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Listening to the right song can make you feel better about anything, like running on a treadmill, being broke or not getting winked at on Match.com. Fortunately, since we all get a little grumpy about workin’ for a livin’, there are also plenty of songs that relate to the working world. Whether you hate your boss, want more money, feel under-appreciated or you’re having a full-blown “what am I doing with my life” existential crisis, one of these songs is bound to make you feel better about it:

1. “Bang the Drum All Day,” Todd Rundgren
Listen for these lyrics:
“Listen to this
Every day when I get home from work
I feel so frustrated
The boss is a jerk
And I get my sticks and go out to the shed
And I pound on that drum like it was the boss’s head”
Add it to your playlist: Bang the Drum All Day - The Very Best of Todd Rundgren

2. “Technologic,” Daft Punk
Listen for these lyrics:
“Write it, cut it, paste it, save it,
Load it, check it, quick – rewrite it,
Plug it, play it, burn it, rip it,
Drag and drop it, zip – unzip it,
Lock it, fill it, call it, find it,
View it, code it, jam – unlock it,
Surf it, scroll it, pause it, click it,
Cross it, crack it, switch – update it,
Name it, rate it, tune it, print it,
Scan it, send it, fax – rename it,
Touch it, bring it, Pay it, watch it,
Turn it, leave it, start – format it.”
Add it to your playlist: Musique, Vol. 1 (1993-2005) - Daft Punk

3. “Take this Job and Shove It,” Johnny Paycheck
Listen for these lyrics:
“You better not try and stand in my way
Cause I’m walkin’ out the door
Take this job and shove it I ain’t working here no more”
Add it to your playlist: Take This Job and Shove It - Johnny Paycheck: 15 All-Time Greatest Hits (Re-Recorded Versions)

4. “Shift Work,” Kenny Chesney
Listen for these lyrics:
“Shift work, tough work for the busy convenience store clerk
Two feet that hurt, going insane
She’s mad at some lad
Drove off and didn’t pay for his gas and he won’t be the last”
Add it to your playlist: Just Who I Am: Poets & Pirates - Kenny Chesney

5. “A Hard Day’s Night,” The Beatles
Listen for these lyrics:
“You know I work all day to get you money to buy you things
And it’s worth it just to hear you say you’re gonna give me everything”
Add it to your playlist: A Hard Day's Night - A Hard Day's Night

6. “She Works Hard for the Money,” Donna Summer
Listen for these lyrics:
“It’s a sacrifice working day-to-day
For little money, just tips for pay”
Add it to your playlist: She Works Hard for the Money - Donna Summer

7. “For the Love of Money,” The O’Jays
Listen for these lyrics:
“For a small piece of paper it carries a lot of weight
Oh, that mean, mean, mean, mean, mean green
Almighty dollar!”
Add it to your playlist: For the Love of Money - The Essential O'Jays

8. “Working on the Highway,” Bruce Springsteen
Listen for these lyrics:
“Friday night’s pay night, guys fresh out of work
Talking about the weekend, scrubbing off the dirt
Some heading home to their families, some looking to get hurt
Some going down to Stovell wearing trouble on their shirts
I work for the county out on 95
All day I hold a red flag and watch the traffic pass me by
In my head I keep a picture of a pretty little miss
Someday, mister, I’m gonna lead a better life than this”
Add it to your playlist: Working On the Highway - Born In the U.S.A.

9. “Man in the Mirror,” Michael Jackson
Listen for these lyrics:
“If you wanna make the world
A better place
Take a look at yourself, and
Then make a change”
Add it to your playlist: Man In the Mirror - The Essential Michael Jackson

10. “Manic Monday,” The Bangles
Listen for these lyrics:
“Have to catch an early train
Got to be to work by nine
And if I had an air-o-plane
I still couldn’t make it on time
‘Cause it takes me so long
Just to figure out what I’m gonna wear ”
Add it to your playlist: Manic Monday - Bangles: Greatest Hits

11. “It’s My Life,” Bon Jovi
Listen for these lyrics:
“Tomorrow’s getting harder, make no mistake
Luck ain’t even lucky, gotta make your own breaks
It’s my life
And it’s now or never”
Add it to your playlist: It's My Life - Bon Jovi Greatest Hits - The Ultimate Collection

