10 Songs About Hating Your Job

Hating your job is brutal. You can feel isolated, alone, and even bratty, considering so many people you know may be out of work. But dagnabbit, you’re human, and you’re entitled to feel this way. Here are 10 tunes for those days when you’re two seconds away from re-enacting the chocolate pie scene from The Help.

1. “Bad Days,” The Flaming Lips
And you hate your boss at your job / Well, in your dreams you can blow his head off / In your dreams / Show no mercy / And all your bad days will end.”

2. “Hard Knock Life,” JAY-Z
If my situation ain’t improvin’ / I’m trying to murder everything movin’.

3. “Maggie’s Farm,” Bob Dylan
They say sing while you slave and I just get bored. I ain’t gonna work on Maggie’s farm no more.

4. “I’ve Had It,” Black Flag
I can’t go to work / The boss is a jerk / I ain’t got time for this school / The fuckers are fools / I’m going to explode / I’ve had it.

5. “Working This Job (This Fucking Job),” Drive-By Truckers
Workin’ this job, there’s nothin’ left but to hate it / I won’t get as far as my daddy made it / It aint gettin’ me farther for all my strivin’ / In the dead-end I live or the piece of shit I’m drivin’.

6. “Soul-Suckin’ Jerk,” Beck
I ain’t gonna work for no soul sucking jerk / I’m gonna take it all back / And I ain’t saying jack / I ain’t gonna work for no soul sucking jerk.”

7. “Shitlist,” L7
For all the ones who put me out / For all the ones who filled my head with doubt / For all the squares who get me pissed / You’ve made my shitlist.

8. “I Want To Break Free,” Queen
I want to break free from your lies / You are so self satisfied I don’t need you / I have got to break free / God knows, God knows I want to break free.

9. “Workhorse,” Mastodon
Slaved into brittle and worked for days / Only thing that paves your stay / Look behind you see what you’ve made / Like a workhorse stands for miles.

10. “Shove This Jay-Oh-Bee,” Canibus feat. Biz Markie
Your co-workers are talking too loud for you to ignore them / It affects your occupational performance / You wonder why your work load is so enormous / Because your boss just laid off three quarters of the whole office / People get depressed, they get ulcers / From the stress that the corporate environment causes / Regardless of how you ultimately wanna solve this / Seems to me like you’ve got one of four choices: / You could take a new job offer for more chips / Stick it out a little longer or forfeit / But my advice to anybody that wants to quit / It’ll feel much better if you say it like this: / ‘Take this job and shove it, I ain’t workin here no more.’

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