What’s Your Power Anthem?

July 17, 2014

A power anthem is a song that lifts your spirits, calms your stress, or otherwise makes you feel like you’re ready to take on the world.

There are anthems for different moments: the I’m-over-you breakup song, the fight song, the don’t-mess-with-me-world ballad. (Think: The Rocky theme. Pharrell’s “Happy.” Alanis Morissette circa 1995.)

In college, my roommate and I shared something called “secret song,” which may or may not have been our code name for Come Clean by Hilary Duff. We felt like we were supposed to be too sophisticated to like it but… we did. A lot. So when no one else was around, we would close the door and secretly rock out. Even now, hearing that song never fails to make me smile.

The effects of music on mood are well-documented, but living in a city where I don’t have a car, and thus built-in time with a radio, I sometimes forget the boost you can get from just a few minutes with a frothy, bubble-gum hit.

Even so, power anthems have gotten me through job interviews, life changes and many a stressful morning commute. Some are upbeat and dance-y. Others are classic and tied to good memories. And then there’s Elton John. (What can I say? “Your Song” has this magical power to make me feel better.)

Do you have a power anthem? Or even better, a power playlist? Please share!

(GIF of Christopher Walken from what is quite possibly the best music video ever: Weapon of Choice.)

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  • “Get free” – major lazer!!!

  • “How you like me now.” I don’t think that’s the actual title. But I used to listen to it every morning on the way to work. OK, writing this out is making me realize how embarrassing it is.

    • I love these! Power anthems are best when they’re embarrassing, I think. Sometimes I’ll listen to a completely ridiculous song on the subway and get a little high b/c the people around me have no idea what’s coming out of my headphones.

  • I was gifted a power anthem “Eye of the Tiger” while stressing about job interviews. I think it’s time to revisit it!

  • Jungle by X Ambassadors & Jamie N Commons

  • I am a big advocate for dancing it out and that soundtrack mostly happens to be something shameful or Arctic Monkeys. But on days when I don’t want to leave my apartment being the introvert that I am or I don’t feel good enough to run into my flawless crush (as it always happens when I’m down and sad) somehow dancing while brushing my teeth to My Sharona/Chairlif’s Evident Utensil or Babyshambles Fck Forever really helps (and makes me want to conquer the world).

  • It’s an old post but I just discovered your blog! Can’t resist a song poll. My go to is “You got the love” by The Source & Candi Station, the last song played in Sex & The City, and the first song I played when I set foot in NY for the first time almost 8 years ago.

  • Danielle,

    Reaper Man by Mother Mother love them!