Movin' and Groovin': A Cleaning Playlist

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Music to Clean By

I personally love to clean up to music. But then again I also exercise to it, write to it, eat to it, and fall asleep to it. It motivates me and moves me better than anything else.

As I have mentioned before, I love how music and how much it can change how we think, feel, and interact in everyday life. It also has the power to heal and transform lives.

But this is a hub in celebration of music and how much it changes how we feel when we do one of life's most mundane but necessary tasks.

Starting Strong

This is the first of three parts to this playlist. In this section, it's all about getting a strong start or at least motivated enough to start cleaning.

Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine James Brown- Before you call the FCC on me, please let me explain. My mom loved James Brown so much, I couldn't help but move as a kid. And to be honest, the sex machine part really didn't affect me. To me the sound reminded me of the washing machine and so in some strange way I had the energy to start moving.

Into the Groove Madonna- If there's anything I've learned from listening to Madonna, is that you can never do wrong dancing. And anytime I have to clean or do something I'm not in favor of, I put this song on and get busy. It works!

Start Me Up The Rolling Stones- Who else could make prancing around look chic? Mick Jagger may not be talking about vacuuming but it sure helps to imagine that when I'm trying to lug it around the house.

We've Got It Goin' On Backstreet Boys- This is especially for us lovers of 90s boy bands and the swagger they gave us. I didn't remember this song too well when I was younger but stumbled upon it again in college and it helped me get my dorm room in order on several occasions.

Apache (Jump On It) The Sugarhill Gang- For all of us who remembers that infamous Fresh Prince of Bel-Air sequence, we all know how this song moves us. But what better way to start your cleaning than to jump on it and let the music take you the rest of the way.

Staying Focused

This is the part of the cleanup when you start to wear thin because of all the details you might have forgotten or simply being burnt out on pledge wipes. Believe me, I've been there before. But don't worry, that's what this part of my playlist is for.

Don't Stop To You Get Enough Michael Jackson- I don't know anyone who doesn't at least love one Michael Jackson song. So it's obvious why you should blast his solo smash from the amazing Off the Wall era. It's long enough to get you through scrubbing the toilet and then some.

(You Drive Me) Crazy Britney Spears- Oh the irony or ironing of it all! I'm kidding but for me Britney never fails to make me want to dance. And while this song is about romantic frustration, the same has applied to my laundry on many occasions.

Intergalactic The Beastie Boys - Considered the comeback of the Beasties in the late 90s, this song makes me want to breakdance, rap battle, and star in a Japanese monster movie, even though I can't do any of it. But I figure if this song makes me want to do all of that, scrubbing shouldn't even be an issues.

Work to Do The Isley Brothers- This song is great for so many reasons but it's steady rhythm and Ronald Isley's silky vocals are my two favorite parts of the song.

No Scrubs TLC- TLC was the 90s kid equivalent of The Supremes, so it goes without saying I would put this song on the list. And I like how it talks about scrubs of another kind but really who likes pushing a mop either?

Alright Janet Jackson- Janet Jackson is one of those artists who fit any occasion when you add her to a playlist. But this steady and breezy groove, along with her awesome vocals make you want to keep going.


Final Countdown

The last few minutes of anything is tough. Running, doing homework, but especially cleaning, well at least for me it is. That's why I have to pull out the big jams to get through this part of cleaning up.

Don't Stop Believin' Journey- Using Journey in a playlist is cliche. But who said I was inventive? It does the job, enough said.

Spice Up Your Life Spice Girls- If you miss girl power, this is for you. If you don't, well it'll give you enough time to hurry up and finish.

This Is How We Do It Montell Jordan- Even though this is a go-to party jam, it can motivate you to party after you finish cleaning.

Can't Nobody Hold Me Down Puff Daddy and Mase- That's not a typo. The man now known as Diddy actually made good songs and this happens to be one of them.

Well, I hope this helps you next time you have to pull out the broom and dustpan. Thanks for reading and I look forward to your responses.

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McQueen3486 4 years ago from Washington/District of Columbia

Usually....Madonna. :) tehehehe


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Thanks McQueen!


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VeronicaFarkas 4 years ago from Ohio, USA

I didn't expect to see Backstreet Boys on here. lol

Lovin' the Journey!

Great playlist, as always!!


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MissDoolittle 4 years ago from Sussex, UK

What a great playlist. I like the three sections, and will look at your other playlists.


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

An awesome playlist!!! I like how your music is all over the place like me except I'd like to see more country music:)


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Veronica- You can't do much without the BSB. Next time, I'll have to include some 'N Sync

MissDoolittle- Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

Sunshine- I'm lacking in country but I hope to make up for it soon.

Thanks everyone!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

Here is a good country suggestion: Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy.. LOL. Very fun Hub Alecia!


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Thanks Tammy! I'll have to remember that for later!


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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA

Oh you must have been at my house when I was cleaning! I have to turn on the music, and turn it on. And I can't stop until the songs are over.


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Hey Millionaire Tips! I agree. I can't clean in silence. It's just doesn't work for me. Thanks for stopping by and commenting!


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

Hi Alecia,

I really love your hub ideas. I haven't had music blasting for a long time and I guess that is why my house is dirty. Thanks for a fun hub!

Sharyn


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Thanks Sharon! I hope this makes cleaning easier for you!


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

Loved your playlist Alecia.

