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‘September’ by Earth, Wind & Fire is the ultimate cleaning song, new research reveals

The 70s classic appears in 60% of the most popular Spotify cleaning playlists – but Justin Bieber is considered the best artist for housework overall

‘September’ by Earth, Wind & Fire is officially the best soundtrack for cleaning, according to new research by Gtech.

The 70s classic has been named the ultimate song for accompanying housework – with the track appearing in 60% of the top cleaning playlists on Spotify (which have 1.2 million + followers).

Ed Sheeran’s ‘Bad Habits’ ranks second in the list of all-time top cleaning tunes, followed by Lady Gaga’s ‘Bad Romance’, Michael Jackson’s ‘Billie Jean’, Dua Lipa’s ‘Levitating’, and Walk The Moon’s ‘Shut Up And Dance’.

Many of the best cleaning songs belong to the pop/disco genre – a brand of music known for its high-energy and joyful melodies. For cleaning lovers in need of motivation, easy-to-sing, feel-good anthems are the ultimate accompaniment for chores.

Ranking  SongArtistYear released
#1SeptemberEarth, Wind & Fire1978
#2Bad HabitsEd Sheeran2021
#3Bad RomanceLady Gaga2009
#4Billie JeanMichael Jackson1982
#5LevitatingDua Lipa2020
#6Shut Up and DanceWalk the Moon2014

The data by Gtech also revealed that Justin Bieber is the most popular artist for cleaning songs – with 37 of his tracks appearing across the 10 Spotify playlists.

Popular Bieber tunes in the data included ‘Baby’, ‘What Do You Mean?’, ‘Peaches’, and ‘Hold On’.

Dua Lipa is another go-to singer for cleaning tasks, alongside

Taylor Swift and One Direction.

RankingArtistTotal instances
#1Justin Bieber37
#2Dua Lipa30
#3Taylor Swift28
#4One Direction25
#5Kesha24
#6Kygo23
#7Maroon 522
#8Jason Derulo21
#9Katy Perry21
#10Ed Sheeran19

The most popular cleaning album is Olivia Rodrigo’s debut, SOUR. This 2021 release appeared 16 times across the dataset, with tracks ‘good 4 u’ and ‘drivers license’ featuring in 40% of the playlists.

Animal (2010) by Kesha is another much-loved cleaning soundtrack – with seminal upbeat anthems like ‘TiK ToK’ still as popular as ever when it comes to complementing domestic duties.

The data also found that cleaners prefer to listen to albums by females – with around 70% of the top 10 albums created by solo female singers (Dua Lipa, Rihanna and Katy Perry all make the top 5).

A Gtech spokesperson commented: “With Christmas round the corner, it’s only natural to think about how you’re going to find the time to spruce the house up, ready for festive guests.

“As our data has found, pop and disco tracks provide the ultimate motivation for doing cleaning duties – why not add some of these top cleaning tracks to your personal playlist to make your Christmas cleaning more enjoyable this year?”

For further insights from Gtech, visit the official blog.

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