The iplicit team’s power playlist for 2022


We’re sure you’ll agree, music can work as a powerful motivator when your week is looking heavy, and you need that extra push to get things done.

So, to offer a helping hand in tackling your to-do list, here are 15 soundtrack suggestions from the iplicit team to add a little fun to your working day, raise a smile, and keep you pushing forward into 2022…

  1. Three Little Birds by Bob Marley & The Wailers

This recognisable 1980 reggae song was our senior customer service support, Linda O’Donnell’s soundtrack selection. One of Bob Marley’s most popular singles, the song covers sentiments like ‘don’t worry about a thing’ and ‘every little thing is going to be alright’ — which certainly makes it a sensible choice for our pick-me-up playlist.

  1. Eye of the Tiger by Survivor

Our marketing manager, Tracy Payne opted for the hit from the American rock band, Survivor — which served as the theme song for the 1982 film, Rocky III.

It has gained global popularity since its release 40 years ago, with combined sales of vinyl and digital copies surpassing nine million. It’s sure to get the blood pumping and the cogs whirring on a Monday morning!

  1. Mr. Blue Sky by Electric Light Orchestra

Commercial director, Paul Sparkes travelled to 1977 for his pick from the British band’s seventh studio album ‘Out of the Blue’. The song has been used in a number of films — including Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Shaun of the Dead, and Guardians of the Galaxy — the TV show Doctor Who, as well as the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

  1. Roar by Katy Perry

The pop track from American singer, Katy Perry was selected by iplicit’s senior implementation consultant, Louise Wharton. The message revolves around standing up for yourself and feeling empowered — and what’s more motivating than that?

In February 2020, the music video reached three billion views, making it the first female-centred video to make this milestone in Youtube’s history.

  1. Lose Yourself by Eminem

Released in 2002 as the lead single from the soundtrack to 8 Mile — starring Eminem — this song details the early years of the rapper’s career, and how he overcame various obstacles and challenges to eventually gain the respect of his industry peers. An excellent choice from our non-executive director, Matt Woolf!

  1. Heroes by David Bowie

Another pick from the 1970s, this track by British pop legend, David Bowie tells the story of two lovers — one from East and one from West Berlin — and his live performance at the German Reichstag in the western region has been considered the catalyst for the later fall of the Berlin Wall. Now that’s what we call a power anthem — thank you, Sam for the recommendation!

  1. Dream On by Aerosmith

This striking ballad — chosen by our implementation consultant, Ian Ross — became the first major hit for American rock band, Aerosmith, famed for its robust riffs and building climax showcasing lead singer, Steven Tyler’s trademark screams.

  1. I’m Still Standing by Elton John

A signature pop song from the 1980s, this pick from Sam Curtis is a great party-starter! Our customer services director added that it’s her go-to song for when life gives you lemons — well, that and a large gin!

  1. Make It Happen by Mariah Carey

Our account manager Anil Phull couldn’t decide on a single song for the list, instead he opted for “anything by Mariah Carey” — his hero!

We narrowed it down to this 1992 pop, R&B, and dance-influenced track which describes the singer’s personal struggles before her rise to fame — and how her faith in God helped to sustain her.

  1. We Are The Champions by Queen

Cloud solutions consultant, David Forster landed on this rock anthem from British band, Queen. Written with audience participation in mind, Freddie Mercury said the ‘we’ in the name refers to everyone who is singing along. Lead guitarist, Brian May called the song “unifying and positive”.

Also on David’s shortlist was Journey’s ‘Don’t Stop Believing’ and ‘The Only Way is Up’ by Yazz — more brilliant choices! 

  1. Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana

This lead single from the band’s second album ‘Nevermind’ achieved global acclaim upon its release in 1992 and continues to be praised by critics — and our technical director and founder, Ian Andrews — as one of the greatest songs of all time. We’re sure the combination of power chords and Cobain’s grungey vocals will get even the most reluctant foot tapping!  

  1. Harder Than You Think by Public Enemy

iplicit product director, Brian Weaving chose Public Enemy’s 2007 hip-hop single which you may recognise as the theme tune for the Paralympic Games — which incorporated samples from Shirley Bassey’s ‘Jezahel’.

  1. All Along the Watchtower by Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix’s cover of Bob Dylan’s track was our implementation consultant, Tomas Shilibeer‘s selection for its powerful and electrifying riffs — characteristic of the guitar hero himself!

  1. Don’t Stop Me Now by Queen

The second Queen anthem to make the list, this 1979 hit has been featured in films, adverts, and TV shows since its release 43 years ago. We don’t think anyone can deny its ability to blow away those Monday blues and boost productivity levels. Thanks for the recommendation, Rob!

  1. Elevation by U2

And finally, a song to elevate your mood from the Irish rock band, U2 — recommended by software developer Paulo Gomes. The track achieves a ‘funkadelic’ sound with the help of guitar riffs, crashing drum beats, and Bono’s expressive vocals.

We hope you enjoyed our motivational soundtrack. To listen to the complete track list — along with some honourable mentions — click here. Let us know which is your favourite power anthem! 

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