The Soundtrack of Success: 17 Business Leaders’ Motivational Anthems

By Greg Grzesiak Greg Grzesiak has been verified by Muck Rack's editorial team
Published on January 19, 2024

Music has the power to inspire and energize, so we’ve gathered the favorite motivational anthems from CEOs, directors, and other leaders to get you charged up for your business ventures. From the empowering lyrics of “Lose Yourself” to staying hopeful with “Don’t Stop Believin’,” discover the top seventeen songs these professionals turn up to fuel their drive towards success.

  • Embrace Opportunities with “Lose Yourself”
  • Reflective Mantra in “This Is Your Life”
  • “Going in for the Kill” Ignites Focus
  • Empowerment with “Sisters Are Doin’ It for Themselves”
  • Overcoming Adversity with “When I Grow Up”
  • “Unstoppable” Sets a Determined Tone
  • J Dilla’s Instrumental Inspires Work Ethic
  • Resilience Anthem in “Eye of the Tiger”
  • “Happy” by Pharrell Williams Boosts Optimism
  • Energizing Business with “Burning Love”
  • Get Pumped with “Hey! Ho! Let’s Go!”
  • Gwen Stefani’s “What You Waiting For?” Motivates
  • “Uptown Funk” Drives Positive Digital Leadership
  • Tech Hustle Vibe from “Wet Your Beak”
  • Facing Challenges with “Not Afraid”
  • “Roar” by Katy Perry Builds Confidence
  • Stay Hopeful with “Don’t Stop Believin’”

Embrace Opportunities with “Lose Yourself”

“Lose Yourself” by Eminem is undoubtedly my go-to motivational anthem when gearing up for important business endeavors. The song’s opening verse, “Look, if you had one shot, or one opportunity, to seize everything you ever wanted in one moment, would you capture it or just let it slip?” resonates deeply with the essence of leadership and the critical decisions that come with it.

The lyrics speak to the urgency and significance of seizing opportunities, a mindset crucial in the fast-paced and competitive world of business. This anthem serves as a powerful reminder of the importance of decisiveness and determination when facing pivotal moments. Eminem’s raw and intense delivery creates a motivational atmosphere that fuels my focus and determination.

In the realm of human resources and leadership, where making impactful decisions and driving positive change are constant challenges, this song becomes a source of inspiration. It ignites a sense of urgency and commitment, encouraging me to embrace challenges, take calculated risks, and lead with unwavering determination. This song is not just a soundtrack but a powerful tool that empowers me to seize every opportunity and make the most of each moment.

Shannon Garcia-LewisShannon Garcia-Lewis
Chief People Officer


Reflective Mantra in “This Is Your Life”

“This Is Your Life” by Switchfoot has an atmospheric vibe that encourages deep thought and reflection. The mantra in the refrain is particularly powerful for me: “This is your life. Are you who you want to be?” It has a stoic quality that questions if I’m on the right path to accomplishing my life goals.

Chris PetersChris Peters
Director, Digital Experience, FMX


“Going in for the Kill” Ignites Focus

I listen to La Roux’s “Going in for the Kill,” especially when I’m getting ready to close a large deal. It ignites that hunter instinct of focusing on my goal and not conceding unless it is a success.

Will BakerWill Baker
Director, Skirtings R Us


Empowerment with “Sisters Are Doin’ It for Themselves”

It’s a bit of an oldie, but I love Eurythmics’ “Sisters Are Doin’ It for Themselves.” I usually have a celebratory dance party to it after completing a burdensome or complex task. It’s my “I did that” female empowerment go-to!

Julie Ann HowlettJulie Ann Howlett
Edtech Professional, Julie Ann H Digital


Overcoming Adversity with “When I Grow Up”

I repeatedly listen to the song “When I Grow Up” by NF because it resonates so much with my journey as an entrepreneur. As a kid, I was always the outcast and spent much of my time alone, reading to learn about the world. I had a lot of dreams to go to better schools and start college earlier, but my family always told me no and wanted me to stay at home.

Once I became an adult, I later moved to Germany and started my marketing agency, which is an incredibly tough story with a whole load of nos from more people as well. The main concept of NF’s song is that even though many people in his life told him no, he kept going, and I listen to it often to feel more motivated.

Adriana SteinAdriana Stein
CEO and Founder, AS Marketing


“Unstoppable” Sets a Determined Tone

“Unstoppable” by Sia somehow plays every morning on the radio, and it has become my mantra for the day. Just that one line replays over and over again in my head as I attack the challenges of the day, and it reminds me, “There’s no stopping me!”

Lorraine Bossé-SmithLorraine Bossé-Smith
Chief Solutions Officer, Concept One LLC


J Dilla’s Instrumental Inspires Work Ethic

My go-to motivational anthem for important business endeavors is the extended version of the “Show Me What You Got” instrumental by J Dilla. Classical music and instrumentals have been my long-time favorite genres for work playlists. And as a lifelong Michigander, I find J Dilla’s music particularly inspirational.

Ken FreelKen Freel
Freelance SEO Consultant, Nuaveu


Resilience Anthem in “Eye of the Tiger”

My go-to motivational anthem is “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor. This classic song, well-known for its association with the “Rocky” films, embodies the spirit of determination and overcoming challenges. The driving beat and powerful lyrics ignite a sense of resilience and focus in me.

