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Building the ultimate labour music playlist

By guest blogger Robert Ballantyne

We’re less than three months away from the big biennial CMG Convention and music is on our mind.

What songs should play in between our spirited debate sessions? We thought the playlist should include tracks about work or which have a fight-the-power theme.

They also needed to be modern and uptempo — so sorry, no 60’s folk or “Solidarity Forever” this time ’round.

We polled some of our committee members and volunteers and have come up with a list of 125 songs.

We’d love your feedback on our playlist. Did we miss a key track?

Send your song suggestions by April 2, 2014 to Robert Ballantyne, Director of New Members (National Executive Committee) at rob@popjournalism.ca

ABBA Money, Money, Money
Amerie Gotta Work
Aretha Franklin Respect (Remix)
Aretha Franklin Respect (Stereo Version)
Avicii Hey Brother (Radio Edit)
Bachman Turner Overdrive Takin’ Care Of Business
Bill Conti Gonna Fly Now (Theme From Rocky)
Billy Bragg Which Side Are You On?
Billy Joel Allentown
Billy Joel Movin’ Out (Anthony’s Song)
Bob Dylan Maggie’s Farm
Bob Marley Get Up Stand Up
Bob Seger Feel Like A Number
Bon Jovi Livin’ On A Prayer
Britney Spears Stronger
Bruce Springsteen Working On The Highway
Bryan Adams Can’t Stop This Thing We Started
Cher Strong Enough
Christina Aguilera Fighter (Hani Radio Remix)
Chumbawamba Tubthumping (Radio Mix)
Daft Punk Harder Better Faster Stronger
Dixie Chicks Not Ready To Make Nice
Dixie Chicks So Hard
Dixie Chicks The Long Way Around
Dolly Parton 9 To 5
Dolly Parton 9 To 5 (Love To Infinity Radio Mix)
Dolly Parton Dirty Job
Donna Summer She Works Hard For The Money (Single Version)
Eddie Cochran Summertime Blues
Edwin Starr War (King Britt Remix)
Elvis Costello (What’s So Funny About) Peace, Love And Understanding
Elvis Presley Big Boss Man (Elvis R&B Version)
Eminem Not Afraid (Clean Version)
Emmylou Harris Blackhawk
En Vogue Free Your Mind (Radio Version)
Eric Clapton Change The World
Eurythmics Sisters Are Doin’ It For Themselves (Single Edit) (ft   Aretha Franklin)
Fleetwood Mac Don’t Stop
Fleetwood Mac The Chain
Foster The People Color On The Walls (Don’t Stop)
Fountains Of Wayne Bright Future In Sales
Free All Right Now (Single Version)
George Michael Freedom! ’90 (Short Radio Edit)
Goldfrapp Believer (Radio Edit)
Henri Salvador Le travail c’est la santé
Huey Lewis & the News Workin’ For A Livin’
Iggy Pop Lust For Life
Imagine Dragons Working Man
Jay-Z Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem) (Radio Edit)
Je Veux Zaz
Jimmy Cliff The Harder They Come
John Lennon Power To The People (Remix)
John Lennon Stand By Me (Remix)
John Lennon Working Class Hero (Remix)
John Mellencamp Authority Song
John Mellencamp Human Wheels
Journey Don’t Stop Believin’
Kanye West Stronger
Kelly Clarkson Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)
K’naan Wavin’ Flag (ft will.i.am,   David Guetta)
Lenny Kravitz Are You Gonna Go My Way
Lisa LeBlanc Du Duvet Dans Les Poches
Loverboy Working For The Weekend
Lynyrd Skynyrd Workin’ For MCA
M People Moving On Up (M People Master Edit)
Madonna Express Yourself
Madonna Get Together (Radio Edit)
Madonna Hey You (Single Version)
Madonna Keep It Together (Single Mix)
Mariah Carey We Belong Together
Marvin Gaye Ain’t No Mountain High Enough (ft Tammi Terrell)
Marvin Gaye I Heard It Through The Grapevine
Marvin Gaye Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)
Marvin Gaye What’s Going On
Mauranne Bidonville
Merle Haggard Workin’ Man Blues
Michael Jackson Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ (Single Version)
Michael Jackson Workin’ Day And Night (Immortal Version)
Miley Cyrus We Can’t Stop
Muse Uprising (Radio Edit)
Natasha Bedingfield Unwritten (Radio Mix)
Neil Young Rockin’ In The Free World
Neil Young Unknown Legend
Nelly Furtado Powerless (Say What You Want)
Nicole Croisille J’Aurais Voulu Un Artiste
OneRepublic Marchin’ On
Prince & The Revolution Let’s Go Crazy
Public Enemy Fight The Power
Queen We Are The Champions
Renaud Deserteur
Rush Working Man
Sam Cooke Chain Gang
Scissor Sisters Everybody Wants The Same Thing
Sheena Easton Morning Train (Nine To Five)
Sheryl Crow A Change Would Do You Good
Sister Sledge We Are Family (Single Version)
Snap The Power (Radio Version)
Stromae Alors On Dance
Styx Blue Collar Man (Long Nights)
Survivor Eye Of The Tiger
Susan Aglukark O Siem
Swedish House Mafia Save The World (Radio Mix)
The Beatles A Hard Day’s Night
The Beatles Come Together
The Beatles We Can Work it Out
The Black Eyed Peas Let’s Get It Started (Spike Mix)
The Black Eyed Peas Power To The People
The Clash Career Opportunities
The Hollies He Ain’t Heavy…He’s My Brother
The Nightwatchman Union Town
The Parachute Club Rise Up
The Pretenders Back On The Chain Gang
The Pretenders I’ll Stand By You
The Proclaimers I’m On My Way
The Rolling Stones Salt Of The Earth
The Rolling Stones Start Me Up
The Simpsons Union Strike Song (Classical Gas)
The Spinners Working My Way Back to You / Forgive Me, Girl (Single   Version)
The Wiseguys Start The Commotion (Radio Edit)
Tina Turner I Don’t Wanna Fight (Single Edit)
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers I Won’t Back Down
U2 Beautiful Day
Van Halen Jump (Remastered Version)
Van Halen Right Now
Zachary Richard Travailler c’est trop dur


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