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A Music Quiz for Labor Day


  1. This legendary “pea-picker” stayed at #1 for 8 straight weeks with this ode to back-breaking labor.
  2. This one-hit wonder, doo-wop group from Philadelphia hit #1 in 1958 with an imperative.
  3. The selfless worker in this 1961 #1 hit stood as tall as Joel Whitburn.
  4. This “end of the work day” anthem was a Top 5 hit in early 1966 and later became the theme for the TV work-place comedy The Drew Carey Show.
  5. He transitioned from prolific studio musician to huge Pop-Country crossover success and in one of his top hits sang of working for the county in Kansas in 1969.
  6. An appeal to a government worker topped the chart twice, first by a girl group in 1961 and then in 1975 by a brother-sister duo with a constructive last name.
  7. Longtime pilfering from his automotive employer was the subject of a novelty song by this legend in 1976.
  8. This band from Chicago hit #21 in 1978 with this rockin’ “Blue Collar” hit.
  9. This Country music queen turned to acting and scored both on screen and on the charts with this 1981 #1 smash.
  10. In 1982, the “Boss” of the rock and roll world wrote and co-produced this Top 40 unemployment lament for a former 1960s singing star.
  11. Hard to believe this ubiquitous Friday night anthem by a Canadian rock band only made it to #29 in 1982.
  12. These industrious Aussies sang of a land "where women glow and men plunder" in 1983.
  13. Originally a #41 Pop hit in 1982, this song was re-recorded as a duet by the original lead singer and one of the biggest Country music superstars of all-time and made the Country Top 20 in 2008. Bonus points if you can name both the original artist and the duo.


  1. "Tennessee" Ernie Ford with "Sixteen Tons"
  2. The Silhouettes with "Get A Job"
  3. "Big Bad John" by Jimmy Dean
  4. "Five O’Clock World" by The Vogues
  5. Glen Campbell with "Wichita Lineman"
  6. "Please Mr. Postman" by The Marvelettes in 1961 and The Carpenters in 1975
  7. "One Piece At A Time" by Johnny Cash
  8. "Blue Collar Man (Long Nights)" by Styx
  9. Dolly Parton with "9 To 5"
  10. "Out Of Work" written by Bruce Springsteen and recorded by Gary U.S. Bonds
  11. "Working For The Weekend" by Loverboy
  12. Men At Work with "Down Under"
  13. "Workin’ For A Livin’" by Huey Lewis & The News in 1982 and by Garth Brooks & Huey Lewis in 2008.


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