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Work Hard, Play Hard: The Ultimate Work Motivation Playlist

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Songs About Work

At Techyums, we fix music problems. To motivate ourselves, we create excellent playlists. Jobs are essential for everyone. They give us a routine, money, and a sense of purpose. Music is a way for everyone to connect.

Songs about work help us understand each other’s struggles and joys. Songwriters turn work experiences into unforgettable songs. These songs celebrate workers and their challenges.

Work getting you down? These 50 songs will get you excited or help you get through the day. Get ready for something special – we hope you enjoy it.

Our Playlist of The 50 Best Songs About Work

Ready to conquer your workday? Click here to listen to these 50 work anthems and find your perfect work jam.

Songs that Echo the Worker’s Anthem

1. “9 to 5” by Dolly Parton (1980)

We’re starting with THE work song – Dolly Parton’s “9 to 5”. It has a great beat and lyrics that speak to anyone with a job. This song is like a shout-out to all workers.

“Dolly says it straight: you work, bosses get rich. That’s how it is, no matter how they spin it.”

2. “Working Man” by Rush

“Working Man” by Rush is like a thank-you to people with regular jobs. The music is intense, just like the people who work every day to take care of themselves and their families.

 3. “She Works Hard for the Money” by Donna Summer (1983)

Donna Summer’s famous song “She Works Hard for the Money” celebrates women who work. It’s got a catchy beat and reminds everyone how hard women work to get what they need.

4. “A Hard Day’s Night” by The Beatles (1964)

The Beatles’ “A Hard Day’s Night” is a song about working all day and then wanting to go out and have fun. It’s fast and happy, and everyone can relate to it.

5. “Working Class Hero” by John Lennon

John Lennon’s song “Working Class Hero” asks why some people have to work so hard and follow strict rules, while others don’t.

The song is angry about how working-class people are treated. It says they never get a real chance to have a better life. They’re just supposed to work hard and never question anything.

The song says, ‘Don’t give up! Things don’t have to be this way. You can make a difference.

Songs That Are Workplace Anthems

6. “Taking Care of Business” by Bachman-Turner Overdrive (1974)

Bachman-Turner Overdrive’s “Taking Care of Business” is about getting up every day and doing what needs to be done. It’s got a catchy beat and lyrics that anyone who works for themselves can relate to.

Songs that Croon the Daily Grind

7. “Manic Monday” by The Bangles (1986)

Did you know? The Bangles’ hit song “Manic Monday” was written by Prince, the famous musician! He used a different name in the credits, though.

Everyone hates Mondays, and this song is all about it! The silly rhymes make it a fun sing-along. But with more people working from home, maybe someday, no one will hate Mondays anymore.

8. “Workin’ for a Livin'” by Huey Lewis and the News (1982)

This song by Huey Lewis and the News is another upbeat song with lyrics about feeling down about work! It was written during a time when many people in America were struggling financially.

The song talks about how all kinds of workers have similar experiences. But even though the lyrics are a bit depressing, the music is catchy and fun.

9. “Blue-Collar Man” by Styx

Styx’s “Blue-Collar Man” is a song for the everyday worker. It’s about working hard and trying to build a better life, even when it’s tough. The music is intense, like the people the song is about.

10. “Bang the Drum All Day” by Todd Rundgren

Todd Rundgren’s song “Bang the Drum All Day” is about finding a job that makes you happy. The song is upbeat and makes you want to celebrate work.

Songs that Harmonize with Work-Life Balance

11. “Life is a Highway” by Tom Cochrane

Tom Cochrane’s “Life is a Highway” is about life being a mix of good and evil, just like a road trip. It’s a great song about staying positive and working toward your goals.

12. “Work From Home” by Fifth Harmony ft. Ty Dolla $ign (2016)

Fifth Harmony’s “Work From Home” is a song about, well, working from home! It has a great beat and lyrics that anyone who works remotely will understand.

 Songs That Capture the Spirit of Work

13. “Freelance” by Toro y Moi

Toro y Moi’s song “Freelance” explores the new ways people are making money. It’s got a catchy tune and talks about what it’s like not to have a traditional job.

14. “Time After Time” by Cyndi Lauper

Cyndi Lauper’s “Time After Time” is a song about not feeling like you have enough time for work and the ones you love. It’s got a beautiful melody and anyone busy can relate to the lyrics.

15. “Work” by Rihanna ft. Drake (2016)

Rihanna’s song “Work” is about how hard it can be to find time for work and your personal life. It’s got a fun beat and lyrics that anyone who works will relate to.

Songs that Echo the Sentiment of Overcoming Work Challenges

16. “Coal Miner’s Daughter” by Loretta Lynn

Loretta Lynn’s song “Coal Miner’s Daughter” tells the story of growing up poor in a coal-mining family. The song talks about how hard life was but also shows how strong and hard-working these families were

17. “Billionaire” by Travie McCoy ft. Bruno Mars

Travie McCoy’s song “Billionaire” is a fun song about dreaming of being super rich. It has a happy beat and talks about all the fantastic things you could do if you had lots of money.
It shows the picture of financial success.

