Whistle While You Work: HGTV Stars' + Editors' Go-To Cleaning Tunes

Grab a broom and your dancing shoes.

By: Megan Daley

This week on I Heart HGTV, we’re embracing our inner clean freak! We’ve gathered tips from our stars and challenged ourselves to find creative, DIY hacks. (Follow along using #HGTVcleanfreak.) But now, it’s time to dance. Oh, and clean.

We’ve put together a playlist based on what we play to get us in the mood to cut a rug and vacuum one, too. And don’t forget to tell us what songs you like to dust and dance to on Twitter and Facebook.

From Adele to Billy Joel, there's a little something for everyone (check out the full playlist below and on Spotify):

HGTV Stars' Go-To Grooves

"Lately I’ve been listening to 'Send My Love (To Your New Lover)' by Adele." — Tina Rodriguez, Vintage Flip

"So many choices! It depends on what I’m cleaning, how tough a job, how long it takes, my mood…but I’m an album guy, not a song guy. Stone Temple Pilots, Rihanna, Vampire Weekend, Eminem, Bebel Gilberto, Beastie Boys, Anderson .Paak, The Black Keys, David Byrne, Girl Talk, Jane’s Addiction, Jill Scott, Jay-Z, Mumford & Sons, Pearl Jam, Green Day, Soul Coughing, TV on the Radio, Willie Nelson, and Beyoncé." — Josh Temple, House Crashers

"There is one song that really gets me moving and motivated when cleaning up and that's 'The Power of Love' by Huey Lewis and the News. Uh-oh, I'm humming that tune and I feel the need to do some cleaning right now! Thanks a lot, HGTV." — JD Scott, Brother Vs. Brother

"Anything by John Denver." — Karen E Laine, Good Bones

"Anything Counting Crows." — Mina Starsiak, Good Bones

"Journey's 'Don’t Stop Believin'. I mean, you can’t hear it without singing along!" — Chip Wade, Elbow Room

"It's a toss-up between 'CAN'T STOP THE FEELING!' by Justin Timberlake and 'Moves Like Jagger' by Maroon 5. Those songs get my blood pumping and give me the energy of Hercules." — Egypt Sherrod, Property Virgins

Editors' Cleaning Mixes

"I need music that gets me moooving so I can get the cleaning over with while also tricking myself into thinking I'm hosting a personal dance party for one while also channeling my inner '60s housewife. To that end, my favorite cleaning tracks are mostly soulful and up-tempo like these two favorites: 'Move On Up' by Curtis Mayfield and '(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher & Higher' by Jackie Wilson." — Mallory Ziglar, Community Manager

"'Ain’t Too Proud To Beg' by The Temptations because of that scene in The Big Chill. [Also] 'Brown Sugar' by The Rolling Stones. Caveat: Distractions from cleaning may result from an overpowering impulse to do the Mick Jagger strut around the house. ('Can’t You Hear Me Knocking' ain’t half bad either.) — David Haynes, Editor

"'Rhythm Nation' by Janet Jackson. It’s not the most productive song if you attempt to do Janet’s killer choreography the entire time. But here’s one plus — LOTS of calories burned! [Also] 'Ready or Not' by Fugees. There has to be some Lauryn Hill in there. And when you’re cleaning alone, you can turn up the vocals and pretend you sound like Lauryn." — Kayla Kitts, Managing Editor

"When I’m cleaning, I like to have Fall Out Boy’s American Beauty/American Psycho on full blast (#SorryNotSorry). Almost every song sounds like an anthem, which — in turn — makes me feel like a total champion for picking up clothes and putting things where they belong. Start out with the song 'Irresistible' to really get focused and pumped." — Katie Friedman, Editorial Intern

"I like to listen to pretty much anything from Billy Joel's Greatest Hits album, though 'Piano Man,' 'Big Shot' and 'Movin Out' are all current faves. I think I love this album mostly because I'm proud of myself for having memorized all the words to all of the songs when my parents were blasting it in the car back when I was a kid, so it's fun for me to clean up with that as my soundtrack." — Erica Reitman, designer and blogger

"'More Than a Feeling' by Boston. The guitar solo in this song is perfect for when I’m raking, vacuuming, sweeping or using the leaf blower — anything that makes a good stand-in for a guitar. I play a real mean rake. — Paul Cox, Operations Director

"Nothing gets me more pumped to clean than some good 'ole '90s/early '00s R&B and hip-hop. Really, any throwback tunes make cleaning more enjoyable. But the one — OK, two — songs that turn me into a dancing, singing fool with a vacuum?  'Hollaback Girl' by Gwen Stefani or 'Jumpin', Jumpin' by Destiny's Child." — Molly Miller, Apple News Editor

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