Help me find songs with similar approach re: dealing with daily life
February 20, 2014 7:02 AM   Subscribe

Hi all, would greatly appreciate if you would help me find songs that deal with the subject of dealing with the daily grind of life. Definitely in the 'quietly motivational' aisle, but not necessarily motivational at all. Similar tracks include 'Get Down Saturday Night' by Oliver Cheatham, 'Breezem Out' by Lil Ugly Mane and 'Money Won't Pay' by Bo en. Links to those tracks inside.
posted by Cpt. The Mango to Media & Arts (14 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
Take this job and Shove it
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 7:24 AM on February 20, 2014

Welcome to the Working Week--Elvis Costello.
posted by Ruthless Bunny at 7:30 AM on February 20, 2014

Totally not in the style of your examples, but Petula Clark's Downtown gets me in a good mood every time.
posted by Liesl at 7:32 AM on February 20, 2014

I really appreciated Joe Jackson's "Do the Instant Mash" when I worked in a grocery store. Doesn't seem to be on Youtube, but it's on Spotify.
posted by fiercecupcake at 7:35 AM on February 20, 2014

Definitely not motivational, but the first song that comes to my mind that pertains to the daily grind is Pink Floyd's "Time."
posted by DingoMutt at 7:36 AM on February 20, 2014

"You" by Atmosphere. It's about the life of a waitress. Also a bit more "f!@$ you" than strictly motivational. Check out the music video on YouTube.
posted by permiechickie at 7:46 AM on February 20, 2014

Here's the link, forgot to include:
posted by permiechickie at 7:48 AM on February 20, 2014

Awesome, everyone, thanks. I should have specified - I'm looking for (post-80's) R&B-style examples, mostly... but keep 'em all coming.
posted by Cpt. The Mango at 7:56 AM on February 20, 2014

Perhaps not exactly what you're looking for - it's more about everyday successes than the grind itself - but Brother Ali's "Fresh Air" is my own favorite "quietly motivational" song.

Brother Ali - "Fresh Air"
posted by Austenite at 8:36 AM on February 20, 2014

Hold your head up by Argent is one of my favorite motivators. It also works as a mantra
posted by Gor-ella at 9:46 AM on February 20, 2014

Pulp - Dishes is quietly motivational and beautiful, brit pop.
posted by Free word order! at 12:32 PM on February 20, 2014

Stromae - Alors on danse (translation of lyrics from French to English here)
posted by sigmagalator at 12:02 AM on February 21, 2014

Nice ones, everyone! Thank you!
posted by Cpt. The Mango at 2:35 AM on February 21, 2014

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