Five Songs to Kick Your Confidence in the Rear

I love music. Music helps me think, feel, breathe, live. When I need to focus on running, I listen. When I need to tune out distractions and write, I listen. When I need to relax, I listen.

In the past, I wrote about songs that move me and songs that help me create. I therefore wish to delve into songs that kick my motivation in the rear and boost my self-confidence.

I think of them as my Girl Power Songs, Bad-A Ballads, or Power Playlists.

My first pick is songs from The Matrix soundtrack. That is because The Matrix is my power movie. I watched at least a part of it in college, every day that I needed a boost. The music is no less empowering.

Second on my motivational music playlist is Evanescence. Amy Lee is my kind of singer, combining classical powerhouse with near-death metal grunge. This is the sort of song I know the words to and sing/yell along to every time.

Third brings us into the first of my adult choices. I listen to a variety of music, but only like a handful of rap. Maybe a few fingers-worth, actually. I’d be no sort of music-lover without Eminem’s “Mom’s Spaghetti”* making my list.

Not far behind is Lit’s “My Own Worst Enemy.” Also not one I can turn up around the kids; it’s still one of my top motivational songs.

Last for this truncated list are dubstep playlists. I particularly love having a fast-paced final number for my last lap or final aerobics set. This remix of “Turn Down for What” is perfect for just that.

Do you listen to music when you need a boost? What are some of your upbeat favorites? Do you turn them up and yell along?


The following were written without the aid of music, due to the presence of small children:
Wednesday, July 31: Wrote “All We Are is Dollars in a Wallet.”

Thursday, August 1: Answered Mathew’s questions in “Another Liebster Thingie.”

Friday, August 2: Winner of the Weekly Terribly Poetry Contest. Congratulations to Bruce!

Saturday, August 3: Announced the 37th Weekly Terrible Poetry Contest. The theme is a free verse of whatever subject you choose. PLEASE ENTER! Tell your friends! Tell your enemies!

Sunday, August 4: Shared Norah Colvin’s interview with me about school day reminiscences.

Also, “Song, For One,” in response to Carrot Ranch‘s prompt.

Monday, August 5: An inspirational quote by Neil Gaiman.

Tuesday, August 6: “Wilhelmina Winters, Ninety-Nine.”

Wednesday, August 7: Today.

I also posted all this week at my motherhood site. I wrote “The Dishes and Other Evils,” “The Top Ten Reasons Why Being Pregnant is Awesome,” and “Five Minutes Later.”


*Yes, I know its real name is “Lose Yourself.”


©2019 Chelsea Owens

30 thoughts on “Five Songs to Kick Your Confidence in the Rear

  1. I must have watched it but can’t remember what The Matrix plot is about.
    Also trying to recall what was good the last time I took part in an organised fitness regime. It was that long ago, I now visualise it on a wind up player with a small dog sitting in front of it.

    Somethings by Billy Idol were motivating on the gym rower – but I don’t go now.

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  2. It’s funny how people change over the years and the things that interest them. Part of my routine since retirement is to get to my exercise facility. I’m not “gym guy” who you regularly see for two weeks and then disappears. I am “crazy old coot who is finally paying attention to his health guy,”—better late than never. I’ve kept this going for over two years, and this isn’t a fad; it’s a lifestyle change. The reason I’m telling you all this is because I am an unabashed rock lover and Amy Lee comes with me (in my I-pod) to the gym. Evanescence is one of my all-time favorite bands. I love the power and range of her voice.

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    1. AWESOME!!!!!

      I’m currently pregnant, but was exercising every day. I love seeing how many people make it out to our local gym; I know how difficult that habit is.


  3. The Matrix is excellent! Have you heard it’s back in theaters for its 20 year anniversary?

    As for the questions at the end…I do have a workout playlist and travel playlist for those very purposes. “Roar” and “Firework” by Katy Perry are top choices; “Backstabber” by the Dresden Dolls is a fun one too.

    Excellent choices for all of the listed songs!

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