve never been further from your next weekend break. But it’s not just the first day of the week that’s tough on workers – any day can feel like a Monday. If you are not a morning person (like me), you may need some extra encouragement to start your day.

If you are looking for new music and old-time classics to spice up your mornings and motivate you to go out and make the most out of your day, then look no further. The following tunes have been selected based on lyrics, tempo/tune, and overall message and meaning. Make sure to check in every week for a brand new list of songs to add to your morning rush.

Motiv8 – J.Cole 

Kicking off our list with a very fitting title, J.Cole’s “Motiv8” comes to us from his new album, “KOD”. J.Cole himself says that the acronym has several meanings, one of them being “Kill our Demons”. Hopefully, this song will help you conquer your demons and motivate you to overcome your obstacles, whatever they may be.

No Good – Kaleo 

This gritty, blues-rock anthem is sure to shake the Monday morning blues right out of you. Every great playlist needs a reliable rock song, and this track is sure to give you your fix. I would compare this song to a morning cup of coffee – warm and reliable, with a good kick. This song accurately captures the grit of the morning hustle.

ICY GRL – Saweetie 

This breakout single from the Sacramento-born rapper, Saweetie, is an anthem for every independent woman out there. However, you don’t have to be a woman to vibe with this song. The song is about going out and getting your own, staying strong and driven towards creating a better life for yourself, and that is motivating for anyone regardless of their gender.

Wake Me Up – Avicii 

My high school used this song as their “morning rush” song. They played it about five minutes before the first class of the school days to cue students to start heading to their class. As a typical high school student dreading the early mornings of every school day, I listened to this song every single morning (Monday to Friday) for a full semester, thus associating this song with the start of a school day. Surprisingly, I still love this song, and it is the perfect addition to your morning rush playlist. Rest In Peace Avicii.

God’s Plan – Drake 

I am sure you’ve heard this song a thousand times already, but that doesn’t mean it should be left out. In this song, Drake credits his success to God’s divine will. A feel-good rap track to start the day will have you saying “Hallelujah” by Friday at 5 pm. Drake reminds listeners to block out the hate, focus on their path, and keep family close.