10 Songs About Work

These 10 songs about work are fun to listen to. Some are funny, some honor workers, some are slams against establishment and bosses, and all are great to listen to and remember that most of us, one way or another, have to work for a living.

  1. "Take This Job and Shove It" was written by Johnny Paycheck. This song is an old standby. It's a song that thumbs its nose at bosses and jobs that suck.
  2. "9 to 5" was written by Dolly Parton. She performed this song in the movie, Nine to Five, also starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin. 9 to 5 laments the working life of working 9 to 5.:
  3. "Welcome to the Working Week" was written and performed by Elvis Costello. The lyrics talk about work not thrilling you but hoping it doesn't kill you.
  4. "Minimum Wage"  written by They Might Be Giants appeared in 2010 on their album Flood. This song about work is relatable to all the people who toil away working for minimum wage.
  5. "Sixteen Tons." The song "Sixteen Tons" was made famous by Tennessee Ernie Ford. It was written by Merle Travis. This song's lyrics voice the concerns of working for the man and getting no where expect "deeper in debt."
  6. "It's Not My Place in the 9-to-5 World." This song was written and performed by The Ramones. The Ramones were touted as the first punk rock band. The title of this song pretty much sums up what the song is about.
  7. "Summertime Blues." Eddie Cochran and his manager Jerry Capeheart wrote this song. Eddie Cochran performed it, and this song was number 8 on the Billboard in 1958. The Beach Boys and The Who also recorded "Summertime Blues."
  8. "Factory" was written and performed by Bruce Springsteen. This song touches on the working class life of the everyday working man in the factory. Springsteen's roots and attitude about working people are reflected in "Factory."
  9. "I Can't Wait to Get Off Work." Tom Waits wrote "I Can't Wait to Get Off Work" about his first job at a pizza joint. Just about everyone can relate to a job where all you can think about is when you can leave.
  10. "I Never Picked Cotton." Johnny Cash wrote and performed "I Never Picked Cotton." This song reflects Cash's poor Southern roots. He vowed to never work in the Oklahoma sun in the lyrics of this ballad.
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