Music to row, row, row your boat

Last updated 05:00 08/01/2013
Mahe Drysdale
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Olympic gold-medal rower Mahe Drysdale shares the songs that keep him in top form.

1 Lose Yourself - Eminem

This really sums up what the Olympics are all about - that one moment, your one opportunity.

2 Sk8er Boi - Avril Lavigne

The words are great: "It's not who you are/It's what you are." That's my philosophy in life.

3 Angie - Rolling Stones

I love the Rolling Stones and this is a real favourite. It's one I relax to.

4 November Rain - Guns N' Roses

This is a classic. The words are very pertinent. I use this on my DVD showing my journey through London during the Olympics. "Nothing lasts forever." Enough said.

5 Eye of the Tiger - Survivor

This is a real pump-up song. I love Rocky videos and this is up there with the best, especially when you put it to images.

6 Sex on Fire - Kings of Leon

It makes me feel good whenever I listen to this song. I usually listen to songs pre-race and I'll listen to this when I want to be particularly pumped up.

7 My Immortal - Evanescence

My partner, Juliette Haigh, got this album for me and this song has become one of my all-time favourites. Amy Lee's voice is penetrating and beautiful.

8 Bleed it Out - Linkin Park

The rhythm of this track is a real energiser.

9 I Gotta Feeling - Black Eyed Peas

This a song I play when I'm heading out with friends for a good night. It's just a good, happy, fun song.

10 Brothers in Arms - Dire Straits

This song makes me think of my fellow rowers when we're at a competition. It's like we're going into battle together.

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