Recruiters need to relax at the office, and how better to do so than with this collection of thematic tunes about the world of work.
Everyone likes a bit of music, and having some tunes on while you work can be a great way of brightening up your day. Of course, that's easier said than done when everyone's got their own opinion about what ‘good music' really is. When you're a Motown nut sharing an office with a heavy metal fan and someone who only listens to bubblegum pop, how do you decide what to put on?
We think you can't go wrong with a good mix of songs based around the world of work, especially if you're in recruitment. They might inspire you to get even more done than usual, and if not, you're bound to like at least one or two of these. Without further ado, here's our top 20 playlist for recruiters:
20. The Bangles, Manic Monday
It's not just Mondays; most days of the week you'll probably wish it was Sunday. The Bangles' classic captures this feeling perfectly.
19. Mick Jagger, Let's Work
What could be more inspirational when you're in a rut than hearing Mick singing “work your way up”?
18. Wiz Khalifa, Work Hard Play Hard
A good reminder for anyone wondering why they bother with work, Wiz Khalifa raps about all the benefits he gets from his hard work. Admittedly most of us probably can't afford “diamonds all on my ring” or to spend “hundred thou' on champagne”, but it's nice to dream, right?
17. Kacey Musgraves, Blowin' Smoke
It might not be the most positive depiction of work, but Blowin' Smoke is a great reminder not to wait around to start your dream career, rather than smoking with your colleagues talking about how you'll quit someday.
16. Van Morrison, All Work and No Play
You've probably advised plenty of people on maintaining a good work/life balance, and this song is a great reminder of how “all work and no play makes Jack a dull chap”.
15. The Offspring, Why Don't You Get a Job?
This is a great one to sing along to, especially as we all know that one person who just sponges off their friends and family and never bothers to apply for a proper job.
14. Roy Orbison, Working for the Man
It might seem like this song is about breaking your back in a miserable job, but Roy has a good attitude to it all. He has a plan, and by the end, he's singing “I'm gonna be the man”; we could all learn from his ambition!
13. Loverboy, Working for the Weekend
While Roy Orbison was working for the man, Loverboy aren't nearly as career-minded! Still, there's no shame in working hard all week so you can have a good time at the weekend.
12. Fifth Harmony, Work from Home ft. Ty Dolla $ign
We live in an age of flexible employment, where traditional nine-to-five office jobs are less common, and Fifth Harmony understands that. “You don't gotta go to work… but you gotta put in work” is practically the motto of remote workers everywhere.
11. Michael Jackson, Working Day and Night
If anyone wants to know what a good work ethic is, Michael is willing to keep going “from sunup to midnight” for his girl. We should all aspire to work that hard!
10. Pink Floyd, Money
Okay, so this is a bit of an anti-capitalist song, but still, who among us hasn't wanted to “grab that cash with both hands and make a stash”?
9. Rihanna, Work ft. Drake
Another singer with a great attitude to her job, Rihanna can't stop talking about her “work, work, work, work, work, work”! Okay, so we're not sure she's talking about her career, but still…
8. Donna Summer, She Works Hard for the Money
This tribute to hard-working American women should remind us all to respect the grind. It's also infectiously danceable.
7. The Beatles, Hard Day's Night
The Fab Four famously wrote this song about the long sessions they spent in the studio recording their many hit albums. It's a fun musical reminder of how good it feels to come home after a long shift.
6. Rush, Working Man
While getting into a good career is crucial, it's important not to be defined solely by your work. That's the message of Working Man, although the guitar solo alone makes it worth listening to.
5. The Clash, Career Opportunities
This punk anthem is a great reminder of how far we've come. In The Clash's day, they were often told they only had a few options when it came to getting a job; nowadays, there are so many more choices, especially for young people.
4. Bruce Springsteen, Working on the Highway
Springsteen loved singing about the trials and tribulations of blue-collar America, and this song is a great example. While the story ends badly for the singer, it's still a great tune to work along to.
3. Abba, Money Money Money
“It's a rich man's world”, according to Abba, which means you'll need to get a little money. Of course, the song claims the solution to this is to find a rich man to marry, but we think finding the right career is a better plan!
2. The Seven Dwarves, Heigh Ho
We couldn't leave this one off the list. While jobs in diamond mines are few and far between in the UK, there's still something wonderful about listening to seven guys who are just happy to get to work!
1. Dolly Parton, Nine to Five
How could we leave this iconic song off the top spot? Not only is it extremely catchy and easy to dance to, but it's also probably the closest any singer has come to capturing the feeling of a workday.
Contributor Victoria McDonnell, Marketing Manager at Brookson.
A passionate, dynamic and straight talking marketer with a proven track record in the freelancing and financial services arenas. A strong communicator with excellent business acumen and judgment and experience in all aspects of core marketing.