Top 38 songs about work to get you through a long day

Very few things can remedy a bad workday.

Music is an exception. Your music choice can make or break your productivity output for the day. Countless studies have buoyed the claim for listening to music while you work, so long as it’s the right genre.

When it comes to putting together that perfect playlist, go with what you know; according to research, listening to music you’re familiar with is better for focus.

That’s why we’ve curated a list of both the essential classic rock oldies and today’s top pop hits all about your favorite subject: work!

These songs, which are in no particular order, will be sure to help you power through a long day. This list is so good you may even save it for a weekend party.

1. Take This Job and Shove It – Johnny Paycheck


2. Career Opportunities – The Clash


3. She Works Hard For The Money – Donna Summer


4. 9 to 5 – Dolly Parton

5. Manic Monday – The Bangles

6. Working for the Weekend – Loverboy

7. Welcome to the Working Week – Elvis Costello

8. Work from Home – Fifth Harmony 

9. Working Girl – Cher

10. Blue Monday – New Order 

11. A Hard Day’s Night – The Beatles

12. Stressed Out – Twenty One Pilots 

13. Under Pressure – David Bowie


14. Money – Pink Floyd 

15. Material Girl – Madonna 

16. Allentown – Billy Joel 

17. Money Money Money – ABBA


18. Take The Money and Run – Fly Like An Eagle

19. Rich Girl – Daryl Hall & John Oats 

20. Taxman – The Beatles 

21. Lose Yourself – Eminem 

22. “The Heat Is On” – Glenn Frey

23. “Higher Love” – Steve Winwood

24. “Encore” – Jay-Z

25. “Eye of the Tiger” – Survivor

26. “Work Hard, Play Hard” – Wiz Khalifa

27. “This Is How We Do It” – Montell Jordan

28. “We Are the Champions” – Queen

29. “My Way” – Frank Sinatra

30. “Drive” – Incubus

31. “Let’s Get It Started” – Black Eyed Peas

32. “Don’t Dream It’s Over” – Crowded House

33. “I Won’t Back Down” by Tom Petty

34. “Live and Let Die” by Wings

35. “Don’t Stop Believin” – Journey

36. “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” – Diana Ross & The Supremes

37. “Don’t Stop Me Now” – Queen

38. “I’m Still Standing” – Elton John