Justin Bieber makes the best cleaning music, according to new research

Data shows that Dua Lipa, Taylor Swift, One Direction and Kesha are some of the othe go-to artists for cleaning tunes


Popstar Justin Bieber makes the best music for housework, according to new research conducted by cleaning experts Gtech.

The Canadian singer appears on more of the major Spotify cleaning playlists than any other artist (37 times) – with the likes of ‘Baby’, ‘What Do You Mean?’ and ‘Hold On’ all popular choices for tidying-up tunes.

Other top artists for cleaning include Dua Lipa and Taylor Swift – who appear 30 and 28 times on housework playlists respectively.

One Direction, Kesha, Kygo, Maroon 5, Jason Derulo, Katy Perry and Ed Sheeran also prove popular.

RankingArtistTotal instances
#1Justin Bieber37
#2Dua Lipa30
#3Taylor Swift28
#4One Direction25
#5Kesha24
#6Kygo23
#7Maroon 522
#8Jason Derulo21
#9Katy Perry21
#10Ed Sheeran19

The ultimate cleaning soundtrack, however, was Olivia Rodrigo’s SOUR – which appears on cleaning playlists more than any other studio album (16). Two of the songs on the 2020 record – ‘good 4 u’ and ‘driver license’ – featured on 40% of top cleaning playlists.

Kesha’s 2010 release Animal is another popular choice for chores – featuring autotune-powered smash-hits like ‘Blah Blah Blah’, ‘Your Love Is My Drug’, and ‘TiK ToK’.

However, the best cleaning song of all time is actually a track released way back in 1978: ‘September’ by Earth, Wind & Fire.

The funk classic features in 60% of the most popular cleaning playlists, rivalled by a variety of other earwormy chart-toppers like ‘Bad Habits’ by Ed Sheeran, ‘Bad Romance’ by Lady Gaga and ‘Billie Jean’ by Michael Jackson.

‘Levitating’ by Dua Lipa and ‘Shut Up and Dance’ by Walk the Moon also rank among the top cleaning songs.

Ranking  SongArtistYear released
#1SeptemberEarth, Wind & Fire1978
#2Bad HabitsEd Sheeran2021
#3Bad RomanceLady Gaga2009
#4Billie JeanMichael Jackson1982
#5LevitatingDua Lipa2020
#6Shut Up and DanceWalk the Moon2014

Overall, the majority of cleaning artists, songs, and albums fall into the pop category – showing that people prefer to blast upbeat, danceable tunes with memorable lyrics when it’s time to do the housework.

A Gtech spokesperson commented: “With Christmas round the corner, it is only natural to think about how you’re going to find the time to spruce the house up, ready for festive guests.

“As our data has found, pop and disco tracks provide the ultimate motivation for doing cleaning duties – why not add some of these top cleaning tracks to your personal playlist to make your Christmas cleaning more enjoyable this year?”

For further insights from Gtech, visit the Gtech blog.

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