Anyone who claims that the only certainties in life are death and taxes is sadly mistaken. Cleaning activities, week in and week out, seem pretty inevitable, too. Liven up your cleaning routine with this playlist that is perfect for singing along, either solo or with the whole family.
We’ve compiled a cleaning playlist that is sure to satisfy the musical tastes of everyone in the family, and we dare you not to sing along. Crank up your iPod and invite your spouse and children to belt out these classic hits while steam cleaning the carpets.
“Working for the Weekend” by Loverboy (1981)
There’s a reason why Loverboy’s 1980s power-pop ballad is in the hearts and minds of the working masses during every Monday morning commute. Sing this song loud and proud to break free from an existential crisis every time you think, “I swear, I just mopped this floor two days ago.”
“Hard Knock Life”
from Annie (1982)
If your children give you grief for making them clean, turn on this charming song and make them sing along. They’ll either stop whining from embarrassment or because they’re actually having a good time doing laundry.
“Soak Up the Sun”
by Sheryl Crow (2002)
Maybe you’re feeling down because you’re emptying the dishwasher yet again or because you’re getting down and dirty scrubbing toilets. That’s OK, but as for me, “I’m gonna soak up the sun/Gonna tell everyone to lighten up.” You’ll probably crack a smile if you sing those lyrics, too.
by The B-52s (1986)
Yes, this song is literally titled “Housework,” and it’s amazing. What woman hasn’t thought, “Don’t need a man to treat me mean/I need a man to help me clean”? Set that thought to music with the help of The B-52s.
“We Are the Champions”
by Queen (1977)
Sung after every high school football victory, every epic night on the town and every successful pitch to potential clients, Queen’s power ballad is actually surprisingly appropriate while conquering soap scum.
“I Got You (I Feel Good)”
by James Brown (1965)
We know you’ve heard this immensely popular song on the radio and in a multitude of movies throughout the years, but if you’re not sure of the lyrics, there are enough “na na nas” to help you retain your focus on vacuuming.
“Old Time Rock and Roll”
by Bob Seger (1978)
Speaking of mopping the floor with socks, “Old Time Rock and Roll” may inspire a dance and slide across the floor with a broom, à la Risky Business, in which the classic hit was famously lip-synched by Tom Cruise. Shimmy and shake and sing along with your cleaner as a microphone.
by Kenny Loggins (1984)
Kenny Loggins’ perennial hit “Footloose” boasts the cleaning-applicable lyrics “Been working so hard/I’m punching my card/Eight hours for what/Oh, tell me what I got… Now I gotta cut loose, footloose/Kick off the Sunday shoes.” With lyrics like those, you’ll be mopping the floor with your socks in no time flat.
by Rose Royce (1976)
Mix things up with some disco funk, even if you’re not literally working at the car wash (yeah). The song even implores listeners to sing along!
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“Takin’ Care of Business”
by BTO (1973)
Even with the fun of sing-alongs, sometimes cleaning is just about getting the job done. We’ll leave you with a few lyrics from our final sing-along pick to help you develop some motivation at the end of a long day: “Takin’ care of business, every day/Takin’ care of business, every way/I’ve been takin’ care of business, it’s all mine/Takin’ care of business, and working overtime/Work out.” Hang in there, hardworking women everywhere.