Coffee Break: Songs for the American Worker

Labor Day Parade, Union Square, New York, 1882
Labor Day Parade, Union Square, New York, 1882; lithograph. (public domain)

It's the Friday before the three-day Labor Day weekend. Labor Day is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of the working class. With a worldwide pandemic turning economies upside down, we want to take a moment to acknowledge the tough times workers are facing right now.

What does Labor Day mean to you? Specifically, what music would you like to hear that celebrates the American worker? We'd like to create a playlist that reflects that.

So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs for the American worker do you want to hear for your Labor Day weekend? Send us your request, and tell us what the songs means to you.

Respond with your song ideas in the comments below.

Have an idea for a Coffee Break topic? Submit your idea for a future theme and browse past Coffee Breaks in our archive. Or, when you register for a Minnesota Public Radio account, you can send requests via Alexa, too Just say "Alexa, ask The Current to play Song by Artist" e.g. "Alexa, ask The Current to play Left of the Dial by The Replacements."


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