It's May 1, which means throughout the world many countries and cultures are celebrating some form of May Day, a day meant to honour working people everywhere.

For many this means a dance around the maypole. Alternately, if you're Christian and you're the sort who endorses co-opting pagan holidays, today is about the solemnity of St. Joseph the Worker, the patron saint of workers.

In Sweden, today is International Workers' Day, in Ireland they're lighting bonfires, in Finland they're eating doughnuts and drinking some booze called sima, and in New Westminster, British Columbia they'll be partying it up in the same way they've been doing since 1870 in the longest continually observed May Day celebration in the British Commonwealth. 

Most Americans won't be backing May Day, however. Instead they'll be saluting "Law Day," because honouring workers is, like, super socialist.

Regardless of how one decides to mark the occasion, it's going to need music. So we tracked down 15 anthems for working class heroes and made a video playlist of them, kicking off with Kool Moe Dee's classic "I Got To Work."

Click below to watch the videos. Happy May Day.

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  • Kool Moe Dee "I Go To Work"

  • John Lennon "Working Class Hero"

  • Aloe Blacc "I Need A Dolla"

  • Tennessee Ernie Ford "Sixteen Tons"

  • Kate and Anna McGarrigle "The Work Song"

  • Huey Lewis And The News "Workin' For A Livin'"

  • The Libertines "Mayday"

  • R.E.M. "Finest Worksong"

  • Bob Dylan "Maggie's Farm"

  • Rush "Working Man"

  • Donna Summer "She Works Hard For The Money"

  • Bruce Springsteen "Factory"

  • Loverboy "Working For The Weekend"

  • Dolly Parton "9 To 5"

  • Dead Can Dance "As The Bell Rings The Maypole Spins"