Now That's What I Call an Uplifting Playlist for People at Work!

If you’re reading this the day after Christmas, you’re probably a total badass. Chances are you’re at work making bank while the rest of those schmoes are having “fun” with their “families.” Don’t worry. We see you. You’re with your intrepid office kin. Like your relatives, you didn’t get to choose them either, and you’ve shared in joys and hardships over time (or at least since any given one of you started working in your office).

Rather than torment you with the usual glut of saccharine holiday imagery and fur-trimmed Mariah Carey get ups - not that we're judging if that's your thing - the following is a compendium of musical content to agreeably anesthetize whatever slog you're powering through. We've got your back.

In no particular order, allow us to present a Work-Sensitive Video Roundup.


This chart topping patois anthem takes up the complexities of money and love. But did you know that studies show midtempo dancehall music in the workplace makes employees 25% more likely to slo-mo dance in mesh? True story.

Work (Rihanna ft. Drake)


Everybody indulges in a good mope now and then, but Morrissey puts the rest of us to shame in the melancholy department.

Exhibit A: I was happy in the haze of a drunken hour | But heaven knows I'm miserable now | I was looking for a job, and then I found a job | And heaven knows I'm miserable now | In my life | Why do I give valuable time | To people who don't care if I live or die?

Of course, you have never, ever felt like this for a split second about life. We’re just putting it out there to remind you how lucky you are not to relate.

Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now (the Smiths)


That’s right, everybody. Even Larry Bird and Magic Johnson. Whoever made the accompanying video had something to say about the Lakers/Celtics clash, but more importantly... teamwork. Cozy up to your office mates on a Friday. High five one another. Now blast this triumphant jam to get primed for whatever!

Everybody’s Working for the Weekend (Loverboy)


If you’re not yet familiar with “office Britney,” here’s a your chance to catch her parading around in full, uh, corporate casual amongst her fabulous dance crew. Extra points for copy machine antics and making optimization of cubicle space with provocative choreography. As one does.

Womanizer (Britney Spears)


Star-crossed lovers on the commute to 1985 “greed is good”-era FiDi? Check. Cigar chomping boss in suspenders surrounded by hunting trophies including a mounted swordfish in his wood paneled office? Check and check. Cyber lover inhabiting a parallel nightclub universe on Shannon’s desktop computer screen? Done like dinner.

Do You Wanna Get Away (Shannon)


Acrylic nails and typewriter jams. Spilling coffee on your pumps mid-commute. Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin tying up the bossman in an elaborate proto #MeToo revenge plot. Dolly knows it’s enough to drive you crazy if you let it and she’s here to save the day!

9 to 5 (Dolly Parton)