30 Best Songs About Business and Money

Sometimes you need a theme song. These all-time favorite songs about money will motivate and inspire you – or at least bring back some fond memories!(co-written with Drea)

1. Money, Money–Liza Minnelli, Cabaret (1968)

Liza Minnelli and Joel Gray perform this classic in the film Cabaret, based on the 1968 musical written by John Kander. Never has a cliche been so catchy.

Best lyrics:

Money makes the world go around
…the world go around
…the world go around.
Money makes the world go around
Of that we both are sure…
*raspberry sound* on being poor!

2. Money for Nothing–Dire Straits, Brothers in Arms (1985)

Dire Straits promised us all we needed was to play the guitar on the Mtv to get our ‘money for nothing and chicks for free’. Ah, the good old days.

Dire Straits’ lead vocalist/songwriter Mark Knopfler wrote this song in the hardware department of home appliance store. It’s from the point of view of a blue-collar guy who works there. The worker is lamenting the fact that he has to move TVs all day while his MTV counterparts have it easy, banging on drums and getting chicks for free.

Best lyrics:

Now look at them yo-yos thats the way you do it
You play the guitar on the mtv
That aint workin thats the way you do it
Money for nothin and chicks for free

3. Can’t Buy Me Love –The Beatles, The Beatles 1 (1964)

The Beatles were right about this one. Just ask Sir Paul.

The group recorded this song while on tour. They were under pressure to create a follow-up hit after “I Want to Hold Your Hand” reached #1 in America. It worked: the single was a hit in both America and the UK, selling more than a million copies.

Best lyrics:

I’ll give you all I got to give if you say you love me too
I may not have a lot to give but what I got I’ll give to you
I don’t care too much for money, money can’t buy me love

4. 9 to 5— Dolly Parton, for the Jane Fonda movie Nine to Five (1985)

You’re just a step on the boss man’s ladder, but that doesn’t matter, because Dolly Parton just empowered you—and millions of other working women like you—to claim your own rung. Both the song and movie are named after a nonprofit founded to improve treatment of women at the workplace.

Best lyrics:

Tumble out of bed and stumble to the kitchen;
pour myself a cup of ambition,
and yawn, and stretch, and try to come to life.
Jump in the shower, and the blood starts pumping;
out on the street, the traffic starts jumping,
with folks like me on the job from nine to five.

5. Sixteen Tons—Merle Travis, Folk Songs of the Hills (1947)

Travis captured the hearts of two million fans with this song capturing the misery of a coal miner’s life.

Best lyrics:

You load sixteen tons, and what do you get?
Another day older and deeper in debt.
Saint Peter, don’t you call me, ’cause I can’t go;
I owe my soul to the company store…

6. Money—The Flying Lizards, Top Ten (1984)

Originally written by Motown musician Barrett Strong, this robotic, unapologetic version of “Money” has been used in several movie soundtracks, including Empire Records, Lord of War, Charlie’s Angels, and the Wedding Singer. It was also featured in TV drama Nip/Tuck.

Best lyrics:

The best things in life are free
But you can give them to the birds and bees
I want money
You love gives me such a thrill
But your love won’t pay my bills
I want money
Give me your money
Just give me money

7. Money, Money, Money—ABBA, Arrival (1976)

“Money, Money, Money” made the world, especially Australia and Europe, wild for ABBA. It remained at the top of Australia’s charts for six weeks, and made it to the Top 3 in at least 11 other countries.

Lela: To me this is one of Abba’s more cynical songs. It borders on depressing as it laments the plight of living outside the ‘rich man’s world’. Still, it bounces along.

Best lyrics:

I work all night, I work all day, to pay the bills I have to pay
Ain’t it sad
And still there never seems to be a single penny left for me
That’s too bad
In my dreams I have a plan
If I got me a wealthy man
I wouldn’t have to work at all, I’d fool around and have a ball

8. Material Girl—Madonna, Like a Virgin (1985)

Christopher Feldman’s “The Billboard Book of Number Two Singles” says that Madonna has regretted recording Material Girl:

She stated in an MTV interview, “If I had known…that for the rest of my life I was going to be referred to as the “Material Girl,” I probably wouldn’t have done it.“

Best lyrics:

Only boys who save their pennies
Make my rainy day
You know that we are living in a material world
And I am a material girl

9. Opportunities (Let’s Make Lots of Money)—Pet Shop Boys (1985)

In this wave/pop chart topper the Pet Shop Boys give us the formula to make lots of money. Don’t pretend you didn’t sing along. Were you the one with the brains or the looks?

