25 Songs About Money

It is no surprise that money is a hot topic in songs we see hitting the charts every year. America’s obsession with wealth and “bling” bleed through to all forms of entertainment. As you can tell from my list I am sucker for some of the older tunes, but it also goes to show you that gangster rappers aren’t the only ones rhyming about money. I thought it would be fun to compile a list of songs about money so here they are in my own illogical order (the links will open in iTunes):

  1. Money – Pink Floyd – Darkside of the Moon
  2. Money for Nothing – Dire Straits – Brothers in Arms
  3. Money (that’s what I want) – Barrett Strong – Single
  4. Material Girl – Madonna – Like a Virgin
  5. She Works Hard for the Money – Donna Summer – Endless Summer
  6. Take the Money and Run – Steve Miller Band – Fly Like an Eagle
  7. Money Talks – AC/DC – (They are boycotting iTunes)
  8. Money, Money, Money – ABBA – Arrival
  9. I Wanna Be Rich – Calloway – All the Way
  10. If I Had $1,000,000 – Barenaked Ladies – Barenaked Ladies
  11. Mo Money, Mo Problems – Notorious B.I.G. – Life After Death
  12. For the Love of Money – The O’Jays – Ship Ahoy
  13. Got Your Money – Ol’ Dirty Bastard – N***A Please
  14. Money Ain’t a Thang – Jay’z – Vol. 2 Hard Knock Life
  15. If You’ve Got the Money I’ve Got the Time – Willie Nelson – To Lefty from Willie
  16. Money – Micheal Jackson – History: Past, Present, and Future
  17. Money Honey – Lady GaGa – The Fame
  18. Show me the Money – Petey Pablo - Step Up
  19. Rich Girl – Gwen Stefani – Love, Angel, Music, Baby
  20. Mr. Bill Collector – Bone Thugs N Harmony – E. 1999 Eternal
  21. Sell Out – Reel Big Fish – Turn the Radio Off
  22. Why Don’t You Get a Job - The Offspring – Americana
  23. You Can’t Always Get What you Want – The Rolling Stones – The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus
  24. All About the Benjamins – P. Diddy – No Way Out
  25. Worker’s Song – Dropkick Murphy’s - Blackout

Do you have a favorite song about money I didn’t include? Why is it that money is a such a prominent part of our entertainment culture?

{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Kristina Wing September 15, 2009 at 9:31 am

I love the song “Money” by Michael Jackson
it is so cool and I don’t know why!?
I probably missed Michael so much *sob*

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2 MoneyMateKate September 15, 2009 at 9:42 am

Well, #10 & #11 & #6 are my favorites, but also…
Hall & Oates “She’s a Rich Girl”.

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3 Ashley September 15, 2009 at 2:06 pm

One of my fave’s is “Puttin on The Ritz”! Money is a large part of entertainment culture because it’s all about glitz and glamor. Also, most forms of entertainment are an escape and chance to imagine what it would be like to live a life richer than your own.

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4 Barbara Ling, Virtual Coach September 15, 2009 at 4:55 pm

How could you forget Liza Minnelli – “Money makes the world go ’round, that clinky clanky sound!”

Or am I showing my age? :)

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5 David SEO September 15, 2009 at 6:08 pm

Cool. Once you get past the obvious Pink Floyd reference, the list gets fun. :-)

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6 Ray May 15, 2010 at 2:44 am

Easy Money. Billy Joel
;)

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7 Ant May 26, 2011 at 5:55 pm

How the hell could you forget C.R.E.A.M. by Wu Tang Clan? If that’s not a song about money, I don’t know what is.

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8 Sara blake June 22, 2012 at 7:07 pm

Fffffffffffffffffffuunny

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9 Phillp Anderson July 9, 2012 at 2:25 pm

How could you miss “It’s Money That Matters” by Randy Newman. Love that song.

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10 lou July 18, 2012 at 10:41 pm

Billionaire by Travie McCoy ft. Bruno Mars

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11 Jeff August 22, 2012 at 2:38 pm

Taxman by the Beatles

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12 Mark Jacobson March 12, 2013 at 10:42 pm

You’ve missed James Taylor’s Money Machine.

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13 Mark Jacobson March 12, 2013 at 11:30 pm

Not to mention Cindi Lauper’s Money Changes Everything and Alan Parsons Project’s Money Talks. Still after love, money must be the song writer’s favourite subject.

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14 Jake March 17, 2013 at 2:32 pm

Marilyn Monroe’s Diamonds are a girls best friend. That would be good here.

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15 Michael May 27, 2013 at 9:20 pm

What about the O’Jays – For the Love of Money probably the all time Favorite

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