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50 Songs About Money

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Anyone who maintains that they do not need money must either be a trust-fund baby or a liar. You need money to pay bills, have certain types of fun and more.  While no one is debating its importance over humanity, it has diverse meanings to various people. It can portray power and superiority. Having cash can create opportunities. Some believe it can buy happiness, while others disagree depending on what happiness means to them.

All these complexities of money are evident in several musicians’ art, and that carries us over into 50 songs about money. Spin these tracks in your home, car, or anywhere.

50 Songs About Money

  1. C.R.E.A.M – Wu-Tang Clan

C.R.E.A.M is an acronym that stands for Cash Rules Everything Around Me. It is more of a hard dose of reality than just a statement. This is one of my favorite rap songs about money.

  1. Moneytalks – AC/DC

This song relates love to success. It describes a world where big cigars and deluxe hotels can get you someone stunning in your arms.

  1. Rich Girl – Hall and Oates

Coasting through life is dangerous. You can rely on old man’s money, Hall said to a wealthy intending lover who was too occupied in burning-through Dad’s cash to be engaged in a meaningful relationship.

  1. Money Don’t Matter 2 Night – Prince and the NPG

Prince sings on this soul groove that you need to balance your spiritual checkbook instead of getting worried about your bank account. This song painted money as something that results in greed and, subsequently, war.

  1. Danny’s Song – Loggins and Messina

Danny is Loggins’s brother, whom he sings from his perspective about having money, settling down, and starting a family. In the song, the narrator told his wife that she brings tears of joy in his eyes as he rises in the morning. But at some point, he will have to cease crying and look for money.

  1. Gold Digger – Kanye West Feat. Jamie Foxx

Kanye, alongside Jamie, makes a case for women sticking with their broke men with the hope of them making it one day. Jamie Foxx won an oscar by making a Ray Charles impression in the song.

  1. Got Money – Lil Wayne Feat. T-Pain

Lil Wayne celebrates getting cash with a unique absurdist glee on this 2008 hit. He calls himself Mr. Make-it-rain-on-the-hoes and then notifies everyone in the club to come along with an umbrella to shade them from the rains of dollars and jewels falling from the VIP section.

  1. F*ck Up Some Commas – Future

Of course, the larger the number, the more the comma. Future has that lesson put down in this 2014 hit song, celebrating the delight of additions with cars, drugs, and guns.

  1. Mo Money, Mo Problems – Notorious BIG ft. Puff Daddy and Mase

This song talks about the troubles that accompany making bank. Biggie talked about having feds on his back and tapping his phones, and living a large life before his life was cut short. Biggie had some of the best rap lyrics about money in this track

  1. She Works Hard for the Money – Donna Summer

Next up on this list of songs about money is this classic. This 1983 synth-rock is an ode to a woman who was exerting a significant amount of energy for tips. She advises that one should be good to waitresses and bathroom attendants, as they merit every respect.

  1. Opportunities – Pet Shop Boys

This one begins like all distinguished schemes. Neil sings I’ve got the brain, let’s make some money. It is unclear whether he was referring to legitimate deals or committing crimes, but Neil infused this pop jam with adequate style, wits, and irony.

  1. Can’t Buy Me Love – The Beatles

Everyone could grasp the irony of a future billionaire Paul McCartney singing that he doesn’t care very much about money. But, he sounded like he completely meant it.

  1. All For Tha Ca$h – Gang Starr

This song lays out a perfect example of how people will descend to outrageous depth in their money-search and how that can easily go wrong. It depicts the aftermath of greed, coupled with betrayal and a tale of seduction.

  1. Money Trees [ft. Jay Rock] – Kendrick Lamar

Lamar explains how he feels about money being the perfect place for shade on this unique track. He recalls the days of being involved in burglaries to live the dream life of every rapper.

  1. Where Dem Dollas At? [ft. DJ Paul and Juicy J] Gangsta Boo

Gangsta Boo questions intending suitors and alerts women about opportunistic men who may take advantage of them. She believes there is no romance without finance, come-correct, or do not bother coming at all.

  1. Paid in Full – Eric B. & Rakim

Rakim tells a tale of how he evolved from a streetwise kid to a righteous rapper. While he recounts how he briefly considered 9-to-5 gigs as an alternative, he concludes that nothing beats the satisfaction of recording music to make money and shake up NYC. This song features some of the best lyrics about money that you can hear in a rap song.

  1. Loves Gonna Getcha (Material Love) – Boogie Down Productions

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This cautionary tale talks about a poor kid that intends to provide for his family during an epidemic. He delved into drug dealing, but the outcome made him question if it was worth it.

  1. Foe Tha Love of $ – Bone Thugs-N-Harmony ft. Eazy E

This is one of my favorite songs about money. This track shows love to the hustlers, talking about the daily quest for money. It explains the mindset of hustling as a key to living in the hood.

  1. Get money [ft. Notorious B.I.G.] – Junior M.A.F.I.A.

Biggie tells a tale about how a woman he trusted was only getting in his bed for his money. Lil Kim counters by recounting the conniving men in her life. She empowers the money over men mentality that you can find in women rappers today. This another one of the best rap songs about money of all time.

  1. Money on My Mind – Lil Wayne

Lil Wayne makes a case for money over bitches, using the chorus from the previously mentioned Get Money. He then focuses on his finances that he can never get enough money, no matter how much.