Wikipedia underlines the satirical nature of the song with some quotes found in the CD liner of the Pet Shop Boys’ 2001 Album “Please / Further Listening 1984-1986”:

The lyrics depict, in Neil Tennant’s words, “two losers”. The punchline of the “joke” of the song, he says, is that “the people in it are not going to make any money.”

Best lyrics:

I’ve got the brains, you’ve got the looks
Let’s make lots of money
You’ve got the brawn, I’ve got the brains
Let’s make lots of money

10. She Works Hard for the Money—Donna Summer, She Works Hard for the Money (1983)

Just try not to wiggle to this remix of Donna Summer’s huge hit. Work it girl! Funny, though – I never though this song was about waitresses and factory gals…

The song was released in the midst of a contract dispute between Summer and Geffen Records over who had creative control. Summer’s next album came out through a different label.

Best lyrics:

It’s a sacrifice working day to day
for little money just tips for pay
But it’s worth it all
just to hear them say that they care

She works hard for the money
so hard for it honey
she works hard for the money
so you better treat her right

11. How to be a Millionaire—ABC, How to Be a…Zillionaire! (1985)

ABC first came together in England in 1980. According to the biography on the band’s website,

If tomorrow a bunch of white northern students decided to form a band inspired not by the integrated-to-the-point-of-invisibility Beatles-Kinks-Stones but instead by the collective irrationality and transcendent imaginations of Aphex Twin, N*E*R*D and The Beta Band, you’d still only be halfway towards understanding just how fundamental a break with tradition ABC effected in that period between punk and Madchester/grunge.

Dang. This whole time, I thought ABC was all about lighthearted booty shaking.

Best lyrics:

I’ve seen the future, I can’t afford it
Tell me the truth sir, someone just bought it
Say mr. whispers! here come the click of dice
Roulette and blackjacks – gonna build us a paradise
Larger than life and twice as ugly
If we have to live there, you’ll have to drug me

12. Take the Money and Run—The Steve Miller Band, Greatest Hits 1974-1978 (1976)

The Steve Miller Band didn’t get to make a video for this 1970s rock anthem. No worries – high school musical theater programs have filled the void.

Best lyrics:

This here’s a story about Billy Joe and Bobbie Sue
Two young lovers with nothin’ better to do
Than sit around the house, get high, and watch the tube
And here is what happened when they decided to cut loose

They headed down to, ooh, old El Paso
That’s where they ran into a great big hassle
Billy Joe shot a man while robbing his castle
Bobbie Sue took the money and run
Go on take the money and run

13. Money Changes Everything – Cyndi Lauper, Money Changes Everything (1983)

Cyndi Lauper made this song a hit in the eighties. Since then it’s been released all over the world in 27 different versions. Wonder what all that money changed.

Best lyrics:

She said I’m sorry baby I’m leaving you tonight
I found someone new he’s waitin’ in the car outside
Ah honey how could you do it
We swore each other everlasting love
She said well yeah I know but when
We did–there was one thing we weren’t
Really thinking of and that’s money–

14. Independent Women—Destiny’s Child, Survivor (2001)

Originally written for the movie Charlie’s Angels, Independent Woman became a massive hit as a single as well, spending 11 weeks as a Hot 100 single. The song also earned a mention in the 2001 Guinness Book of World Records for being the “longest running song by a female group.”

Best lyrics:

All the women who independent
Throw your hands up at me
All the honeys who makin’ money
Throw your hands up at me, baby
All the mamas who profit dollas
Throw your hands up at me

15. God Bless the Child—Billie Holiday (1941)

Holiday wrote this song after she and her mother had a heated argument over money. Wikipedia indicates that the lyrics may be related to Biblical verse Luke 19:26, in which a harsh slavemaster takes a disobedient servant’s pitiful allowance and hands it over to the servant who obeyed his wishes best.

