In 1980, 9 to 5 the movie exposed sexism in the workforce with comedy and “9 to 5” the song gave office workers an anthem with cross-over appeal. Dolly Parton’s tune highlights all the thoughts of someone who’s on the grind from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (or 8-5, 8-6, 8-7:30… yo, get the hell outta there!), Monday to Friday. From drinking a “cup of ambition” before work to fighting for recognition, Parton gives millions of people both an upbeat march and lyrics to ponder during the high-traffic morning commute.
Today, I start my first “9-5.” It’s actually 8:30-4:30, paid by the hour, and I can probably wear yoga pants by Friday. 2017 people.
P.S. Around the same time “9 to 5” charted, British singer Sheena Easton’s “Morning Train (9 to 5)” premiered in North America. Outside the US, the song is simply called “9 to 5,” but was renamed to not get it confused with Parton’s hit.