8 Songs Guaranteed To Get You Going in the Morning

How can you get up in the morning feeling motivated and ready for the day ahead, rather than grumpy and ready to murder any fellow commuters who dare cross your path?

It’s a question that’s troubled people throughout the ages, but we at Illuminated Mirrors think we’ve found the answer: music. More specifically, music in the bathroom.

Yep, music in the bathroom. You see, the bathroom is where every good day starts; it’s where you put your face on, brush your teeth and generally get pumped up. But when you can only hear rain, cars and the general misery of a weekday morning outside, it can be difficult to pluck up the motivation.

Enter music, and our new range of Bluetooth audio mirrors. Below are 8 songs you can pump into your bathroom every morning to get yourself going!

What Makes You Beautiful – One Direction

Love ‘em or hate ‘em, those cheeky scamps in 1D certainly know how to make a catchy tune and ‘What Makes You Beautiful’ is the catchiest of them all. It’s relentlessly uplifting, but short enough not to be annoying.

Plus, if you’re not looking too great, it’s a little bit of reassurance that you’re swell just as you are.

Buddy Holly – Weezer

‘Buddy Holly’ is a lovable song by American emo/pop-punk quartet Weezer and is about two lovers who are constantly dissed by ‘homies’, but still love each other anyway. Aww.

This is easily one of the happiest and catchiest songs written and only the most caffeine-deprived of people would fail to crack a smile upon hearing it.

Going The Distance – Rocky Soundtrack (Bill Conti)

It’s not ‘Eye of the Tiger’ and it’s not ‘Flying High Now’, but it is the single most inspirational piece of music ever composed for the silver screen. If you just know you’re going to have a rubbish day full of stress, stick this on – you’ll feel ready to take on anything.

Rock N’ Roll All Night – Kiss

A song about the night might not seem the greatest fit for our wake-up playlist but we’re more focused on the other important lyric in this song – ‘and party every day’.

This is a song that encourages you to treat everyday like a party, and partying is when you’re most awake. So science would suggest that this song is the perfect song to listen to in the morning.

It also has a great hand-clapping bit, which provides good morning exercise.

I Believe I Can Fly – R. Kelly

When it comes to overblown inspirational songs that everyone knows the words to, ‘I Believe I Can Fly’ is the daddy of them all. Putting this on and failing to sing along is considered a crime in at least 25 different countries (although we’ve yet to verify that), so it’s a great way to get out of your slumber.

It’s also highly inspirational, with Mr. Kelly clinging to the belief he can fly despite strong evidence to contrary. If he can believe that, you can believe that your day might not suck as much as you think it’s going to.

Oh! You Pretty Things – David Bowie

Everyone loves a bit of Bowie so choosing just one song to include in our ‘Wake Up playlist’ was very difficult. As it happens, we chose the song that opens with the lyric ‘Wake up, you sleepy head’ because…well, it’s obvious, isn’t it?

This is the perfect morning song, combining a rousing chorus with soft piano. It’s not too taxing or challenging, but it carries enough melody to get your brain working. Just be wary of the fact that this song will be stuck in your head all day, even after just one listen.

We Can’t Stop – Miley Cyrus

Ever start getting ready in the morning and suddenly realise that you could just stop, get back into bed and be done with it? Well, the ever-lively Miley Cyrus has a message for you: ‘don’t’.

You see, ‘We Can’t Stop’, while appearing on the surface to be about a young girl who likes partying a lot, is actually a message to all of us – don’t give up. Even if it’s hammering it down outside and you’ve got a stressful meeting with the boss scheduled in first thing in the morning.

Master of Puppets – Metallica

Because, sometimes, the only way to properly wake up is to have 4 burly Americans screaming ‘MASTER!’ in your face while playing their instruments extremely loudly.

So that’s our morning playlist, perfect for pumping for one of our new Bluetooth audio mirrors. What would you put on your morning playlist? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter!


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Jamie Bell is the managing director of Illuminated Mirrors. You can find Jamie on Google+; he also occasionally updates the Illuminated Mirrors Facebook page.

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