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'Work' v. 'Werq': 16 Songs to Get Your Labor Day Weekend On

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It may be a holiday, but that doesn't mean you can't go to work, work, work, work, work, work. 

Pop music is full of songs dedicated to putting in work--whether odes to the working man or odes to working it out on the dancefloor, there's no shortage of songs to serve as the soundtrack for your 9 to 5. Or your, say, 11-2. In honor of Labor Day Weekend, we're punching the clock on these 16 inspiring "work songs." Click through for more.

The Isley Brothers - "Work to Do"

This breezy funk gem from 1974 was covered by Vanessa "Save the Best for Last" Williams some 20 years later.

The Spinners - "Working My Way Back to You"

Originally recorded by The Four Seasons in 1966, The Spinners funked up "Working My Way Back to You" for the disco generation.

Michael Jackson - "Workin' Day and Night"

Mike Jax paved the road to his pop kingdom with this high energy workout from his seminal Off the Wall album.

Loverboy - "Working for the Weekend"

A favorite of every worker bee feverishly watching the clock.

Donna Summer - "She Works Hard for the Money"

From the ashes of disco's long-rumored death, its undisputed queen found a big, fat mainstream pop hit, creating perhaps the greatest working girl anthem in the process.

RuPaul - "Supermodel (You Better Work)"

Speaking of working gurls, before Mama Ru was Logo's bread and butter, she was the supermodel of the world.

Missy Elliott - "Work It"

Though she had dropped the "Misdemeanor" from her name by then, Missy's out-of-this-world "Work It" was (and still is) so good it should be a crime.

Beyonce - "Work It Out"

Before "Crazy in Love" trumpeted the arrival of Beyonce--Superstar, "Work It Out" proved that Destiny had one favorite Child.

Kanye West - "The New Workout Plan"

Yeezy likes to have funs too, kids, and "The New Workout Plan" is still to-date his most light-hearted romp.

Kelly Rowland - "Work"

Let's not sleep on Ms. Kelly, as she knows how to put in work just like the Queen of the Beyhive.

Ciara feat. Missy Elliott - "Work"

Missy returned to familiar lyrical territory, this time helping Crunk&B princess Ciara kick it up a notch or six.

Wiz Khalifa - "Work Hard, Play Hard"

If anything, Wiz is all about finding the proper work/life balance.

Iggy Azalea - "Work"

Remember when Iggy Azalea had a career?

Britney Spears - "Work Bitch"

It's Britney, bitch, and she wants you to work, bitch, so don't be a bitch, bitch.

Rihanna feat. Drake - "Work"

Sure there are only literally five words in this entire song, excluding Drake's verse, but from the woman who brought us "cake, cake, cake, cake, cake, cake" I would expect nothing less--or more.

Fifth Harmony feat. Ty Dolla $ign - "Work from Home"

Calling in sick has never been so infectious--though, not for nothing, Ciara's similar construction-themed "Work" video was head and ponytail-copter above FH's.

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