While some people prefer complete silence or soft rain sounds as a backdrop for their work-from-home experiences, other employees are currently filling their makeshift offices with the musical works of everyone from Johann Sebastian Bach to the Jonas Brothers.
UK-based business consultant service BusinessComparison pored over 393 Spotify playlists—a combination of those created by users and ones posted by Spotify—that featured “work from home” and various derivative phrases in the titles to discover which tracks are most popular among self-isolating staff members.
The top 21 songs are a unique jumble of upbeat classics, newly released pop chart-toppers, and tracks that not-so-subtly allude to the coronavirus pandemic. Of the 50,000 songs found across all playlists in the study, Fifth Harmony’s 2016 hit single “Work From Home” was the most common, featuring on 54 playlists. Close behind was “Blinding Lights,” a single off The Weeknd’s album After Hours, released in March 2020, and Dolly Parton's perennially beloved—and circumstantially appropriate—song “9 to 5.”
As for cheeky nods to life in quarantine, the list also includes The Police’s “Don’t Stand So Close to Me,” MC Hammer's “U Can’t Touch This,” R.E.M.’s “It’s the End of the World As We Know It,” and the Bee Gees’ “Stayin’ Alive.”
Though certain ultra-popular artists didn’t have any individual songs crack the top 21 list, some of them made the list of top artists. Altogether, songs by Taylor Swift were seen on work-from-home playlists a total of 217 times, making her the second most popular work-from-home artist; Bach bested her by a grand margin of one to take the top spot. Fleetwood Mac, Queen, and The Beatles all made the list, too.
Peruse the full list of songs below, and find out how to boost your productivity while working remotely here.
"Work From Home" // Fifth Harmony feat. Ty Dolla $ign
"Blinding Lights" // The Weeknd
"9 to 5" // Dolly Parton
"Mr. Brightside" // The Killers
"Don’t Stand So Close to Me" // The Police
"Don’t Start Now" // Dua Lipa
"Adore You" // Harry Styles
"Toxic" // Britney Spears
"U Can’t Touch This" // MC Hammer
"Don’t Stop Believin’" // Journey
"It’s the End of the World As We Know It" // R.E.M.
If you’ve already mastered DIY houses for birds and dogs, maybe it’s time you built one for yourself.
As Simplemost reports, there are a number of house kits that you can order on Amazon, and the Allwood Avalon Cabin Kit is one of the quaintest—and, at $32,990, most affordable—options. The 540-square-foot structure has enough space for a kitchen, a bathroom, a bedroom, and a sitting room—and there’s an additional 218-square-foot loft with the potential to be the coziest reading nook of all time.
The construction process might not be a great idea for someone who’s never picked up a hammer, but you don’t need an architectural degree to tackle it. Step-by-step instructions and all materials are included, so it’s a little like a high-level IKEA project. According to the Amazon listing, it takes two adults about a week to complete. Since the Nordic wood walls are reinforced with steel rods, the house can withstand winds up to 120 mph, and you can pay an extra $1000 to upgrade from double-glass windows and doors to triple-glass for added fortification.
Though everything you need for the shell of the house comes in the kit, you will need to purchase whatever goes inside it: toilet, shower, sink, stove, insulation, and all other furnishings. You can also customize the blueprint to fit your own plans for the space; maybe, for example, you’re going to use the house as a small event venue, and you’d rather have two or three large, airy rooms and no kitchen or bedroom.
Coyote Ugly, the cult classic that launched the careers of Piper Perabo and Adam Garcia, is celebrating its 20th birthday. Though still shy of legal drinking age, the film belongs to a group of early 2000s chick flicks with varying degrees of girl power, including: Bring It On, Charlie’s Angels, Josie & The Pussycats, and Legally Blonde.
"There was a real kind of stiletto feminism that was happening in the women's movement in the late ’90s," Perabo has said of her star-making vehicle. It's that same feminism that informed the sexy, inebriated veneer of Coyote Ugly. In celebration of the movie's 20th anniversary, grab a drink (just not water) and read up on these behind-the-scenes facts about the 2000 guilty pleasure.
1. Coyote Ugly is named for a famous Manhattan dive bar.
Coyote Ugly takes its name from the Coyote Ugly Saloon, the iconic New York City dive bar which, in turn, is inspired by the slang term for waking up after a one-night stand and realizing that, in the harsh light of day, that temporary paramour isn’t as attractive as they were the night before. Also, they’re sleeping on your arm—which you feel the overwhelming urge to gnaw off, like a coyote, in order to escape. Ouch!
