There aren’t many people who get excited about the prospect of moving. Cleaning up the house or apartment, inventorying the belongings, packing everything up, and handling the movers can be both overwhelming and exhausting. You can brighten the mood and make the work easier, however, by livening up the atmosphere with the ultimate moving day playlist. Here’s some tunes to get you started that will keep everyone pumped from the first emptying of rooms to the final unpacking.
Upbeat Tunes for Motivation
If you’re looking for songs to motivate you for the cleanup and packing process, there are plenty of songs to choose from in the American lexicon of music that revolve around moving. Start your day out with Billy Joel and the appropriate tune “Movin’ Out” and then move on to classics like “Our House” by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young”, Bruce Springsteen’s “Born to Run”, “Don’t Stop Believin'” by Journey, or “Changes” by David Bowie. You’ll get everyone dancing and humming for days with the addition of “Our House” by Madness or bring on the waves of nostalgia with “Never Say Goodbye” by Bon Jovi.
Moving Cross Country
Regardless of whether you’re moving down the block or across the country, these traveling and geographically themed songs are definitely worthy of any moving day playlist. While you’re finishing up the last of the packing you can put on the Pretenders “Pack It Up.” When you’re ready to take off and hit the road, put on Willie Nelson’s highway classic “On the Road Again”.
You don’t necessarily have to be moving to the locations in the songs, but there are plenty of location-specific songs that can put you in the spirit. That said, anyone heading to California is in luck: there are countless songs that pay tribute to and inspire dreams of the Golden State. The (almost) endless list includes songs ranging from the classic “California Girls” and the newer “California Gurls,” by the Beach Boys and Katy Perry, respectively, Joni Mitchell’s “California”, “California Dreamin'”, by The Mamas and The Papas, “Going to California” by Led Zeppelin, and “Californication” by the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
California isn’t the only destination to be name-checked by a songwriter, though. Even if you’re not relocating to the Northwest, you could put on “Oregon Girl” by Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin. Take an aural trip across the country by including songs like “Vegas” by Sara Bareilles, “Chicago” by Sufjan Stevens and Bon Iver’s “Wisconsin.” For a little east coast flavor, toss Bruce Springsteen’s “Atlantic City” or Ella Fitzgerald’s “Manhattan” into the mix. Cover the entire country with Simon & Garfunkel’s “America” or head abroad with “Rome” by Phoenix.
An Introspective, Moodier Mix
Maybe you want to slow it down or take a trip down memory lane as you move on to a new phase of life. Put on “Leaving on a Jet Plane” by Peter, Paul, & Mary or play John Denver’s “Take Me Home Country Roads” as you head away from the familiar and toward the unknown. Follow suit with the Beatles “I’ll Follow the Sun” and Hank Williams, Sr.’s tune “Ramblin’ Man”. Finish up with “Good to be Home” from The Everybodyfields as you drive up to the new house.
From start to finish, there’s a song to fit your mood for every stage of your big move. Whether you’re hauling your belongings cross-country or just moving to a new neighborhood, put together a playlist of songs that will keep you motivated and energized!