I have moved more times than that I can count. It is hot, sweaty, backbreaking, and it feels like it goes on forever. Having friends come over and help does make a difference, as they can give you a little bit of encouragement to keep you going. But it can only do so much, as moving is also one of the most boring tasks ever.
I will be putting together a few articles that will help you get over the boredom, and turn it into an exciting task. The first one is to find the right music playlist to help you move your home faster.
A Playlist of songs for Moving Home
Hooked On A Feeling – Blue Swede
My first choice is a great oldie that gets everyone moving. Hooked On A Feeling by Blue Swede has always had a special place with me as I remember listening to it so much as a kid. The tune is upbeat and does not drag on. The best thing is “Everyone Knows the Chorus” everyone sings it! It is a fun song to add to any playlist.
Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen
Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepsen is my second choice for a few reasons (I can feel the torment from my friends with this one) It does not matter who you are, you have heard this song and you know some of the lyrics. It is catchy, addictive, and makes most guys blush when caught singing it. Adding it to your moving playlist is a great idea as it will have the girls moving.
Let’s Get it Started – Black Eyed Peas (Let’s get Retarted)
This next choice is a gimmie, Let’s Get it Started by the Black Eyed Peas is the choice for any playlist to keep you moving. Whether it is dancing, working out, or moving, it is the right way to go to enjoy your move. The song has more than likely been played at every party you have been to since its debut in 2004. Play it, the only problem you will have is you will be too busy dancing to pack.
You Shook Me All Night Long – AC/DC
AC/DC Shattered the mold for rock party anthems when they created the earth-shaking rift that is You Shook Me All Night Long. What also made You Shook Me so significant and unforgettable was that it was equal parts naughty and proud, pop-tinged yet stomp-worthy. Add it to the playlist and enjoy one of AC/DC’s best songs.
Escape – Rupert Holmes (The Pina Colada Song)
Everyone knows this next song. They heard it from their parents or at one of the thousands of events that always pumps it. Escape by Rupert Holmes (which no one remembers the title, only the “Pina Colada” part) has a more chilled out beat to let you settle form the hugely upbeat songs you have played so far. It marks a time for you to sit down and have a breather – you have earned it!
Red Red Wine – UB40
This song itself is perfect for dance and sing along. Originally written by Neil Diamond, it was later picked up and made famous by UB40. It shows that with the right beat, you’ll be enjoying yourself and whatever it is you’re doing. It is even better when you have a glass while you are packing although I would not recommend it unless you hire a professional removalist.
Jump Around – House Of Pain
Any 80’s / 90’s child knows this hit. It brings back those high school memories that you are longing for or trying to forget. House of Pain’s hip hop classic is a favourite for generating energy and encouraging everyone to, well, “jump around.” Jump into your packing with this classic in your moving playlist.
Baby Got Back – Sir Mix-A-Lot
Speaking of 90’s, Sir Mix-A-Lot’s “Baby Got Back” was the beginning of a string of songs that appreciated a certain aspect of the female anatomy. The beat is great and the lyrics are easy, which is one of the reasons why this is a great choice for this list of songs. I’ll admit, I still know the song word for word and have been caught by my fiancée a few times singing it.
Girls Just Want To Have Fun – Cyndi Lauper
Another song that guys refuse to admit that they love is “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” by Cyndi Lauper. This anthem, which was written by a male songwriter, has a place in everyone’s memory with a beat that screams 80’s and lyrics that everyone can remember. It is one of the best choices for any moving playlist.
Greased Lightnin’ – John Travolta
This car is automatic, it’s systematic, it’s hydromatic. Why it’s GREASED LIGHTNIN!
Enough with the songs that guys are embarrassed to know – it is the girls turn! Greased Lightnin’ by John Travolta has every motor head rousing to sing along. The beat alone is all you need but the lyrics are FUN to sing along to. Add it, you won’t be sorry.
You want more, I have one more for you!
Play That Funky Music – Wild Cherry (Play That Funky Music, White Boy)
Really? Do I have to explain? This maybe one of the very few songs where the Bass player may have had a little more attention than the singer. Play That Funky Music by Wild Cherry has everything you need to keep your move grooving along.
Ok, Ok, One more. (Honestly the best song in the list)
Summer of ‘69 – Bryan Adams
Do you hear it? Those guitar riffs makes you remember the days when you were young and into watching gigs or even playing in a band yourself. Coupled with lyrics that pull on the heart strings, Summer of ‘69 by Bryan Adams is, what I will admit, one of my favourites to sing in karaoke. I guarantee that you will sing along to it while you are packing your boxes with your high school yearbook.
Well, that’s it for now. Let me know what your favourite song is that gets you moving.
Now, pick up your boxes and tape, and get ready to sing your way through your move.
Thanks for reading, move you next time.
Sean has been in the removalist industry for many years, and is an expert in moving. He prides himself on helping people move with as little hassle to them. Connect with Sean O’Hagan