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30 Songs to Get You in the Cleaning Groove

From your favorite slow jam to your go-to pop hit, music is—literally—the soundtrack of our lives. When it comes to cleaning your home, music can push you through fatigue, increase stimulation, and improve your coordination. We've made a special playlist to help you get through it!

Your Merry Maids professionals are more than just cleaning experts, we’re also avid music connoisseurs. And we have your list of the best music from the 1980s to the 2020s to get you in the groove and keep you motivated while you disinfect your home!

How Does Music Help You with Cleaning?

At least once in their life, everyone has cranked up their favorite bop and just let loose after a hard day at work or a stressful event. Don’t worry, we won’t tell anyone, but you should know that scientists approve! Experts have determined that music can create a motivational foundation for many of your daily activities, such as cleaning. It can also positively impact physical and mental health.

Music Wakes You Up and Reduces Fatigue

Mental fatigue can hit you when you least expect it because life is hectic; however, music has been proven to positively affect mental exhaustion. When you’re engaged in routine tasks like studying, reading, or doing chores, they can take a mental toll just by how mundane they can be. Upbeat music can increase productivity and motivation and help eliminate the boredom you experience performing repetitive responsibilities.

Further, music stimulation can also motivate you to clean faster and enjoy it more. For instance, a study found that cyclists who listened to faster music instead of music with a slower tempo worked harder and biked a further distance.

Music Increases Endorphins

Have you ever noticed how happy you get when your favorite song comes on the radio or how much better vigorous activities are when your headphones are blasting an upbeat jam? This is because when you’re listening to music, your body releases endorphins in the brain that give you a heightened sense of excitement. Those good feelings are brought on because music stimulates the connections between auditory and motor neurons, helping you groove and sway to the beat.

Music-causing endorphins can also help in the following ways:

  • Quell anxiety

  • Ease pain

  • Stabilize the immune system

With high endorphin levels, there are few adverse effects caused by stress. And who doesn’t want to nip stress in the bud?

Music Improves Coordination and Confidence

Researchers have found a direct connection between improved motor coordination and confidence when listening to music. When you’re completing a task with music in the background, you tend to move or work to the rhythm of the beat. This can help improve your motor skills, coordination, and increase self-confidence.

30 Songs to Get You in the Cleaning Groove

Whether you love a rock-and-roll headbanger or a funky pop jam, there are plenty of songs from each decade that bring back a memory or two and evoke fond emotions. Everyone has an all-time favorite that puts them in a great mood and inspires them to achieve a goal.

Below are our top-30 music picks to get your blood pumping, your hips moving, and kick your housekeeping motivation into high gear.

Songs from the 1980s

“Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’” by Michael Jackson
If anyone can encourage you to accomplish household chores, it’s the King of Pop. Go ahead, get up, and start cleaning’ somethin’!
“Livin’ on a Prayer” Bon Jovi
You probably feel like you’re living on a prayer and running on fumes, and there’s still so much more around your home to do. Don’t worry, Bon Jovi can help!
“Upside Down” by Diana Ross
The guitar riffs on this jam will never steer you wrong or fail to get you enthused about a cleaner home.
“Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” by Wham!
There’s no way you’ll be able to sit still with this bouncy tune playing in the background as you sanitize high-touch surfaces.
“Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey
We see you singing into the handle of your broom as you sweep away unwanted dirt. Don’t worry; your high note has made Journey proud.
“Walk Like an Egyptian” by The Bangles
Walking like an Egyptian is so much better on a sparkling clean kitchen floor. Let the Bangles’ funky tune spur you to disinfect your high-traffic areas.
“Welcome to the Jungle” by Guns N’ Roses
More like, “welcome to a clean bedroom!” You won’t regret putting on this classic 80s epic after you notice how quickly and thoroughly you completed all your housekeeping tasks.
“Let’s Groove” by Earth, Wind & Fire
It’s time to move, groove, and complete those annual cleaning tasks you’ve been putting off.

