10 Songs to Help You Smash Your New Year’s Resolutions

Check out these motivational classics for your new year, from Journey to Beyoncé.

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SiriusXM Editor
January 3, 2023


Hands up if you ever made a New Year’s resolution, only to abandon it within a week? Don’t worry, we’ve all been there!

The start of a new year feels like the perfect opportunity to turn a new page and establish new routines and habits that will change your life for the better — but did you know that the majority of New Year’s resolutions are given up on before the end of February? It would seem that most of us just need a little extra motivation to make those resolutions stick.

Whether your resolution is to exercise more, spend more time with your family, or pick fewer fights on the internet, we’ve listed some of the best songs to keep your spirits high and smash those goals. Here’s to making 2023 your best year ever!

1. “Don’t Stop Me Now” ­— Queen

If you’re looking for a feel-good motivational booster that works without fail, Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now” should do the trick. From the lyrics down to the energetic tempo, this song has all the ingredients to make you feel on top of the world.

Listen to Classic Rewind (Ch. 25) for ’70s and ’80s classic rock.


2. “A Little Less Conversation” — Elvis Presley

It’s all well and good talking about what you want to achieve in 2023, but if you want to succeed, you’ve got to get off the sofa and make it happen! Elvis’s motivational lyrics are here to remind you to take “a little more action, please.”

Tune in to Elvis Radio (Ch. 75) for more of The King!


3. “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” — Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

There’s a good chance obstacles will get in the way of you sticking to your resolutions. It’s important to be realistic about your goals and realize sometimes things are just completely out of your control. With the right approach and attitude, there really “ain’t no mountain high enough” to keep you from smashing 2023 right out of the park!

For more pop hits from the 1970s, try the 70s on 7 (Ch. 7)!


4. “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” — Daft Punk

Whether your 2023 resolution is to “work it harder, make it better” or “do it faster” to “make you stronger,” this undeniably positive and upbeat Daft Punk song will lift your spirits.

If Daft Punk is your jam, you might like Utopia (Ch. 341).


5. “Man in the Mirror” — Michael Jackson

It doesn’t happen often that a world-famous pop icon releases a song that is as introspective as “Man in the Mirror.” The truly inspirational lyrics tell us how important it is to realize that if you want to make a change in the world, you’ll have to start with yourself first. So whatever your goals are for 2023, it all starts with you.

If this song is a fave, check out The Groove (Ch. 50) for similar tunes.


6. “Don’t Stop Believin’” — Journey

When you feel like your resolutions are slipping through your fingers, Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’” can help you find the motivation to hang on. Great things happen to those who don’t stop believing!

Check out The Blend (Ch. 16) for more nice and easy pop.


7. “Who Run the World (Girls)” — Beyoncé

Impossible to hear without singing along, this song is everything you need when motivation is running a bit low. Beyoncé’s lyrics are both inspiring and empowering, and the message is simple: It’s girls who run the world.

Tune in to The Heat (Ch. 46) for more hot R&B and hip-hop.


8. “I’m So Excited” — Pointer Sisters

Nothing feels better than a sudden burst of inspiration, so make sure you ride that wave the best you can. The Pointer Sisters’ “I’m So Excited” gives you that extra boost to make you truly unstoppable.

Listen to Heart & Soul (Ch. 48) for R&B from yesterday and today.


9. “Hall of Fame” — The Script

The road to achieving your resolutions isn’t always easy. One trick that can help massively to keep your spirits up is to keep a laser-sharp focus on your goal and the reward when you achieve it. The Script’s “Hall of Fame” is the perfect reminder that good things come to those who keep the end goal in mind.

Listen to The 10s Spot (Ch. 11) for more 2010s hits like this.


10. “Eye of the Tiger” — Survivor

If your New Year’s resolution centers around exercise, “Eye of the Tiger” is a must-add to your playlist. Simply imagine yourself in an action sequence à la Rocky III as these iconic power chords blast through your headphones. Breaking personal bests has never been so easy!

Need ’round the clock motivation? Tune in to SoulCycle Radio (Ch. 304) for a transformative mind-body-soul experience.

Wishing you the best of luck in 2023 — with these songs in your ears, you’ll be unstoppable!