9 Essential Songs on Every Restaurant Owner’s Playlist

by Katie Sawyer, 3 minutes read
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Chefs, waitstaff, and kitchen crew. You have a lot of people counting on you to create a solid schedule — and to get your staff paid on time. Plus, you’re constantly worried about keeping your restaurant full and your customers happy.

Keep calm and restaurant on with these tunes for restaurant owners. How many are already on your playlist?

1. “Manic Monday” – The Bangles

The weekend never really ends in the restaurant business. Seems like it’s always a manic day. But we all can dream for a quiet day off. Get some Monday momentum with this classic from The Bangles. The week will fly past before you can say “Manic Monday.”

2.“Under Pressure” – David Bowie and Queen

Schedules, payroll, and spreadsheets, oh my! Your to-do list seems like it never shrinks.

But the sweet vocals of David Bowie and Freddie Mercury will get you through. Crank this one when you start to feel the pressure of it all.

3. “Takin’ Care of Business” – Bachman-Turner Overdrive

You’ve got a lot to do but no time to do it. But when you get those precious minutes of peace and quiet, that’s when you really get in a groove. Turn this song on and dive into your workload. It’ll get you in the zone and you’ll start flying through your work. After you get through it all, you’ll see what a total boss you are.

4. “If I Could Turn Back Time” – Cher

Sometimes, there just aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done.

If you find yourself wishing that you could turn back the clock, you’re not alone. When you’re in the back office and the front of the house is a zoo, you’d love a few more hours in the day to get your work done. Play this one if you’re in the mood for lamenting. It will have you pining for the time you spent making your staff schedules using spreadsheets.

5. “9 to 5” – Dolly Parton

Don’t kid yourself — the restaurant business is never 9 to 5. But when you’re grinding day in and day out, it sure can feel repetitive. Turn on this tune to lighten the load of your everyday stress.

6. “Easy (Like Sunday Morning)” – Lionel Richie

Your slow day might not be Sunday, but whatever day it is, soak it in. Hit play, close your eyes, and take a couple of deep breaths as you imagine yourself at relaxing at home. You’ll be back from your break refreshed and ready to crush the day.

7. “The Final Countdown” – Europe

This song really gets at the heart of your struggle on those days when deadlines pile up. It’s the end of the week, month, or quarter. Paperwork needs to be done, schedules need to be made — and you need to get hyped up.  

8. “Goodbye Stranger” – Supertramp

Turnover is high in the restaurant industry, but it doesn’t always have to be sad. If you’re losing one of your best and brightest employees today, give them a proper send-off.  Don’t give up hope. There will be other great employees in the future. But for now, it’s time to say goodbye.

9. “Eye of the Tiger” – Survivor

Fussy customers? No problem. Packed house? You’ve got it covered. An employee called in sick? You can handle it. You’ve got the eye of the tiger. And you’re definitely up for the fight.  

Doing a happy dance at work

When you’re rocking out to your favorite songs, work seems to fly by. And when it comes to scheduling your restaurant staff, you need tools that make managing your workforce a breeze. Sign up for a free trial of Deputy and do a happy dance when you see how easy scheduling can be.


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