11 Office Playlists To Help You Power Through The Work Week

Ad failed to load

For the third year in a row, Bustle's Upstart Awards are honoring young women who are doing incredible things in the realms of business, STEM, fashion and beauty, the arts, philanthropy, and beyond. Want to be an Upstarts honoree one day? Read on for career tips, insights, and inspiration to help get you there.

Do you ever get that sinking feeling on a Sunday evening? The one where nausea meets apprehension as you prepare for another week ahead? That Sunday night work dread might seem inescapable, but at the very least, you can arm yourself with some of the best work playlists to help you power through the week — because nothing inspires or cuts through the monotony quite like the right jams.

As we all know, occasionally that morning cup of coffee just doesn't do the trick if you're dreading the work day ahead of you. As a New York transplant, I'm convinced that's why headphones and music streaming were invented. They are here to help you parse through perfunctory morning routines, and even help you dance it out at your desk when the stakes are high and Beyoncé seems like the only thing that makes sense. The key to keeping it fresh, though, is to mix your music up, depending on the situations or moods you find yourself in at work. If you manage to land on the right playlist, it can lift your spirits, help you shovel through all the emails, and even make that deadline you were nervous about seem a little bit more manageable.

Ad failed to load

So here, for all your work-related needs, is a list of work playlists specifically geared to the different situations you might encounter during the week. Rock on, everyone.

Ad failed to load

Pop, hip-hop, soft-rock, house — it's all here. Monday can be a mix of emotions, so why not cater to every feeling with all different genres? Let it help you through the motions... well, most of them. (There's coffee for the rest.)

Ad failed to load

A solid mixture of up-tempo vibes and lively tunes will get you through that 5 p.m. deadline. Heck, maybe you'll ride out the victory and even attempt to use that gym pass you've been holding on to after listening to this power mix.

Ad failed to load

There are enough cool slow jams on this list to keep you focused, without distracting from your overall mission.

Ad failed to load

A great choice for when you want to feel like you're at your favorite after-work spot with a drink in hand, but you're actually at your desk. (Two more days. Hang in there!)

Ad failed to load

It's almost 5 p.m., and you're ready to head out to celebrate. Get your co-workers together for an after-hours jam session with a collection of club tunes and popular hits you're likely to hear during your grown and sexy escapades outside the office.

Ad failed to load

OK, so they tore apart your proposal, or you didn't get final approvals on the project you've been working on for weeks. You will survive this! You're still a boss — you just need a playlist to remind you.

Ad failed to load

When you're ready to take a little risk or try to cash in your bargaining chips at work, indulge in this list of female bosses and prepare to slay.

Ad failed to load

Roll out of bed with a little more spring in your step to get you out the door. Throw that pot of coffee on, and dance around the kitchen a little. Spare yourself the sick day, and get your day started with a solid mix of dance-worthy tunes.

Ad failed to load

Enjoy all of the good vibes today! These tracks are easygoing and perfect for riding out those days when everything seems to be going your way.

Ad failed to load

We all have those days. Sometimes it's better to hold off on that tough conversation you want to have until you can collect your thoughts. This playlist is the cathartic push you need.  

Ad failed to load

Nothing feels better than receiving the notification from your direct deposit. On that blessed day, fill your ears with the sounds that celebrate your week-long hustle.

TL;DR: Music solves everything — even the Sunday scaries.

Ad failed to load
Must Reads

7 Signs Your Energy Is Closed Off To Love, According To A Psychic

Finding love requires more than just the actions of going on dates or setting up an online dating profile. It also requires opening yourself up to love and giving off the vibe that you're open. You may not even realize it if you're energetically bloc…
By Suzannah Weiss

Bustle's Editors On Ice Dancing + Rihanna

For those of you who had a holiday on President's Day, welcome to the start of the work week! And for everyone who worked yesterday, you're one day closer to the weekend, woo! Today's been a fairly chill day so far — we've got more on the Winter Olym…
By Danielle Colin-Thome

It Took Heather Graham YEARS To Make A Movie About Women Ditching Toxic Men. The Reason? Men.

They say you should write what you know. But in Hollywood, that age-old advice apparently needs an addendum: Write what you know — as long as men are into it. And for actor and newly minted director/screenwriter Heather Graham — a woman who swam thro…
By Kelsea Stahler

Target Just Launched A Gorgeous New Home Brand — And Most Pieces Are Under $30

Design lovers rejoice! Everyone's favorite store for pretty much everything is about to make all your daring decorating dreams come true. Today, Target's corporate blog issued a press release that provides a peek into Target's new homeware line, Opal…
By Callie Tansill-Suddath

17 Brilliant Ways To Support Parkland Survivors Wherever You Are

Following the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, survivors are demanding Congress take action. A large group of students who survived the shooting are opposing politicians' "thoughts and prayers," arguing that inst…
By Sarah Beauchamp

