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Walk Off the Earth Declare This Drake Song 'The Epitome of Inspiration Anthems': Takeover Tuesday Playlist

Walk Off the Earth
Andrea Hunter

Walk Off the Earth

Welcome back to Takeover Tuesday, where each week, Billboard taps chart-topping artists and tastemakers to compile their very own playlist exclusive to Billboard's Spotify account. We give the artists free rein to base the list on whatever subject they choose. The only rule? Make it as creative and unique to them as possible.


Walk Off the Earth have faced some unexpected, trying changes this year. Almost exactly a year after losing their keyboardist Mike Taylor, who passed away from natural causes in December 2018, the former fivesome became a trio on Dec. 20, when Ryan Marshall announced his exit from the group.

Yet, Walk Off the Earth's remaining members -- Sarah Blackwood, Joel Cassady and Gianni Luminati -- are staying positive as the year comes to an end. The Canadian indie pop band have found solace through music, especially their own, as they released their latest studio album Here We Go! in October. And for their Takeover Tuesday playlist, Walk Off the Earth are sharing the encouraging tunes from both Here We Go!, as well as other artists, that helped them stay inspired.

"The last year has been extremely difficult for us," the group shares over email. "We wanted to curate a playlist of uplifting anthems to help give our fans an extra boost of positivity as we enter a new decade, and to remind them that we are here for them through our music and are so grateful that they have always been here for us."

Starting off with Here We Go! tracks "I'll Be There" and "Here We Go," the 10-song playlist also features Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'" and Katy Perry's "Firework." But while all of the songs are uplifting, there's one Drake tune that Walk Off the Earth considers the "epitome of inspiration anthems": 2013's "Started From the Bottom."

"The common themes represented throughout our new album Here We Go! -- rallying and coming together, having fun, and being friendly -- are all embodied in these song selections," the trio adds. "We hope you feel empowered by them as much as we do!" 

Feel the positive vibes from Walk Off the Earth's Takeover Tuesday playlist below.

Walk Off the Earth, "I’ll Be There": "We recently released our music video for our new single 'I’ll Be There.' It’s really about coming together and being there for the ones you love." -- Sarah

Walk Off the Earth, "Here We Go! (Overtime)": "This is one of my favorite songs on our new album. It’s definitely an uplifting anthem about holding your head high." -- Gianni

Journey, "Don’t Stop Believin'": "This song has always been a memorable anthem for me." -- Joel

Destiny’s Child, "Survivor": "Who doesn’t love Destiny’s Child!?" -- Sarah

Drake, "Started From the Bottom": “It's the epitome of inspiration anthems. We all have our 'come up' stories. Much like Drake starting in a modest six-bedroom home in Forest Hills, this band started with a small one million dollar loan from my father." -- Joel & Gianni

Survivor, "Eye Of The Tiger": "This song is a classic. I usually listen to it backstage before we hit the stage." -- Gianni 

Cyndi Lauper, "True Colors": "This song has a real positive message. It's a signature song to add to any playlist to brighten your spirits." -- Sarah

Pink, "So What": “Pink is one of my favorite female artists and this is definitely a favorite for me. If you haven’t seen her live show, you have to check it out.” -- Sarah

Katy Perry, "Firework": "This song has a great message in order to show the world what you got. Don’t ever let anyone stand in the way of what you’re capable of!" -- Sarah

Diana Ross, "I'm Coming Out": “This is a classic and is my go to shower anthem.” -- Joel