Songs to Get You Motivated for Work

Songs to Get You Motivated for Work

When I graduated from college just a few short years ago, I was one of the very few out of my immediate circle of friends who secured a job right out of school. Even then, the job market was unstable (especially in my field) so I was extremely thankful for the great opportunity I was given.

The job itself was great: It was a small start-up company, so hours were flexible, there wasn’t a strict dress code, and we even had a ping pong table so we could blow off stress mid-day. Everyday my friends (and even my colleagues) made it a point to remind me how good I had it. “No other job will compare to this,” my well-seasoned co-workers told me.

Even though a part of me knew they were right, for some strange reason, I hated going to work. I’m not quite sure if I was afraid of failure, or that I wasn’t used to getting up early in the morning, or I just felt strange living in a new city without my friends or family, but during my first few months of employment, I’d literally get nauseous getting ready for work each morning.

After dismissing the idea of pregnancy, I realized that the issue was just a combination of loneliness, uncertainty, and unfamiliarity (something that many new graduates experience). I decided to rediscover my motivation and remind myself of why I went to college in the first place: to become successful.

9 Songs to Get You Instantly Motivated for Work

To get myself pumped up in the mornings (similar to how fitness buffs get pumped for a workout) I created a “work” playlist that reminded me how I needed to get motivated to work hard and reach my dreams. I’m sharing this playlist with you today (some slight modifications made throughout the years to keep it remotely current). While truthfully the playlist is swayed more towards women and more of the “urban” genre, there are some good ones for the fellas in there too:

  1. Rihanna, “Hard”—”Go hard or go home, back to your residence.”
  2. Drake, “Successful”—”I want the money, money and the cars, cars, the clothes…. I suppose, I just wanna be successful.”
  3. Wynn Stewart, “Another Day, Another Dollar”—”Another day another dollar. Delight comes I’m on my way. Another day another dollar, working my whole life away.”
  4. Wiz Khalifa, “Work Hard, Play Hard”—”The bigger the bill, the harder you ball. Well I’m throw in mine, cause my money long.”
  5. Eminem, “Lose Yourself”—”This opportunity comes once in a life time, yo.”
  6. Tina Turner, “Works Hard for the Money”—”She works hard for the money so you better treat her right.”
  7. Mariah Carey, “100 percent”—”My life ain’t defined by limits. I don’t need no permission to live it. I’m a break thru the door til I get in. Everything that I got I’m a give it 100 Percent.”
  8. Destiny’s Child, “Independent Women Part “—”All the women who are independent, throw your hands up at me. All the honey’s who makin’ money, throw your hands up at me.”
  9. REM, “Finest Worksong”—”the time to rise has been engaged, You’re better best to rearrange, I’m talking here to me alone, I listen to the finest worksong.”

What other songs would you include in your work playlist to get you motivated for work?

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Lauren Bailey is an education writer and freelance blogger. She frequently writes about courses as well as employment opportunities for recent graduates. She welcomes comments and questions via email at


  1. Sirjohnabraham777 on the 12th September

    How nice the post is! Song gives us stimulation. When we work, we get exhausted very much. But song gives us encouragement to do the work. Here the nine songs actually give enthusiasm to do hard work. Thanks a lot for giving such kind of song post.

  2. Scott Finnegan on the 12th September

    Donna Summer sang “She Works Hard for the Money.”
    You may want to consider Tina Turner’s “Better Be Good to Me.”

  3. Lu on the 12th September

    i want it all by queen + unbreakable by bon jovi + live your life by t.i + fly by nicki minaj

  4. Kendra Gaines on the 18th September

    As embarassed as I am to talk about it, Nicki Minaj’s “Moment for Live” was my mantra for a little bit. lol.

    But I like this post. Glad someone else realizes how influential music is to good productivity!

  5. Running Software on the 29th September

    Thanks for sharing. Two things I like about the post, one it is straight forward and two it does not attempt to promote anyone’s position particularly. Congratulations again on a good job Lauren.

  6. Ella on the 4th November

    Both Of Us (B.O.B. and Taylor Swift) is also good.

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