Best lyrics:

Money, you’ve got lots of friends
Crowding round the door
When you’re gone, spending ends
They don’t come no more
Rich relations give
Crust of bread and such
You can help yourself
But don’t take too much
Mama may have, papa may have
But God bless the child that’s got his own
That’s got his own

16. Cats in the Cradle—Harry Chapin, Verities and Balderdash (1974)

Harry Chapin’s wife Sandy wrote the poem that inspired this father-son-themed rock classic. Chapin turned her work into a song after the birth of his son. It ended up making Chapin millions, but was also his only #1 hit.

Best lyrics:

When you comin’ home dad?
I don’t know when, but we’ll get together then son
You know we’ll have a good time then

17. If You’ve Got the Money, I’ve Got the Time—Willie Nelson, written by Lefty Frizzell & Jim Beck (1976)

This song was originally written by tormented, brilliant country star Lefty Frizzell and songwriter Jim Beck. Released in 1950, it was one of Frizzell’s first major studio hits. Frizzell died of a stroke in 1975, at the age of 47; a year later, Willie Nelson made the song a hit once again.

Best lyrics:

If you got the money, honey
I’ve got The Time
We’ll go honky-tonkin’
And we’re gonna have a time
Bring along your Cadillac
Leave my old wreck behind
If you got the money, honey
I’ve got the time

18. Mo’ Money Mo’ Problems—Notorious B.I.G., Life After Death (1997)

This was a huge crossover hit for the late rapper Notorious B.I.G. with good reason. The more money we come across the more problems we see. While that may be true, most people would love to find out for themselves.

This single was released after Notorious B.I.G’s untimely death in 1997. It was also nominated for a (posthumous) Grammy in 1998. Puff Daddy and Mase collaborated on the song and made a video featuring old clips of the Notorious B.I.G.

Best lyrics:


True pimp niggaz spend no dough on the booty
Throw your Rollies in the sky
Wave em side to side and keep your hands high

19. Young Man Blues—The Who, Odds and Sods (1974)

The song was originally written by American jazz pianist Mose Allison. The Who’s Roger Daltrey and Keith Moon turned the originally mellow song into a furious lament.

Best lyrics:

You know in the old days
When a young man was a strong man
All the people they’d step back
When a young man walked by

But you know nowadays
It’s the old man,
He’s got all the money
And a young man ain’t got nothin’ in the world these days

20. Money—Pink Floyd, The Dark Side of the Moon (1973)

The ultimate money song from the ultimate band, Pink Floyd. Catch it here live in the wrinkled flesh. “Money” was created in a garden shed. It’s known for its cash register and coin sounds effects–and, these days, the band’s wrinkled flesh.

Best Lyrics:

Money, get away.
Get a good job with good pay and youre okay.
Money, its a gas.
Grab that cash with both hands and make a stash.
New car, caviar, four star daydream,
Think Ill buy me a football team.

21. Gold Digger—Kanye West (feat. Jamie Foxx, with samplings from Ray Charles), Late Registration, (2005)

Inspired by true-life gold diggers and the Ray Charles song “I Got a Woman,” Kanye West and Jamie Foxx both lament and celebrate the experience of being a loaded guy with a gold digga.

Best lyrics:


(She takes my money)
Now I ain’t sayin’ she a gold digger
(When I’m in Need)
But she ain’t messin’ wit no broke niggaz
(She takes my money)
Now I ain’t sayin’ she a gold digger
(When I’m in need)
But she ain’t messin’ wit no broke niggaz

22. George Clinton and the Funkadelics—Funky Dollar Bill, Free Your Mind and Your Ass Will Follow (1970)

Funky Dollar Bill was part of an album that, according to Wikipedia, was inspired by an attempt to record an entire album tripping on LSD. Whether he was frying or not, Clinton was probably one of the first performers to put funk into the dollar bill.

Best lyrics:

The pusher push, the fixer fix
The judge acquits
The junkie leads his life
For the dollar bill
Funky dollar bill

Funky dollar bill
U.S. dollar bill

23. A Poor Man’s Roses (Or a Rich Man’s Money)—Patsy Cline, Patsy Cline, Walkin’ After Midnight (1956)

Cline herself had experience with two men soon after she married her first husband, contractor Gerald Cline. Three years after marrying Cline, she met Charlie Dick, who has been called the love of her life, after singing at a local dance. She had both men in her life until she divorced Cline in 1957.

