Let’s face it, we’ve all experienced the insane healing powers of music. Whether we’re crying our eyes out or jumping for joy, the right song can be the perfect expression of how we’re feeling at any moment. Sometimes music can even give us a boost when we’re feeling bored, dejected, or just plain lazy. Here are just a few of the movie, television, and theatre soundtracks you can listen to when you need to remind yourself that you can do anything you set your mind to.
1. Legally Blonde: The Musical Soundtrack
We all loved Reese Witherspoon as sorority girl turned Harvard law grad Elle Woods in 2001’s Legally Blonde, but the 2007 musical of the same name might be even better. The soundtrack of Legally Blonde: The Musical is the perfect thing to load on to your iPod when you feel the need to have a solo karaoke night in your bedroom. The 18-song soundtrack features everything from upbeat, energetic pop songs like “Bend and Snap” and “So Much Better” to hardcore power ballads like and “Find My Way”, and listening to Elle Woods belting it out about how she doesn’t need a guy to get what she wants can bring you out of a funk in no time.
2. Pitch Perfect: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
What’s not to love about this soundtrack? Amazing harmonies from a group of insanely talented female singers? Check. A to-die-for guys vs. girls riff-off with a completely unexpected but awesome ending? Check. Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, and the other performers featured on the soundtrack cover Miley, Madonna, and everything in between. Even those who haven’t seen the movie will be guaranteed to find something they end up jamming out to in the shower or on the bus ride home. (And prepare themselves for the sure-to-be wonderful, upcoming Pitch Perfect 2)
3. The Music of Smash
Ok, so Smash isn’t on the air anymore, but that’s no reason you can’t sit down and listen to this soundtrack anyway. It includes both covers of previously existing songs (like Katherine McPhee’s lovely rendition of Christina Aguilera’s “Beautiful”) and original songs from the TV show’s fictional Marilyn Monroe-themed theatre production, Bombshell. So while you’re lip-syncing along to the words, you can pretend to be a world-famous pop icon and a Broadway star – it’s the best of both worlds! And I’m just going to go ahead and say that “Let Me Be Your Star” is the ideal “screw you and get out of my way” song, if you’re ever feeling mad at the world.
4. Songs from Scandal: Music for Gladiators
Want throwback Thursday to come early? Channel your inner Olivia Pope with this 70s-centric compilation by dancing and singing along to classics from Marvin Gaye, Chaka Khan, and more. Listening to this soundtrack will remind you that if Olivia can maintain control of the White House, you can make that early morning trip to the gym or ask for that promotion. It’s called “Music for Gladiators”, so use this soundtrack to prove to yourself that you are one!
5. Wicked Cast Recording
Before Idina Menzel sang about howling winds and letting things go, she was rocking it out on stage as Elphaba, the Witch of the West, in the 2003 production of Wicked. This soundtrack is chock-full of songs about not letting anything get in your way – perfect to listen to when you need a bit of pick-me-up. Plus, anyone who claims they haven’t sung along to “Defying Gravity” at the top of their lungs at least once in their life is lying.
What’s your go-to song or CD when you need to feel motivated?
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