Five Rockin’ Songs for Cleaning the House

Posted in: Musicouching by nutuba on April 19th, 2009 | 19 Comments

What do you listen to when you’re cleaning the house? Here’s a list of five of my favorites.

Imagine, if you will, it’s a Monday evening and you just returned home after a hard day at work.  You’re too tired to cook anything fancy — or cook anything, period — for dinner, so you grab the can opener and unleash a can of bean and bacon soup.   Spoon in hand, you plop down into your favorite comfy chair, and you start devouring the contents of the can.

A few minutes later, you wake up and realize you somehow dozed off in the middle of eating dinner.   Tired and not hungry any more, you set the half empty can on the kitchen counter and you push Play on the answering machine.

The first message is from Aunt Ruth.  She just purchased a new bathing suit and she wants to see what you think of it. 

The second message is from someone who dialed a wrong number, but he tells you that so-and-so died and the funeral is tomorrow and it would mean so much to the family if you can attend. 

The third message is from a Sweepstakes company, and you have been selected to have dinner with the Queen.  That’s the good news.  The bad news is that she’ll be coming to your place for dinner.  The even worse news is that your home is a total disaster at the moment.  You haven’t cleaned for seventeen months. 

What do you do?

You crank up the stereo with some motivational, inspirational music by which to clean!

When you’re washing dishes or sweeping the floor, what music gets your energy level up so that you can clean with gusto?

Sometimes when the kids and I clean, we’ll listen to some good old classic rock.  There is a lot of music that falls into this category, but here are five of my all time favorite cleaning songs. 

When I play this stuff, the kids work harder and faster, either because the music motivates them or because they want to get finished so I’ll turn off the stereo. 

These are tunes that have mostly upbeat, hard driving rhythms.

This first song is probably my kids’ favorite classic rock song, by the European group Focus.  The name of the song is Hocus Pocus.  If you only watch one video from this article, this is the one to watch.  You’ve got to listen to the lead singer’s special sound effects.  It’s amazing!

Hocus Pocus, by Focus

My youngest son loves this next song by Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Sweet Home Alabama

It’s somewhat ironic that a Neil Young song appears on this list along with a Lynyrd Skynyrd tune, because there has always been some animosity between the two.  Cinnamon Girl is a great song though, and when it’s cranked it probably gets me moving about 50% faster than normal.

Cinnamon Girl

One of my favorite songs of all time is from the group Kansas.  I saw them twice in concert back in the day.  They can put on a great show.  This song is from the Leftoverture album, one of my first rock albums (by “album” I mean LP, which my kids call “Big Cd’s.”  I bought this album the night before my geometry final exam when I was a sophomore in high school.  I aced the exam.

Carry On Wayward Son

The other album I bought the night before my geometry final exam was Fool for the City, by Foghat.  This album is classic.  Studying for the exam, I listened to this album and to Leftoverture over and over for four hours straight.  Here’s the title track.

Fool for the City

Whether you listen to anything like this, or if you prefer another type of music, I think most people would agree that the right music can put you in the right frame of mind for whatever it is you’re setting out to do.

I’d be especially interested in finding out what you like to listen to when you clean!

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19 Responses to “Five Rockin’ Songs for Cleaning the House”
  • Gone. April 19th, 2009 at 6:41 am

    Nice job, Nutuba! My personal favorite among them, “Sweet Home Alabama!”

  • Kate Smedley April 19th, 2009 at 6:51 am

    Some cool choices here! … I get someone in to do my cleaning, how lazy is that .. I’m with Debbie on the favourite.

  • Betty Carew April 19th, 2009 at 7:00 am

    Wow nutuba a great collection but like Debra my favorite is Sweet Home Alabama. And yes music do make you run faster even if it is around the house. Nice touch of Aunt Ruth in here to. I didn’t miss that one lol

  • papaleng April 19th, 2009 at 7:33 am

    nice selection Joe, and we agree on Sweet Home Alabama, why not listen to Kansas “Dust in the Wind” and Neil Young’s “Highway Star” just for a change.. LOL

  • Karen Gross April 19th, 2009 at 11:30 am

    Amazing what you can find on you tube! Personally, I was a child of the 80’s. My parents didn’t let me listen to rock music when I was a kid, so the 70’s music is all stuff I only heard on oldies stations and on ‘greatest hits’ albums. I am rather partial to Kansas. ‘Dust in the Wind ‘ was originally written by Kerry Livgrin as a guitar exercise – his wife liked the tune so much she insisted he put lyrics to it and record it. I learned it as a guitar exercise. Some members of Kansas formed the group AD and did a couple of albums, I think I have them in the garage somewhere. I like to clean to Petra, Larry Norman, Randy Stonehill, Leslie Phillips – The Newsboys – I’ve got lots of old stuff on cassette. Funny – I went to Petra’s farewell concert, and it made me feel young again. Then I took the kids to the Superchick concert, and it made me feel old!

  • Karen Gross April 19th, 2009 at 11:32 am

    I forgot to ask – what music does Aunt Ruth listen to?

  • Glynis Smy April 19th, 2009 at 11:43 am

    I clean to Ricky Martin, nothing like a bit of Salsa rock to get the dust flying!

  • Gon pincha April 19th, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    They are great songs, and you make with them a great article.
    Very interesting.

    Yours, Gonzalo.

  • Alina Beck April 19th, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    I try to avoid cleaning wherever possible. Maybe if I listened to some of these classics I’d get more motivated!

  • Holly J. Harrington April 19th, 2009 at 7:04 pm

    Excellent commentary as usual.

  • Ruby Hawk April 19th, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    I like your songs too, but I like Little Richard, Rod Steward, Tina Turner, the Stones,and Jerry Lee Lewis. Now you know how old I am. Good fast moving music will get your work done faster.

  • Olivia Reason April 20th, 2009 at 12:28 am

    Neat list-I clean with Frankie Beverly and Mays, Earth Wind & Fire, Michael Jackson (pre-trial days. You know, “Billie Jean” and “Beat It”)
    However, I do occasionally listen to music that was produced in my lifetime- “Fergalicious” and “This is Why I’m Hot” are great to crank up when you’re doing your hair and make-up…uh..or whatever it is that gentlemen do…

  • Yovita Siswati April 20th, 2009 at 9:56 am

    Great songs! I like “Sweet Home Alabama” too. But when I clean my house I listen to Radiohead music :-)

  • Bo Russo April 21st, 2009 at 4:32 am

    Fool for the city,always loved that song,love Kansas too.

  • DA Cournean April 22nd, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    Awesome songs! I always like to have music on when I clean. Just seems to make jobs feel less of a chore. BTW, how’s the chickies doing?

  • Bunnygotblog April 24th, 2009 at 11:40 am

    I love these songs – I clean to the Pretenders-Gwen Stefani,The Blues Brothers and some times Ole”blue eyes.

  • Mystical Whitewolf April 24th, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    Great songs to clean by……….keeps your energy up and you moving lol……
    Great article.

  • CutestPrincess May 9th, 2009 at 11:35 am

    you did an outstanding job of writing this.

  • Brazen June 9th, 2010 at 7:27 am

    Got an update for ya!

    Vileda-Music has compiled a list of songs that Brits clean their house to!
    The list ranges from pop legends such as Michael Jackson and Madonna, including recent favourites of Lady Gaga and Cheryl Cole and includes rock/alt heroes Foo Fighters and Kasabian.

    Check out the full list and get your pick to the top!

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