10 Inspirational Rock Songs to Motivate You

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If you’re ever feeling down or just need a little motivation, these 10 rock songs are sure to inspire you. From anthems to ballads, these hits will get you moving.

“Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor

“Eye of the Tiger” is a song by American rock band Survivor. It was released as a single from their third album of the same name in June 1982 and topped charts worldwide, including the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States. The song has been featured in popular culture numerous times, including on the soundtrack of Rocky III, which is widely considered to be its defining moment.

“We Will Rock You” by Queen

“We Will Rock You” is a song by Queen that was released on their 1977 album News of the World. The song was written by Brian May and recorded in just three takes. The song is famous for its stomp-stomp-clap beat, which was created by May using specific timing with his foot, a table, and a chair. The song is also notable for being one of the first rock songs to use crowd noise as part of the instrumental track.

“The Power of Love” by Huey Lewis and the News

This classic ’80s hit by Huey Lewis and the News is all about the power of love. It’s a great song to motivate you when you’re feeling down and need a little pick-me-up.

“I Can’t Drive 55” by Sammy Hagar

This song was released in 1984 by Sammy Hagar, and it quickly became a hit. It is about how fast Hagar loves to drive, and the chorus reflects this with the line “I can’t drive 55.” The song has a driving beat that makes it perfect for working out, and it is sure to motivate you to push yourself harder.

“Highway to Hell” by AC/DC

“Highway to Hell” by AC/DC is a song that always seems to get people pumped up and motivated. It’s fast, it’s fun, and it has a great message about standing up for yourself and fighting for what you believe in. If you’re looking for some inspiration, this is definitely a song to check out.

“The Trooper” by Iron Maiden

“The Trooper” is a song by the British heavy metal band Iron Maiden. It was released as the lead single from their fifth studio album, Piece of Mind (1983), on 16 May 1983. It is notable for its galloping rhythm, chorus hook, and double bass drumming. The song was written by bassist Steve Harris.

lyrically, “The Trooper” is based on the Charge of the Light Brigade, with Harris later saying: “It’s all about somebody being prepared to die for what they believe in.” He has also stated that he wrote the song with drummer Nicko McBrain in mind.

The single was well received by fans and critics alike and charted at number 32 in the UK Singles Chart. In 2009, it was voted number 15 by VH1’s Greatest Metal Songs. In 2019, it was ranked at number 38 on Rolling Stone’s list of The 100 Greatest Metal Songs of All Time.

“You’ve Got Another Thing Comin'” by Judas Priest

This heavy metal classic from Judas Priest is sure to get you pumped up and motivated. Featuring a catchy riff and powerful vocals from Rob Halford, “You’ve Got Another Thing Comin'” is a true metal anthem. If you’re looking for some inspiration, this is the perfect song to give you a boost.

“Breaking the Law” by Judas Priest

When you feel like you’re stuck in a rut and need some motivation to get moving, look no further than this list of inspirational rock songs. “Breaking the Law” by Judas Priest is the perfect anthem for anyone who’s feeling rebellious and needs a pick-me-up. With its driving guitar riff and energetic chorus, this song will definitely get you pumped up and ready to take on whatever challenges come your way. So crank up the volume, headbang along, and let this song give you the boost you need to get going!

“For Whom the Bell Tolls” by Metallica

“For Whom the Bell Tolls” is a song by American heavy metal band Metallica. It was released as the lead single from their second album, Ride the Lightning. The song was produced by Flemming Rasmussen. Metallica wrote “For Whom the Bell Tolls” while they were on tour in Europe in the spring of 1984. The song is based on the novel of the same name by Ernest Hemingway, which tells the story of an American soldier in the Spanish Civil War.

“I Believe in a Thing Called Love” by The Darkness

“I Believe in a Thing Called Love” is a single released by English rock band The Darkness. It was released on 15 September 2003 as the first single from their debut album, Permission to Land (2003). The song was written by Justin Hawkins, who also produced it with Liam Watson. Upon release, it entered the UK Singles Chart at number two, becoming The Darkness’ highest-charting single. In June 2004, the song was nominated for Best British Single at the Brit Awards. In October 2011, NME placed it at number 79 on its list “150 Best Tracks of the Past 15 Years”.

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