With each new year comes a fresh start. According to a 2014 study by the University of Scranton, nearly half of Americans look to the resetting of the Gregorian calendar as an opportunity to set goals, break bad routines, and change for the better. Now, we are two weeks into the new year. Which means that nearly 30% of those new year’s resolutions have already been abandoned, and a whopping 92% of the remainder will eventually join them. Hey, change is tough.
Don’t fret if you find yourself in this sorry majority. Maybe the problem is simply a lack of motivational music to keep you focused on your journey to greatness. Lucky for us, the life coaches over at Mad Decent produced a series of playlists compiling all the epic training montage tracks from ’80s action films sure to instill within you the Eye of the Tiger. Curated by Derek ‘DJA’ Allen and Dirty South Joe, 2010’s “Blood Bros: First Blood” kicks off the trilogy of high-octane, adrenaline-pumping mixtapes. All the biggest hits are on this mix, from Karate Kid’s “You’re The Best Around” to Wet Hot American Summer’s “Higher And Higher” (“Will you help teach me this -what is it?- a new way?”). And, of course, South Park’s/Team America’s “Training Montage”.
2011’s sequel, “Blood Bros: Heaven2Hell” pushes it to the limit, asking it’s listeners, “Will all of our heroes survive the ultimate challenge and make it out alive?” Sticking within the ’80s more closely than it predecessor, “Heaven2Hell” features tracks from classics, like Top Gun, as well as lesser known gems, like The Legend of Billie Jean,
Finally, the action-packed trilogy concludes with 2012’s “Blood Bros 3: Back in America”, featuring deeper cuts from across the spectrum. Even Spongebob’s Journey-conjuring “Sweet Victory” makes an appearance.
With these playlists, you now have the tools to awaken your inner Rocky and punch those new year’s resolutions into submission.
TRAIN. FIGHT. WIN!