Best lyrics:

I must make up my mind today
What to have, what to hold
A poor man’s roses
Or a rich man’s gold


One’s as wealthy as a king in a palace
Tho’ he’s callous and cold
He may learn to give his heart for love
Instead of buyin’ it with gold

Then the poor man’s roses
And the thrill when we kiss
Will be memories of paradise
That I’ll never miss

24. Puttin’ on the Ritz, Fred Astaire, for the movie Blue Skies (1946)

“Puttin’ on the Ritz” is slang for “dressing well,” and was in part inspired by a 1920s fad involving poor Harlem residents dressing up and strolling up and down the borough’s Lenox Avenue. The song was first written in 1929 by prolific Broadway songwriter Irving Berlin.

Best lyrics:

Now, if you’re blue
And you don’t know where to go to
Why don’t you go where fashion sits
Puttin’ on the Ritz

25. Free Money—Patti Smith, Horses (1975)

“Free Money” was inspired by Patti’s mother. From the UK Guardian:

‘It’s really a song for my mom,’ (said Smith). ‘She always dreamed about winning the lottery. But she never bought a lottery ticket! She would just imagine if she won, make lists of things she would do with the money – a house by the sea for us kids, then all kinds of charitable things.’

Best lyrics:

Every night before I go to sleep
Find a ticket, win a lottery,
Scoop the pearls up from the sea
Cash them in and buy you all the things you need.

Every night before I rest my head
See those dollar bills go swirling round my bed.
I know theyre stolen, but I dont feel bad.
I take that money, buy you things you never had.

26. Taxman—The Beatles, Revolver (1966)

Taxman was one of the first songs George Harrison wrote. He was dismayed to find that most of his earnings were being swallowed up by taxes. Inspired by his anger at the money-gobbling establishment, he wrote Taxman.

Best lyrics:

(if you drive a car, car;) – I’ll tax the street;
(if you try to sit, sit;) – I’ll tax your seat;
(if you get too cold, cold;) – I’ll tax the heat;
(if you take a walk, walk;) – I’ll tax your feet.

Now my advice for those who die, (taxman)
Declare the pennies on your eyes. (taxman)
‘Cause I’m the taxman,
Yeah, I’m the taxman.

27. Takin’ Care Of Business—Bachman Turner Overdrive, Bachman-Turner Overdrive II (1973)

Randy Bachman was still a member of the Guess Who when he wrote this song about a recording technician who takes the 8:15 train to work every morning. The Guess Who rejected the song, and Bachman later recorded it with his new band.

Best lyrics:

You get up every morning
From your alarm clock’s warning
Take the 8:15 into the city
There’s a whistle up above
And people pushin’, people shovin’
And the girls who try to look pretty

And if your train’s on time
You can get to work by nine
And start your slaving job to get your pay
If you ever get annoyed
Look at me I’m self-employed
I love to work at nothing all day

28. Life in the Fast Lane—The Eagles, Hotel California (1976)

From Wikipedia:

On In the Studio with Redbeard, Glenn Frey revealed that the title came to him one day when he was riding on the freeway with a drug dealer known as “The Count”. Frey asked The Count to slow down and the response was, “What do you mean? It’s life in the fast lane!”

The song remains a popular on classic rock stations to this day.

Best lyrics:

He was a hard-headed man he was brutally handsome
And she was terminally pretty
She held him up and he held for ransom
In the heart of the cold, cold city
He had a nasty reputation as a cruel dude
They said he was ruthless said he was crude
They had one thing in common
They were good in bed
She said, faster, faster.
the lights are turning red.

Life in the fast lane
Surely make you lose your mind

29. With Plenty of Money and You—Tony Bennett, Three Of A Kind – Ray & Tony Sing And Basie Swings (1958)

Tony Bennett was the first male pop singer to sing with the Count Basie Orchestra, an eminent ensemble led by composer and jazz musician William “Count” Basie. Bennett is still going strong today.

Best lyrics:

Well, baby, what I couldn’t do
With plenty of money and you.
In spite of the worry that money brings.
Just a little filthy looker buys a lot of things.
And I could take you to places that you would like to go.
But outside of that, I’ve no use for dough.
It’s the root of all evil,
Of strife and upheaval.
But I’m certain, honey, that life would be sunny
With plenty of money and you.

30. The Pretender–Jackson Browne, The Pretender (1976)

According to one Jackson Browne interview, the Pretender is “anybody that’s sort of lost sight of some of their dreams…and is going through the emotions of trying to make a stab at a certain way of life that he sees other people succeeding at…”

Sounds like most of us.

