Getting through the work week is no easy feat. Five days of waking up early, going to work, going home, and starting the process all over again can be especially draining. Thankfully, music can get you through even the toughest of work weeks. With some work-related tunes blasting through your earbuds, your time off and your hard-earned paycheck won't seem so far away. Musicians have been chronicalling their work life experiences for generations, so there are more than enough songs to choose from. It's more a matter of narrowing things down than it is a matter of searching hard to find the songs to pump you up.
Music has had the power to reflect our lives and inspire us since the beginning of time. Whether a song perfectly describes the struggle of your part-time job, reflects your drive to climb up the corporate ladder, or gets you to look forward to your post-work happy hour, music can be the cure for any seemingly boring day. So stop dragging your feet and turn on these work-related anthems ASAP. With this playlist on repeat, you'll have all the energy you need to make it through the week in no time.
1. "She Works Hard For The Money" — Donna Summer
I don't think I'll ever get sick of this feminist anthem. Donna Summer's 1983 hit, "She Works Hard For The Money," reflects the ideals of a woman working to support herself (and her kids) all on her own. It harkens back to the respect women in the workforce deserve.
2. "A Hard Day's Night" — The Beatles
Whether you have someone to go home to or not, "A Hard Day's Night" is all about the endless list of after work possibilities. If you can make it through this day, a loved one, a nice dinner, or even a much-needed glass of wine might be waiting for you on the other end.
3. "Taking Care Of Business" — Bachman Turner Overdrive
If all you need is a fun song to help reassure you that you're doing the right thing, Bachman Turner Overdrive's song could be the relatable sentiment worth bopping along to.
4. "9 to 5" — Dolly Parton
Are you working on a "9 to 5" schedule? Then this is the song for you. Dolly Parton's classic song is the perfect tune to start your day with during your daily walk to the office.
5. "Working For The Weekend" — Loverboy
The thought of the weekend could be all you need to make it through, but why not add in a fun little tune? Loverboy's "Working For The Weekend" can be the anthem playing in your head while you're thinking about your next day off.
6. "The Greatest" — Sia feat. Kendrick Lamar
For those working to attain higher goals, or working in competitive industries, it's not just about paying the bills and looking forward to the weekend. It's about making every day count. Sia and Kendrick Lamar's single, "The Greatest," will get you out of bed, to the gym, and through the week.
7. "Work" — Rihanna feat. Drake
This song may not be about life in the workforce, but "Work" sure is a fun word to repeat. And this could be the perfect song to sing along to when you just need a distraction.
8. "Working Girl" — Cher
I think it's safe to say that Cher's 1987 single has earned its right to be on your work week playlist.
9. "Bills" — LunchMoney Lewis
Why do we even torture ourselves with jobs anyway? Well, unfortunately, it's because we've all got bills to pay. Reminding yourself that your job can help pay your bills is all the motivation you need.
10. "Work B*tch" — Britney Spears
Dreaming about the weekend isn't going to make it come any faster. Just like everything you have ever wanted in life, you must put in the work before you start to see the results. If Britney Spears' song can't give you that much-needed kick in the butt, I honestly don't know what will.
11. "Unstoppable" — Sia
The only way to make it to the finish line is to keep on going. In addition to this song's overall message of female empowerment, "Unstoppable" is also a song you can listen to to pick yourself up when you're down and help you to overcome any daily challenges.
12. "Stressed Out" — twenty one pilots
If you're having a bad day, sometimes it's OK to acknowledge just how stressed out you actually are. This twenty one pilots song will bring you back to the good old days of your childhood, because we all need a brief, mid-day distraction every now and then.
13. "Ten Thousand Hours" — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Ten thousand hours sure sounds like a lot of time to clock in. However, if you plan on being the master of any skill (or business), the work you put in is bound to amount to something in the end. This song will help you be patient and take each day one step at a time.
14. "Eye Of The Tiger" — Survivor
Whether this song makes you think of Sylvester Stallone's fictional boxing champion, Rocky Balboa, or not, "Eye Of The Tiger" is the song you need to keep your eye on the prize. With this song, you'll be moving up the workplace ladder in no time.
15. "Hard Knock Life" — Annie (1982)
You may not be doing chores in an orphanage, but, if you're not too fond of your current job situation, each day can start to make your life seem like a hard knock life. So keep pushing through until Daddy Warbucks adopts you too — or until you get a better job. Whatever.
16. "Whistle While You Work" — Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
Whistling while you work can be the answer to all of your problems, so why not whistle the classic song? It's sure to lighten your mood, and maybe even lighten the moods of your co-workers.
17. "Heigh-Ho" — Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
"Whistle While You Work" isn't the only inspiring tune to take away from the 1937 film. To get through their long days in the mines, the dwarfs hummed the song "Heigh-Ho" from sunrise until sundown. If humming the song helped the dwarfs get through their long days, it can certainly help you get through yours.
Now, what are you still doing here? Get back to work.
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