Poll: Do You Have a Theme Song?

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To me, one of the most defining moments in an inspirational movie comes when the protagonist overcomes adversity and we all leave the theater with that 'ain't life good' feeling. Many of us are quite familiar with theme songs of movies such as Star Wars and Indiana Jones, but for me they don't define the character as much as they do the whole movie.

If you are old enough to remember the classic movie Rocky, the audience is drawn to Sylvester Stallone's character Rocky Balboa as he runs up the infamous front steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art raising his arms above his head as the theme song plays in the background. What a moment! Here is an underdog who beat the odds and rose to the top. And if you haven't seen the movie, I can almost guarantee you have heard the theme song.

A few years ago when I decided to spread my wings and start training for my first half-marathon, I decided I needed a theme song. A song that would get me excited about my training, but also would inspire me to keep going even when the going gets tough. It needed to have a nice cadence and something I would enjoy listening to every time I was running.

After listening to many, many tunes, I couldn't quite find that one defining song, until one day out of the blue playing on the car stereo was Electric Light Orchestra's Hold on Tight. That was it! I was running for a dream and I was holding on tight. That became my theme song and continues to be my motivational song 2 1/2 years later. Every time I hear 'my song' I am inspired to hold on tight and never let go.

So if you don't have a theme song, consider adding one to your inspirational journey.

Do you have a theme song that inspires you to stay on this great journey? And if not, would think that this is something you might consider? Do you think music plays an integral part in our healthy lifestyle journey?



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  • 387
    "Unwritten" by Natasha Bedingfield. LOVE IT!! - 4/27/2012   12:17:24 PM
  • 386
    My theme song "You got to move it" Although that is not the name of the song
    It is the general lyric throughout!!!!!! - 4/26/2012   9:47:31 AM
  • 385
    Firework by Katy Perry gets me pumped up and motivated every time - 2/3/2012   6:58:41 AM
  • 384
    One of mine is #1 by Nelly. - 9/9/2011   10:41:52 PM
  • 383
    "Man in the Mirror" by Michael Jackson. - 9/2/2011   12:03:32 PM
  • 382
    I have a few but my favorite is "fighter" by Chrisitina Aguilar - 7/29/2011   1:43:35 AM
  • 381
    My theme song is "32 Flavors" by Ani Di Franco. The lyrics are so thought provoking.

    "both my parents taught me about good will
    and I have done well by their names
    just the kindness I've lavished on strangers
    is more than I can explain
    still there's many who've turned out their porch lights
    just so I would think they were not home
    and hid in the dark of their windows
    til I'd passed and left them alone..."

    If I'm feeling a bit cocky and I want an extra jolt of energy I like listening to The Donna's "Fall Behind Me" because it make me want to jut my chin and power through my fatigue! :) - 6/28/2011   10:49:47 PM
  • 380
    " Celebrate" Kool and The Gang. - 6/28/2011   2:15:11 PM
  • PEACHEZ73
    379
    I have two songs. I love the song Pump Up The Jam by Technotronic because of the beat and it keeps me going through a treadmill workout. The other is Tight Fittin Jeans because my goal is to get into those smaller jeans that everyone notices when you walk into a place :) - 6/23/2011   5:47:48 PM
  • 378
    ALWAYS: my "theme" has been "bullet proof" by La Roux since it was released. it's a brilliant song, relatable, and it makes me wiggle all over.
    CURRENTLY: i'm hooked on "little lion man" by mumford & sons. it's challenging and inspirational.
    ALSO: "rudy's theme" by jerry goldsmith. the movie is so inspirational. the theme is beautiful and uplifting. - 2/23/2011   7:36:01 PM
  • 377
    Absolutely ANYTHING by DMX!! His music definitely gives me that Edge I need when doing cardio or strength training -- ESPECIALLY Strength Training!

    If I had to pick one song, then it'd be "X Gone Give It To Ya" - 4/30/2010   1:14:18 PM
  • 376
    i have (2)--one is "Reunited" which is mine and my best friend's song cuz she and i have spent so much time separated by distance and the other one is "it takes two" which is our favorite song to dance to. it's also good to workout to as well. - 3/30/2010   4:10:15 PM
  • HUTSONGL77
    375
    Ozzie Osbourne - No More Tears - 3/30/2010   8:57:11 AM
  • PWINCESSEMILY
    374
    I have a new one.

