When walking by a construction site, it is often common to hear a radio playing for the workers. Why? Because music is stimulating and makes any task seem a little less monotonous. There are many construction songs, based on working on or building something. Here I present you with the top ten construction songs!
1. If I Had a Hammer by Peter, Paul and Mary – If I Had a Hammer was written in 1949 in support of the progressive movement. It was made famous by Peter, Paul and Mary but it was previously recorded by other artists. This is probably the most obvious of all construction songs. If I Had A Hammer
2. We Built This City by Jefferson Airplane – I think every 80’s teenager danced to this at some point during their youth! Not only is it a top construction song, it is an all round great track! We Built This City
3. Love Can Build A Bridge by The Judds – Love Can Build a Bridge was originally a hit for country music duo the Judds. It was later covered by Cher, Chrissie Hynde and Neneh Cherry when it was the official Comic Relief single in 1995. This is one of the more gentle paced constructions songs. Save it for when you get round to painting! Love Can Build A Bridge
4.Can We Fix It by Bob the Builder – You can’t possibly have a list of construction songs without including this one! Bob the Builder is a cartoon, voiced by British actor Neil Morrissey, but in the year 2000 the theme tune from the show became a million selling number one in the UK charts! Can We Fix It
5.Painter Song by Norah Jones – This is a gorgeous song by the very talented Norah Jones, perfect for relaxing after a day of hard work! Painter Song
6. One Piece At A Time by Johnny Cash – On this track, Johnny Cash sings about his job fixing Cadillacs, all the while knowing his salary will mean he can never afford to buy his own. That being the case, he comes up with a plan to create his own Cadillac by using his job on the assembly line to steal the car parts by smuggling them out in his lunchbox! Morally wrong, absolutely. But this song is all in good humour so try not to take it too seriously. One Piece At A Time
7. Grandpa Was a Carpenter by John Prine – A real country and western track, John Prine sings about how his grandpa was a carpenter and reminisces about the sights, sounds and smells he remembers from that time. Another great song that will stay in your head all day!
8.What’s He Building In There by Tom Waits – Potentially one of the most creepy things I have ever heard in my life. It definitely fits into the constructions songs category, although it is a little more like a disturbing poem. The lyrics aren’t nearly as freaky as the voice though! What’s He Building In There?
9. Our House by Madness – This song by British Ska band, Madness talks about daily life in the home and will be sure to get you moving while you’re constructing! Our House
10. Hammer to Fall by Queen – In the category of constructions songs that will make you dance, this track by Queen is the number one! Rock out while you’re working and the time will fly by! Hammer To Fall
I hope this list of construction songs will be a good start to your playlist! Now what are you waiting for? Get constructing!