We've been sat at home for over 7 weeks now, adapting to the new normal of lockdown life.
Lots of home food, permeated with a few takeaways, and lots of attempts to get Zoom to work, reflecting the peril of working from home. For those lucky enough to have access to a garden [unlikely in London], there may have been a BBQ and some tanning too.
The confinement to the house has seen our usual regimented structure dissolve as each day merges into one. Sunday quickly becomes Monday, and Wednesday quickly becomes Thursday. Soon a whole week has past and the days blur into one another.
In normal times we have our routine. When to eat, start the morning commute, go to the gym, return home. Eat, sleep, rave, repeat. After 7 weeks of isolation, some of us having spent the entire time on our own, it's hard to get the same level of motivation as we had before.
This is where the power of music comes in. For those who need the inspiration to go out and do that daily exercise, or to press play and start the Joe Wick 9am digital class, here are 4 top tracks to get you pumped up and in the mood.
Remember - scientists say that a good soundtrack can improve cardio performance by up to 10!
Robert Palmer (Addicted To Love)
"Your lights are on, but you're not home, Your mind... is not your own." The classic opening to Addicted to Love by Yorkshire native, Robert Palmer.
The English rocker released the single as the second song in his third album, Riptide, which was released in 1985. The song made it to the top of the Billboard 100 in the US and to no. 5 in the UK single chart.
Steam trains, bumper cars, big dippers. It's an intro filled with sexual innuendo, that works with a steady beat to get you going.
Peter Gabriel released the song in 1986 in his 5th studio album. It made it to no. 1 in the US and no. 4 in the UK. The video in particular is iconic. It won the Brit for best video that year and is widely believed to be one of the best music videos of all time.
Phil Collins (Sussudio)
Phil Collins is renowned for being one of the UK's greatest musicians. He has had an incredible career, both solo as well as the drummer for rock band, Genesis.
Sussudio came about through improv as Collins was just playing around with a drum machine, and the lyric "su-sussudio" was what came out of his mouth. The song is now synonymous with a scene in American Psycho.
Fine Young Criminals (She Drives me Crazy)
Fine Young Cannibals were a British rock music band formed in Birmingham.
The group released "She Drives Me Crazy" in 1988. It rocketed to the top of the charts in a number of countries including the US, Austria and Spain.
It's the perfect song to come on mid-run to give you that boost of much needed energy.
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