Monday grooves: 6 songs to start your week right
Need some tunes to jump-start your week? Check out the playlist below.
Getting out of bed on Monday morning can be a chore. It happens to the best of us. Sometimes we just need a little push. These upbeat songs are the perfect antidote to a case of the Mondays. So turn up the volume and get your week started!
'Get on Your Feet' by Gloria Estefan
Cuban-American singer Gloria Estefan will certainly get you ready to take on the week! Most famous for her song "Conga" released in 1985, Estefan is often referred to as the “Queen of Latin Pop.” This upbeat tune was released in 1989 on the album “Cuts Both Ways.” It reached the 11th spot on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. The song has continued its reign into recent pop culture, and was the campaign song for eternal optimist Leslie Knope in the TV show “Parks and Recreation” on NBC.
'The North' by Men of North Country
This song will make you want to get moving on a Monday, or any day of the week. The fast-paced track with a 1960s-era Beatles' vibe, comes from Men of North Country. The soul band from Israel includes a drummer, a guitarist, a bassist and a three-piece brass section, all of whom harmonize beautifully on this toe-tapping tune. Known to fans by their initials MONC, the group signed with Acid Jazz Records, a prestigious London label and released their first album in 2010. This song comes off their second album, “The North,” released in 2012 to rave reviews. Last year, the band released a new album entitled "Magic" and finished its fourth European tour in just two years.
'On Top of the World' by Imagine Dragons
American alternative rock band Imagine Dragons released this feel-good hit in 2012 on their album “Night Visions.” The upbeat track was nominated for a Teen Choice Award for Choice Rock Song and a World Music Award for World’s Best Song. It has been featured in a number of advertisements and movies, including "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone," "The Croods" and in ESPN’s coverage of the 2013-14 NBA Season. The most endearing cover came from the PS22 Chorus, when they sang this tune at President Obama’s second inauguration.
'Here Comes the Sun' by The Beatles
This soothing and positive song is the perfect way to start your Monday. The legendary British rock band The Beatles released the song on the album “Abbey Road” in 1969. It was written and frequently performed by member George Harrison. The song has been widely covered by artists such as Peter Tosh, Nina Simone and Demi Lovato. With hits like this, The Beatles established themselves as the bestselling music artists in the United States – and hold the record for the most No. 1 albums on the British charts. To date, the Beatles have sold nearly a billion units worldwide.
'Grace Kelly' by Mika
French-British singer-songwriter Mika released this anthem in 2007 on the album “Life in Cartoon Motion.” The upbeat song is about being true to yourself. The single debuted at No. 3 on the U.K. singles chart and reached the No. 1 spot in a week. The album went on to sell more than 5 million copies worldwide. Mika performed the song at the 2007 MTV Europe Music Awards, and it has appeared in a number of advertisements since. His latest album, "No Place in Heaven," was released this summer.
'Beautiful Day' by U2
Irish rock band U2 released this Monday morning melody in 2000 on their album “All That You Can’t Leave Behind.” It was the band’s fourth No. 1 single in the U.K. and peaked at No. 21 on the U.S. Billboard 100. The song became an international hit, topping the charts in Australia, Canada, the Netherlands, Italy and, of course, Ireland. “Beautiful Day” won three Grammy Awards, for Song of the Year, Record of the Year and Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. The song has gone on to become one of the band’s biggest hits of all time, and is guaranteed to put you in a good mood for the week.
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