As far as days of the week go, Monday is about the worst. It’s generally the day that I open up my computer to find a million new emails for review and response. It’s also the day that I subconsciously utter “I cannot believe it’s only Monday” nearly every ten minutes or so. I’d like to think I’m not alone in this, but it’s hard to tell.

In an effort to alleviate hoards of built-up stress and aggression, I’ve made it my life’s mission to find a way for Monday’s to stop sucking so much. After spending time at my local Mexican restaurant for their $3 Margarita Monday afternoon special, I quickly realized that getting drunk before 2 is probably not the best way to solve the problem. I also tried golf–well, not exactly I went to the driving range with a group of friends who swore it was the ultimate stress reliever, only to find that my inherent competitiveness took away from whatever relaxation might come with the sport. Go figure.

So as with most things in my life, I’ve turned to music for solace and support.

For me, each week brings an endless list of to do’s that seem completely unachievable at day one, but sure enough, by the end of the week leave me feeling (in the words of Phil Anselmo) “as cool as a kitten.” It’s just that initial rush into the workweek that gets me stressing, so what better way to avoid the drama than with some tasty jams? These are the songs that will help me make it through today.

  1. “The Hellion” & ”Electric Eye” – Judas Priest: The opening tracks to Screaming for Vengeance are probably the best way to start any day, especially Monday.
  2. “Jump” – Van Halen: I’m not trying to brag, but my elementary school was pretty bad ass. We used to listen to this song while jump roping on top of those weird blue mats in the gym. To this day, whenever the song is played, it takes me back to the good old days when my only worry in the world was whether or not I’d be able to open the Capri Sun my mom had packed in my lunch.
  3. “Back in Black” – AC/DC: There’s no denying the epic-ness that is “Back in Black.” It’s just one of those songs that gets you stoked on life, which is why it should be played at full volume today (and everyday).
  4. “Heaven’s Not Overflowing” – Corrosion of Conformity: Unlike most die-hard C.O.C. fans, I’m a devotee of their Deliverance era. There’s not a bad song on the album, and although I listen to most of the tracks on a pretty frequent basis, this song in particular always pumps me up.
  5. “The Trooper” – Iron Maiden: Anyone that knows me knows that like most metal heads, I live for Iron Maiden. I even had an Eddie ice sculpture at my wedding (true story). While 99% of their songs are amazing sagas that leave you feeling strangely heroic, “The Trooper” is definitely one of the most exhilarating tracks. Just hearing the intro makes me feel like I can take on the world.
  6. “No One Like You” – Scorpions: Rudolf Schenker and Klaus Meine are arguably two of the most underrated musicians in heavy music, probably due in part to their super-mega-hits overshadowing the sweetest Scorps jams. Regardless, “No One Like You” is an absolute monster and makes for an energizing way to start the day.
  7. “Born to Raise Hell” – Motörhead: Generally on Mondays, I’m too swamped to remember that I have a life outside of work, but luckily, Lemmy and the boys can bring me back to reality. As with most Motörhead songs, “Born to Raise Hell” reminds me of what life is really all about–kicking ass and being awesome.

There you have it. If these songs don’t get you through the day, I don’t know what will.