Labor Day was first observed in 1894 and was one of the outcomes from the labor movement in America in the 19th century.
The entire globe knows Americans work hard. Not only do Americans work hard at their jobs, they work hard to ensure a fairness in the workplace and a high standard of living in the good ole US of A. Americans’ are innovators, engineers, artists, marketers, businessmen, leaders, and so much more—even in and before the 19th century. It’s for all of this that the American Dream exists today.
Now, in the 21st century, the American Dream might look a little different than it did, and there might be more variations of it than ever before… but there’s still something to be said for the idealism behind that original dream, and in some ways, we’re always working towards it.
Hopefully, every day that we show up to work, we’re doing something we love—that contributes to society in some way and brings us that much closer to our own versions of the American Dream. So on this holiday, grab a glass, put on this playlist, and cheers to America and the people who make it great—you, the American worker.
- Heigh-Ho by Dwarf Chorus
- Sixteen Tons by Tennessee Ernie Ford
- Working in the Coal Mine by Lee Dorsey
- Chain Gang by Sam Cooke
- Draggin’ The Line by Tommy James & The Shondells
- 5 O’Clock World by The Vogues
- A Hard Day’s Night by The Beatles
- Taxman by The Beatles
- Day-O (The Banana Boat Song) by Harry Belafonte
- Maggie’s Farm by Bob Dylan
- Workin For A Livin by Huey Lew & The News
- Manic Monday by The Bangles
- Opportunities (Let’s Make Lots of Money) by Pet Shop Boys
- 9 to 5 by Dolly Parton
- Money by Pink Floyd
- Cleaning Windows by Van Morrison
- Get Back In the Line by The Kinks
- Don’t Talk to Me About Work by Lou Reed
- Working on the Highway by Bruce Springsteen
- Welcome To The Working Week by Elvis Costello
- Between the Wars by Billy Bragg
- Never Work For Free by Tennis
- Busy Earnin’ by Jungle
- This Land is Your Land by Woody Guthrie