As you can well imagine, the 10 best songs about your work boss are not made of sugar, spice and everything nice. We may pretty ourselves up and say all the right things to get a job, but all that loving glow goes away quickly after we actually begin working at a company.
- "Workin' For MCA"– Lynyrd Skynyrd. Southerners know a thing or two about slavery, and there's not much of difference between slavery and the relationship some artists have with their record company. As this song details, Lynyrd Skynyrd didn't always have a rosy time while signed to MCA.
- "Working For The Weekend"– Loverboy. This rock song hit pointed out that most of us work so that we can enjoy those two short days we call the weekend. Two out of seven ain't great, but they're better than nothing.
- "9 To 5"–Dolly Parton. This was both a song and a movie, in which Dolly Parton starred. This lyric specifically addresses how hard it is for women to make it in the male-dominated workforce. It's a funny movie, but the work world is not always fun and games.
- “Working for the Man" — Roy Orbison. When Orbison sings about "the man," we all know he's referring to the boss. The boss is the one that signs our paychecks, whether we respect him or not.
- "The Magnificent Seven" — The Clash. The Clash was a working class band. Unlike pampered rock stars, these guys knew what it was like to work hard to make a living. That's why this song about work life is so effective.
- "This Ain't No Picnic" — The Minutemen. Work is certainly no day in the park, which is why this short-lived San Pedro punk band contrasted the 9 to 5 workday with a picnic.
- "Take This Job And Shove It" — Johnny Paycheck. This is Johnny Paycheck's fantasy song. Few of us will ever live it out. However, most of us dream of telling our bosses to put our jobs where the sun don't shine.
- "Workin' For A Livin'" — Huey Lewis And The News. Huey Lewis sings about how we must take what bosses give because we work for a living. It's not out of choice, but out of necessity.
- "Big Boss Man" — Jimmy Reed. "You ain't so big/You just tall, that's all," the great blues singer Jimmy Reed sings in this one. However, when we're on the job, the boss sure looks tall and scary sometimes.
- "Millworker" — James Taylor. James Taylor wrote this blue collar lament for a musical based on Studs Terkel's book "Working." In it he sings: "But it's my life has been wasted/And I have been the fool/To let this manufacturer/Use my body for a tool."
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