Homemaking: Songs for Cleaning

What's the Homemaking September ShapeUp! all about?

I added a playlist of upbeat songs to the playlist in my side bar. Tamy contributed Flashdance and Main Event, however I couldn't find Main Event available online. However, this isn't all about me! So, do you have any additional suggestions? I want any and all suggestions! I'll add songs that most people would know to the playlist, if I can find them online.

Now, here's the thing, I LOVE finding new music, and this playlist isn't my typical cleaning playlist. My actual list is so random. The very first song I put on the list is an example of them, I put it first so you can skip it if you want to. So in the interest of full disclosure, and transparency, here's the list of songs in my actual cleaning playlist, yes, it's long! I play it on random:

Song Of The South - Alabama
Another Perfect Day - American Hi-Fi
Flavor Of The Week - American Hi-Fi
Story of a Girl - Nine Doors Down
One Week - Barenaked Ladies
If I Had a Million Dollars - Barenaked Ladies
Annie Waits - Ben Folds
Bittersweet - Big Head Todd and The Monsters
Lovely Day - Bill Withers
Atomic - Blondie
One Way or Another - Blondie
Rapture - Blondie
Cannonball - Breeders
Kung Fu Fighting - Bus Stop
Another White Dash - Butterfly Boucher
Short Skirt, Long Jacket - Cake
A Little Less Conversation - Chris Daughtry
Brick House - The Commodores
I Love The Flower Girl - Cowsills
Linger - The Cranberries
Zombie - The Cranberries
Analyse - The Cranberries
Dreams - The Cranberries
Just My Imagination - The Cranberries
No Need To Argue - The Cranberries
Friday I'm In Love - The Cure
Boys Don't Cry - The Cure
How Beautiful You Are - The Cure
If You Leave (Breakfast Club) - The Cure
China Girl - David Bowie
Magic Dance - David Bowie
New Age Girl (Mary Moon) - Dead Eye Dick
Bitching Camero - The Dead Milkmen
Punk Rock Girl - The Dead Milkmen
Breakfast At Tiffany's - Deep Blue Something
World In My Eyes - Depeche Mode
Walk Of Life - Dire Straits
American Pie - Don Maclean
Life In A Northern Town - Dream Academy
Send Me An Angel - Eurythmics
Bringing Out the Elvis - Faith Hill
Rock Me Amadeus - Falco
I Feel It All - Feist
Do You Realize? - Flaming Lips, The
Take a Look at Me Now - Genesis
Keep Your Hands To Yourself - Georgia Satellites
OOH AAH...Just a little bit - Gina G
You Belong To The City - Glen Frey
Drunken Sailor - Great Big Sea
Once Bitten Twice Shy - Great White
Wasted Rock Ranger - Great White
The Honeythief - Hipsway
Birds Fly (Whisper To A Scream) - The Icicle Works
Kick - Inxs
Centerfold - The J. Geils Band
Freeze Frame - The J. Geils Band
You And I Both - Jason Mraz
Pretty Vegas - JD Fortune
Miss Independent - Kelly Clarkson
Mr. Brightside - Killers, The
Techno Syndrome (MortalKombat) - Kmfdm
These Boots Were Made For Walking (Clubmix) - Kon Kan
Supergirl - Krystal Harris
Black Horse And The Cherry Tree - Kt Tunstall
Suddenly I See - Kt Tunstall
Angry Days - Lagwagon
Mr Coffee - Lagwagon
Charmed Life - Leigh Nash
I Want You To Want Me - Letters to Cleo
Punk Girl - Letters to Cleo
Pure - Lightning Seeds
Funky Town - Lipps Inc
I Alone - Live
I'm So Alive - Love and Rockets
Sweet Home Alabama - Lynyrd Skynyrd
Pump Up the Volume - Marrs
Mr. Brightside - Marty Casey
Trees - Marty Casey
Unwell - Matchbox Twenty
Inspector Gadget - Mephiskapheles
Saba - Mephiskapheles
When I Kiss Your Mouth - Meril Bainbridge
Kernkraft 400 (Original Mix) - Zombie Nation
Pass The Dutchie - Musical Youth
99 Red Balloons - Nena
99 Luftballoons [German] - Nena
Story Of A Girl - Nine Days
I'm Just a Girl - No Doubt
Wonderwall - Oasis
Basket Case - Offspring
Keep Em Separated - Offspring
Self Esteem - Offspring
Whirly Girl - OXO
Hotel California - Pennywise
Phish - Bouncing Around the Room - Phish
Get This Party Started - Pink
Hey Eugene - Pink Martini
Gimme Dat Ding - Pipkins
