Labor Day Special: Greatest Work Songs



On this day commemorating what used to be the American labor movement, here’s Rolling Stone’s list of the 25 Greatest Songs About Work. I can’t claim to know every one of them, but I’m a wee bit suspicious of any such list that omits Sam Cooke’s “Chain Gang” and the Vogues’ “Five O’Clock World.”  And what about Springsteen’s “Out in the Street”?

Other nominations?

 1. “Working Class Hero,” John Lennon
2. “Working for the Weekend,” Loverboy
3. “A Hard Day’s Night,” The Beatles
4. “Welcome to the Working Week,” Elvis Costello
5. “9 to 5,” Dolly Parton
6. “Workingman’s Blues #2,” Bob Dylan
7. “Working in the Highway,” Bruce Springsteen
8. “Oney,” Johnny Cash
9. “Bright Future In Sales,” Fountains of Wayne
10. “She Works Hard for the Money,” Donna Summer
11. “Luxury,” The Rolling Stones
12. “Takin’ Care of Business,” BTO
13. “Workin for a Livin,” Huey Lewis and the News
14. “Sixteen Tons,” Merle Travis
15. “Work, Work, Work (Pub Club Sleep),” The Rakes
16. “I’ve Been Working,” Van Morrison
17. “Maggie’s Farm,” Bob Dylan
18. “Just Got Paid,” ZZ Top
19. “Finest Worksong,” R.E.M.
20. “Career Opportunities,” The Clash
21. “Working Man,” Rush
22. “Blue Collar Man,” Styx
23. “Jacqueline,” Franz Ferdinand
24. “Work Is A Four-Letter Word,” by Cilla Black, performed by the Smiths
25. “To the Workers of the Rock Ridge Valley, I Have An Idea Concerning Your Predicament,” Sufjan Stevens


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