Whenever I face a big project or a challenging task, listening to this song recharges my motivation and prepares me mentally to tackle any obstacles. It reminds me that persistence and hard work can overcome even the toughest challenges, much like a boxer preparing for the big fight. This song is a constant reminder that with the right mindset, I am capable of achieving my goals.

Jaya IyerJaya Iyer
Marketing Manager, Teranga Digital Marketing LTD


“Happy” by Pharrell Williams Boosts Optimism

I’ve found that music plays a pivotal role in setting the tone for my day, especially in business contexts. Music really has the power to uplift, inspire, and energize, so I have a few favorites to choose from. A favorite is “Happy” by Pharrell Williams, as its catchy rhythm and joyful lyrics embody a sense of unbridled optimism and energy.

Whenever I face a significant business endeavor, “Happy” invigorates me, infusing a sense of lightness and positivity. Its upbeat tempo mirrors the pace of a dynamic business environment, while the lyrics remind me of the importance of maintaining a positive outlook. This song is not just a melody; it’s a mindset that primes me for success.

Marketa KropacovaMarketa Kropacova
Holistic Therapist, Alpha Therapies


Energizing Business with “Burning Love”

My motivational anthem is “Burning Love” by Elvis Presley. The energetic tempo and passionate lyrics energize me, igniting a burning drive that fuels my determination and creativity in business endeavors.

Keith RitchieKeith Ritchie
CEO, Prime Massage Chairs


Get Pumped with ‘Hey! Ho! Let’s Go!’

My go-to motivational anthem is “Hey! Ho! Let’s Go!” by The Ramones.

This song exemplifies everything I need to pump me up for an important meeting, interview, or when I need to meet a deadline. My favorite aspect is the chorus, which motivates me to go out and do my best!

Like most Ramones songs, the fast beat and energy of the song add to the motivational impact. Listening to this song, I can’t help but look forward to whatever challenge lies in front of me—and I’m ready to give it my all.

Neil ChaseNeil Chase
Writer and Filmmaker, Neil Chase Film


Gwen Stefani’s “What You Waiting For?” Motivates

Music has the power to change your mood. I listen to classical music to focus, and when I have a lot of work to do, I switch to high-energy pop songs. As a woman entrepreneur, I find the song “What You Waiting For?” by Gwen Stefani very motivating.

“Take a chance ’cause you might grow” and “Life is short, you’re capable” are part of the great lyrics, and overall it’s a fun, kick-ass song. If that doesn’t get me going, I go back to the Matrix soundtrack, because it gives me a fighting spirit.

Melanie MartenMelanie Marten
PR Consultant, The Coup


“Uptown Funk” Drives Positive Digital Leadership

“Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars is my ultimate motivational anthem. Its infectious energy and upbeat rhythm inspire a positive mindset, perfect for conquering challenges in the dynamic digital-services landscape.

The song’s celebration of success and confidence mirrors Iglu’s commitment to delivering top-notch services globally. It captures the essence of collaboration and creativity, driving me to lead Iglu with enthusiasm and style. As we navigate the digital realm, this song propels me to embrace innovation and deliver exceptional results.

Ozzi JarvinenOzzi Jarvinen
Founder, Iglu


Tech Hustle Vibe from “Wet Your Beak”

What a question! I’ll be honest—I am big-time into listening to pump-up songs before any vital meeting. I have been hooked on many songs, but my recent go-to song is quite niche. It’s called “Wet Your Beak, Yung Spielburg.” It is the opening music of the All-in Podcast hosted by Chamath Palihapitiya, Jason Calacanis, David Sacks, and David Friedberg, who are popular in the tech startup space.

I’m a big fan of both the music and the podcast. The music just makes my brain vibe with the hustle mindset needed to grab the deal on the table.

Abhinav YadavAbhinav Yadav
Founder, Wavel AI


Facing Challenges with “Not Afraid”

It’s all about facing fears and not backing down, and that’s a big part of what I do every day as a CMO at Content Whale. Hence, for me, “Not Afraid” by Eminem is my go-to song when I need motivation. This song is straight-up inspiring and pushes me to take on challenges in my work every day!

Bhavik SarkhediBhavik Sarkhedi
Growth Head and CMO, Content Whale


“Roar” by Katy Perry Builds Confidence

Katy Perry’s “Roar” features inspirational lyrics about discovering one’s voice and strength, making it a motivating pick for people wishing to increase their confidence and assertiveness in professional scenarios.

Ryan ThompsonRyan Thompson
Editor, Men’s Flair


Stay Hopeful with “Don’t Stop Believin’”

“Don’t Stop Believin'” by Journey is a classic song about how important it is to keep going and hold on to your dreams. Its upbeat tune and positive message can help you stay strong and hopeful in your personal and professional life.

Matthew O'SullivanMatthew O’Sullivan
CEO, Subsidence Ltd.


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Greg Grzesiak is an Entrepreneur-In-Residence and Columnist at Grit Daily. As CEO of Grzesiak Growth LLC, Greg dedicates his time to helping CEOs influencers and entrepreneurs make the appearances that will grow their following in their reach globally. Over the years he has built strong partnerships with high profile educators and influencers in Youtube and traditional finance space. Greg is a University of Florida graduate with years of experience in marketing and journalism.

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