Last year, I was hanging out with some friends who’d recently been laid off and since. We were in an environment where putting together a Spotify playlist was appropriate, so created a “recently laid off playlist” and played it loud. This is not the first list I’ve made about the dreaded pink slip, but this one is a bit different. It’s kind of like that last ‘hoo-rah’… the last time around the track… a final farewell. So enjoy this list of songs (mostly just the titles, actually) for music you can play after you or someone you know has been laid off, fired, let go, downsized, or sent in a direction the company wasn’t going.
Songs for after being laid off or fired…
“Work From Home” – Fifth Harmony feat. Ty Dolla $ign
“Don’t Talk to Me About Work” – Lou Reed
“I Want to Break Free” – Queen
“Life Ain’t Fair and the World Is Mean” – Sturgill Simpson
“Lord Have Mercy on the Working Man” – Travis Tritt
“Uprising” – Muse
“If We Make It Through December” – Merle Haggard
“Red, White & Pink Slip Blues” – Hank Williams, Jr.
“Gives You Hell” – The All-American Rejects
“Summertime Blues” – Alan Jackson
“The Crossroads” – Bone Thugs-N-Harmony
“Roll With The Changes” – REO Speedwagon
Thanks for stopping by! Feel free to add more in the comments below, and good look in your job search 🙂
-Out of the Wilderness
I recently published a Spotify playlist of 17 songs for being fired or laid off. And then another list of 12 songs for being laid off or fired. Well, it turns out there are a lot than that so here are 14 more to enjoy!
Hint: It’s mostly about the song titles 🙂
9 to 5 – Dolly Parton
Don’t Talk to Me About Work – Lou Reed
If We Make It Through December – Merle Haggard
Pink Slip – Rob Genadek
The Crossroads – Bone Thugs-N-Harmony
Roll with the Changes – REO Speedwagon
Drink In My Hand – Eric Church
Quit Your Job – Thundamentals
I Want To Break Free – Queen
Work from Home – Fifth Harmony
Life Ain’t Fair and the World Is Mean – Sturgill Simpson
Lord Have Mercy on the Working Man – Travis Tritt
Uprising – Muse
Red, White &. Pink Slip Blues – Hank Williams, Jr.
There is no playlist that could include all the songs (or song titles, at least) that relate to being fired, laid off, or just flat out quitting your job. So for now, here are 12 songs/song titles about that very thing. After reading this, check out my story about being laid off the very same day I had jury duty!
Note: it’s mostly about the song titles. 🙂
We Gotta Get Out Of This Place – The Animals
Don’t You (Forget About Me) – Simple Minds
Let’s Go Crazy – Prince
Freedom! ’90 – George Michael
If I Could Make a Living – Clay Walker
I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’ – Scissor Sisters
How Bizarre – OMC
WE’RE GONNA BE ALRIGHT – Switchfoot
Lean On Me – Club Nouveau
Good Morning – Max Frost
Float On – Modest Mouse
You Don’t Own Me – Grace, G-Eazy
Want more? Here’s another list of 17 songs about being laid off, fired, or quitting your job!
It’s been almost 4 years since I was abruptly laid off from a full-time job in Nashville, Tennessee and after another round of extremely unceremonious layoffs at this same company (lots of these folks I’m still friends with, so I hear about the drama weekly), I decided to do something completely unoriginal. There are plenty of these lists out there, but here’s my Spotify “Just Been Fired or Laid Off” playlist.
Hint: it’s basically all about the song titles. Enjoy!
End Of The Line – Traveling Wilburys
I’m Gonna Miss You – Milli Vanilli
Nobody’s Gonna Rain On Our Parade – Kathy Mattea
Take This Job and Shove It – Johnny Paycheck
Here’s a Quarter (Call Someone Who Cares) – Travis Tritt
Celebrate – Ingrid Michaelson
Eye of the Tiger – Survivor
You Don’t Know How It Feels – Tom Petty
Look What You Made Me Do – Taylor Swift
Delicate – Taylor Swift
Bad Blood – Taylor Swift
We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together – Taylor Swift
Bye Bye Bye – *NSync
I Want You Back – *NSync
Always Remember Us This Way – Laday Gaga
No Tengo Dinero – Los Umbrellos
Achy Breaky Heart – Billy Ray Cyrus
It’s not see you later, it’s goodbye.
You know how when you are leaving your friends from high school, or college, or moving to a new town, some friends say, “It’s not goodbye, it’s see you later”? I don’t feel that way at all about the job I was laid off of just a few months ago. The friends I made there? Yes, I will miss them and I know I’ll see some of them around town or in future work.
But I’ve got this comfortable feeling of rest and relief, maybe it’s called peace, about leaving that particular job in the past. It’s a part of my history that I’ll remember with a smile. Lots of good things can be directly related to it:
the first girl I ever loved
great downtown parking
amazing live music performances
an introduction to Roy D. Mercer
helping to produce nationally televised shows
trips to places like Las Vegas, the gulf coast, Miami, Los Angeles, Phoenix, New York, and many more
The people that told me how fast time goes after you get laid off were not wrong. Hard to believe it’s already been over 5 months. But I haven’t missed the job for a second! I’ve had a great summer that I will look back on and thank CMT for making it happen. Soon I will have another job or two, I’ll be back in the “real world” of making paychecks and scraping by, but for a few months, I lived how I imagine my dogs feel every day. Wake up, have some fun, bark at things, eat, sleep.
-Out of the Wilderness
I’m a few months into being laid off and a lot of people have been asking…
“What are you gonna do? Have you found work yet?”
The truth is, I have been idling. Don’t get me wrong, the engine is running, but it’s kind of like I’m at the starting line waiting to take off. Other people that were laid off or left CMT around the same time I did have found work, and that’s awesome. In the back of my mind, I think to myself, “Should I have jumped right back into the workforce as fast as possible?” But then I remember the plan. The plan was to actually enjoy the time off with a kind severance from CMT because it’s so rare to be in your mid-30s with time and freedom to pursue other interests… and travel.
I went to Missouri to volunteer at a Christian sports camp where I worked when I was a wee little college student. I’ve been to Florida a few times for time at the beach, time with my family, and this.
I also went with my parents and 2 oldest nieces to the Bahamas
. That never would have happened if I was still working at CMT.
I’ve been kayaking, hiking, dog-sitting, rewatching A Different World, so many things that have reminded me how much fun life can be. I needed a reminder. I was in a routine, and I love routines so that wasn’t necessarily a bad thing, but I was living the cliche of “going through the motions.” Now it’s impossible to go through those same motions.
So what’s next? I’m excited about the idea of pursuing a couple different opportunities. I know I prefer to stay away from the traditional form of making money: going to a job, clocking in, clocking out, wearing a uniform. In the next few weeks I’ll be brainstorming and writing down a plan to make the rest of this year as good and exciting as the summer has been.
Thanks for following along on the journey!
-Out of the Wilderness