Labor Day Songs About Work


labor-day-grill-onWell, another three day holiday weekend is within sight as Labor Day unofficially signals the end of summer. It’s back to school time for some or back to work for others involved in the education system. Yet for many others, especially the recently retired or senior citizen brigade, who are considering an RV trip, it’s time to hit the road now that families are off of it and getting ready to settle in for another school year routine. It basically clears the highways up a little and cuts down on those summertime crowds sharing the road with you.

It’s suppose to be a restful break for the working man or woman. For many it means maybe looking forward to one last camping adventure at the lake, river, beach, forest or mountain retreat. Maybe relaxing, boating, canoeing, innertubing, swimming, fishing, hiking, off-road mountain biking, ATVing on the dunes or trails, or whatever else the mind can think of. Kicking back with family and  friends by the campfire ….. is the good life ….. at least for the moment.

This song list features songs about work or working, the backbone of early American values, as laborday-002expressed in many songs in this list. Once again there is variety in the songs listed here to choose from to create another playlist to take along with you where ever or whatever you’re planning to do that first September weekend. It’s by no means complete, but a decent selection to choose from. Whatever you’re doing, plan ahead, be safe and enjoy :)

Labor Day Songs About Work

  1. 9 To 5 – Dolly Parton (1980)
  2. Allentown – Billy Joel (1982)
  3. Bang The Drum All Day (I Don’t Wanna Work) – Todd Rundgren (1983)
  4. Big Boss Man – Jimmy Reed (1961)
  5. Big Boss Man – Elvis Presley (1967)
  6. Blue Collar – Bachman Turner Overdrive (1973)
  7. Blue Collar Man (Long Nights)  – Styx (1978)
  8. Boot Scootin’ Boogie – Brooks & Dunn (1992)
  9. Boys On The Docks – Dropkick Murphys (1998)
  10. Cafe Down On The Corner – Sawyer Brown (1992)
  11. Career Opportunities – The Clash
  12. Chain Gang – Sam Cooke (1960)
  13. Coal Miner’s Daughter – Loretta Lynn (1970)
  14. Diary Of A Working Man – Blackfoot (1981)
  15. Don’t Talk To Me About Work – Lou Reed
  16. Factory – Bruce Springsteen
  17. Finest Work Song – REM
  18. Five O’Clock World – The Vogues (1965)
  19. Forty Hour Week (For A Livin’) – Alabama (1985)
  20. Found A Job – Talking Heads
  21. Get A Haircut (And Get A Real Job) – George Thorogood & The Destroyers (1993)
  22. A Hard Day’s Night – The Beatles (1964)
  23. Hard Workin’ Man – Brooks & Dunn (1993)
  24. High Cotton – Alabama (1989)
  25. I Can’t Wait To Get Off Work – Tom Waits
  26. I Never Picked Cotton – Roy Clark (1970)
  27. If I Were A Carpenter – Johnny Cash & June Carter (1970)
  28. It’s Not My Place (In The 9 To 5 World) – The Ramones
  29. Job Of A Journeyman – The Chieftains
  30. Maggie’s Farm – Bob Dylan (1965)
  31. Odd Job Man – Harry Chapin
  32. Part Of The Union – Strawbs (1973)
  33. She Works Hard For The Money – Donna Summer (1983)
  34. Shiftwork – Kenny Chesney & George Strait (2007)
  35. Sixteen Tones – Tennessee Ernie Ford (1955)
  36. Summertime Blues – Eddie Cochrane (1958)
  37. Summertime Blues – Alan Jackson (1994)
  38. Take This Job & Shove It – Johnny Paycheck (1978)
  39. Takin’ Care Of Business – Bachman Turner Overdrive (1974)
  40. Union Man – Cate Brothers (1976)
  41. Welcome To The Working Week – Elvis Costello
  42. Work In Progress – Alan Jackson (2002)
  43. Work Song – Herb Alpert (1966)
  44. Worker’s Song – Dropkick Murphys (2003)
  45. Workin’ At The Car Wash Blues – Jim Croce (1974)
  46. Workin’ For A Livin’ – Huey Lewis & The News (1982)
  47. Workin’ For MCA – Lynyrd Skynyrd (1974)
  48. Workin’ For The Man – Roy Orbison (1962)
  49. Workin’ It Out – Flatt & Scruggs (1964)
  50. Workin’ Man (Nowhere To Go) – Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (1988)
  51. Workin’ Man’s Blues – Merle Haggard (1969)
  52. Workin’ My Way To Your Heart – Dickey Lee (1980)
  53. Workin’ On A Feelin’ – Tommy Cash (1973)
  54. Workin’ On A Groovy Thing – 5th Dimension (1969)
  55. Working Class Hero – John Lennon (1970)
  56. Working Class Man – Jimmy Barnes (1986)
  57. Working Class Man – Lacy J. Dalton (1986)
  58. Working For The Weekend – Loverboy (1981)
  59. Working Girl – Dolly Parton (1981)
  60. Working In The Coal Mine – Lee Dorsey (1966)
  61. Working In The Coal Mine – Devo (1981)
  62. Working Like The Devil (For The Lord) – Del Reeves (1971)
  63. Working Man – John Conlee (1985)
  64. Working Man – Rush
  65. Working Man Can’t Get Nowhere Today – Merle Haggard (1977)
  66. Working Man’s PHD – Aaron Tippin (1993)
  67. Working Man’s Prayer – Tex Ritter (1967)
  68. Working Man’s Prayer – Arthur Prysock (1968)
  69. Working My Way Back To You – Four Seasons (1966)
  70. Working My Way Back To You (Medley) – The Spinners (1979)
  71. Working On The Road – Ten Years After
  72. Working Without A Net – Waylon Jennings (1986)
  73. Working Woman – Rob Crosby (1992)

If your looking for songs a little more patriotic, check out this post I did for the 4th of July – Here is the link for your convenience >>

►100+ Songs To Celebrate America’s 4th of July

One Response

  1. Good Job very interesting content.

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