18. “Factory” by Band of Horses

The song “Factory” by Band of Horses is a sad song about time passing and wanting a better life. It talks about working in a factory and dreaming of something different. The music is slow and makes you think about your own life.

19. “Factory” by Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen’s song “Factory” is about how hard it is to work in a factory. The song is sad and tells the story of the workers and their dreams for a better life.

20. “Allentown” by Billy Joel

Billy Joel’s song “Allentown” talks about a town where factories are closing down. People are losing their jobs, and things are tough. The song is slow and makes you feel for the people who are struggling.

21. “Career Opportunities” by The Clash

This fast, loud song by The Clash is angry about young people not having good jobs. The lyrics shout about how boring the only jobs they can find are. They don’t want to fight in wars or be bossed around.

Songs that Resonate with Work Ethic and Dedication

22. “Hustlin'” by Rick Ross

Rick Ross’s song “Hustlin'” is about working hard to get what you want. The song is strong and makes you feel like you can do anything if you try.

23. “Piece of Work” by Jimmy Buffett

Jimmy Buffett’s “Piece of Work” is a funny song about having a job. It talks about all the weird and silly stuff that can happen at work. The song is happy and reminds you to laugh even when work is annoying.

24. “One Piece at a Time” by Johnny Cash

Johnny Cash’s song “One Piece at a Time” is a funny story about a man who works in a car factory. He dreams of owning a Cadillac but can’t afford one, so he steals it bit by bit from the factory! The song is silly and makes you smile.

25. “Bread and Butter” by The Newbeats

This song shows the fundamental right to work. The Newbeats’ song “Bread and Butter” is a happy song about working to buy the critical things in life. It has a fun tune and simple words that are easy to remember.

26. “Clockwatching” by Belleruche

Belleruche’s song “Clockwatching” is about being bored at work. The song is slow and thoughtful and talks about wanting the workday to be over so you can do something more interesting.

Other Best Songs About Work

27. “Heigh Ho” by The Seven Dwarfs (1937)

 “Heigh-Ho” is an old word that shows someone is tired, bored, or a little bit sad. The seven dwarfs in Snow White sing “Heigh-Ho” while working in the mines. Even though their work is hard, the song is still cheerful. The song is a reminder that even when work is tough, you can find joy and friendship along the way.

28. “Work” by The Saturdays, (2009)

This upbeat song by The Saturdays is about working hard! It says to be ready and give your best. The firm beat makes you feel excited and ready to tackle anything

29. “Working Girl” By Cher (1987)

It’s about a secretary who works hard but isn’t treated well. It’s a sassy song by Cher with a strong message. The song should have been in the movie “Working Girl” because it fits perfectly!

30. “Happy Working Song” by Amy Adams (Enchanted), (2007)

A princess named Giselle sings this cheerful song while cleaning a house. It’s both funny and a little bit like other Disney songs about working.

It was so popular it was nominated for an award! The actress even sang it live at the award show.

This song is super catchy, and you’ll be singing it all day.

31. “Work Hard, Play Harder” By Gretchen Wilson

Gretchen Wilson’s song “Work Hard, Play Harder” is all about finding the right balance between work and fun. The song describes someone who works tirelessly all week, with a full-time job and even extra side gigs.

But when the weekend rolls around, it’s time to let loose! The singer calls up her friends for a good time, ready to spend her hard-earned money and celebrate. This song perfectly captures the idea that it’s great to work hard but just as important to reward yourself and enjoy the fruits of your labor.

32. “Chain Gang” By Sam Cooke

Sam Cooke’s famous song “Chain Gang” talks about prisoners chained together doing hard work. He got the idea for the song after seeing a real chain gang while traveling. The song describes how difficult and sad this kind of forced work is.

It shows that sometimes work isn’t about feeling good or helping out, but it can be a harsh punishment.

33. “Back on the Chain Gang” by The Pretenders

Feeling bored at work? Are the days all the same? The song “Back on the Chain Gang” might help! It’s a fun song about getting back to work even when it’s hard. Give it a listen and see if it gives you a boost.

34. “Take This Job And Shove It” By Johnny Paycheck

Johnny Paycheck’s song is funny and catchy, but it’s also about working even when you hate your job. He sings about not wanting to work but having to do it to take care of his family. If you ever feel the same way, this song might make you feel better!

35. “Work Bitch” By Britney Spears

This song says that hard work and determination are essential to achieving your goals. If you want something in your life, the only thing is hard work. It shows nothing comes easy in life.

Britney Spears is saying that hard work is how you get the things you want. She worked hard to earn a great body, a fancy car, and an excellent life. For her, working hard is the way to reach her goals and feel successful.

