Caveat: Mom put this list together. I will admit, these are toe-tappin’ tunes, but she didn’t include my favorite song of all time. Can you guess it? I spill the beans at the end of this post! So, if you can’t wait, read ahead! I won’t tell 😉

Once January 1st hits, it seems like everyone is gaga over New Year’s resolutions. Don’t get me wrong, I love self-improvement and betterment as much as the next dog. Maybe even more because of my past (I went from abandoned and stinky to well-loved and sweet-smelling). But sometimes what I feel like I need, instead of 10 more lofty goals to reach, is some motivation to stay on track with my current life plan.

Enter: my mom’s terrific taste in music. She put together this list of songs to welcome the New Year.




  1. “Here Comes The Sun” by The Beatles
  2. “Beautiful Day” by U2
  3. “It’s My Life” by Bon Jovi
  4. “I Won’t Back Down” by Tom Petty
  5. “Brave” by Sara Bareilles
  6. “Survivor” by Destiny’s Child
  7. “Gonna Fly Now” (Theme from Rocky) by Bill Conti
  8. “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor

Like I said, one of my faves is missing: “Who Let the Dogs Out,” by Baha Men! Did you guess it? Share on Instagram what your motivating music is and tag me @oneupmax.


Ears Truly,

One Up Max