All Over the World - Pixies
Allison - Pixies
Bone Machine - Pixies
Gigantic - Pixies
Velouria - Pixies
Turkish Song of the Damned - Pogues, The
Don't Get Me Wrong - Pretenders
I Would Walk 500 Miles - Proclaimers
Pretty in Pink - Psychadelic Furs
Heartbreak Beat - Psychedelic Furs
Love My Way - Psychedelic Furs
Sometimes - Psychedelic Furs
Until She Comes - Psychedelic Furs
Another One Bites The Dust - Queen
Never Say Never - Queens of The Stone Age
Come On Feel The Noise - Quiet Riot
Judy Is A Punk - The Ramones
Gabba Gabba Hey - The Ramones
Happy Birthday, Mr - The Ramones
Run Away - Real Mccoy
Naked In The Rain - Red Hot Chili Peppers
Cotton Eyed Joe - Rednex
It's the End of the World As We Know It - R.E.M.
Here Comes A Regular - The Replacements
Kiss Me On The Bus - The Replacements
Jessies's Girl - Rick Springfield
Time Warp - Rocky Horror Picture Show
What I Like About You - The Romantics
Tom Sawyer - Rush
Perfect Way - Scritti Politti
Hips Don't Lie - Shakira
My Favorite Mistake - Sheryl Crow
Kiss Them For Me - Siouxie and the Banshees
Dear Prudence - Siouxsie and The Banshees
Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover - Sophie B. Hawkins
Bus To Beelzebub - Soul Coughing
Divine Thing - Soup Dragons
I'm Free - Soup Dragons
Little Miss Can't Be Wrong - Spin Doctors
Two Princes - Spin Doctors
Nothing Is Going To Stop Us Now - Starship
Abracadabra - Steve Miller Band
Higher Love - Steve Winwood
Good Old Hockey Game - Stompin' Tom Conners
I Fought the Law - Stray Cats
Sexy And Seventeen - Stray Cats
Rapper's Delight (Old School Mix) - Sugarhill Gang
Here's Where The Story Ends - The Sundays
Breakout - Swing Out Sister
It's My Life - Talk Talk
And She Was - Talking Heads
Wild Wild Life - Talking Heads
Superman - Tao of Steve
Kung Fu Fighting (Dance Remix) - Techno Fatboy Slim
Birdhouse In Your Soul - They Might Be Giants
Particle Man - They Might Be Giants
Semi Charmed Life - Third Eye Blind
Raise A Little Hell - Trooper
Why Can't This Be Love - Van Halen
Turning Japanese - The Vapors
Add It Up - Violent Femmes
Blister in the Sun - Violent Femmes
Eep Opp Ork Ah-Ah - Violent Femmes
Kiss Off - Violent Femmes
Why Can't I Get Just One Kiss - Violent Femmes
I Know What Boys Like - Waitresses
Everybody Walk the Dinosaur - Was Not Was
Rapper's Delight (Little Old Lady Version) - The Wedding Singer
Push the Little Dasies - Ween
Buddy Holly - Weezer
We Built This City - Starship
New Soul - Yael Naim
She's Not There - Zombies

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  1. Now those are some great songs :)

  2. Thanks Sandra... very random and lots of 80's...

  3. That is a great list. You couldn't find Main Event - too bad. What about Tequila or I'm Here for the Party?

  4. Added Tequila and I'm Here for the Party. :)

  5. Wow! Great list! I have a wide variety of songs I listen too, but not really for anything particular. I just have a general list of songs I love! They tend to motivate me in nearly any situation! I seem to have a lot of Green Day (minority), Nickleback (rockstar), Feist (1234), Neneh Cherry (Buffalo Stance), Chicago (25 or 6 to 4), and other random songs....

  6. I read this entry yesterday and felt so inspired that I created a playlist on iTunes and used it this morning to keep me motivated as I cleaned out the fridge. Loved your idea of combining cleaning fridge with emptying bins before pick up day and then menu planning. (Another entry I read yesterday.) Efficient combination of tasks :) Thanks. Oh and I love The Divine Comedy's 'Something for the Weekend'. Good for picking up energy on the weekend of course.

  7. What a great post, i love the idea of setting up a playlist for this!! I think im going to copy some of yours and make up some of my own!! what a lovely idea!


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