2. Coyote Ugly was based on an article by the author of Eat, Pray, Love.
Coyote Ugly was based on a GQ article written by Eat, Pray, Love author Elizabeth Gilbert, about her experience working as a bartender at the Coyote Ugly Saloon. “We were expected to be a little bit larger than life, or to pretend to be, or—at the very least—to want to be,” Gilbert wrote of the Coyote Ugly way. “We were the good-time girls. We were a cross between Old West dancehall hookers and gangsters' gun molls. Crack that gum, swing that ass, drink that shot, keep that change.”
3. Britney Spears and other major music stars of the time were approached about starring in Coyote Ugly.
Jessica Simpson, Britney Spears, and Jewel were all approached about playing Coyote Ugly's Violet Sanford, the New Jersey singer-songwriter aptly nicknamed "New Jersey" during the character’s shifts at the raunchy bar.
4. LeAnn Rimes benefited from Coyote Ugly's growing cult status.
LeAnn Rimes sang "Can’t Fight the Moonlight," the blockbuster lead single from Coyote Ugly, which went four times platinum in 2008—eight years after the movie's original release, signifying the film's cult status.
5. Piper Perabo's singing voice in Coyote Ugly was dubbed, even though she can actually sing.
Though Piper Perabo, whos character Violet writes the song for LeAnn Rimes in the movie, could really sing and even learned guitar for the movie, Rimes’s voice was dubbed in during Perabo’s singing scenes. In 2015, Perabo—who originally sang and recorded all of the songs herself—toldThe Hollywood Reporter that she was disappointed when she learned her voice was going to be replaced. "[Director David McNally] said, 'We're going to dub the songs,' and I was like, 'Uh, OK,'" Perabo recalled. "What can I say? I'm like 21. What am I going to say, no?"
6. Kevin Smith did some work on the script.
Actor, writer, and filmmaker Kevin Smith, of Clerks, Chasing Amy, and Jay and Silent Bob fame, did some uncredited rewrites on the script. The credited screenwriter, Gina Wendkos, also wrote The Princess Diaries 1 and 2 and the mid-2000s Hilary Duff-starrer, The Perfect Man.
7. Coyote Ugly's leading man helped create the role of Fiyero in Broadway's Wicked around the same time the movie was released.
Adam Garcia, who played Violet’s love interest Kevin, helped originate the role of Fiyero in Wicked in Broadway workshops around the same time that Coyote Ugly came out. He also portrayed Fiyero in the West End production of the musical, alongside original star Idina Menzel.
8. Coyote Ugly's bar had to be redesigned to accommodate Bridget Moynahan.
Bartender Rachel, played by Bridget Moynahan—who worked as a model before transitioning to acting—was too tall to dance on the bar that had been created for Coyote Ugly, so the set had to be redesigned to accommodate her height. "[W]hen we had the first rehearsal they didn’t make the ceiling high enough for me and Tyra [Banks] to be able to stand on the bar," Moynahan told The Ringer. "We had to sit that one out."
9. One of Coyote Ugly's stars has a connection to Center Stage—another 2000 cult hit.
Izabella Miko, the Polish actress who plays Cammie, was formerly a ballet dancer at the National Ballet School in Warsaw and the American School of Ballet, which famously served as the inspiration for the American Ballet Academy in Center Stage.
10. Tyra Banks is desperate to see a Coyote Ugly sequel, starring some pretty major names.
Tyra Banks plays former bartender Zoe, who goes off to law school, enabling Violet to take her place. Banks has long been lobbying for a sequel to Coyote Ugly, and has some pretty big names in mind to star in it, including Lady Gaga, Selena Gomez and … Meryl Streep? "But, like, [Streep] would be the bar," Banks clarified. "She should be the bar! Method actor."
11. Piper Perabo is curious to see how different Coyote Ugly might look in 2020.
Perabo, too, has said she would entertain the idea of a sequel, but “it would need to be looked at in a different lens.” Perabo, who was arrested in 2018 for protesting the confirmation hearings of Supreme Court justice Brett Kavanaugh, told News.com.au, “I would be excited to look at it again in 2020, because I think we’ve evolved and it would be cool to see what it would be like now."