The Late Movies: Songs About Survival

Erica Palan

For most Americans, July 5th is torture. The morning after a holiday dedicated to obsessive (sometimes competitive) eating, drinking and staying up late to watch explosions in the sky is a long, tedious eight hours in a cubicle. Here, we’ve rounded up some songs to congratulate you on getting through it and to prepare you for another day of work. Same rules apply to non-Americans tonight. But we presume you don’t still smell like a charcoal grill.

"Eye of the Tiger" by Survivor

This song’s co-writer Jim Peterik revealed that the name of this song was almost “Survival.”

"You're the Best" by Joe Esposito

Lots of people know this song was in The Karate Kid. But did you know that Esposito’s son Mike pitched for the Colorado Rockies?

"Survivor" by Destiny's Child

If Beyonce, who co-wrote this song with her father and Anthony Dent, can survive losing half of her band members, you can survive anything.

"I Will Survive" by Gloria Gaynor

Doesn’t this song make you want to slap on some skates and get to the roller disco?

"Invincible" by Pat Benatar

An under-appreciated Benatar song, in my opinion.

"Don't Stop Me Now" by Queen

Fun fact: This was the first song by Queen to be released on cassette tape.