Today’s 5 things Friday post counts down my top 5 songs that get me ready to rumble.
Part of being “
,” you might recall, is doing work wholly distraction-free. There’s plenty of research on what’s called “state-dependent learning,” where the consciousness in which you learn material is the state in which you should test. As in: if you study with music on, you should take the test with music on.
A 1969 scientific study
even found that when people learn information while intoxicated, they will remember it better while intoxicated. (It’s definitely worth noting that grades are better for those who study, and test, sober.)
That being said, though: sometimes, I need to pregame for my workday. When I eat breakfast, or give myself a 15-minute break before going into a major writing frenzy, I boot up some music that does one of two things:
, or inspires me.
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5. Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes, “Home.”
(Side note: this song was the background to our wedding Same Day Edit, shot by Leonard Hasemann and his team of professionals through Cinematic Wedding Story.)
4. R. Kelly’s “Remix to Ignition.” Brings me right back to high school.
3. Jamie Cullum, “Please Don’t Stop the Music” (original released by Rihanna). This version is
so much better.
2. Elton John, “Your Song.” (I’ve loved this song forever – which made
this moment of my life
that much more surreal.) I also love all covers of this song.
1. Beyoncé, “Love on Top.” Instant feel-good. Maybe it’s the 90s choreo; perhaps it’s Bey’s Sasha Fierce-flawless face. Either way, this one’s going to stick around.
BONUS: Mentioning 90s choreo and NOT including Backstreet Boys: “I Want it That Way” is probably illegal. So, here.
What are some songs that you just can’t quit? Let me know in the comments!