Friday, May 30, 2008

Top 5 On Friday - Week 177

Top 5 On Friday - Week 177
This week's topic is brought to you by... me.

Top 5 songs about work or are work related.

1. Working In A Coalmine by Lee Dorsey

2. Sixteen Tons by Tennessee Ernie Ford

3. Sweet Cream Ladies, Forward March by The Box Tops (the song is about the world's oldest profession)

4. Car Wash by Rose Royce

5. Working At the Car Wash Blues by Jim Croce


Polly said...

Ah fantastic choices!!

*boogies to "Car Wash" in her head*

The Mistress of the Dark said...

Oh Working In A Coalmine! That's a good one :) My answers are up now :)

X. Dell said...

Wow, so many great work songs.

"Chain Gang" by Sam Cooke (notice a theme, lately).

"Nine-to-Five" by Dolly Parton.

"Wichita Lineman" by Glen Campbell, Johnny Cash and others.

"Taking Care of Business" by BTO (as a musician myself, I really have to put that one up--along the same line I could have said "Piano Man" by Billy Joel, since I've done that for a living too).

Of course, to me, the ultimate work song would be "John Henry" (traditional).

Still, these are fun choices. I have recordings of all of them....somewhere around here.

X. Dell said...

Almost forgot, "Manic Monday" by the Bangles.

Samara Leigh said...

Carwash is such a classic. All these years letter it still makes you smile and get moving. I love Manic Monday by The Bangles. 9-5 is a great song, too.

David Amulet said...

I'd toss in:

"Working For a Livin'," Huey Lewis and the News
"Taking Care of Business," BTO
"Working for the Weekend," Loverboy
"Take This Job and Shove It," Johnny Paycheck
"Keep on Working," Pete Townshend
"Working Man," Rush

Natsthename said...

Wow, I thought I was being a little obscure with the Croce song, but NO! Great stuff. And, hey, I was just AT the car wash!

pjazzypar said...

These were great songs. "Working Day and Night" by MJ came to mind. I also thought about "Chain Gang" and "Work to Do" by The Isley Brothers.

Malcolm said...

Polly: I've got "Car Wash" playing in my head... I feel like watching the movie now.

Mistress of the D: I love the instrumentation/sound effects they used on Working In A Coalmine. Another oldie that deserves more airplay.

X. Dell: "Wichita Lineman" is a good one. That song takes me back to the time when I worked weekend mornings at an AM station in Owosso, MI. That was one of the songs on our playlist.

Samara: If there is someone out there who doesn't move to the sounds of "Car Wash", they better have their pulse checked. Thanks for stopping by.

David: I almost included "Working For a Livin'" and "Working for the Weekend" on my list.

Natsthename: We have to watch out for those "Working At the Car Wash Blues". There is nothing that's more steadily depressing, lowdown, mind messing than that.

Pjazzy: Those were some good choices. I remember that Vanessa Williams did a pretty good remake of "Work To Do" in the early 90s.

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