    I liked both the songs already, but at the Brit awards this year Dizzee Rascal and Florence and the Machine combined their songs (he raps and she is an amazing singer) to make 'You got the dirty love'.

    Its not so much the lyrics but the solid steady beat building on the bottom, and her absolutely singing her heart out - its so ALIVE!

    People here have probably never heard of either of these and should really check it out on youtube. And Florence's other stuff too! - 3/30/2010   7:08:29 AM
  • 373
    Bon Jovi--It's My Life! - 3/29/2010   9:58:10 AM
  • 372
    My theme song is "I Will Get There - Boyz II Men"

    Ohohah
    Hey
    Yeah

    I've been wanderin' 'round in the dark
    Been lost somewhere where no light could shine on my heart
    I have known a pain so deep
    But I know my faith will free me

    [Get there] And I'll get through this
    [Get there] I'll find my way again
    So don't tell me that it's over
    'Cause each step just gets me closer

    (I will get there) I will get there
    (I will get there) I will get there somehow
    Cross that river (Cross that river)
    Nothing's stoppin' me now
    I will get through the night (Oh, yes, I will)
    And make it through to the other side
    (Get there) Get there
    (Get there) Get there

    I've been in these chains for so long
    I'll break free and I'll be there where I belong
    Hold my head up high, I'll stand tall
    And I swear this time I won't fall
    [Get there] I will do this
    [Get there] No matter what it takes
    'Cause I know no limitations
    And I'll reach my destination, I will get there

    I will get there (I will get there)
    I will get there (Ooh) somehow (Somehow)
    Cross that river (Cross that river)
    Nothing's stoppin' me now
    I will get through the night
    And make it through to the other side
    (Ooh, get there) Get there
    (Get there) Get there

    Well, the night is cold and dark
    But somewhere the sun is shining
    And I'll feel it shine on me
    I'll keep on tryin', I'll keep on tryin'

    I will get there (I will get there)
    I will get there somehow
    Cross that river (Cross that river)
    Nothing's stoppin' me now
    I will get through the night
    And make it through to the other side
    Get there, get there
    I will get there (I will get there)
    I will get there somehow (Somehow)

    Cross that river (I'll cross that river for you)
    Nothing's stoppin' me now (OhwhoaI)
    I will get through (Through) the night
    And make it through to the other side (Ohhoohho)
    (Get there) Get there
    (Ooh, get there) Get there (Whoaoh)

    I will get there (I will get there)
    I will get there somehow (Somehow)
    Cross that river (I'll cross it for your love)
    Nothing's stoppin' me now (No matter what)
    I will get through the night (I will get through the night)
    And make it through to the other side
    (Get there) Get there
    (Ooh, get there) Get there
    Get there
    Ohhooh
    I'll get there
    - 3/29/2010   7:25:32 AM
  • 371
    Mine would be have to be.. Through the fire and flames - Dragonforce - 7minutes of pure metal ^-^ - 3/6/2010   7:23:48 PM
  • 370
    my theme song that always pumps me up no matter what is "Renegades of Funk" by Rage Against the Machine - 11/4/2009   10:38:00 PM
  • 369
    I can really get pumped to the song 'Shackles' by Mary Mary. I equate those shackles being taken off to my getting free of thinking I couldn't lose weight, couldn't exercise, could only exist, never really live. Today...I know better and am living it out in a beautiful way. God be praised! Here are the words to 'Shackles'

    Whoo! It sure is hot out here
    Ya know? I don't mind though
    Just glad to be free
    Know what I'm saying, uh!

