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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?

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