Cleaning is something every music fan has to do. The daunting task that very few enjoy can be made better if you have the right music to either energize or distract you. AXS has compiled a playlist of the 13 greatest songs to play when it comes time to clean the house; give them a listen by clicking the titles below.
The first thing a cleaning playlist needs is a good motivating song. John Parr's theme from the movie "St. Elmo's Fire" is a perfect song to inspire any and all cleaning that needs to be done. The song is specifically about being motivated to do great things, because the narrator "can feel St. Elmo's Fire burning in me." That might be a stretch but the listener will definitely feel better about cleaning after hearing this.
Jack Johnson actually wrote a song about one of the most basic cleaning tasks. It's about more than just washing dishes, as the narrator is singing to a would-be lover about how hard he'll work for them. Johnson goes on about how he doesn't mind washing dishes, and listening to him say that might make the audience feel better as they tackle a sink full of them.
The listener will be able to see clearly once they've finished cleaning any windows or mirrors around the house. While Johnny Nash was singing about his vision clearing after a rainstorm, the end result is still the same. Another line also talks about being able to "see all obstacles in my way," like all the items on that long list of things that need to be cleaned.
Business doesn't have to mean just what happens at work. When Bachman & Turner were Bachman-Turner Overdrive, they crafted a great classic rock song that can also mean taking care of all the business around the house. It's certainly going to make the listener feel that cleaning isn't so bad when they listen to this track and realize how much they've accomplished.
Sometimes you just have to put your head down and go to work. That's what Amerie is singing about in this funky R&B hit, and that's the right attitude to take into any cleaning job. It's not fun, it's not glamorous, but it needs to be done so just get in there and do the work. At least you have a great beat and some sultry vocals to work along with.
There's always a dirty job on the cleaning checklist, whether it's getting the clog out of the sink or cleaning up a nasty spill. And since this playlist is designed for people who aren't paying someone else to clean up after them, the dirty jobs are definitely being done cheap. Plus, any AC/DC song also ups the energy level a few notches, which is an important thing if you have to spend a long time cleaning.
The Vogues wrote this classic about the monotony of an office job, but it works for cleaning, too. Just as the narrator is waiting for his work day to end so he can get back to the girl he loves, the listener wants to get all of their chores done so they can get out to their date, or the mall, or just onto their couch to watch some TV. It helps that this is such an upbeat song that it's hard not to listen to it and smile.
This Queen hit is perfect for singing along with as the listener crosses items off that aforementioned to-do list. It's inspiring as each chore bites the proverbial dust. Or, if necessary, play this song while literally dusting around the house. It has multiple applications for cleaning, in addition to being one of the greatest songs in classic rock history.
Eminem was referring to a metaphorical closet in this song, rapping about all the noise in his head. However, it's equally possible to put aside the metaphors and just play this song during the process of actually cleaning out a closet. After all, closets can take a long time to clean out, and there can often be scary things found in them if they aren't cleaned out often enough.
Bruce Hornsby & The Range penned this song for the motion picture "Backdraft." It's about firefighters running into danger, but it can also be about somebody who gets off their couch and gets moving to clean all those things that have been ignored for the last two weeks. The former is much more dangerous than the latter, but this song is so catchy that it will make the chores sound cool anyway.
When Barenaked Ladies came up with this hit, it was about breaking into an apartment, not cleaning it. However, the narrator does spend a fair amount of time asking why things have been changed or ignored in the apartment he used to share with his ex-girlfriend. He wants to know where the dish rack is and why she plastered over a hole that he punched in the door. These are questions the listener might be asking themselves, too.
Everyone is working for a living, as Huey Lewis & The News pointed out with this song. But that work also includes housework. And at least unlike the narrator, who says "some days won't end ever," the listener knows that their cleaning duties will end eventually. So it's better to spend a few hours tidying up than being stuck in the same job "forever, at least until I die."
Sugarland's first big hit was this song about searching for something more than what they had. One verse is specifically about a woman handing in her two weeks' notice because she believes there's a better future out there for her someplace else. So once the listener has finished all of their housework, why not play this song and think about all the things that can be done now that the house is clean?
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