Best lyrics:

I’m going to be a happy idiot
And struggle for the legal tender
Where the ads take aim and lay their claim
To the heart and the soul of the spender

Say a prayer for the Pretender
Who started out so young and strong
Only to surrender

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  1. tom hagerty's Gravatar Comment by tom hagerty on August 26th, 2008 at 9:10 am

    How could you omit the Motown classic “Money (That’s What I Want)” by Barrett Strong???

  2. Lela's Gravatar Comment by Lela on August 26th, 2008 at 11:54 am

    What can we say, there are just TOO many songs about money. Second only to love…

  3. Suzanne's Gravatar Comment by Suzanne on August 26th, 2008 at 1:47 pm

    Whoa Whoa Whoa – No “Money Talks” from AC/DC? Come on now!

  4. johnny angel's Gravatar Comment by johnny angel on August 26th, 2008 at 2:01 pm

    how could you forget the wu-tang clan, Cash Rules Everything Around Me????

  5. Jo's Gravatar Comment by Jo on September 16th, 2008 at 5:27 am

    Good list, with some great ear worms, but you missed ‘Your cash ain’t nothing but trash’ by Steve Miller – awesome song with a bass-line worth all the money in the world…

  6. nguyentv61's Gravatar Comment by nguyentv61 on October 11th, 2008 at 6:34 pm

    You forgot this one:

    Money by Michael Jackson

    Best lyrics:

    Money.
    Money…

    Lie for it
    Spy for it
    Kill for it
    Die for it

  7. Nia's Gravatar Comment by Nia on October 17th, 2008 at 4:00 pm

    Nice list, I needed some songs for a project about money and the list came in handy. Here’s one for you- “Rich Girl” by Gwen Stefani featuring Eve. The song is hot and it talks about money all the way through. At the same time, the song is really a updated American version of a Regaee classic, called “Rich Girl”.

    Best lyrics:
    If I was a rich girl
    na na na na na na na
    if I had all the money in the world
    if I was a wealthy girlllllll

    Money, money, money, money, money,
    Money can’t buy you love but money can buy you a car to drive in
    money can buy you a pretty house to live in…..

  8. Badr's Gravatar Comment by Badr on October 30th, 2008 at 9:58 am

    wow , it’s crazy beautiful
    greatest hits
    but what about “money talks” by AC/DC ^^ ?

  9. Rob's Gravatar Comment by Rob on November 1st, 2008 at 1:18 pm

    The O’Jays?!?

    “For The Love Of Money”?!

    The song that starts off “MoneyMoneyMoneyMoooney… MOOOONEY!”?!

  10. Stuart's Gravatar Comment by Stuart on November 9th, 2008 at 9:20 am

    Shania Twain – Ker-ching!
    “We live a greedy little world…”

  11. Larry D's Gravatar Comment by Larry D on November 14th, 2008 at 5:34 am

    You might want to include “Independent” by Salt-N-Pepa.

  12. Margaret's Gravatar Comment by Margaret on November 30th, 2008 at 4:34 am

    Got a timely new song called
    All My Money’s Gone by James Hampton
    He was just writing about the general state of a young muso but it applies to a lot of us.
    You can find it on ITunes and Amazon.
    http://www.jameshampton.com.au

    If you are interested then have a listen and Thank You

  13. robert barrows's Gravatar Comment by robert barrows on January 14th, 2009 at 1:18 am

    Better expand the list to 31 best songs about money…
    and if money is indeed the root of all evil, then you are going to love the song “Big Bucks.”
    It’s all about pullin’ down big money and
    you can hear a free clip of it at http://www.barrows.com/music.html

    Some of the lyrics to “Big Bucks”…”It don’t take brains, it don’t take brawn, I only hope it don’t take too long.”
    While you are there, listen to a free clip of another song called “Run For Office.” That song is about power, politics, sex, lies, money and greed…The gist of the lyrics…out of work, need a job? Run for office!
    For more information, contact Robert Barrows at 650-344-1951, http://www.barrows.com.

