Ever wonder if you're suffering alone? If your New Years resolution to lose weight/spend more time with mom/travel to China is so ambitious that it's honestly impossible? Do you already wish it was 2019 so you could scrap this year's goal to start liking kale and get real with yourself? Below you will find a complete list of the top 10 most commonly made and broken New Years resolutions--and here are 10 songs that will motivate you to be a new you in 2018 and maybe, for once, actually follow through with them.
1. Lose Weight and Get Fit: "Lollipop" by MIKA
Is it just me who listens to this song and immediately wants to run five miles? Off his first and most well-known album Life in Cartoon Motion
, MIKA's bubblegum pop sounds the way that glitter looks. They say that one of the best ways to make yourself do something you don't want to is to disguise it in something you want to do: like pairing a workout routine to this uber-sweet jingle and blasting it on repeat for however many crunches it takes to a get a body like Brad Pitt.
2. Quit Smoking: "Sixteen" by Diet Cig
The band name says it all: distract yourself from your nicotine addiction with the fun and punchy sounds of this alt-rock duo. Somehow combining gritty and girlish, this band is the one you've been looking for since freshman year of college when things just seemed so complicated and will be so much fun to listen to you won't even think about lighting up.
3. Learn Something New: "Clay Pigeons" by Michael Cera
Boom, New Years Resolution accomplished today: Michael Cera makes music. Yes, your favorite awkward, Arrested Development
-starring, chick flick protagonist makes beautiful tunes that sound exactly the way you would expect them to: tinny, delicate, and a little bit weird but still beautiful. Listen to his cover of Blaze Foley's "Clay Pigeons" while you're trying to learn Spanish so you can finally communicate with your grandmother after all this time, or attempting to teach yourself how to cook (something besides spaghetti). Or maybe you're just satisfied in learning this strange new fact--your favorite Juno
actor makes music. Your teenage dreams are complete. You can die happy now. You're welcome.
4. Eat Healthier and Diet: "candayapple (Feat. Paul Wall & RIFF RAFF)" by blackbear
Before you jump to the obvious conclusion that eating candy apples probably isn't the best diet idea, give this song a try. Its smooth, sexy sound gives up just enough R&B to fill you up for the whole day and its catchy rap verses make you feel like you've had a well-rounded meal. Turn up any of blackbear's mellow R&B sounds when you have a craving for something sweet or salty--either way, he'll deliver.
5. Get Out of Debt and Save Money: "Mo Money Mo Problems" by The Notorious B.I.G.
While many rappers sing about the glories of blowing tons of money on the various fineries life offers, the Notorious B.I.G. reminds us of the truth: mo money means mo problems. Turn on this classic rap jam when you're trying to pinch pennies--this dude's got it all figured out. Mase's pretty and danceable singing will distract you from buying things you don't need and motivate you to save those dollars where you need ‘em. 2018 has never been so promising.
6. Spend More Time With Family: "Family and Genus" by Shakey Graves
Somewhere between blues, folk, and indie rock, this artist has become increasingly popular since his first album, Roll the Bones
, released in 2011, featuring what the one-man singer-songwriter dubs "hobo folk". With twangy, stripped-down tracks that never sound the same way twice, this song is the perfect tune to play at your next family gathering, or to psych yourself up for that reunion whose RSVP you have been avoiding. Graves' wide variety of sounds from almost synthy folk to more traditional, softer blues will satisfy everyone from your racist uncle to your Spanish-speaking grandmother who still doesn't realize you can't understand her. A treat for the whole family!
7. Be Less Stressed: "The Lengths" by The Black Keys
It's hard to feel stressed out with this blues rock classic playing in the background. Off of their tough-as-nails album Rubber Factory,
this song never fails to make you take a deep breath and relax. Returning to their blues roots, this song shows some of the band's simpler, more purist Midwestern vibes that are less present in their rock and roll albums like Brothers
and El Camino
that pushed them into Grammy Awards, Rolling Stone Magazine-territory. Turn up this song when it feels like 2018 will never end and you'll never accomplish these miserable solutions you've set out for yourself. With this song, there is an end in sight. Happy New Year!
8. Travel to New Places: "Postcards From Italy" by Beirut
If it feels like you're stuck in your 9-5, firstly, welcome to adulthood, and secondly, there is hope! Turn up this song and shake off those cubicle blues with the indie folk sound of Beirut. With sounds ranging from electronic pop to the shaky melodious tones similar to favorites like Conor Oberst and Sufjan Stevens, this band promises to bring you all over the world, with sounds ranging from German electro-pop to Eastern European gypsy music. If you ever hear this tune on the radio on your commute home from work, listen up to be transported to another world. Or just turn up the news. Either way it'll make you feel like you live in alternate universe.
9. Stop Procrastinating: "Needing-Getting" by Ok Go
This electronic rock band has everything you need to get off your butt and go. Known for their bizarre and eclectic music videos, this band holds all the gritty indie-electronic sound you need to pick yourself off the couch and do whatever it is you need to do. At the very least, you'll have a cool and interesting track to get you through your day. Doing homework and taking out the trash never sounded this cool.
10. Stop Drinking: "Swimming Pools (Drank)" by Kendrick Lamar
If you listen to this song enough, you'll eventually be transported back to your early college days of red solo cups and frat parties so vividly you'll never want to touch liquor again. It's that simple. In its catchy simplicity and grim resolution to continual drunkenness, this song is the perfect one to either turn up at a party full of people who need to follow this resolution more closely or to accompany you over the toilet at the end of said party. Music to vomit to? 2019 can't come soon enough.