Motivational Songs: QLP Favorites to Brighten Your Day, Pt 2

Are you ready for more inspirational tunes? Here is another dose of Quality Logo Products employees’ favorite music for the work day! (If you missed the first part, you can read it by clicking here).

When content manager Jill Tooley is looking for just the right motivational song to restart the day, she loves to turn on “Untrust Us” by Crystal Castles or “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” by Daft Punk. Her lyric of choice in the latter song is: “Work it harder make it better / do it faster makes us stronger / more than ever hour after hour / work is never over.” Jill is a major self-proclaimed music junkie. She likes to listen to TONS of stuff to get her motivated — from classic rock and folk to electronica and bluegrass and everything in between. However, lately she states that these two songs, among others, get her super pumped for anything that comes her way. There’s just something about the beat that gets her feet tapping and launches her creativity into overdrive! Jill also stated, “If I ever learn how to dance without looking like an idiot, then look out, QLP!”

When web team member Jennifer Forbes needs something to put a little pep in her step, she queues up “Come on Eileen” by Dexy’s Midnight Runners. Jen is our human 5-Hour Energy in the office because she always brings that happy and pleasant attitude to any QLP meeting or function. But every now and then, even she needs a pick me up, and that is where she turns. Her favorite lyric in the song is: “With you in that dress my thoughts I confess verge on dirty / Ah come on Eileen.” With lyrics like those, how can you go wrong! For Jen, she could listen to it all day long and not get sick of it. She also likes the same song covered by the band Save Ferris and prefers it over Dexy’s Midnight Runners. (But according to Jen, no worries, because both versions are quite good).

For content developer Jenna Markowski, it’s all about taking it old-school-dance style. Her motivational song of choice is “Space Jam” by Quad City DJ’s. Yes, we are talking about the theme song from the “Space Jam” movie. It was a great movie and damn it, it’s a great song! Moving on, Jenna’s favorite lyric (which also happens to be pretty much the whole song) is: “Wave your hands in the air if you feel fine / We’re gonna take it into overtime / Welcome to the Space Jam / Here’s your chance, do your dance at the Space Jam / Alright.” The reason Jenna picked this song is because it’s energetic! With its simple words and very catchy beat, it always gets her pumped up. Plus, it carries a lot of 90s nostalgia along with it and it’s just a funny song!

Content developer Amy Swanson turns on “Sweetness” by Jimmy Eat World when she hits that mid-day slump. For Amy, it’s not so much the lyrics that she loves, but the upbeat tempo and rock feel that really gets her motivated to take a deep breath and tackle the next thing on her list. She knows that if the 2:30 p.m. slump comes slinking around, this motivational song can always get her pumped up to tackle some more product descriptions, blogs, or something else equally productive. Lord knows, when you have to write about 100 water bottles, you better have something to get you pumped!

For QLP web team member Rachel Hamsmith, when she needs some background music to help her find the extra spaces, un-capitalized letters, and missing characters in our data, she pulls out “Giving Up The Gun” by Vampire Weekend. She has no favorite lyric or line. Hell, she couldn’t really tell you what the song is even about. But MAN this song is catchy. She loves it for its beat and energy; without fail, it always makes her want to dance. She states its, “Definitely a great motivational song when you need a boost!” At this rate, Rachel and Jill will be having a dance-off soon! Oh, the anticipation is building for this epic event!

Last but never least, we have the lovely Amanda Sneed of the support staff. Now, everybody get ready for a lot of Amanda’s personality in this song mixture. There is no one motivational song that can satisfy Amanda’s mood. During the week she loves to listen to “Uptown Girl” by Billy Joel, “Dog Days are Over” by Florence and The Machine, or “Baby” by Justin Bieber feat Ludacris. Now if that’s not an eclectic range of music, I’m not really sure what is. For Amanda, it’s all about mixing up the artist and music like crazy just to give that constant variety. On Fridays when it’s time for the weekend, she can’t help but turn on “Cheers (Drink to That)” by Rihanna. The title in itself pretty much offers her explanation of why. But for those who need it spelled out, Amanda states it’s just a fun song that gets her ready for the weekend.

Now my lovelies, those are the motivational songs of QLP’s Cubeville. So if you’re lying awake at night, tossing and turning because you just have to know what’s in everybody’s constant rotation, then don’t fret. I’ve come to put your mind at ease and give you the sweet tunes to ease your worries. So slip off into a blissful sleep because your new music fix has now been satisfied!

Which motivational songs get you pumped for anything the work day throws at you? Do you have any favorite artists or songs that inspire you?

Candice Jones

Candice is on the web team at QLP. She's extremely family-oriented and enjoys spending all of her free time with her daughter and family. She LOVES to shop and just experience life again through her daughter's eyes. There's nothing better than that in the world for her! You can also connect with Candice on Google+


  1. Mandy Kilinskis

    I laughed out loud when I read Jenna’s favorite motivational song. I should’ve known. I remember getting super pumped the day that we played it out loud in Cubeville. And then we were singing it all day…

    Also, Amanda, I don’t know where else you would see all of those artists listed together…

    • Amanda

      Space Jam!! Yes! What a fun day that was!!

      LOL Thanks Mandy. I left so much out though. I love almost all music–and mix up my playlists like crazy. Some of my other fave artists are: Sugarland, Aerosmith, Goo Goo Dolls, Johnny Cash, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Lady Gaga. the list goes on and on. 😉

  2. Joseph Giorgi

    I second Amanda: “Uptown Girl” is classic! I love when that song pops up randomly on the radio. I always leave it on to hear it through to the end. 🙂

    • Amanda

      Me too! It is such a classic! I love hearing the beginning too…I always crank the radio as soon as I hear it. =)

  3. Cybernetic SAM

    Nice choices Jill! I couldn’t agree more about Crystal Castles, especially my new favs Alice Practice and I’m Not in Love featuring Robert Smith! Also Florence + The Machine was an excellent choice Amanda!

  4. Amy Swanson

    I love ‘Come on Eileen’ too, Jen! It’s just one of those songs you can’t help but bust out and sing at the top your lungs 🙂

  5. Kyle

    Speaking of the Space Jam soundtrack… Gotta add “Fly Like an Eagle” by Steve Miller Band. That’s a motivational classic. =)

    • Amanda

      Nice pick Kyle!! =)

  6. Eric

    Really fun post, Candice, and welcome to the Blog Squad! Gotta give it up to you for coming out of the gate strong with a two-parter like you did. I’ve got to thank some of the gals here in Cubeville for introducing me to Pandora…man, am I listening to a lot more variety than I’ve ever. That said, I’ve got a big ‘ol mix going, everything from B.B. King’s early stuff to Otis Redding to Adele to classical to film soundtracks. Now that I think of it, as much as I like having enough of an up-tempo to keep a foot moving to the beat, really, the variety helps keep me going, for sure, too. Right now, the bluesy, soulful stuff does it best.

    And Amanda, by the way…have you ever watched the video for “Dog Days are Over?” What is going on?!?!

    • Amanda

      I’m with ya Eric! Variety is where it’s at! =)

      No, I don’t think I have seen that video, I’ll have to check it out.

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