  14. Peter Cook's Gravatar Comment by Peter Cook on January 18th, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    For more synthesis of rock music and business, check the book ‘Sex, Leadership and Rock’n’Roll – Leadership Lessons from the Academy of Rock’ out. Acclaimed by Tom Peters and available to look inside at Amazon:

    http://www.amazon.com/Sex-Leadership-Rock-Roll-Lessons/dp/1845900162/ref=sr_1_1/104-0755102-9986355?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1184668993&sr=8-1

    Peter Cook

  15. Patrick Boyle's Gravatar Comment by Patrick Boyle on March 10th, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    Its all about the Money – Meja

  16. Patrick Boyle's Gravatar Comment by Patrick Boyle on March 10th, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    And Another:
    What’s the Colour of Money – Hollywood Beyond

  17. Eric O.'s Gravatar Comment by Eric O. on April 6th, 2009 at 12:39 am

    Along with Rob’s comment about the kicking O’Jays’ tune, “For the Love of Money” everyone seems to be forgetting about Warren Zevon’s, “Lawyers, Guns and Money”, great tune. Because there’s so many tunes about “money” you’ve got to narrow this category down to tunes with “Money” in the title.

  18. peter grifor's Gravatar Comment by peter grifor on May 28th, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    iggy pop…money

  19. Peter Cook's Gravatar Comment by Peter Cook on June 11th, 2009 at 12:33 pm

    What about ‘The Credit Crunch Blues’? Written by the CEO of a Housing Organisation and performed by the staff in support of Macmillan Cancer.

    See / hear the song at http://www.academy-of-rock.co.uk/teambuilding/index.asp

  20. Peter Cook's Gravatar Comment by Peter Cook on September 24th, 2009 at 2:48 am

    And this…..

    http://dontcompromise.askeurope.com/2009/09/03/humdynger/

    Peter Cook

    Author ‘Sex, Leadership and Rock’n’Roll’

  21. Peter Cook's Gravatar Comment by Peter Cook on January 8th, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    And now, Sex, Drugs and Rock’n’Roll on BBC RADIO 4’s In Business programme – podcast available online 24/7/365 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00p944k

  22. Psysassy's Gravatar Comment by Psysassy on March 24th, 2010 at 4:34 am

    Now how about releasing a download album with all of these songs – for those of us who need to be REALLY inspired? Lol!

  23. Michelle's Gravatar Comment by Michelle on April 6th, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    The OJAYS, “For the love of Money” and Brooklyn Funk Essentials, “I Got Cash.” Can’t believe you missed the O’Jays song……for that mean, mean, mean green! Almighty dollar!

  24. Bart's Gravatar Comment by Bart on May 13th, 2010 at 4:37 am

    ehm..
    Wall Street Shuffle by 10cc

    best lyrics:
    Do the Wall Street shuffle
    Hear the money rustle
    Watch the greenbacks tumble
    Feel the Sterling crumble

  25. Mr. B's Gravatar Comment by Mr. B on May 14th, 2010 at 6:01 am

    P. Diddy, The Notorious B.I.G, Lil Kim, etc… – “It’s All About The Benjamins” and Hall & Oates – “Rich Girl”

  26. Amir Thompson's Gravatar Comment by Amir Thompson on June 5th, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    Thanks for posting that awesome tune :-) I really like it!

  27. NJtoTX's Gravatar Comment by NJtoTX on September 12th, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    Cindi Lauper’s “Money Changes Everything” is a cover. The original was a single from 1978 by The Brains that was recut for their 1980 album, and was written by their lead singer, Tom Gray.

  28. Alexander's Gravatar Comment by Alexander on October 15th, 2010 at 8:45 pm

    how can u not include for the money of love??

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OCkLEo-DT1Q

  29. Alex's Gravatar Comment by Alex on October 17th, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    Johnny-come-lately Travis McCoy (featuring Bruno Mars) does a great job with “Billionaire”.

    Lyrics:
    “Toss a couple milli in the air just for the heck of it
    But keep the fives, twentys, tens and Bens completely separate
    And yeah I’ll be in a whole new tax bracket
    We in recession but let me take a crack at it
    I’ll probably take whatevers left and just split it up
    So everybody that I love can have a couple bucks
    And not a single tummy around me would know what hungry was…”

  30. Transister Sistor's Gravatar Comment by Transister Sistor on October 24th, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    OMG! What about

    -“Give Me Some Money” from the “This Is Spinal Tap” record/movie soundtrack (brilliant!)

