JustForPun and ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: Doing work to the tune of music. Disney musicals love this one: "Whistle While You Work" practically defines it. Could go all the way back to using drums to synchronize rowers in galleys, depending on your definition of music.

TruthInTelevision, though usually with lower production values. See also MickeyMousing.
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!!Examples:
* "The Work Song" in ''Cinderella'' is actually sung by the mice and not Cinderella herself, while the make her first party dress (the one that is later destroyed). Cinderella did sing a song while she worked ("Sing Sweet Nightingale") but it wasn't about work - she was just singing along while her ugly sisters got a music lesson upstairs and did a much better job of it whilst cleaning the floor. "The Work Song" had an earlier version which was to be sung by Cinderella but it was reworked into the mouse version.
* "A Spoonful of Sugar" from ''Film/MaryPoppins''
** Parodied on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''' [[WholePlotReference "Sherry Bobbins"]] episode, with 'Cut Every Corner':
--->''If you cut every corner it is really not so bad;\\
Everybody does it, even Mum and Dad\\
If nobody sees it then nobody gets mad\\
It's the American Way!''
* ''Disney/SleepingBeauty'': The Good Fairies do some chanting and singing while using their magic to set up for Briar Rose's birthday party. The whole sequence is set to (instrumental) music which is called "Three Good Fairies Sing a Smiling Song" on the soundtrack.
** On a different release of the soundtrack, this music is called "Magical House Cleaning - Blue or Pink."
* ''Disney/TheSwordInTheStone'': Merlin sings "Higitus Figitus" while packing to move. The song is also a spell, which shrinks all his belongings so they will fit into a single suitcase. An instrumental reprise of the same tune plays when he enchants the castle dishes to wash themselves.
* The first song in ''TheBraveLittleToaster'' is all about cleaning the cottage. (Though it's not totally part of this trope since they're simply cleaning the cottage to Little Richard's "Tutti Frutti")
* "Happy Working Song" in ''{{Enchanted}}'' is a parody of this kind of song.
* "Brazzle Dazzle Day" in ''Disney/PetesDragon'' isn't about the chore of whitewashing the lighthouse, but that's what they're doing as they start singing, and the dance break of sorts is based around characters breathing on the windows so the other characters can clean them.
* The classic MorecambeAndWise [[http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=q1bJHr8t1xA Breakfast Sketch]].
* "Whistle While You Work" from ''Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs''. Early in the film, Snow White sings "I'm Wishing" while drawing water from the well--what she is wishing for is a lover to take her away from her life of drudgery.
** The Dwarfs also sing a song, "Bluddle-Uddle-Um-Dum" (an onomatopeic reference to blowing bubbles underwater), as they wash ''themselves'' for dinner.
*** The first half of "Heigh Ho" is sung by the dwarves as they work in the mines.
* "Happy Workers", from ''Toys''.
* In ''WesternAnimation/BarbieAndTheDiamondCastle'', Alexa and Liana sing as they clean up the damage done to their garden during a storm.
* "The Bitch of Living" from SpringAwakening is an angry/angsty song that ''interrupts'' the students' working. "All That's Known" can also qualify.
* "It's the Hard-Knock Life" from ''Theatre/{{Annie}}'' is sung during the orphans' chores...and they are ''not'' happy about it.
* "Scrubbing Day" from ''The New Adventures of Literature/PippiLongstocking''.
* [[strike:"Laundry Day"]] "Freeze Ray" from DrHorriblesSingAlongBlog combines this with an IWantSong, as he encounters his crush, Penny at a laundromat.
* Although not (yet) appearing in a musical or film, "Sweatshop" by Music/DeStaat is obviously some kind of send-up of this trope.
-->I'm packing that meat meat\\
Workin' long hours on the count of the beat beat\\
I'm packin' that meat meat\\
Goin' long hours gonna grow a lotta wheat
* ''TheSecretOfRoanInish'' has chores done to a song on the soundtrack.
* "The Well That Divides Life and Death" from SoundHorizon's ''Märchen'' is based on the FairyTale of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mother_Hulda Mother Hulda]]'', and thus spends a good deal of time focusing on the hard-working girl's, well, work.
* In {{The Wiz}}, the Wicked Witch of the West is the owner of a sweatshop. She sings a song called "Don't Nobody Bring Me No Bad News" while she makes sure all her slaves are working.
* The first song of the musical [[Theatre/LesMiserables Les Misérables]] is even called "The Work Song". The setting is Toulon prison, 1815, where the convicts are typically breaking rocks or rowing a galley.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' features a few examples. [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E11WinterWrapUp "Winter Wrap-Up"]] has the eponymous song, with an instrumental version of said song playing as the Ponyvillers finally get organized with Twilight Sparkle's help. [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E9AppleFamilyReunion "Apple Family Reunion"]] has the song "Raise This Barn", which Applejack and her family sing as they work together to rebuilt the wrecked barn at Sweet Apple Acres. Also, whilst it's her profession not housework Rarity's Song "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E14SuitedForSuccess Art of the Dress (Stitch by Stitch)]]" is very much as case of this, especially the reprise section as she isn't enjoying it at that point as the other ponies are so demanding, and have a much poorer sense of design.
* Quite a few African-American spirituals started as work songs. On the white men's side, there are the sea shanties.
** "The Song of the Volga Boatman"
** Pretty much every famous sea shanty ("Blow the Man Down", "Haul Away Joe", "Drunken Sailor", etc.) were sung by workers on old sailing ships as they performed various repetitive group labor, such as weighing the anchor. They were sung to keep everyone in rhythm as well as to liven up what would otherwise be a rather dull, monotonous task.
* In an episode of ''Series/KungFu'' Caine joins up with an extremely pacifist religous group (basically Mormons with the serial numbers filed off). They don't believe in music, so when Caine starts singing a song to keept the rhythm of some work he's doing they insist he stop.
* ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'': Penny makes "Penny Blossoms" to sell online and Sheldon convinces her to use a sea shanty to keep the rhythm of making them.
* ''{{Disney/Frozen}}'' opens with the song "Frozen Heart", which a band of ice merchants sing as they harvest ice blocks. The lyrics also provide a fair amount of {{Foreshadowing}}.
* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "Bart Gets an Elephant", which has Marge put on the radio and tell Bart to "work to the music" when doing chores. [[YourTelevisionHatesYou Every song the station plays is about how much work sucks]] (Starting with "Sixteen Tons" and continuing with "Take This Job and Shove It!").
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