After alcohol, religion, cars, money, love, and sex, work has been the most popular subject of most pop music. These work-related songs often talk about how we hate work, why we need to work, and why many of us hate the thought of working on a Monday morning. According to Spinditty, many of us spend almost all our lives getting a job, working, or even trying out different job opportunities. This may be why many songwriters have found various ways to sing about it. Here, we will take a closer look at some of the top ten songs about getting a job.
10. Arcade Fire, “Ready To Start”
“Ready to Start” is one of the hit singles by the band Arcade Fire and is featured in their third album dubbed The Suburbs. This song was released back on 3rd October 2010. The song Ready to Start was featured in their second performance at the 53rd Grammy Awards. This hit song by Arcade Fire is the perfect song to listen to that will get you into the right mindset while looking for a new job. With this song, you will be able to focus on having a “fresh start” in your career.
9. Martina McBride, “Goin’ To Work”
This song features in the country-pop artist’s second album, “The Way That I Am,” this song showcases Martina’s soprano and soul-fulfilling lyrics. Martina McBride has once been dubbed as the “Celine Dion of country music,” Some of the lyrics of this song are; “…right now I am going’ to work, Oh! I gotta stay busy; that is the only way… to collect my pay.”
8. Dolly Parton, “9 TO 5”
According to Ominocity, the “9 to 5” is a classic country song that was written for the 9 to 5 comedy film, Dolly uses her jaunty tone and unmatched twang to describe an office employee whose employer steal her money and takes all the credit. This song earned her an Academy Award nomination and two Grammy awards for “Best Female Country Song” and “Best Female Country Vocal Performance.” This song pays homage to the plight of the American laborers, especially women.
7. Kanye West “Stronger”
This is the perfect song to listen to when feeling depressed after getting rejected when applying for a job. In this song, Kanye West advises you to dig deep to find the needed motivation that will place your back on track as you look for another job. The song reminds us that what does not kill you makes you stronger, so get your resume and other application documents and continue seeking a job until it lands you a potential job opportunity.
6. Lionel Richie, “Hello”
“Hello” is a song by Lionel Richie and is featured as the third single in his second solo album, “Can’t Slow Down.” This song was released back in 1984 and was ranked No.1 on the three Billboard music charts. The song also topped the UK Singles Chart for six consecutive weeks. This song by Richie gives you the needed motivation to send the required job application materials to the hiring manager for you to secure a job.
5. Simple Minds, “Don’t You (Forget About Me”
“Don’t You Forget About Me” is a song written and composed by producer Steve Schiff and Keith Forsey. It was also performed by the Scottish rock band Simple Minds. This is the perfect song to listen to after submitting your job application forms, and no, it is time for you to wait for the approval. Maybe you expect a response within a day or perhaps a week. Regardless of how long you stay, this song assures you not to worry about your potential employer forgetting about you.
4. Talking Heads “Found A Job”
In addition to creating some truly unique and catchy original hits, Talking Heads were brilliant when writing their song’s lyrics, a rare quality in most rock music. On the track, “Found A Job,” the Heads talk about creating your reality when everything else fails. They also relay a metaphor about getting a new job if you hate your current job.
3. The clash “Should I Stay or Should I Go?”
At some time, while looking for a job, you may be unlucky and fail to secure the job opportunity you were applying for. You are left in a dilemma speculating whether to stick with your current job or do you move on to the next job opportunity that may avail itself. In this song, the Clash advises you to always move on to the next thing if there is any doubt that the job you are applying for will not be the perfect fit for you.
2. The Seven Dwarfs, Disney, “Heigh-Ho”
The catchy phrase “Height Ho” was first recorded in 1553 and is defined as an expression of weariness, languor, disappointment, sighing, and yawning.” A group sang this song of seven dwarfs as they went home from work. This song was also featured in the Walt Disney film “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.”
1. Donna Summer, “She Works Hard For the Money”
This was a favorite song in the early 1980s, particularly among female employees who wake up early in the morning and work hard in their jobs to earn a living. “She Works Hard For the Money” is an upbeat dance song that can give you the motivation to continue your work.