    Take the shackles off my feet so I can dance
    I just wanna praise you
    I just wanna praise you
    You broke the chains now I can lift my hands
    And I'm gonna praise you
    I'm gonna praise you

    In the corners of mind
    I just can't seem to find a reason to believe
    That I can break free
    Cause you see I have been down for so long
    Feel like the hope is gone
    But as I lift my hands, I understand
    That I should praise you through my circumstance

    Take the shackles off my feet so I can dance
    I just wanna praise you
    I just wanna praise you
    You broke the chains now I can lift my hands
    And I'm gonna praise you
    I'm gonna praise you

    Everything that could go wrong
    All went wrong at one time
    So much pressure fell on me
    I thought I was gonna lose my mind
    But I know you wanna see
    If I will hold on through these trials
    But I need you to lift this load
    Cause I can't take it anymore

    Take the shackles off my feet so I can dance
    I just wanna praise you
    I just wanna praise you
    You broke the chains now I can lift my hands
    And I'm gonna praise you
    I'm gonna praise you

    Been through the fire and the rain
    Bound in every kind of way
    But God has broken every chain
    So let me go right now

    Take the shackles off my feet so I can dance
    I just wanna praise you
    I just wanna praise you
    You broke the chains now I can lift my hands
    And I'm gonna praise you
    I'm gonna praise you


    Take them off
    What'cha gonna do, yeah

    Take the shackles off my feet so I can dance
    I just wanna praise you
    I just wanna praise you
    You broke the chains now I can lift my hands
    And I'm gonna praise you
    I'm gonna praise you
    - 9/22/2009   10:07:25 PM
  • SWEET_DEVOTION
    368
    I do not have a theme song, though I do think it is a good idea. A little motivational pick me up I can wake up to every morning. I do have songs that I play that just make me feel good, but not a theme song per se. - 9/21/2009   10:49:09 AM
  • 367
    Alright by Ledisi- It gets me in a good mood. I put hurdles behind me and hope in front of me! GREAT song! - 9/14/2009   11:20:20 PM
  • 366
    I don't yet, but I need one! - 9/9/2009   11:14:53 PM
  • 365
    Swim by Jack's mannequin (seriously listen to it)
    Power inside of Me (Richard Marx "the mirror has two faces")
    Step by step (Whitney Houston- treadmill)
    Stand in the Rain (suoerchick) - 9/9/2009   9:04:33 PM
  • ARMYWIFE2106
    364
    "Whatever" by Godsmack is my theme song. To all those ppl who told me i couldn't....
    "I'm doing the best I ever did"
    "I'm doing the best that i can"
    "I'm doing the best I ever did"
    "Now Go Away!!" - 9/9/2009   4:43:28 PM
  • 363
    Interesting that you did this post, Nancy. My theme song actually became What I've Done, by Linkin Park, as I went through the bulk of my weight loss. I felt like I literally was "erasing myself" and facing "whatever pain may come" every time I headed to the gym for another session with my trainer, LOL. I don't feel quite as connected to the song these days, but have a fond and proud feeling every time I hear it. I think I'm about due to find a new one though... We'll have to see what comes up. - 9/9/2009   1:46:17 PM
  • 362
    I run on the elliptical to Lady Gaga's Just Dance. It gets me going every time. - 9/8/2009   9:54:59 PM
  • BOOMER_SWIMS
    361
    I don't really have a theme song or at least wouldn't want to consider my get-your-body-moving song to be my theme song. The first song I listen to when getting on the treadmill is "She's Your Cocaine" by Tori Amos. Music in general has definitely helped me keep motivated about working out. I'm very happy for finally figuring out my mp3 player. - 9/5/2009   10:45:24 PM
  • 360
    "I Sing the Body Electric" from the movie soundtrack "Fame." It is one of those songs that always uplifts me. I am FINALLY singing my body electric by nourishing it with nutritious foods and pushing myself to work more efficiently in every workout. - 9/3/2009   8:36:40 PM
  • RHYNIC
    359
    hey I have that song on my computer. I must load it to my ipod. :-) I seem to have a different theme song went training for each race. It's actually great, because now when I hear the song it brings me back to that particular race. - 8/26/2009   2:06:41 PM
  • GORDON2471
    358
    Anything by Journey but my most favorite is "Open Arms" & "Faithfully" - 8/22/2009   2:23:07 PM
  • JULIA1775
    357
    "Don't stop Believin" by Journey, and "Good Day" by Jewel - 8/22/2009   12:31:18 AM
  • 356
    "Jai Ho" from "Slumdog Millionnaire" - It means "victory" and that is what I'm going for in my workouts.

