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The Best Music to Listen to While Packing

June 7, 2016 | Household Moves

Packing seems like one of the most tedious tasks to accomplish before a move. You have to fold and organize clothes, clean and box up dishes, and make sure that none of your possessions gets left behind.
But just because you have to pack doesn’t mean that you should feel bored. Why not listen to music and feel entertained and rejuvenated instead? Below, we’ve listed the best music for you to listen to while you pack.

Music With Lyrics

From upbeat, inspirational songs to calm, melodious tunes, you can’t go wrong when you add the following to your packing playlist.

“Bust a Move” by Young MC
Satisfy your inner rap star with this classic. Released in 1989, “Bust a Move” has ranked on VH1’s 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop and 100 Greatest Songs of the ’80s. And with phenomenal bass guitar as part of the music, you’ll love listening to this song as you box up your clothes.

“I Like to Move It” by Reel 2 Real
Most recently featured as King Julian’s theme song on “Madagascar 2: Escape to Africa,” this song combines the sensations of reggae and Eurodance music. Unveiled in late 1993, “I Like to Move It” ranked on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and remains a musical masterpiece today.

“Move Along” by The All-American Rejects
Appropriate for any moving situation, “Move Along” sets the stage for your upcoming adventure. With lyrics like “and even when your hope is gone, move along,” the song will inspire you when you feel especially tired of packing.

“Highway to Hell” by AC/DC
This hard rock classic will surely motivate you as you pack up dishes and clean out your kitchen. The steady beat and double guitar in the background, combined with the timeless vocals, make for a song that encourages a positive attitude in any situation.

“Life Is a Highway” by Rascal Flatts
With lyrics such as “Life’s like a road that you travel on,” this tribute to heartland rock will lift you up in the middle of a long day. The song was originally recorded in 1990 and written by Tom Cochrane, but it became more popular in 2006 when Rascal Flatts recorded a cover for the
Disney film “Cars.”

“I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” by The Proclaimers
Recorded and released in 1988, this Celtic rock song motivates even the most tired of packers. The catchy Celtic intonations, as well as the inspirational lyrics, make for a one-of-a-kind Scottish song you won’t soon forget.

“Supermassive Black Hole” by Muse
This alternative-guitar, dance-beat song was inspired by Norwegian disco and funk music. You might recognize the song from its cameo in the 2008 film “Twilight.” The song was also nominated for the Kerrang! Award for Best Single and has been featured in an episode of the hit TV show “Supernatural.”

“Don’t Stop Believin'” by Journey
At the end of a long day, you likely need a little more motivation to finish packing another box or two. Turn this song up as loud as you like and sing along with Journey. Recorded in 1981, this rock classic has inspired many to pursue their dreams or finish a daunting task.

“The Long Ride Home” by James Dunn

James Dunn’s catalog of songs is marked by powerful lyrics about the road of life, not only from his perspective, but also through the eyes of others. We’re partial to James because we’ve moved him four times over the past eleven years, but also we defy you to listen to this song without tapping your foot.

Instrumental Music and Soundtracks
Perhaps you prefer the epic intonations embedded within instrumental music. Or maybe you like listening to soundtracks from your favorite movie. Either way, these songs will keep you entertained as you pack.

“The Great Gatsby”

Based off of the 1925 novel, this movie (starring Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby and Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan) presents a riveting tribute to the 1920s. Songs like “A Little Party Never Killed Nobody (All We Got)” and “Bang Bang” add modern flair to the traditional jazz music of the time.

“Guardians of the Galaxy”
This 2014 action-fantasy film, starring Chris Pratt, pays homage to some of the best music of the 1980s. The “Guardians of the Galaxy” soundtrack features hit songs including:

•    “Come and Get Your Love” by Redbone
•    “Hooked on a Feeling” by Blue Swede
•    “I Want You Back” by The Jackson 5
•    “O-o-o Child” by Five Stairsteps
•    “Spirit in the Sky” by Norman Greenbaum
As you listen to these songs, you can remember that packing is easier than saving the galaxy.

“The Lord of the Rings” Trilogy
The music from this trilogy was composed and produced by Howard Shore, who worked with the London Philharmonic Orchestra to create some of the most epic instrumental songs in the music industry.

The orchestra used the following instruments to compile fluid, noteworthy songs:

•    Cymbals
•    Fiddles
•    Flutes
•    Harps
•    Horns
•    Irish whistles
•    Japanese taiko drums
•    Mandolins
•    Pan flutes
•    Pianos
•    Snare drums
•    Tibetan gongs
•    Trombones
•    Trumpets
•    Tubas
•    Violins

No matter how arduous your packing task, you’ll feel ready for battle as you listen to the soundtracks from these iconic films.

As you prepare for your next move, listen to some of the songs listed above. You’ll put yourself in the right mood to tackle packing your bedroom, kitchen, or storage closet with ease. For additional packing and moving tips, check out the rest of our blog!

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