Labor Day is celebrated in the United States on the first Monday of ever September to celebrate working people in the country. There are many songs that have been written and performed for the holiday designated as the unofficial end-of-summer. The ten songs listed should satisfy a wide variety of musical tastes which span more than five decades – from Ernie Ford to Britney Spears. Work has always been – and will likely always be a great topic for popular songs. The song choice for the list and the order in which the songs are listed are primarily based on song popularity determined by Billboard’s national music charts.
Following are ten of the best labor-related or working-related songs of all time. Click on the song title to go to a YouTube video of each song.
The Top 10 Labor Day Songs of All-Time
- 9 to 5: Dolly Parton
- Sixteen Tons: Ernie Ford
- Chain Gang: Sam Cooke
- She Works Hard for the Money: Donna Summer
- Working for the Weekend: Loverboy
- Take This Job and Shove It: Johnny Paycheck
- Manic Monday: The Bangles
- Five O’clock World: The Vogues
- Work Bitch: Britney Spears
- I’ve Been Working on the Railroad: Traditional
Happy Labor Day, America!