All-Star Spotlight: 10 songs to pump you up

Every week in “All-Star Spotlight,” members of the ESPNHS All-Star team tackle a hot topic in high school sports. Today, Meredith Rizzo, a junior track and cross country star at Bronxville (N.Y.), shares 10 songs that make her day.

Want to make your team burst into dancing at your next team dinner? Or start off your day with more energy? A good song can make all the difference. Here are my top 10 jams I suggest you download ASAP. Happy listening!


Three to start up your day:

“Good Day Sunshine” by The Beatles: I love the Beatles. They’re classic and basically have a song for everything.

“New Shoes” by Paolo Nutini: Very appropriate for runners.

“You Make My Dreams” by Hall & Oates: It’s so upbeat, it makes me feel better just listening to it.


Want to burst into dancing at your next team dinner?

“Danza Kuduro” by Don Omar & Lucenzo: My team song. Even though I don’t understand half the lyrics, you can’t help but want to dance. My team and I even have our own dance to it. It’s our team theme song.

“Pumped Up Kicks” by Foster the People: Who doesn’t like this song? It's also very appropriate for runners.


The top three on my running playlist. I blast them while doing road runs on my own over the weekends.

“Gimme Three Steps” by Lynyrd Skynyrd: I don’t know what it is about this song, but I love it. Kind of random, but if you listen to the lyrics the story is pretty funny and it has a great beat for running.

“Start Me Up” by The Rolling Stones: Rock and roll always makes great running music. It helps motivate me to keep my feet moving even when I want to stop.

“She Is” by The Fray: I love the Fray. They have some really great music, but the rhythm of this song is just right. If I listen to it while I’m running, it makes me go faster.


I take French in school. So every Wednesday, our class listens to French music, and these are my two favorites. I’ve been trying to learn the words so that I can sing along, but I can’t say them fast enough!

“Que veux-tu (Madeon Remix)” by Yelle: The music video for this is so random it’s hilarious. This guy has got some serious moves!

“Elle Me Dit” by Mika: Another random music video goes with this. Highly suggest looking up the lyric translation. His music is very ironic. The lyrics are actually pretty sad but the song is sung really happily.