It’s the holiday season, and as a small business owner, the chances are you’re going nonstop to stay on top of the holiday season and finish up the year strong. If you need to decompress, here are some classic songs that any small business owner can relate to.

1. “Takin’ Care of Business”
Bachman-Turner Overdrive, 1974

Randy Bachman’s tune on the joys of self-employment has become a pop culture staple. From its use in TV shows and movies to its status as the victory anthem for the Mets, BTO’s hit fits the entrepreneurial spirit.

2. “Money For Nothing”
Dire Straits, 1985

Mark Knopfler wrote the song in an appliance store while listening to an employee grumble about MTV stars getting “money for nothing, and chicks for free.”

3. “Workin’ For A Livin”
Huey Lewis and the News, 1982

Lewis’ classic song honors the millions of Americans who spend more time working than doing anything else.

4. “Taxman”
The Beatles, 1967

It can be tough not to grumble when the government swoops in to collect its “share.” Or, as George Harrison put it, “one for you, nineteen for me.”

5. “9 to 5”
Dolly Parton, 1980

When it was released, Parton’s ode to the daily grind won her two Grammys as well as a #1 spot on the Billboard Top 100.

6. “Take The Money and Run”
Steve Miller Band, 1976

Steve Miller’s tale of a thieving couple can serve as a reminder to stand your ground, even in times of peril. As Bobby Sue found out, your actions will always catch up to you.

7. “Sixteen Tons”
Merle Travis, 1946

This ode to the hardships of a coal miner still carries weight today – for many working Americans, it can be hard to do the heavy lifting each day and still come out smiling.

8. “Friday Night”
Loverboy, 1985

Loverboy captured the joy and excitement of the end of the work week – a relatable theme to anyone who works long hours. Whether or not you’ve got to “listen to the Boss man scream” all week, Friday night holds a special place in most of our hearts.

9. “Money”
Pink Floyd, 1973

One of many golden tracks to debut on The Dark Side of the Moon, Pink Floyd’s take on society’s addiction to money still rings true. No business can exist without it, but at a certain point it’s no substitution for friends, family, and a passion for your business.

Spotify Playlist:

Bachman-Turner Overdrive – Takin’ Care Of Business
Dire Straits – Money For Nothing
Huey Lewis & The News – Workin For A Livin
2 Two-Hit Wonders – Taxman
Dolly Parton – 9 to 5
Steve Miller Band – Take the Money and Run – 2003 – Remaster
Tennessee Ernie Ford – Sixteen Tons
Loverboy – Friday Night
Pink Floyd – Money – 2011 Remastered Version

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