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Labor Day: The last hurrah of summer and the universal salute to the workforce. Whatever you’re doing today, do yourself a favor and blare at least one of these six tracks.

Styx – “Blue Collar Man (Long Nights)”

Written and sung by Tommy Shaw, this Styx track never fails to resonate.

Styx - Blue Collar Man (Long Nights)

Music video by Styx performing Blue Collar Man (Long Nights). (C) 1978 A&M Records

 

Bachman-Turner Overdrive – “Takin’ Care of Business”

Sure…we’d all like to work at nothing all day, but things cost money.

Bachman Turner Overdrive-Taking care of business

You get up every morning From your alarm clock's warning Take the 8:15 into the city There's a whistle up above And people pushin', people shovin' And the gi...

 

The Pretenders – “Back on the Chain Gang”

Alright, so the song’s more about relationships, but it’s just too good not to include.

Pretenders - Back On The Chain Gang (1982)

Pretenders - Back On The Chain Gang Label: Real Records 1982 Bass: Tony Butler Guitar: Billy Bremner Producer: Chris Thomas Written: C. Hynde WMG

 

Loverboy – “Working for the Weekend”

Aren’t we all, really?!

Loverboy - Working For The Weekend (with Intro)

Loverboy - Working For The Weekend (Official Video) Listen on Spotify - http://smarturl.it/Loverboy_SP Listen on Apple Music - http://smarturl.it/Loverboy_AM...

 

Huey Lewis & The News – “Workin’ For A Livin’”

Anyone else can’t help but think of Tom Hanks in Big when you listen to this track?

Huey Lewis And The News - Workin' For A Livin'

Official video of Huey Lewis and The News's Workin For a Living from the album Picture This. Buy It Here: http://smarturl.it/d0tq13 In 2007, Huey Lewis himse...

 

Rush – “Working Man”

Come for the rousing track; stay for Alex Lifeson’s awesome solo.

"Working Man" by Rush (Time Machine Tour: Live In Cleveland) [OFFICIAL]

Experience the Time Machine Tour! 26 Songs, including "Closer to the Heart," "The Spirit of Radio," and the seminal "Moving Pictures" album, performed live i...

 

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