36. “Working Man Blues” By Merle Haggard

Merle Haggard’s song “Working Man Blues” is about people who work hard in jobs like construction or factories. The song talks about a man who is proud to work hard, even though it’s tiring. He has a big family to take care of. The song shows that working hard is a crucial way to be a good person and take care of the ones you love.

37. “Working For The Weekend” By Loverboy

Loverboy’s song “Waiting for the Weekend” is about how excited we get for Friday to come. The song talks about how the workweek can be tedious. We work hard all week so we can finally relax and have fun on the weekend. The idea of the weekend keeps us going through the long workdays.

38. “16 Tons” By Merle Travis

Merle Travis wrote the song “16 Tons” about the hard life of coal miners. The song shows how unfair their work was and how they were always stuck working hard but getting nowhere.

“Sixteen tons” means how much coal a new miner was expected to dig on his first day. Even if they worked super hard, they still ended up owing more money than they made. They were trapped!

39. “Drinking Class” By Lee Brice

Even though it has “drinking” in the name, the song isn’t really about drinking. It’s a song about people who work hard all day. The song celebrates how these people stick together and help each other even when work is challenging. They’re solid and proud, and even though work is hard, they find ways to relax and have fun.

The song is a little sad, too, because it hints that the only thing these hard workers have to look forward to is Friday night.

40. “Shiftwork” By George Strait And Kenny Chesney

The song is about how frustrating it is to work different shifts at a store. People who do this kind of work have to work weird hours and sometimes even have more than one job. It makes it hard to have a normal life.

But the guy in the song doesn’t give up. He works super hard for ten years, then saves up his money to take a well-deserved vacation at the beach. He parties hard to make up for all those years of working.

41. “Hard Hat And A Hammer” By Alan Jackson

Alan Jackson’s song “Hard Hat and a Hammer” is about people who do complex jobs, like construction workers. The song talks about how they work every day, even though it might be boring and they don’t get thanked a lot. But the song also says these workers are strong and never give up. They find pride in working hard, even when it’s tough.

42. “Cleaning Windows” By Van Morrison

Van Morrison used to be a window cleaner before he was a famous singer. He wrote a song called “Cleaning Windows” about how much he liked that job.

The song sounds like it’s just about cleaning windows, but it’s also about how you can find happiness in simple things. Morrison is saying that even a regular job can be enjoyable and make you feel good about yourself.

43. “Get A Job” By The Silhouettes

The song “Get a Job” by The Silhouettes is about how hard it is to find work. The guy in the song is trying his best, but he can’t find anything, or the jobs he finds aren’t suitable for him.

Everyone keeps telling him to “Get a job!” which gets annoying when you’re trying hard and still can’t find one.

44. “Got A Job” The Miracles

The Miracles’ song “Got a Job” is a funny reply to the song “Get a Job”. It’s about how hard it can be to find a job you like.

In the song, the guy is excited to get a job at a store finally. But then he realizes the job is terrible! This happens to a lot of people – they have to take whatever job they can find, even if they don’t like it.

45. “Five O’clock World” By The Vogues

The song is about how great it feels when work is finally over for the day! For working people, 5 o’clock means freedom.

The song talks about how some jobs are tedious and strenuous. But the guy in the song keeps going because he knows that when the clock hits 5, he can stop working and finally relax.

46. “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” By Alan Jackson

Alan Jackson’s song “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” is about a guy who hates his job. The song uses a famous saying – “it’s five o’clock somewhere” – which means it’s okay to start relaxing, even if it’s not quitting time where you are.

The guy in the song wants a break so badly he might even get fired! He just wants to go somewhere fun and have a drink. He deserves it!

47. “Morning Train (Nine to Five)” by Sheena Easton

This song is about how everyone has to work sometimes. Even though it came out a long time ago, people still feel the same way about their jobs! The song says it’s essential to have a job, and it makes you feel good to work hard. It’s a good reminder to keep a positive attitude, even when work gets tough!

48. “Busy Man” By Billy Ray Cyrus

If your job is stressing you out, this song highlights to take a break. Listen to it, and you might be surprised at how much you understand the feeling! It can help you remember why you work hard and give you the boost you need to keep going.

49. “Whole Lotta Quit” By Randy Houser

Randy Houser’s song “Whole Lotta Quit” is all about how good it feels to finish a hard day of work finally. The guy in the song is tired and ready to go home. A lot of people feel the same way, and the song is about wanting to quit and relax (even if it’s just for a little while!).

 50. “Working Man’s Ph.D.” by Aaron Tippin

Work isn’t always fun, but it’s important because it helps you take care of yourself and your family. If you’re feeling down about your job, listen to this song! Aaron Tippin will remind you that it’s okay to feel that way and that working hard is something to be proud of.

In Conclusion

Work songs are like snapshots of our lives – they capture moments of frustration, resilience, and the unwavering push towards a better tomorrow. This playlist is more than just entertainment; it’s a reminder that your challenging work matters, your dreams are valid, and the music is always there to offer a boost when you need it.

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