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You Quit Your Job: What Song Do You Play as You Leave? 

Jacob Shelton
Updated March 9, 2020 1.6k votes 503 voters 53k views 42 items

It doesn’t matter who you are, from the president to the guy who makes venti white mochas, everyone in the world has fantasized about quitting a job that they totally hate while listening to one of their favorite pump up songs. Stomping out of your job jamming pump up music is the number one fantasy of countless members of the workforce, and everyone should get to do it once in their life. It doesn’t matter if you like hip-hop, metal, country, or pop there are plenty of feel-good songs to facilitate you leaving your old life behind. So what song do you play when you quit your job?

The best quit your job songs are the tunes that pump you up while making you forget that you’ve lost your main source of income. They’re fist in the air, sing along anthems, that aren’t just good pump up songs, they’re the perfect tracks to expedite your transition into a new life of hanging out on the couch and eating cereal for lunch. Unless you’ve got a new job lined up, in which case bully for you. The songs on this list are the perfect tunes for stealing your office printer and partying your way out of the office.

Vote up the songs that you want playing as your march out of your lame job with your head held high. If the tune you want playing while you bail on your low-life boss isn’t on this list, feel free to add it.
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Take This Job and Shove It Johnny Paycheck
"Take this job and shove it."
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We're Not Gonna Take It Twisted Sister

Albums: Stay Hungry

Composer: Twisted Sister, Dee Snider

Length (seconds): 3:39

"We're not gonna take it, No, we ain't gonna take it, We're not gonna take it anymore"

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Nancy Sinatra

Albums: Boots

Composer: Lee Hazlewood

Producer: Lee Hazlewood

Length (seconds): 2:40

"These boots are made for walking, and that's just what they'll do. One of these days these boots are gonna walk all over you."

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Whitesnake

Albums: Saints & Sinners

Composer: David Coverdale, Bernie Marsden

Length (seconds): 4:33

"Going down the only roooooaaad I've ever known" 

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KassahWutke added 'N Sync

Albums: No Strings Attached

Composer: Andreas Carlsson, Kristian Lundin, Jacob Schulze

Producer: Kristian Lundin, Jacob Schulze

Length (seconds): 3:18

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Tall Guy Trucker added Rage Against the Machine

Albums: Rage Against the Machine

Length (seconds): 5:44

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Beastie Boys

Albums: Ill Communication

Composer: Beastie Boys, Adam Yauch, Mike D, Ad-Rock

Producer: Mario Caldato, Jr.

Length (seconds): 2:58

"So listen up 'cause you can't say nothin'. You'll shut me down with a push of your button? But yo I'm out and I'm gone. I'll tell you now I keep it on and on."

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Alice Cooper

Albums: School's Out

Composer: Alice Cooper, Dennis Dunaway, Glen Buxton, Neal Smith, Michael Bruce

Producer: Bob Ezrin

Length (seconds): 3:27

"School's out for summer, School's out forever"

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John J. Paul added Eagles

Albums: On the Border, One of These Nights, Desperado

Composer: Jack Tempchin

Producer: Bill Szymczyk

Length (seconds): 4:15

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I've Had It Black Flag
"I can’t go to work, the boss is a jerk."
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Fleetwood Mac

Albums: Rumours

Composer: Lindsey Buckingham

Producer: Fleetwood Mac, Ken Caillat, Richard Dashut

Length (seconds): 2:4

"You don't know what it means to win"

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Amy Boal added thank u, next Ariana Grande

"Thank you, next (next)"

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Mike Filliben added Limp Bizkit

Albums: Significant Other

Composer: John Otto, Wes Borland, Sam Rivers

Producer: Terry Date, Limp Bizkit

Length (seconds): 2:46

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The Who

Albums: Who's Next

Composer: The Who, Pete Townshend

Producer: Glyn Johns

Length (seconds): 3:38

"Meet the new boss, same as the old boss"

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#33 of 4,108 The Best Songs Of All Time, Ranked #106 of 161 The Best Songs to Sing at Karaoke #1 of 105 The Best Songs With Fool in the Title

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Ramones

Albums: Mondo Bizarro

Length (seconds): 2:18

"I can't take this crazy pace, I've become a mental case. Yeah, this is the job that ate my brain"
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I Quit Descendents
"Got better things to do with my life - I quit"
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Picture Me Rollin' Big Syke, Tupac Shakur, C.P.O.

Albums: All Eyez on Me

Length (seconds): 5:15

"Picture me rollin'. Move to the side a little bit so you can get a clear picture."
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Mark Loendorf Sr added I 95 Asshole Song
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Mark Loendorf Sr added Waylon Jennings If You See Me Getting Smaller I'm Leaving
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Party Like a Rockstar Shop Boyz

Albums: Rockstar Mentality

Length (seconds): 4:13

"I'm on a money making mission, but I party like a rockstar."
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Katy Perry

Albums: Prism

Composer: Katy Perry, Bonnie McKee, Lukasz Gottwald, Max Martin, Cirkut

Producer: Cirkut, Max Martin, Lukasz Gottwald

Length (seconds): 3:43

"I am a champion and you're going to hear me roar"

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Mark Loendorf Sr added Dennis Leary I'm an Asshole
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John J. Paul added Walk Before They Make Me Run Rolling Stones
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Florence and the Machine

Albums: Lungs

Composer: Florence Welch, Isabella Summers

Length (seconds): 3:40

"The horses are coming so you better run"

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Kendrick Lamar

Albums: good kid, m.A.A.d city

Composer: Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar, Sounwave, Robin Hannibal, Robin Braun, + more

Length (seconds): 5:6

"I can feel the new changes, I can feel a new life. I always knew life could be dangerous."

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