12. “Big Boss Man,” Jimmy Reed
Listen for these lyrics:
“You got me working, boss man
Working ’round the clock
I want me a drink of water
You won’t let me stop”
Add it to your playlist: Big Boss Man - Big Boss Man

13. “40-Hour Week,” Alabama
Listen for these lyrics:
“This is for the one who swings the hammer, driving home the nail
For the one behind the counter, ringing up the sales
For the one who fights the fires, the one who brings the mail
For everyone who works behind the scenes
You can see them every morning in the factories and the fields
In the city streets and the quiet country towns
Working together like spokes inside a wheel
They keep this country turning around “
Add it to your playlist: Forty Hour Week (For a Livin') - 40 Hour Week

14. “Takin’ Care of Business,” Bachman-Turner Overdrive
Listen for these lyrics:
“Take the 8:15 into the city
There’s a whistle up above
And people pushin’, people shovin’
And the girls who try to look pretty
And if your train’s on time
You can get to work by nine
And start your slaving job to get your pay”
Add it to your playlist: Takin' Care of Business - Bachman-Turner Overdrive 2

15. “Nothin but a Good Time,” Poison
Listen for these lyrics:
“You see I raise a toast to all of us
Who are breakin’ our backs every day
If wantin’ the good life is such a crime
Lord, then put me away”
Add it to your playlist: Nothin' But a Good Time - The Best of Poison - 20 Years of Rock (Remastered)

What are you favorite work songs that we missed? Let us know in the comments section, below.

33 Comments
  1. Huey Lewis and the News – Working for a Living

    Somedays won’t end ever and somedays pass on by,
    I’ll be working here forever, at least until I die.
    Dammed if you do, dammed if you don’t
    I’m supposed to get a raise week, you know damn well I won’t.

    Workin’ for a livin’ (workin’)
    Workin’ for a livin’ (workin’)
    Workin’ for a livin’, livin’ and workin’
    I’m taking what they giving ’cause I’m working for a livin’.

    Hey I’m not complaining ’cause I really need the work
    Hitting up my buddy’s got me feeling like a jerk
    Hundred dollar car note, two hundred rent.
    I get a check on Friday, but it’s all ready spent.

    Workin’ for a livin’ (workin’)
    Workin’ for a livin’ (workin’)
    Workin’ for a livin’, livin’ and workin’
    I’m taking what they giving ’cause I’m working for a livin’.

    Ooh, Workin’ for a livin’
    Ooh, taking what they giving
    Ooh, Workin’ for a livin’
    Ooh, ooh

    Bus boy, bartender, ladies of the night
    Grease monkey, ex-junky, winner of the fight
    Walking on the streets its really all the same
    selling souls, rock n’ roll, any other day

    Workin’ for a livin’ (workin’)
    Workin’ for a livin’ (workin’)
    Workin’ for a livin’, livin’ and workin’
    I’m taking what they giving ’cause I’m working for a livin’.

    Workin’ for a livin’, livin’ and workin’
    I’m taking what they giving ’cause I’m working for a livin’.
    Workin’ for a livin’, livin’ and workin’

  2. Someone already mentioned Dolly Parton’s “9 to 5″ (how could you leave that one out???). Also, “Money for Nothing” by Dire Straits:

    Now look at them yo-yo’s that’s the way you do it
    You play the guitar on the MTV
    That ain’t workin’ that’s the way you do it
    Money for nothin’ and chicks for free
    Now that ain’t workin’ that’s the way you do it
    Lemme tell ya them guys ain’t dumb
    Maybe get a blister on your little finger
    Maybe get a blister on your thumb

    We gotta install microwave ovens
    Custom kitchen deliveries
    We gotta move these refrigerators
    We gotta move these color TV’s

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  4. Ike & Tina

    Rollin’ On The River… (Proud Mary)

    Left a good job in the city
    Workin’ for the man every night and day
    And I never lost one minute of sleep
    Worryin’ ’bout the way things might have been…

    Big Wheel keep on turnin’
    Proud Mary keep on burnin’
    And we’re rollin’
    Rollin’ yeah..
    Rollin’ on the river

  5. Working For The Weekend by Loverboy

    Everybody’s working for the weekend
    Everybody wants a new romance
    Everybody’s going off the deep end
    Everybody needs a second chance
    You want a piece of my heart
    You better start from the start
    You want to be in the show
    Come on baby let’s go

    Also a song by Huey Lewis call “Couple Days Off”.

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