This was my 5th Summer at Endeavor. Reflecting back over the last 5 years, it’s been a lot of fun to see many of the kids that have been with me that whole time progress from youth hockey to juniors to college and some to pro levels. From the first Summer, I think we’ve done a good job of creating a fun environment for our kids to train in. While loud music has always been a part of that, each Summer has had a distinctly different feel from a “DJ” perspective, from the early days of Metallica and Rage Against the Machine to Bad Meets Evil and Rise Against to a smooth blend of techno, country, and rap.

This past Summer we definitely took a big turn away from the hard rock and heavy metal that characterized our past. Below are the Top 10 Lifting Songs from this past Summer!

10) Calvin Harris ft/ Florence Welch: Sweet Nothing

9) Ace Hood ft/ Wiz Khalifa, T.I., Meek Mill, French Montana, 2 Chainz, Future, Birdman: Bugatti Remix

8) 2 Chainz ft/ Drake: No Lie

7) Pitbull ft/ Christina Aguilera: Feel This Moment

6) Wale ft/ Kid Cudi: Focused

5) Luke Bryan: That’s My Kind of Night

4) Jay-Z ft/ Rick Ross: F*ckWithMeYouKnowIGotIt

3) Imagine Dragons: Radioactive

2) B.O.B ft/ 2 Chainz: HeadBand

T-1) Darius Rucker: Wagon Wheel

T-1) Avicii: Wake Me Up

T-1) Martin Garrix: Animals

Tough call between the Top 3 (tied for first). I’ve never heard two songs that were more universally enjoyed and appreciated than Wagon Wheel and Wake Me Up, but Animals could wake a corpse. I still get chills when the base kicks in (see 1:25).

All of these aren’t for everyone, but hopefully there’s a new one in here you haven’t heard before that makes its way onto your playlist.

To your success,

Kevin Neeld

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