7 Songs About Work to Get You Through to Quittin’ Time

Just in time for another unofficial holiday, we’ve got a selection of songs to help you celebrate Workaholics Day. We’ve all got to work, so why not have a killer playlist to get you through the day? Here we have a wide variety of genres, from country, to classic tunes, to whatever you would call Ashnikko’s genre. Settle into your cubicle, delivery truck, garage, or however you work, and let the sweet sounds of this collection motivate you to get your stuff done.

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Songs About Work to Get You Motivated

“9 to 5” – Dolly Parton

“9 to 5” is a great song for motivation during the work day because it’s all about chasing your dreams even when your boss gets you down. The lines They let you dream just to watch it shatter / You’re just a step on the bossman’s ladder / But you’ve got dreams they’ll never take away from the second verse is a great example of that resilience, where Parton is telling us all not to give up and to hold tight to our dreams.

“Working in the Coal Mine” – Lee Dorsey

This song takes a darker turn, with the speaker rising before 5 every morning and working in a coal mine every day of the week. The conditions are unsavory and unsafe, but it’s the only place to get a paying job. Therefore, he must continue working even as he asks the Lord repeatedly, “How long can this go on?” This is a good song for the work week, as it reminds us that no matter how bad things get, at least we don’t work in a coal mine. Unless you do work in a coal mine, in which case, we hope the conditions have improved since this song came out in 1966.

“Workin For a Livin” – Huey Lewis and The News

The lyrics of “Workin For a Livin” remind us all that we live in a capitalist society where money rules everything. However, it has a fun melody so we quickly forget about that part. I’ll be working here forever / At least until I die / Damned if you do, damned if you don’t / I’m supposed to get a raise next week / You know damn well I won’t makes it clear that the speaker is dissatisfied with the fact that he has to work, but knows there’s no other way to live.

“Maggie’s Farm” – Rage Against the Machine

While this is a cover of the Bob Dylan original, Rage Against the Machine really captures the anti-capitalist fury that encompasses this song. The lines They hand you a nickel / They hand you a dime / And they ask with a grin / If you’re having a good time drive home that sentiment. The band’s signature heavy, angry sound was seemingly made for this song. In 1965, Dylan played “Maggie’s Farm” on electric guitar at Newport Festival, and it was much faster and more aggressive than the studio version. Rage Against the Machine seem to have tapped into that performance with their cover, giving it that rebellious edge.

“Working B–ch” – Ashnikko

“Working B–ch” has a great beat, first of all, but its lyrics steer us away from protesting the working environment and more toward being a girlboss. This is a work anthem for the modern age. Now, hustle, gig, and freelance culture are prevalent and many people work for themselves. Essentially, Ashnikko doesn’t have time for men, or anything else, because she’s busy working on her business.

“Worker’s Song” – Dropkick Murphys

“Worker’s Song” is for blue collar laborers—mechanics, farmers, ship-builders, anyone who works with their hands. This song praises manual labor, showcasing those workers’ selflessness and determination to get the job done. We’re the first ones to starve and the first ones to die / We’re the first ones in line for that pie-in-the-sky / And we’re always the last when the cream is shared out / For the worker is working when the fat cat’s about still harkens back to a time of worker dissent, when laborers were dissatisfied with how they were treated by the bosses and often went on strike. This one is for the laborers, but it’s also for the unions.

“Quittin’ Time” – Zach Bryan

“Quittin’ Time” is a song that does exactly what it says on the tin—yearns for quittin’ time. Zach Bryan paints numerous pictures of hard labor throughout the song. The speaker longs for the end of the day so I can take my gal to dance, he says. Here’s a song that is both an ode to hard work and a love song, as while the speaker is working in a steel mill or roofing houses, his woman has been waiting for him at home. When he gets back, he’s taking out my woman and we’re dancing barefoot tonight. It’s a celebration of the end of a hard day or week, when you’re finally free to cut loose.

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