I can't remember the last time I tore into a nice music lobster instead of my usual movie ones, but the 80s are making a comeback as you may know. And just like one can't help but admire the craftsmanship of the Bee Gees, politics aside, there seems to be this subcategory of 80s rock that I like to think of as... Motivation Rock? Motivational Rock? Damn! Already taken. But they describe it so perfectly. How about something lame like Motivation-IST Rock. The genre clearly started with Peter Gabriel's "On the Air." I guess its only saving grace is that it's too long.
Now I haven't given the Motivationist Rock genre as much study as it needs and/or deserves. The Onion probably has, but there's a short list of songs that clearly are Motivational Rock, etc. Just about anything by Survivor counts, but it's their signature song Eye of the Tiger that's tops. Of course, maybe it doesn't deserve to be the soundtrack to a corporate slide show, but there's also that Sammy Hagar Van Halen song with the music video of the Blue Angels. Surely the rock aficionados hate that one? Journey's Don't Stop Believin' also qualifies. But perhaps the best example of all is You're the Best by Joe Esposito which is used in the first Karate Kid movie over a montage of karate contestants at the big final tournament. That's clearly the gold standard of the Motivational Rock genre. But, like I said at the outset, greater minds than mine have already given this more thought than I and have their lists in hand, ready to cash in on a list-hungry public. But if you go to the gym like I do and they crank up something like Don't Stop Believin' over the P.A. system, you pretty much know what you're in for and you can't help but say to yourself "Oh, geez... Here we go."