These Are the Most Popular Songs to Listen to At Work

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Some of us prefer a quiet workplace, but there are those who love to put on some tunes while we slave away at our desks. That got us wondering what the most popular songs are to listen to at work. 

Hitachi Capital parsed through 6,000 playlists on Spotify that included words like “office, “WFH,” “building site,” and “retail” to figure out what people like listening to the most while they work. While the study focused more on the listening habits of British people, it still provides us a glimpse of what type of music appeals to people from different industries. 

Based on the study, song people working in an office listened to the most is Jason Mraz’s 2008 hit “Im Yours.” According to Hitachi Capital, the song “has a relaxing vibe which might help people to focus on their work more.”

Here are the top 10 songs for office workers:

1| “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz

2| “Memories,” by Maroon 5

3| “Africa,” by Toto

4| “Closer” by The Chainsmokers

5| “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran

6| “Yellow” by Coldplay

7| “Drops of Jupiter” by Train

8| “Dancing with a Stranger” by Sam Smith

9| “Hotel California” by The Eagles

10| “Take on Me” by a-ha

Most popular songs for those working at home

Hitachi Capital noted that most of these songs came out over the last couple of years.

1|”Work From Home” by Fifth Harmony feat. Ty Dolla Sign

2| “Circle” by Post Malone

3| “Blinding Lights” by The Weeknd

4| “Watermelon Sugar” by Harry Styles

5| “The Bones” by Maren Morris

6| “Bad Guy” by Billie Eilish


7| “Adore You” by Harry Styles

8| “Memories” by Maroon 5

9| “Stuck With U” by Arianna Grande

10| “Work From Home” by Fifth Harmony (original version) 

Most popular songs in the construction industry

Apparently, people in the construction industry have a very specific taste:

1| “Mockingbird” by Eminem

2| “Pumped Up Kicks” by Foster the People

3| “Ladbroke Grove” by AJ Tracey

4| “Californication” by Red Hot Chilli Peppers

5| “Feel Good Inc” by Gorillaz

Most popular songs for sales professionals

Sales professionals need to feel motivated, and these are the songs that fit the bill:

1| “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor

2| “Thunderstruck” by AC/DC

3| “The Less I Know the Better” by Tame Impala

4| “Back in Black” by AC/DC

5| “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson

Most popular songs in marketing

Apparently, British marketers like The Weeknd and Harry Styles.

1| “Blinding Lights” by The Weeknd

2| “Watermelon Sugar” by Harry Styles

3| “Don’t Start Now” by Dua Lipa

4| “Can’t Hold Us” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

5| “Feel it Still” by Portugal. The Man

Most popular songs in retail

Maybe people are encouraged to buy (and sell?) with these songs?

1| Shape of You - Ed Sheeran

2| Don’t Start Now - Dua Lipa

3| Closer - The Chainsmokers

4| Uptown Funk - Mark Ronson

5| Bad Guy - Billie Eilish

Most popular songs in finance

People in finance love to listen to songs about money? Shocker.

1| “Money” by Pink Floyd

2| “Jordan Belford” by Wes Walker

3| “Mo Money Mo Problems” by Notorious B.I.G

4| “Money in the Grave” by Drake

5| “Money Trees” by Kendrick Lamar 

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