Listening to music while you’re working or exercising doesn’t just relieve boredom—it can help improve the quality of your work by increasing your stamina and putting you in a better mood. The lyrics or catchy rhythm of up-tempo music inspires you to work longer and harder whether you’re jogging, studying or housekeeping.
If there’s one responsibility that everyone agrees is no fun, it’s cleaning. Vacuuming the floors and folding laundry can be monotonous at best, but with some of your favorite music, even these boring chores can be more fun. When you crank up the tunes while you clean the house, you can sing along and sway to the beat while you get rid of dust and dirt.
Can Music Really Make a Difference When You’re Cleaning?
Studies of how music affects our brains have been going on since the 1950s. There’s even a special niche in neuroscience called neuromusicology, which studies the way our nervous system reacts to music. Anyone who loves to dance or sing along with their favorite songs could tell you all about that music and mood relationship, but researchers have discovered a range of benefits that go beyond just a good mood.
Scientists have even determined which music is best for particular tasks. For example, ambient and natural melodies are best for studying and light pop songs can help get you motivated to tackle challenging tasks. Music creates a motivational background for any activity, including housekeeping, and has a positive impact on physical and mental endurance.
So how does music motivate us to scrub harder and clean longer?
Music Reduces Fatigue
Research shows that music has positive effects on mental fatigue caused by routine tasks like studying, reading and doing chores. While routine is sometimes good for productivity, it can also be boring. Upbeat tunes and other songs can increase motivation by eliminating much of the boredom we feel performing repetitive or mundane tasks. Music brings something new and fresh to help our brain escape with some enjoyable distraction that also gives us more energy.
Music Increases Stimulation
Have you ever noticed how much better exercising can be when you put in headphones and turn on your favorite songs? For one, there are endorphins, plus, those good feelings happen because music stimulates the connections between auditory and motor neurons. These connections are what gets our toes tapping and our bodies swaying to the beat. Just like with exercise, music stimulation can help us clean faster and enjoy it more.
Music Improves Motor Coordination
There’s a direct connection between improved motor coordination and motivation. As you work to the rhythm of the music, it not only helps your motor skills, it also increases your self-confidence. The result is that you’ll sweep more efficiently, dust more thoroughly and enjoy the boost to your self-esteem as you dance and sing around the house.
From Classic to Contemporary, Here Are 20 Songs to Get You Motivated to Clean
Whether you grew up in the ‘70s, ‘80s or ‘90s, there are plenty of tunes that bring back memories and evoke fond emotions. From rock-and-roll anthems to catchy love ballads, we all have our all-time favorites that put us in a great mood. Here are our picks for the top 10 classic tunes to get your blood pumping, your legs dancing and your housekeeping in high gear.
- “Livin’ on a Prayer” Bon Jovi
- “Love Shack” The B-52s
- “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” Wham!
- “Wild Thing” Tone-Loc
- “Smells Like Teen Spirit” Nirvana
- “Whatta Man” Salt-N-Pepa
- “White Wedding” Billy Idol
- “Don’t Stop Believing” Journey
- “Walk Like an Egyptian” The Bangles
- “Billy Jean” Michael Jackson
For those of you facing a long list of cleaning chores, but prefer contemporary tunes, here’s our top 10 list of modern songs that will give you the motivation you need to clean like a pro.
- “Crazy in Love” Beyonce
- “Rock Your Body” Justin Timberlake
- “Just Dance” Lady Gaga
- “Uptown Funk” Bruno Mars
- “Happy” Pharrell Williams
- “Party in the U.S.A.” Miley Cyrus
- “Firework” Katy Perry
- “Sugar” Maroon Five
- “I Gotta Feeling” Black Eyed Peas
- “Girl on Fire” Alicia Keys
Turn to Streaming Apps for More Music to Help You Clean
From the hits you grew up with to today’s chart-toppers, you’ll find plenty of upbeat playlists on streaming apps to pump you up for your housekeeping chores. Check out these great playlists or create your own and get ready to sing and dance your way to a cleaner home.
From your favorite classic upbeat tunes to modern hits, this playlist will have you mopping and dusting to some serious beats!
Whether it’s boy band pop or hits from the 2000s that gets your blood pumping, this is one cleaning playlist that will motivate you to clean the whole house while you practice your dance moves.
Featuring a mix of power rock ballads, old favorites, country hits and more, this potpourri of motivating music will take the monotony out of housekeeping and have you tapping your toes while you scrub.
From ‘60s hits to chart-toppers of the 2000s, this cleaning playlist has something for everyone. Queue up some ‘70s dance tunes or your favorite R&B ballads and get ready to clean!
So crank up your favorite playlist, get those dusters dusting and those vocals blaring. You’ll have fun, get a little exercise and have your house clean in no time. If even this compilation of upbeat and motivating tunes doesn’t get you in the cleaning mood, you can always get The Maids to come by and take care of the dirty work.