Songs from the 1990s

“Return of the Mack” by Mark Morrison
If there were a comfortable R&B song that embodied the 90s, this one would be it. Now, we hope it epitomizes your regular cleaning routine.
“Honey” by Mariah Carey
“Honey” is one of the quintessential Mariah songs to get you dancing around your house while you accomplish all your cleaning and organizing goals.
“Smells Like Teen Spirit” by Nirvana
It’s time to revive that old Curt Cobain concert t-shirt circa 1993, practice your headbanging, and put on this classic to get your home spic and span.
“Lovefool” by The Cardigans
The Cardigans is probably a band you haven’t heard of in a long time. While you’re dusting off their album to reminisce, make sure you also get behind bookshelves and TV consoles for a thorough cleaning.
“Whatta Man” by Salt-N-Pepa
Maybe this hip-hop trio can help motivate your entire family to get (and keep) your home clean.
“Enter Sandman” by Metallica
While this song might give illusions of sleeping, you definitely won’t be lying down on the job when this timeless rock hit is on. Crank up the volume and get motivated to tackle all your daily chores.

Songs from the 2000s

“It’s Gonna Be Me” by *NSYNC
Can you still hear the crowds of teen fans all around the world? We couldn’t pass up a chance to add one of our favorite early 2000s boy bands to the list!
“Toxic” by Britney Spears
Not quite an oldy, but a goody! This upbeat jam can help encourage you to get rid of toxins in your home—and your life.
“Crazy in Love” by Beyonce
“Crazy in Love” has the beats, melody, and unforgettable chorus to make organizing your closet enjoyable.
“Just Dance” by Lady Gaga
It’s time to turn up the volume and let Mother Monster inspire you to clean and organize your space.

Songs from the 2010s

“Sugar” by Maroon Five
Sugar? Yes, please! On your kitchen counters? No thanks! Dance your way to cleaner, disinfected kitchen surfaces with this jam.
“Tightrope” by Janelle Monae
You may be walking that fine line of organized chaos, but Janelle Monae’s hit and the Merry Maids team want to help get you organized for full peace of mind.
“Applause” by Lady Gaga
Give yourself a round of applause for putting this pop hit on your cleaning playlist and working hard to bring health and relaxation back to your space.
“Uptown Funk” Bruno Mars
Funk + soul + Bruno Mars is the perfect trifecta for a popular song to help you achieve your dream of a cleaner, fresher home.
“Last Friday Night” by Katy Perry
Friday may or may not be the day you pick to do housekeeping, but this song is sure to push you through any late-night cleaning excursions you might embark upon.

Songs from the 2020s

“Can’t Stop the Feeling” by Justin Timberlake
You can’t stop the feeling of this song from getting your toes tapping and body swaying as you hit all those hard-to-reach places.
“Strange Days” by Three Days Grace
This new rock hit from Three Days Grace will have you fist-pumping, swaying, and handling all those loads of laundry like a champ.
“Girl Like Me” by Black Eyed Peas (feat. Shakira)
Move over “Hips Don’t Lie!” This dynamic duo is back with a pop hit that’ll have you bopping around your home while you vacuum all the unwanted dirt away.
“Who Ever Said” by Pearl Jam
Because we didn’t put any of Pearl Jam’s earlier hits on the list, we had to come back around and include a new song from them to help you focus on what’s ahead—a cleaner house!
“Bad Guy” by Billie Eilish
Looking at your home in slight disarray probably has you feeling like the bad guy. However, Billie Eilish’s hypnotic rhythms can help you clean (and dance) away those negative emotions.
“Best Part” by The Score
Not to take anything away from The Score and their contemporary rock song, but we think the best part is reclaiming your home’s tranquility and reducing your stress once all the cleaning is done.
“Rain On Me” by Lady Gaga (feat. Ariana Grande)
Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande are two powerhouse singers that will blow the roof off your sparkling clean home.

While music can get you excited about completing routine tasks, time isn’t always on your side. When you find your busy schedule is already stretched thin, call the cleaning experts at Merry Maids to take care of the housekeeping and organizing for you.

Call us at (888) 490-4227 for more information or request a free cleaning estimate today!