Art forms have a way of cutting through the static and revealing what it really means to be human–or in this case, to be an entrepreneur.
We looked through decades of Billboard Top 20 songs to find the ones that really nail what it’s like to be an entrepreneur. Take a second to check out our list (and be sure to sing along with your favorites).
Billboard Top 20 Songs That Describe Life as an Entrepreneur
Kris Kristofferson, Me and Bobby McGee
“Busted flat in Baton Rouge, headin’ for a train / Feelin’ nearly faded as my jeans”
If you’ve never felt nearly as faded as your jeans, you might not be an entrepreneur.
The Judds, Love Can Build a Bridge
“I’d gladly walk across a desert with no shoes upon my feet”
Okay, so maybe the gladly part is stretching it a little, but we’d do anything in the name of success!
Gloria Gaynor, I Will Survive
“Oh no, not I/ I will survive/ Oh, as long as I know how to love, I know I’ll stay alive”
Sometimes, as an entrepreneur, it feels like you absolutely will not survive. Long hours, tons of stress, and financial problems plague you daily. Just remember, no matter how unlikely it seems: You will survive.
Dolly Parton, 9 to 5
Tumble outta bed and stumble to the kitchen / Pour myself a cup of ambition”
You might have started your own business to get away from the 9-5 concept, but the reality is once you’re running a company, downtime is rare. Ambition can be in short supply on those early mornings, and Dolly understood that.
“I can feel something inside me say, I really don’t think you’re strong enough, no”
Yes, she was talking about love (as many of these artists were), but business owners can relate to the feeling of inadequacy at the start of a venture. You might doubt that you’re strong enough. Don’t let that stop you.
Donna Summer, She Works Hard for the Money
“She works hard for the money/ So hard for it, honey/ She works hard for the money/ So you better treat her right”
A good work ethic doesn’t always mean people will treat you right, but feel free to shout these lyrics at anyone who doesn’t seem to understand that. “I work hard for my money! You better treat me right!”
Bachman Turner Overdrive, Taking Care of Business
“I’ve been takin’ care of business, it’s all mine/ Takin’ care of business and working overtime”
Overtime is the norm for entrepreneurs, and taking care of business is what you do. A fitting anthem for business owners!
The Bangles, Manic Monday
“But I can’t be late/ ‘Cause then I guess I just won’t get paid/ These are the days/ When you wish your bed was already made”
If you don’t do the work, you don’t get paid–that’s true for employees and especially entrepreneurs. You don’t have a salary to fall back on and you’re not cutting corners. Wishing for a moment to lie down in your freshly made bed isn’t exactly a rare occurrence.