Shiftwork Playlist: 10 Songs to Make Time Go Faster

Time flies when you’re working – if only. Instead, it creeps by like a snail with a hangover. We stare at the ticking clock and all but swear it’s moving backwards. We look for distractions – a coworker with a good story, a social media post, a cat video – anything that can move things along a little more quickly. And, sometimes, we find the solution in music.

So, what are some good songs for your shift? Consider ten of the following:

“Here I Go Again” by Whitesnake: As your shift begins, amp yourself up with this little ditty. At the very least, it’ll remind you that your job is very redundant.

“Ice, Ice Baby” by Vanilla Ice: If you’re a child of the nineties – or have raided a CD collection of someone who is – you probably know all the words to this song. Sing along at the top of your lungs – that’s just good fun for everyone around.

“Halo” by Beyonce: This is a song that’s perfect for subtly asking someone to take your shift next weekend. “Come on, be an angel….”

“Believer” by Imagine Dragons: Quitting time will arrive eventually. You only have to believe.

“All Night Long” by Lionel Richie: If you work the night shift, this tune speaks to your heart. Even if the lyrics aren’t about bussing tables and pouring drinks.

“Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor: The proverbial workout song, “Eye of the Tiger” suffices any time you need motivation. Whether you’re running stairs or running coffee out to the customer who complains about everything, go, go, go! You can do it!

 “You Shook Me All Night Long” by ACDC: Like Richie’s song, this tune is good for anyone working a graveyard. It provides a little more get up and go than the former ditty – you’re not just going to work that cash register; you’re going to freaking own it.

“Turn Down for What” by DJ Snake and Lil Jon: There’s not a ton to this song – it has barely any lyrics to speak of. Still, if you work in certain industries, it deserves a place on your playlist. Do you work at a hotel where people request turndown service? Then this song is for you.

“Titanium” by Sia: If your job involves working with customers, this song might help with difficult clients. No matter what they say or do, remember that you’re bulletproof. You’re titanium, after all.

“Working 9-5” by Dolly Parton: This may seem like an odd addition, given that shiftwork rarely involves traditional hours. But this track is a good reminder that you’re a rebel – while everyone thinks working nine to five is a way to make a living, you know it’s not. You throw caution to the wind…Dolly Parton be damned.

Songs don’t magically speed up time, but they seem like they do. When you’re toiling at a job, that perception is the only thing that matters.

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