Here's Where Your Next Trip Should Be, Based On Your Zodiac Sign

If you've been craving a vacation, now is a good time to take the plunge. According to data collected by travel site Expedia, late winters and early spring are pretty much the best times of the year to go on vacation. Based on average airfare ticket …
By Callie Tansill-Suddath

How This Quadriplegic Beauty Lover Beat Cancer & Became A Professional Makeup Artist

In 2010, one day before she was supposed to start cosmetology school, Steph Aiello was involved in a car crash that left her paralyzed from the waist down with limited ability to move her hands and one of her closest friends dead. She would spend the…
By Sara Tan

7 Common Marriage Rules That Aren't Good For Relationships

When it comes to marriage, everyone loves to give their two cents, and with all the warnings and advice floating around out there, no wonder people find marriage intimidating. Luckily, you don't always have to play by the rules, and there's some bad …
By Carina Wolff

The Infuriating Way Hollywood Movie Sets Are Designed To Make Life Harder For Women

Whitney Cummings is fed up — with the way Hollywood treats women, and in particular, the way the it treats female directors who have children. While the entertainment industry may be working hard to get more women behind the camera, Cummings wants to…
By Casey Cipriani

Why Uggs Are Never Going Away, Whether You Like Them Or Not

Uggs. The word alone can conjure up memories of teenage years, regrettable outfits, and undeniable comfort. But if, like me, you thought that you've already said goodbye to those fleece-lined tan boots, you can think again. It seems fashion has adopt…
By Lauren Sharkey

Netflix's New Romantic Movie Will Have You Crying Like It's 'The Fault In Our Stars'

Cancer movies are a heartbreaking staple of Hollywood and have been for decades. It's almost a law of nature: new year, new cancer movie. This year, it's Netflix's Irreplaceable You, a heartbreaking original about a longtime couple who get thrown for…
By Olivia Truffaut-Wong

Here Are All The Terms You Need To Know If You’re Watching Olympic Ski Events Right Now

Every four years the Winter Olympics rolls around to remind me that A) there are so many important Winter Olympic sports, and B) I know virtually nothing any of them. And I know for a fact, I'm not alone, I bet most people don't know what the differe…
By Danielle Colin-Thome

Adam Rippon and Mirai Nagasu Have Matching Tattoos & The Story Is So Cute

Olympic season gives people the feels. From those shipping Canadian ice dancing pair Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir to Shaun White's gold medal win on Tuesday, the feels are real. Now, there's another reason to get all up in your emotions. Adam Rippon a…
By Shea Simmons

A New Study Says Being In A Relationship Could Change Your Taste In Wine — Here's How

I’d be willing to bet that for many of you, a nice bottle of wine is awaiting you in your near future — and if you’re planning on sharing that bottle with a partner, there might be more to your choice than meets the eye: According to recent research,…
By Lucia Peters

Carrie Brownstein On Why Even The Obama Era Should Have Enraged You

An icy January morning soon after Hollywood's show of solidarity for the #MeToo movement at the Golden Globes and almost exactly one year into the Trump Administration feels like a momentous time to be sitting across from Carrie Brownstein. The Sleat…
By Samantha Rollins

Here’s What The Upcoming Year Of The Dog Means For Your Chinese Zodiac Sign

On Feb. 16 the world will celebrate the Chinese New Year, welcoming the Year of the Dog in like the good doggo it is — we hope. A new year means new zodiac predictions for the 365 days ahead. So, what does the Year of the Dog mean for your Chinese zo…
By Brittany Bennett

7 Signs You're Ready To Get Into A Relationship, According To Experts

It can be difficult to tell when you're ready to start dating again. Maybe you're coming off of a bad breakup, maybe you've just been focused on other things. And, ironically, one of the signs that you're ready to be in a relationship is that you're …
By Lea Rose Emery

I Got A Breast Reduction & It Was About So Much More Than The Size Of My Boobs

As a young teenager, I pretty much reached peak physical maturity overnight. One day I was wearing my first training bra a la Lizzie McGuire, and the next I was sweatily fumbling around a Victoria’s Secret with 32DD boobs, trying to summon up the cou…
By Sierra Taylor Horton

This Is, Hands Down, The *Grossest* Thing Babies Do Inside The Womb

Your baby's life in the womb may be safe and warm, but it's also kind of grody. Seriously, the whole process of growing into a human being includes more than a few icky moments along the way. But this is the grossest thing babies do inside the womb b…
via Romper

The 15 Best Fiction Books Of February Feature Tons Of Extraordinary Women

When the cold winds of February blow in, there's nothing I want more than to hide under my covers with a good book. Luckily, there's more than a few fantastic new fiction books coming out this month, so the only tough decision you'll have to make is …
By Melissa Ragsdale

17 Moms Reveal The Most Disgusting Part Of Their Pregnancy

Pregnant bodies do weird-ass things. Weird-ass, gross things. I mean, my pregnant body did (twice), and I have long-suspected I'm not alone. So I asked other moms to share the most disgusting part of their pregnancy and I learned that, not only am I …
via Romper