10 motivational local songs to get you fired up for KL2017

Jaclyn Victor (left) and Faizal Tahir. Photos: The Star

The 29th South-East Asian Games has just started. Whether you’re an athlete or a viewer cheering at home, we hope these 10 Malaysian motivational anthems will light a fire in you to strive for excellence and root for our country’s athletes.

1. Fikirkan Boleh by Metropolitan

Fikirkan Boleh by 1990s band Metropolitan, carries a simple but impactful truth – if you think you can do it, then you can. It’s the perfect song to quash self-doubt.

2. Standing In The Eyes Of The World by Ella

So it’s showtime now. You’re about to jump off the diving platform or take your first step in the 100m sprint. Standing In The Eyes Of The World, the theme song for the 1998 Commonwealth Games, perfectly captures the wide range of emotions every athlete goes through in that single moment.

3. Gemilang by Jaclyn Victor

Though it was written as the coronation song for a singing competition, Gemilang is a song for everyone who has ever tried to turn a dream in a reality. And with Jaclyn Victor’s powerful vocals, the song just gives you that extra oomph you need.

4. Gemuruh by Faizal Tahir

The catchy chorus on this energetic song by Faizal Tahir is full of grit and determination.

5. Ku Mohon by Datuk Sheila Majid

Sheila’s Ku Mohon is a song about overcoming life’s toughest moments. In times of desperation, the song is a reminder to look to the heavens for strength when you have none left.

6. Bangkit Bersama by Dayang Nurfaizah and Datuk Ramli MS

This list wouldn’t be complete without this year’s official Sea Games theme song, which is not only about our own sacrifices but remembering the sacrifices others have made for you in your journey.

7. Arena Cahaya by Zee Avi

Let Zee Avi’s soothing vocals calm you after a long, hard day. Arena Cahaya was created for a film about a Malaysian football team trying to qualify for the Olympics. It even won Best Original Film Song at the Golden Horse Awards last year.

8. Malam Ini Kita Punya by Bunkface

We’ve all failed before. This uptempo beat is about letting go of yesterday’s losses and focusing on the task at hand.

9. Lebih Indah by Datuk Siti Nurhaliza

So the odds aren’t in your favour. Siti, who uses Mother Nature as a metaphor for life’s obstacles, reminds us to hang on. The strong winds and waves which come at you are all part of what makes life beautiful.

10. Setia by Francissca Peter

This patriotic song is a beautiful reminder that whatever dreams we hope to achieve, it is not just for our own fulfilment. It is for our country and our countrymen.

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