Yes, music definitely inspires me as well esp to clean and cook...lol

Voted up as a useful hub!


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Ruchira,

I agree that without music it's hard to accomplish some things. I'm thinking of a cooking playlist for later. Thanks for dropping by and commenting.


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Jennifer Essary 4 years ago from Idaho

I love music for all occasions. Cleaning definitely requires some motivational music but my mood determines what I'll listen to. Sometimes I'm in the mood for Linkin Park or 3 Doors Down and other times I like John Legend or Will Smith. Thanks for sharing your play list : ) Voted up, useful, and sharing.


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Hi Jennifer,

I agree that cleaning requires music but my mood changes so I tried to fit all of that in. Thanks for dropping by, commenting, and sharing.


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Phil Plasma 4 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

I have a few friends who will vehemently say that they don't like any MJ song, but I like at least a few of them.

I listen to Incubus, Paramore and Finger Eleven when doing housework.


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Hey Phil,

Of all the artists not to like, I have a hard time believing some folks don't like dear old MJ but to each his own. Oh man, Incubus used to be awesome. Thanks again for coming by and commenting!


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SanneL 4 years ago from Sweden

Now I'm in mood for some cleaning! I just have to turn up the music. Lol! Fun hub! I love your playlist!


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

I'm glad I can help you clean up SanneL! Thanks for coming by and commenting!


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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

Hi Alecia,

I LOVE this list you've made for cleaning!! Great songs...I could really get some stuff done listening to James Brown.. Love that song!


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Hi Jamie,

Thanks for coming by! I agree you'll always feel accomplished cleaning to James Brown!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

Hi, I always put the music on to clean the house! anybody looking in the window would think I was mad! I think the best one for me though is Olly Muurs Dance with me tonight, its a bit like rock around the clock, but modern, my broom is my dance partner! lol!


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Hi Nell,

I've never heard of that song but if it has a similar rhythm to Rock Around The Clock, I can see how it works. Thanks for coming by and commenting!


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

I listen to music all day! Since I divorced my cable company and have no TV (I wrote a Hub about that), I turn on the radio and do my chores with music going. I have to admit I'm very fond of the BeeGees and never tire of their music.

This was a cute Hub. I voted it UP, will share in all the right places.


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Thank you Mary! It is very hard to tire of the Bee Gees!


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Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

Good list Alecia. I have a couple of these on my Ipod which is always stuck in my ears while cleaning. It goes a lot faster that way! Fun hub!


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Thank you Glimmer Twin Fan!


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DanaTeresa 3 years ago from Ohio

LOVE THIS! I am addicted to tunes! They really do help me to get my butt in gear.... you have included some of my guilties pleasures in this one too! I love me some Britney and BSB! :)


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Georgie Lowery 3 years ago from Slaton, Texas USA

I had surgery a week or so ago and I really have a lot of housework backed up. This may be exactly what I need to get started. Thanks!


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Alecia Murphy 3 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

I'm sorry Dana but as a 90s kid, I don't consider Britney or BSB a guilty pleasure but a necessity. But they definitely get you moving.


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Alecia Murphy 3 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

HI Georgie,

I hope you are recovering well. And I also hope you take it easy while cleaning. Thanks for coming by!


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ImKarn23 3 years ago

my question is: where are the links to these dance-inducing songs???

LOL..

LOVED how you 'started strong'!

Don't ever stop the music!

voting up and sharing on..


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Alecia Murphy 3 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Hi ImKarn23,

I didn't think of the links. But I'm glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for coming by and commenting!


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DanaTeresa 3 years ago from Ohio

Alecia - I have seen BSB in concert. My friend and I were definitiely a few years too old to be there! The screaming girls were deafening! great show. :)


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Alecia Murphy 3 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Aww man that sounds awesome. If they come near me I may have to go, that's a once in a lifetime opportunity.


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fitmag 3 years ago

Great cleaning playlis!!! Cleaning the house is no fun. But with the right music it's OK. I'm into BSB and Madonna, Michael Jackson and even Spice Girls works.

I really enjoyed reading your hub!


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B in blogs 3 years ago from Alabama, USA

I just read this hub after seeing it in a general search, and I felt the need to put in my two cents worth in favor of disco music. Before you shout me down, hear me out. Disco music is mostly upbeat and without a doubt dance friendly! And speaking as a person who believes there are those of us out there who have an actual allergy to housework, sometimes you have to choose music you love to get you through something you loathe! And I'm afraid I need twelve steps when it comes to Disco (DAA- Disco Addicts Anonymous). Anyway, thanks for the laugh and the interesting hub!


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Alecia Murphy 3 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Hi fitmag,

Thanks for coming by and commenting! I didn't think of Spice Girls at the time but they definitely work to help you clean.


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Alecia Murphy 3 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Hi B in blogs,

It's okay to be a DAA- it's a healthy fixation. But Disco is fun for most upbeat occasions or anytime you just don't wanna go to sleep trying to clean. Thank you so much for coming by and commenting.


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wvugirl2007 3 years ago from Virginia

I had never thought about having it in phases. I am a big believer in music helping you to do things you don't want to. I can't go to the gym without a good workout list and it really can help with household chores too. I will be thinking about the phases now.


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Alecia Murphy 3 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

I'm glad this helped you think of cleaning in phases, wvugirl2007 :P!

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