Miles Davis, A Tribute to Jack Johnson (1971)
Sounds like: Sweaty dudes
Good for: Writing a list of your workout plans but not actually working out
Apologies to Rihanna, but work is not always as fun as it looks. Sometimes, work is a battle, and to go into battle you need music that sounds like a great siege, a throwdown between titans, or an all-out slugfest. On this record, one of the best records from the jazz icon's controversial "electric" period, Davis uses his trumpet to jab at the guitars on the record, creating music that's as playful as it is dynamic. It'll make you think, it'll make you work, and it'll probably make you duck.