    – “Rich Girl” by Hall & Oates

    – “It’s Only Money” by Thin Lizzy

    – “Dirty Deeds (Done Dirt Cheap)” by AC/DC

    – “Coin-Operated Boy” by The Dresden Dolls

    – “Pennies From Heaven” by Frank Sinatra

    – “Cash on the Barrel Head” by Gram Parsons/Emmylou Harris

    – “Common People” by Pulp
    Seriously,one of the best songs about the difference between the rich & the working class,and how people with $ can never truly sympathize. The lyrics are witty, quite profound,and very British. And the song rocks, too! Check it out on YouTube if you haven’t heard this song…

    – “We’re In The Money” by Ginger Rogers, Bugs Bunny, etc.
    It was a ironic song, written during the Great Depression, and it’s wonderful! Sample Lyrics:
    “We’re in the money the skies are sunny, We got a lot of what it takes to get along/ We never see the headlines or breadlines these days/ And when we see the Landlord, we can Look That Guy Right in the Eye”
    I love that line because when I lived in the same apartment building as my landlord, I remember not being able to leave one day because he was painting outside the building and I was avoiding him because I didn’t have the rent paid yet. Ahem! Good times…lol

  31. Transister Sistor's Gravatar Comment by Transister Sistor on October 24th, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    Sorry, I’ve gotten all into this now! Here are a couple of video links to check out some songs mentioned. I chose 3 different musical genres, 3 great $ songs. Please explore & enjoy them. Musical knowledge rules!

    -“Po’ Folks” by Bill Anderson. Very Funny!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E0p_W6JnFK0

    – “Common People” by Pulp. Great, witty, biting lyrics. The video on this link is Closed Captioned with the lyrics. To turn on the captions, click the little ‘CC’ symbol in the lower right-hand corner of the video screen as it plays
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43TEYygHT_E

    -“Money (That’s What I Want)” by The Flying Lizards
    truly original cover version of a classic Motown song
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AutxFgxTshM&ob=av2e

  32. Emory's Gravatar Comment by Emory on November 13th, 2010 at 9:01 am

    I’m doing a book called “Start Up or Shut UP” for new entrepreneurs.
    Looking for the right song describing start up mentality kinda like Whack A Moles at Chuck E Cheese :)

    The one I may use is Porter Wagner’s 50’s hit, “Satisified Mind: Lyrics:

    how many times have you heard someone say
    if i had his money i’d do things my way
    little they know its so hard to find
    one rich man in ten with a satisfied mind

  33. Joe Michaels's Gravatar Comment by Joe Michaels on November 15th, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    Re: Can’t Buy Me Love. Sir Paul once said (and I’m paraphrasing) “People can draw any connections they want with our songs. But when they say ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’ is about prostitution, I draw the line.” So, don’t say it.

  34. Joe Michaels's Gravatar Comment by Joe Michaels on November 15th, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    What about the song played during ANY documentary on the Depression? “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?”

  35. Kevin's Gravatar Comment by Kevin on November 21st, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    Thanks for compiling a great list. There is another one I’d add which is from the film High Society. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.

  36. Patrick's Gravatar Comment by Patrick on November 24th, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    STEVIE V – DIRTY CASH
    gwen_guthrie_-_aint_nothing_going_on_but_the_rent
    ol_dirty_-_got_the_money
    valentine_brothers_-_money_s_too_tight_to_mention
    jerry_lee_lewis_-_money
    Ludacris-money_maker_(feat_pharrell)

    And for the Dutch ones among us… De Jeugd Van Tegenwoordig – Centje Centje (Damsko Centje Express)

  37. Liz's Gravatar Comment by Liz on December 10th, 2010 at 11:34 am

    I love this sarcastic and cynical song about money by The Kinks- Sunny Afternoon.

  38. Peter Cook's Gravatar Comment by Peter Cook on January 28th, 2011 at 4:18 am

    There’s a series of comments in the FT about the banks – see http://i235.photobucket.com/albums/ee187/petercook1001/FTJAN2010.jpg

  39. Andrew Weiss's Gravatar Comment by Andrew Weiss on February 16th, 2011 at 10:32 am

    The Big Money by Rush should be on here. It actually talks about money in life as a problem, being a good and bad thing “Big money goes around the World…Big Money got no soul” Much more significant lyrics than most of these songs.

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