After Hours

10 songs that will make your IT day go faster

No matter how frustrating or boring a particular task happens to be, a good song can usually make it bearable. Rick Vanover shares some of the tunes that help get him through the day.

No matter how frustrating or boring a particular task happens to be, a good song can usually make it bearable. Rick Vanover shares some of the tunes that help get him through the day.


Matching music to tedious IT tasks is a popular way to lighten the load. Here are 10 songs that groove well into IT's underbelly.

#1: You're trying to solve a problem that you don't think is solvable

Song: "The Middle" Artist: Jimmy Eat World

#2: You're overworked and managing way too many tasks

Song: "Living Dead Girl" Artist: Rob Zombie

#3: You've completed a big project and feel really good about things (for now)

Song: "I'm Like a Bird" Artist:   Nelly Furtado

#4: You've taken a new job and look forward to shaking off the technical shackles of your previous job

Song:   "Broken" Artist:   Amy Lee and Seether

#5: You're doing a repetitive task for the 100th time and think you're going crazy

Song:   "Turnover" Artist:   Fugazi

#6: You're showing someone else how to do something for the 100th time and think you're going crazy

Song:   "One Step Closer" Artist:   Linkin Park

#7: You messed up! Something didn't happen like it should have...

Song:   "Bad Day" Artist:   Daniel Powter

#8: Your mind is numb from hours of copying and pasting the same thing

Song:   "Here We Go Again" Artist:   Aretha Franklin

#9: You know how to do it, but you can't do it that way (red tape, forbidden technology, you're surrounded by inferiors...)

Song:   "Feel Good Inc." Artist:   Gorillaz

#10: This Internet policy applies to me, and me only

Song: "That's the way I like it" Artist: KC & The Sunshine Band


What's on your list?

Rick's had a chance to share his picks, now it's your turn. What songs do you turn to when you need a lift at work?

About

Rick Vanover is a software strategy specialist for Veeam Software, based in Columbus, Ohio. Rick has years of IT experience and focuses on virtualization, Windows-based server administration, and system hardware.

36 comments
m.finlay
m.finlay

I don't know about anyone else but, even in today's single-centric itunes/ipod world, I prefer to listen to an album to make my day go faster!

rc_11
rc_11

What, no Jonathan Coulton? Code Monkey at the very least!

sconyers
sconyers

For when the stupid users have changed the requirements for the 100th time: Scream - Avenged Sevenfold For when you decide that you're going to just deliver the code and let the users submit enhancements later: This is How It Goes - Billy Talent For when you have to channel those violent feelings towards users/coworkers/boss somewhere: Broken, Beat & Scarred - Metallica (alternate is Seek and Destroy - Metallica) Early morning/just after lunch wake up song: Feuer Frei! - Rammstein For after you've just been screwed by somebody playing office politics when you refuse to stoop to their level: Nice Guys Finish Last - Green Day I haven't been in all of these situations, but I like all of the songs. :)

BobDinan
BobDinan

Seeing Fugazi on this list made my day, thank you sir! I don't get too many opportunities to listen to music at work unless it is weekend or after hours.

Tig2
Tig2

(Going off the rails on a) Crazy Train- Ozzie Osbourne. Describes accurately just about every day in IT.

cbader
cbader

Wild Thing by Sam Kinnison Anything what so ever by Pantera

Ben Iron Damper
Ben Iron Damper

Anything by the following bands: AC\DC OLD Metallica Pantera Rob Zombie Slayer OLD Beastie Boys NWA Easy E

roda235
roda235

Here's one for when you are trying to explain that we need to upgrade and no one is listening... Hold On by KT Tunstall "The World will turn if you're ready or not"

GSG
GSG

I've been here all night trying to fix the @#$!@$#@$@ problem and I'm falling asleep song. Dragula -- Rob Zombie

JohnMcGrew
JohnMcGrew

...I'm too old to be doing this job. I didn't know 80% of those.

Selena Frye
Selena Frye

This seems like a good one to crank up in an empty office when you have to work late (by the light of the moon): "Wolf like me" TV on the Radio

Warinpiece
Warinpiece

When doing a quick fix for a friend: Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap - AC/DC. Teaching a newbie something to do with tech: Walk This Way - Run DMC/Aerosmith. Taking a chance: The Gambler - Kenny Rogers. Racing to catch that plane home after a conference: The Final Countdown - Europe. Saving someones bacon on the job: How to save a life - The Fray. So many songs so many jobs. . .

ddannenbrink
ddannenbrink

First cup of coffee in the morning - Godsmack - Voodoo Mail server down - Stabbing Westward - Save yourself half your department gets laid off (but not you) - Jim Carroll Band - Those were people -it's been a rough week...

cbader
cbader

Just add Lamb of God to that list and we are ready to go.

NotSoChiGuy
NotSoChiGuy

By Scars on Broadway (couple of guys from System of a Down are in this group) is my new "wide eyed and ready to kick @$$" song.

Mark W. Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin

I new Aretha and KC, but the rest are unknown to me. Now I know what my father was going through in the 60s and 70s when I was playing my stereo too loud in the basement. For the kids, I was playing records by The Who, Jethro Tull, Rolling Stones, Beatles, Eagles, Bob Dylan, Grand Funk Railroad, etc. - you may have heard of them.

SELAIN
SELAIN

Had a weird dream of turning into a werewolf after listening to this ^^

Michael Jay
Michael Jay

tour came and went in October, but thanks to your playlist I be Jamin' to an imaginary concert. Very good stuff, thanks so much.

GSG
GSG

I admit, I do like some Kid Rock, and I can't help but sing along with Bawitdaba. That would keep me awake.

jdclyde
jdclyde

Guess what you hear on the "oldies" stations now? :D Yeah, I recognize everything you listed because my dad used to play that while I was growing up.... B-)

JohnMcGrew
JohnMcGrew

...we just aged ourselves there.

jdclyde
jdclyde

Had they learned a lesson from the Friday Nite Music discussions, then links to the songs would have been provided. I knew four of them. I think he was attempting to do a "something for everyone", rather than his personal list.

NotSoChiGuy
NotSoChiGuy

My wife is a fan of the show 'Top Chef'. Watching the Foo Fighters pick apart the contestants' offerings for Thanksgiving was priceless. Boo to Bravo for not showing any concert footage, though!

Router boy
Router boy

of the Foo Fighters is known for that as well. On there first album he played and recorded all the tracks by himself and only after the album was finished did he go out and look for bandmates.

NotSoChiGuy
NotSoChiGuy

I went to a concert years back that had Sevendust open, then it went to Kid Rock, and then Metallica finished the show. I came away being most impressed with Kid Rock. Not because of his songs, per se, but because he is legitimately talented. During his take on 'American Band', he took over and played every single instrument on stage for extended stretches. I've heard that Billy Corgan can do/has done the same, but I've never seen it (and I've gone to a couple Pumpkins' concerts).

jdclyde
jdclyde

And yeah, dad rocked it out loud..... everything on that list and more. Sitting next to you in his car or van, could yell, and you wouldn't hear me over the tunes.... :0 rock-n-roll! "I can see for miles" came out the year I was born, I was One when Deep Purple and Jethro Tull were formed, and Two when Uriah Heep came out. :D But then, I know your loveliness was much to young at the time to have known them the first time around as well, huh? :x

maecuff
maecuff

You big fibber..you ain't all that young.. :)

b4real
b4real

I think the angry metal music does it best...

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