Labor Day: Top 10 Songs About Working Hard For The Money, So Hard For The Money

Do you work hard for the money? Probably. That’s why this Labor Day is just for you to throw off the shackles of the working class person, throw up your feet, and enjoy a little rest and relaxation before another grueling work week comes around. Don’t worry! Thanksgiving is not that far away!

In the mean time, enjoy these Top Ten Songs About Working Hard For The Money. Nothing is better than a well-penned song to sum up your feelings about your life and, ultimately, distract you from them.

10. “A Hard Day’s Night”-[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Beatles[/lastfm]

According to an interview with Ringo Starr in 1964, the Beatles wrote “A Hard Day’s Night” based on personal experience:

“We went to do a job, and we’d worked all day and we happened to work all night. I came up still thinking it was day I suppose, and I said, ‘It’s been a hard day…’ and I looked around and saw it was dark so I said, ‘Night!’ So we came to ‘A Hard Day’s Night.'”

[Source: Song Facts]

9. “Money, Money, Money”-[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Abba[/lastfm]

Why should a girl have to work hard for money when she can just marry a rich man? Or win a pile in Vegas or Monaco?

8. “Salt of the Earth”-[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Rolling Stones[/lastfm]

One of the most iconic “working class” songs of a generation, “Salt of the Earth” is a true celebratory tune perfect for Labor Day:

“Let’s drink to the hard working people/Let’s drink to the lowly of birth/Raise your glass to the good and the evil/Let’s drink to the salt of the earth.”
7. “Working Girl”-[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Cher[/lastfm]

We’ve never worked in a “tower made of steel in the sky,” but our cubicles make for a pretty prosperous prison.

6. “Manic Monday”-[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Bangles[/lastfm]

There’s pleasure and there’s pain. One of the most under-rated, over-analyzed pains in the world: waking up on Monday to go to work after a whole weekend of pleasure. Sigh.

5. “Workin’ For A Livin'”-[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Huey Lewis & the News[/lastfm]

In this economy, we’re not sure everybody’s “workin’ for a livin’,” but we sure hope that changes soon.

4. “Chain Gang”-[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Sam Cooke[/lastfm]

Working on a chain gang isn’t exactly glamourous and usually signifies an imprisoned man, but we all kind of understand what it feels like to be lined up and worked in an orderly fashion.

3. “Working For the Weekend”-[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Loverboy[/lastfm]

We don’t know about you, but we’re more or less working to pay our bills, not really “working for the weekend.” On the weekend, we are sleeping as much as possible and catching up on Toddlers and Tiaras.

2. “9 to 5″-[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Dolly Parton [/lastfm]

OK, we’ve never had the chance to ask anyone this, but if Dolly Parton is working “9 to 5” does that mean she has a 7-hour workday or a 6-hour workday with an hour lunch break? If so, when did the 8-hour workday become popular and why are we subjected to it?

Yes, these are the things we think about while clock watching at work.

1. “She Works Hard For The Money”-[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Donna Summer[/lastfm]

In the ’70s and ’80s, a lot of women were starting to make their way into the workplace. Our favorite part of the song is when Summer sings, she works hard for the money/so you better treat her right.” We are all about women getting treated right.

  • What is your favorite song about working? Let us know in the comments!

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