"You can do it!" "Reach for the stars!" "Never give up!" These and other motivational platitudes echo endlessly through the cubicles and classrooms of modern-day America, in mind-numbing lectures, posters and songs. At work or in school, they blend seamlessly into the background, but out of context -- on YouTube, for instance -- some of them become miraculously, inexplicably ... awesome. Let's take a magical mystery tour of some of the best motivational music the net has to offer.
BE SOMEBODY by Mr. T
T delivers a rap-lecture to a ragtag bunch of street-wise city kids: be somebody! But is T really the best role model?
BELIEVE IN YOURSELF by N'Sync
N'Sync takes their message to the street -- Sesame Street.
Much more after the jump.
WE ARE APPLE by Steven Jobs
Actually, unless Jobs also wrote the 80s classic "What a Feeling," which "We Are Apple" shamelessly rips off, he probably doesn't deserve cred. But back when Apple was battling IBM for survival -- circa the Mac rollout of 1984, when this corporate video was produced -- they certainly needed a motivational kick in the pants! Watch and laugh.
OH HAPPY DAY by Ernst & Young
Another corporate motivational song, jaw-dropping in its use of gospel stylings to motivate Ernst & Young employees: "Oh happy day / when Ernst & Young / showed me a better way!"
BEING THE BEST by Jim Wearne and James McDunn
The Jims have a bunch of motivational classics on their YouTube page, but this one is definitely required listening.
CHANGE by Professor Albert
I was on the fence about including this one, but the fact that it's a motivational song by an Albert Einstein impersonator -- this being mental_floss -- put it over the edge.
TREAT YOUR MOTHER RIGHT by Mr. T
It's not exactly motivational, but it might be the funniest thing I've seen on YouTube recently. When did T become such a nagging goody-goody?