31 Best Songs With A Profession In The Title

“Buffalo Soldier” by Bob Marley and the Wailers

Song Year: 1983

“Buffalo Soldier” was a nickname given to Black troops by the Native Americans during the colonization of America. Bob Marley wrote the song to protest slaves being taken from Africa to fight in America, and they had to fight for survival.

The song, originally recorded in 1978, was not released until after Marley died in 1983, and it ended up becoming one of Marley’s signature songs.

“Bartender” by Lady Antebellum

Song Year: 2014

Sometimes the only way to get over a breakup is to put on your favorite dress and leather boots and let loose at the club with your girls. Forget about your ex and focus on the “Bartender.” Good advice from country trio Lady Antebellum.

The song blends country and pop-rock, giving it crossover appeal. “Bartender” peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.

“Here’s To the Farmer” by Luke Bryan

Song Year: 2016

Luke Bryan shouts out one of the most important occupations in America’s heartland: the farmer. The song and album of the same name were released to support his 2016 Farm Tour. The song is a testament to the hard work and struggle farmers and their families faced to keep the farm alive.

“Here's to the Farmer” debuted at #1 on the Top Country Albums chart and #4 on the Billboard 200. It would be Bryan’s ninth album to crack the Top 10. 

“Rhinestone Cowboy” by Glen Campbell

Song Year: 1975

Glen Campbell’s signature song, “Rhinestone Cowboy,” is not about being a cowboy on a ranch but rather on a stage. The song is about the struggle of becoming a performer and making it to the bright lights and adulation from fans.

The song was an international success and topped charts in several countries. Its crossover appeal was apparent in the US, hitting #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, Adult Contemporary, and Hot Country Singles charts in 1975.

“Operator (That’s Not the Way It Feels)” by Jim Croce

Song Year: 1972

Being a telephone operator has changed over the years, replaced by digital technology. Jim Croce captures a time when you spoke to an “Operator” at the other end of the line to connect your call.

In the song, Croce asks for the operator’s help to call an ex-lover who left him for his ex-best friend. He wants to tell them that he is over it, but the tears in his eyes tell a different story.

“Ice Cream Man” by Van Halen

Song Year: 1978

Leave it to Van Halen to sexualize the job of being an ice cream man. Frontman David Lee Roth suggests that he has something to keep you cool, all his flavors are guaranteed to satisfy, and once he cools you one time, you’ll be his regular stop.

The song appeared on Van Halen’s debut self-titled album, which sold over 10 million copies and became diamond-certified, one of the best-selling rock albums of all time.      

“The Waitress Song ” by Seth Sentry 

Song Year: 2008

Seth Sentry paints a perfect picture of a greasy spoon diner with its wobbly table, crappy coffee, and rubbery bacon. But none of that matters when you are infatuated with the waitress, and he is happy to wait to have her wait on him.

Born in Australia, Sentry started by posting his songs on a music streaming website. When “The Waitress Song” became the most downloaded track, Sentry got his break as a “featured artist” and never looked back.

“The Last DJ” by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers 

Song Year: 2002

“The Last DJ” is the title track from Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers’ 11th album. The record reached #9 on the Billboard 200.

The song’s lyrics are in defiance of the greed that is abundant in the music industry. “The Last DJ” bucks the system, still plays what he wants, and says what he wants, but is ultimately blackballed to a radio station somewhere in Mexico.     

“Floyd, The Barber ” by Nirvana 

Song Year: 1989

Nirvana flashes back to a classic television series, The Andy Griffith Show, and one of its beloved characters in the song, “Floyd, The Barber.” However, Mayberry is not the quiet little wholesome town that frontman Kurt Cobain encounters.

Nirvana released the song on the band’s debut album, Bleach. Cobain’s lyrics reflect the disturbed teen angst that was the driving force behind the grunge movement.

“Hairdresser on Fire” by Morrissey

Song Year: 1988

Sometimes you just cannot get an appointment with your hairdresser when you need one. Morrissey takes a playful jab at himself with “Hairdresser on Fire,” fussing about the hassle of getting his hair styled.

“Hairdresser on Fire” was initially released as the B-side of “Suedehead,” Morrissey’s debut solo single following his split with The Smiths.

Top Songs With A Occupation In The Title, Final Thoughts

Those are the best songs with a profession in the title. From hairdressers to cowboys, bartenders to farmers, doctors to soldiers, a person’s profession helps define who they are, so it’s no surprise that songs with a profession in the title appear in every style of music. Occupations offer inspiration when set to a catchy tune, whether the lyrics touch upon your current job or a dream job.

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