We’ve got the best work songs that can inspire you to work hard!
If you want to get anywhere in life, pay your due dates that are all over the place, and become successful through your own efforts – it is absolutely going to take a lot of it.
And no matter how hardworking you are, toiling over the greatest passion of your life, there will definitely be days when you just don’t have the mental or emotional strength to do so. But we don’t have any room for excuses here.
So, for mornings when you find yourself having a hard time getting out of bed or for the afternoons when you can’t find your motivation despite your third cup of coffee, we’ve made you a playlist of country songs about working hard to keep you going. Check them out below!
1. “Workin’ Man Blues” by Merle Haggard
Although Merle Haggard grew into one of country music’s legendary artists, he never failed to look back where he came from – refusing to forget the rough and tumble roots that borne him. Because of that, it was effortless for Haggard to make a connection with the blue-collar workers through his songs.
And out of all of his countless songs celebrating the hardworking men, none is more renowned than his 1969 hit “Workin’ Man Blues.” Accompanied with bits of bluesy guitar riffs, the song turned out to be an anthem for the funky, blue-collar Bakersfield Sound that Haggard would come to represent.
The country icon penned the song entirely on his own, with the lyrics applauding the endeavor the working man lays out into each day.
2. “9 to 5″ by Dolly Parton
Dolly Parton‘s two-time Grammy Award-winning song “9 to 5” quickly became an anthem for all the working women all over the world who could relate to the song’s hilarious yet pressing message.
Before the song’s release, Parton debuted as an actress in the 1980 American comedy film of the same title, which aimed to bring fair pay and equal treatment for women in the workplace. Together with two other actresses, the trio brings down their “sexist, egotistical, lying and hypocritical” employer.
3. “Coal Miner’s Daughter” by Loretta Lynn
Loretta Lynn may have a myriad of hits, but there’s one special song that speaks to the country legend’s personal history – “Coal Miner’s Daughter.”
It tells Lynn’s tale of growing up in a small cabin on the top of a hill in Butcher Holler. With four daughters and four sons to support, the family had limited money to go around, but there was loads of love in the household every day. Those challenging times made Lynn the artist she is today.
4. “Working Man’s Ph.D.” by Aaron Tippin
Aaron Tippin co-wrote Working Man’s Ph.D.” – a song about a day in the life of a common laborer. The song is deeply rooted in his personal experience working as a welder, a mechanic, and an airplane pilot before moving to Music City as a songwriter.
The song was released as the lead-off single off Tippin’s album Call of the Wild, and it quickly reached No. 7 in the Billboard US Hot Country Songs.
5. “Sixteen Tons” by Tennessee Ernie Ford
Though Tennessee Ernie Ford was not the first artist to record “Sixteen Tons,” it became his signature song.
It was written and first recorded in 1947 by country singer-songwriter Merle Travis who felt inspired by his experiences growing up with his coal-mining family. One day, Travis received a letter from his brother wherein he compared Ernie Pyle’s job to that of a coal miner. Pyle is a war correspondent who died while covering combat.
“It’s like working in the coal mines. You load sixteen tons, and what do you get? Another day older and deeper in debt,” Travis’ brother wrote, which can be found in the chorus.
6. “Take This Job and Shove It” by Johnny Paycheck
If there’s something we’ve ever wanted to tell to our unbelievably arrogant and thoughtless boss, Johnny Paycheck’s “Take This Job And Shove It” contains every clever idea we’ve ever thought of!
This 1977 hit, written by country singer-songwriter David Allan Coe, brought with an upbeat country tune, is the greatest in-your-face piece that will surely place those abusing bosses in their place and lift that extremely stressful burden off your overloaded shoulders!
7. “Shiftwork” by Kenny Chesney Feat. George Strait
In 2007, two country music superstars joined forces to drop “Shiftwork” – where Kenny Chesney and George Strait expressed their frustrations from endlessly working shifts at a convenience store. Both the characters pointed out that their job is nothing but “a bunch of shiftwork.”
The song quickly received unsolicited airplay bringing the song up to No. 42 on the country music charts before it was officially released to country radio.
8. “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” by Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett
Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett found themselves exasperated at work. They justify breaking off early by telling themselves that It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere,” so it must be acceptable.
The song became one of the biggest hits for the two singers – becoming one of the best country songs about work and winning Vocal Event of the Year at both the Country Music Association Awards and the Academy of Country Music Awards.
9. “Blowin’ Smoke” by Kacey Musgraves
Surprisingly, there are only a few country songs for those who wait on tables or work in restaurants, something a lot of Nashville artists did before getting their big break and something a lot of Americans can relate to.
Kacey Musgraves wrote “Blowin’ Smoke” to portrait the dead-end life of a small-town waitress with big dreams. It has since become the symbol for anybody stuck in a dead-end job.
10. “Workin’ for a Livin'” by Garth Brooks and Huey Lewis
Written by Huey Lewis, “Workin’ for a Livin'” is a candid tribute to all the hardworking men out there. Lewis said the song was written during his time as a truck driver, so it is somewhat autobiographical about the past jobs he had before pursuing a career in music.
So, there you have it, the best country songs about work! Which one can you relate to the most?
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