Our jobs may take a sizable chunk of our daylight hours, so it’s no surprise that they’ve found their way into the heart of songwriting. Here’s a list of songs where rhythm meets the daily grind; tunes that mirror the heartaches and highs of the 9-to-5 hustle.
This list of songs not only pays homage to various occupations and the rollercoaster they often represent, but it might also offer you a new perspective on different careers. And as you hum along, you’ll be soaking up more than just the melody.
- 1. “Taxman” by The Beatles
- 2. “Opera Singer” by CAKE
- 3. “The Scientist” by Coldplay
- 4. “Should’ve Been a Cowboy” by Toby Keith
- 5. “I Need a Doctor” by Dr. Dre ft Eminem and Skylar Grey
- 6. “The Boxer” by Simon & Garfunkel
- 7. “Mr. Policeman” by Brad Paisley
- 8. “Police on My Back” by The Equals
- 9. “Rockstar” by Hannah Montana
- 10. “Soldier” by Shania Twain
- 11. “Bartender” by Lady Antebellum
- 12. “DJ Got Us Fallin’ in Love” by Usher featuring Pitbull
- 13. “Astronauts” by Rachael Platten
- 14. “Buffalo Soldier” by Bob Marley
- 15. “Professor Booty” by The Beastie Boys
1. “Taxman” by The Beatles
“Taxman” is the Beatles’ cheerful dig at the tax collector, who seems to revel in raking in the dough. It’s a satirical, cheeky take on the burden of taxes on the everyday Brit and even throws a bit of shade at the prime minister. This melody is just the right pick for those days when it feels like you’re taxed for just breathing!
2. “Opera Singer” by CAKE
For all those intrigued by the melodrama of opera singers, “Opera Singer” by CAKE is your jam. It tells the story of an opera singer on the grind, serenading audiences until their voice echoes in empty halls. The fame’s sweet though, and the singer doesn’t mind the spotlight.
3. “The Scientist” by Coldplay
“The Scientist” by Coldplay is more about deciphering the mysteries of a lover’s mind than the actual profession. But hey, feels like a science experiment at times, right? While it subtly hints at actual science, it’s a soulful anthem for anyone struggling to understand their partner’s emotional universe.
4. “Should’ve Been a Cowboy” by Toby Keith
We’ve all had that “Should’ve Been a Cowboy” moment, haven’t we? Toby Keith gives a shout-out to the cowboy life, with all its allure and macho mystique. Let’s face it, who hasn’t envied that cowboy swagger at some point? This song is a salute to the wild west we wish we were a part of.
5. “I Need a Doctor” by Dr. Dre ft Eminem and Skylar Grey
When it comes to expressing intense affection and gratitude, Dr. Dre, Eminem, and Skylar Grey hit it out of the park with “I Need a Doctor”. This is a soul-baring melody about someone yearning to repay another for their life-changing influence. Theories abound about the meaning, but whatever the backstory, it’s sure to resonate with anyone who’s ever felt a deep, unrequited gratitude.
6. “The Boxer” by Simon & Garfunkel
“The Boxer” by Simon & Garfunkel is about a poor boy seeking a good life only to be disappointed in how the world works. The boxer in the story is our vocalist who refuses to back down even if he is getting punched by constant life challenges. The song is one of resilience and continuing the good fight and makes several references to the boxing profession.
7. “Mr. Policeman” by Brad Paisley
“Mr. Policeman” by Brad Paisley brings a high-speed police chase to life. With mild ribbing at the police force, this song takes you on a wild, adrenaline-fueled ride. While it might hint at the thrill of the chase, it’s a clear reminder that life on the run isn’t exactly the dream!
8. “Police on My Back” by The Equals
Ever wondered what it feels like being constantly on the run? The Equals’ “Police on My Back” paints a vivid picture of a life hiding in shadows, looking over your shoulder. An exciting narrative, yet it’s a stark reminder of how peace of mind trumps all else!
9. “Rockstar” by Hannah Montana
Who hasn’t fantasized about dating a rockstar? “Rockstar” by Hannah Montana explores this tantalizing daydream, narrating the story of a girl hopelessly in love with a rockstar. Despite the cold shoulder, she clings on to the hope of winning him over. A sweet little ditty for those of us secretly crushing on a celeb!
10. “Soldier” by Shania Twain
“Soldier” by Shania Twain offers a poignant tribute to the brave hearts on the front lines and their waiting families back home. Through powerful vocals and heartfelt lyrics, Shania encapsulates the fear, pain, and resilience of those living on the homefront. An emotional masterpiece that hits right in the feels.
11. “Bartender” by Lady Antebellum
“Bartender” by Lady Antebellum is a relatable tune for anyone nursing a broken heart over a stiff drink. The song chronicles a woman’s journey to heal her heartache at the local bar, finding comfort in the company of the bartender. Lady A gives us a catchy anthem about hoping to be swept off her feet again, one drink at a time.
12. “DJ Got Us Fallin’ in Love” by Usher featuring Pitbull
“DJ Got Us Fallin’ in Love” is a sweet testament to the power of a good DJ. Usher and Pitbull team up to pay tribute to the DJs spinning tracks that have couples rekindling their love on the dance floor. So, here’s to the DJs, weaving enchantments with their playlists, making hearts flutter to the rhythm of the beat.
13. “Astronauts” by Rachael Platten
Sometimes, don’t we all just wish we could fly away from the ugliness of the world? “Astronauts” by Rachael Platten captures this yearning beautifully. The song is a poetic journey of a couple dreaming to escape Earth’s cruelties, to explore the stars, and find a haven where they can truly be themselves.
14. “Buffalo Soldier” by Bob Marley
Bob Marley’s “Buffalo Soldier” narrates the tale of an African soldier, ripped away from his homeland to fight America’s battles. Known for his profound social commentary, Marley uses this song to shed light on historical injustices and exploitation. It’s a rhythmic history lesson, reminding us of the cost others paid for American survival.
15. “Professor Booty” by The Beastie Boys
“Professor Booty” by The Beastie Boys is a candid, no-judgment celebration of a woman who takes pride in her profession as a sex worker. Balancing her work and love for music, she’s the queen of her mixtapes. To get the full scoop, tune in to the Beastie Boys’ vivacious melody.
As we spin this musical tapestry celebrating the hustle, we’re saluting the toil, grit, and effort it takes to bring home the bacon. This playlist encapsulates all forms of work, and the humanity behind every job.
Whether you are frustrated or happy with your work, the songs listed here will definitely calm you down and add to your perspective. And why not! This list is a great way to about songs and jobs and you will definitely find some hidden gems as you play them one by one!