Get psyched jams aim to inspire. They’re daylight songs and workout songs and are not built for quiet contemplation (AKA: no one listens to them when they’re stoned unless they’re looking for a laugh). They are the songs procrastinators play when they absolutely have to start working. They are songs about conflict, overcoming adversity and defeating intimidating foe and challenges that seem insurmountable. They are odes to underdogs, sonnets of scrappiness and paeans for perseverance. And, more often than not, they’re songs featured in movies that explicitly state the plot or theme of the movie they are from.
The movie connection usually helps the goal of the song, as the movies they are taken from are mostly sports movies. So when you hear the song, you flash to a choice visual from the movie and the song goes into overdrive, inspiration-wise.
They can be the worst songs in the world. But when they’re not they are your favorite songs in the world.
And while they were most prominent in the ’80s, the art’s far from dead. The second greatest ever get-psyched jam came out in 2002.