Moving day can be stressful, frantic, and bittersweet. On the logistical side of the equation, you have to manage movers, boxing, and unboxing. On the emotional end of the experience, you weigh your sadness about leaving a home with your excitement over entering a new one.
Luckily, you can find help. The best real estate agencies are typically very hands-on and accommodating throughout the experience. A professional moving company figuratively and literally shoulders much of the weight on move day. And your friends and family often come through at the last minute to help, too.
Still, if you’re looking for some music therapy to get you through move day, there’s no better solution than a dedicated MoveDay Playlist. Below, let’s brainstorm songs for packing, driving, and unboxing.
Let’s start with the obvious choices for a move-day playlist: Anything with “move” or “moving” in the lyrics. Yes, it’s a bit on-the-nose and more than a little tacky, but you might be surprised how fitting these tracks can feel.
Examples might include: “Movin’ on Up” by Ja’Net Dubois; “You Gotta Move” by The Rolling Stones; “Move to the City” by Guns N’ Roses; “Stand Up (Move)” by Ludacris.
Move day is the culmination of months of hard work, requiring one last physical push to get out the door. To help with all those chaotic, last-minute chores, you’ll need songs that motivate you.
These are entirely up to personal taste. Some people feel best motivated by a bouncing, four-on-the-floor hip-hop track. Others need the sweet crunch of a heavy metal guitar to get them going. And others jam out to the oldies when they need a fresh hit of energy.
Once your car is packed, and the moving van departs, the mood might naturally turn somber, and bittersweet. You’re leaving one chapter to start a new one. In these raw emotional moments, you don’t want 80s rap or 00s ska punk; you want songs that reflect your internal experience.
You might choose songs about changes, like (obviously) “Changes” by David Bowie, “Landslide” by Fleetwood Mac, or that evergreen graduation song, Green Day’s “Time of Your Life.” Conversely, you could approach these songs obliquely, emphasizing mood over content – wistful songs that feel reminiscent and hopeful.
Your top real estate agency has just handed you the keys to your new place, and the movers just unloaded the last boxes – it’s time to party. Start on the right foot in your new home with happy memories. Add songs you love to the end of your move-day playlist– songs that make you dance and smile. If you’ve bought your new home with a significant other, now’s the ideal time to throw on a meaningful song you share.
Lastly, close with a couple of relaxing tracks to slow the tempo. It’s been a long day – and you’re finally home.
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