  1. Broke Boi – Playboi Carti

Carti describes broke boys as faux hustlers. He also mentions the types of squares he disapproves of.

  1. Money Changes Everything – Cyndi Lauper

This song became a hit after Lauper released a cover in her debut album. It talks about a woman who promised everlasting love to her lover but left him for a richer guy.

  1. Ain’t Nothin Goin On but the Rent – Gwen Guthrie

A fly girl like me needs security; she sings. The song continues that you need a J-O-B to be with me. It is a relatable anthem due to the condition of the London property market.

  1. Bitch Better Have My Money – Rihanna

Of course, you cannot afford to owe Rihanna. This track depicts the pop icon as an angry creditor calling shot-shot-shots as she recovers the money someone owes her.

  1. Got Your Money – Ol Dirty Bastard featuring Kelis

This 90s vintage track is all about being a pimp. It is a classic reminder of the corruptible nature of money.

  1. Bills Bills Bills – Destinys Child

Here is a diehard screw you” to men that do not pay their way. It is a timeless jam that makes you want to flick your hair with your paycheck with you.

  1. Dirty Cash (Money Talks) – The Adventures Of Stevie V

This club classic is a staunch ode to the attraction of ill-gotten money. It talks about wanting to get rich quick, all the things involved, and the consequences that accompany it.

  1. For the Love of Money – The O’Jays

No list of songs about money can be complete without this classic. The idea of the song unfolds over the next seven minutes. The O’Jays warns us that people will rob their brothers for the love of money.

  1. Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? – Bing Crosby

The song was originally written for a 1932 musical, Americana, and it later became the soundtrack for the great depression. The lyrics are from the perspective of a beggar who has been ejected by the system.

  1. Money (That’s What I Want) – Barrett Strong

This classic lays out the necessity of money as a commodity that is more valuable than most emotions. Your loving gives me such a thrill, but your love don’t pay my bills.

  1. Money Honey – The Drifters

Here is an R&B storytelling song. It describes the idea of asking partners for rent money as a bad one as he or she already intends to ditch you for a richer one. The moral is to get a partner with money of their own.

  1. Money – Pink Floyd

This song is based on a rule of those who have, get more. It balances the utter frivolity of the rich and the absolute rejection of the poor and makes it into an intriguing polemic.

  1. Busted – Ray Charles

In this soulful classic, Ray describes how a beast can be reduced to a beggar, and he then discovers the everyone is in the same boat as him.

  1. Your Cash Ain’t Nothin’ But Trash – The Clovers

This R&B hit narrates the story of an unlucky soul that doesn’t have money and other requirements to get a girl of his dreams and later wound up and left to rot in jail.

  1. First I Look At The Purse – The Contours

This track suggests that money is more important than love. It is a brave stance that a man searching for rich women is one of the considerable general-role reversals.

  1. Funky Dollar Bill – Parliament

This tells you to get that money in any way, but do that cautiously.

  1. It’s Money That I Love – Randy Newman

It narrates the story of a man who is not so smart, but he has money, so he doesn’t have to be.

  1. Find Ya Wealth – Nas

Nas uses philosophical musings to encourage listeners to find wealth within themselves, not money in the regular sense.

  1. Billionaire – Travie McCoy ft Bruno Mars

Here is a catchy song of what McCoy and Bruno envision you to be a Billionaire. They sing on having a show like Oprah, covering a Forbes magazine and playing basketball with the president.

  1. Dime Quarter Nickel Penny – Nappy Roots

The Nappy Roots don’t casually mention the concept of money in this song. The band discussed it from the beginning till the end.

  1. I Need a Dollar – Aloe Blacc

Blacc’s soulful voice sings this song with obvious despair under a funky beat, especially while talking about how his boss fired him. If I share my story, would you share a dollar with me?

  1. Just Got Paid – Johnny Kemp

Here is another one that should be on every list of songs about money. Kemp sings about letting loose on payday. It is a classic song that makes you feel good as soon as you hear the lyrics “just got paid”.

  1. Money Machine – James Taylor

James Taylor describes the influence of money on its owners. you can bring your enemies to their knees, he sings.

  1. I Get Money – 50 Cent

The song recounts his evolution from the street to one of the richest and most famous musicians, with his wide range of expensive vehicles and trips.

  1. Money Talks – Rick James

Here is an R&B funk that addresses money as a tool that is capable of controlling every aspect of life.

  1. Money, Money – The Grateful Dead

This song portrays a man that the one he loves constantly drains him of his money. It not only depicts the power of money but also the power of love.

  1. Make the Money – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Macklemore acknowledges the money he makes and fame he enjoys but argued that they were not the principal reason he started rapping. Make money, don’t let it make you.

  1. Diaper Money – The Lonely Island

This song addresses the duties and merits of an adult, alongside earning enough money to obtain a diaper for children.

  1. Love Don’t Cost a Thing – Jennifer Lopez

This classic R&B, inspired by a romantic comedy, helps us recall that money is not everything when it comes to love.

  1. Old Money – Lana Del Rey

The indie-pop songwriter paints the world of old money and describes that access to wealth is never enough to make everyone whole.

Bonus

Dead Presidents II – Jay-Z

I couldn’t leave this classic track from Jay-Z off the list.

 

Which one of these songs about money is your favorite?

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