    I also like "Wavin' Flag" by K'naan - "when I get older, I will be stronger" It's true, if I keep at it! - 8/21/2009   2:37:25 PM
  • 355
    Big Butts By Sir-Mix-Alot - 8/19/2009   12:56:51 AM
  • 354
    Great idea! I'm going to have to find just the perfect song. - 8/18/2009   3:19:26 PM
  • 353
    I love the whole Confessions of a Shopaholic CD but my theme song right now is Bad Girl by the Pussycat Dolls. - 8/14/2009   4:06:07 PM
  • MS.SVELTE
    352
    "You're the Best" by Joe Esposito from the Karate Kid Soundtrack. Very cheesy and super motivational! - 8/14/2009   1:21:24 PM
  • NOURSAYEGH
    351
    My all time theme song will always be "I'm every woman" by Whitney Houston. - 8/14/2009   12:03:02 PM
  • 350
    I can't say that I have a theme song, but the funniest thing happened the other day. We live adjacent to a federally owned forest. Sitting on our porch, we heard a couple of fed employees pull up in their truck, get out and slam the door. We could hear their voices, not clearly, but well enough to know they were there. Conversation stopped and suddenly, one of the guys started whistling, loud and clear, Eye of the Tiger. It went on FOREVER! Too funny! - 8/14/2009   9:30:59 AM
  • 349
    Interesting...I just blogged about "The Climb" by Miley Cyrus (my theme song of the moment). - 8/14/2009   9:15:27 AM
  • 348
    If your going thru hell- Rodney Adkins- Keeps me going. And It happens by sugerland- when I'm having a bad day- I tell my boss I need to go home and listen to my happy song. - 8/13/2009   9:46:41 PM
  • 347
    I love the song "Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own" by U2 -it is so beautiful and real... I also like "Family Affair" by Mary J. Blige-it gets me feeling 'dancy' when I walk to the beat! - 8/13/2009   3:03:17 PM
  • NEWNEW615
    346
    "I can make it through the rain" -Mariah Carey. - 8/13/2009   1:51:03 PM
  • 345
    "Standing Outside the Fire" by Garth Brooks

    Life is not tried it is merely survived
    If you're standing outside the fire - 8/13/2009   1:31:07 PM
  • 344
    More than a Woman by the Bee Gees
    Stayin' Alive by the Bee Gees and
    Run thru the Jungle by Credence
    - 8/13/2009   10:48:20 AM
  • TOWANDA132
    343
    Exercise Theme Songs:

    Family Affair: Mary J. Blige
    I Run for Life: Melissa Etheridge

    Life Theme Song
    Cloud on My Tounge: Tori Amos

    Current Life Theme Song:
    Origami by Ani Difranco - 8/13/2009   9:21:29 AM
  • 342
    I love this idea! And immediately scrolled down to see if "my" theme song had been chosen by anyone else: it had! "Golden" by Jill Scott is my theme song, because it's so happy and positive, and life-affirming. Every time I hear it I am reminded I want to live succulently, to "live my life like it's golden", which to me, means magical and precious.

    I also heard a story in a self-help book about a woman who was advised my a wise older friend to choose a word to describe her life, to describe how she wanted her life to be: she chose "fabulous", and of course, I chose "golden". Shine on! - 8/13/2009   8:21:22 AM
  • TREGIANI
    341
    For me the Whitesnake song "Here I Go Again" and Tom Petty's "Freefalling" are my motivational anthems! - 8/12/2009   11:19:27 PM
  • 340
    I rock out to Eye of the Tiger by Survivor or Welcome To the Jungle by Guns'n'Roses. - 8/12/2009   9:15:17 PM
  • 339
    "Finally" by Fergie

    It was the song that touched me and got me on a new path...and it was when I found SP!
    - 8/12/2009   9:01:57 PM
  • LETSGONOW
    338
    Definitiely " I Need to Wake Up" by Melissa Ethridge (from An Inconvenient Truth) I listen to it every morning - 8/12/2009   5:48:36 PM

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