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49 Pop, Rock & Country Songs About Money

Updated on October 15, 2016
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We all need money to survive in this world.  Make your own playlist about cash, the almighty dollar and dreams about being rich.  We've got a big list of pop, rock, and country favorites to get you started.  Now go make bank.
We all need money to survive in this world. Make your own playlist about cash, the almighty dollar and dreams about being rich. We've got a big list of pop, rock, and country favorites to get you started. Now go make bank. | Source

Do You Attract or Repel Money?

Some people attract money like magnets to metal while others have never met a dollar that isn't worth spending. It slips through their grasp like water through a sieve. Which are you?

If you have financial big dreams, motivate yourself to work hard, invest your earnings wisely, and avoid overspending. You can can also make yourself a Money Playlist of pop, rock and country songs about money, what it buys, and what it won't. Now go make bank.

1. "Billionaire" by Travie McCoy (featuring Bruno Mars)

Imagine what you'd do with a billion dollars. Would you be selfish or share a little bit of your windfall? In this popular 2010 rock song with some raggae influences, McCoy and Mars ponder paying it forward.

In addition to playing basketball with the President and hosting a tv show like Oprah, they claim they would:

  • adopt orphans like Angelie Jolie and Brad Pitt
  • bestow gifts to the deserving and food to the hungry and
  • grant people's dying wishes.

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2. “Rich Girl” by Hall and Oates

This 1976 song reminds me of some of the people I went to college with. It was an elite university where students boasted that their parents were Wall Street investment bankers, corporate lawyers, or venture capitalists. (Cue eye roll.)

This classic hit is about a young woman who is skating through life because of her family wealth rather than forging her own identity. As a result, she fails to develop the empathy that is needed to make authentic relationships flourish. The narrator in the song, her boyfriend, is telling her the difficult truth after she has hurt him:

You're a rich girl, and you've gone too far
'Cause you know it don't matter anyway
You can rely on the old man's money
You can rely on the old man's money
It's a b*tch girl but it's gone too far
'Cause you know it don't matter anyway.

3. "Money Changes Everything" by Cyndi Lauper

This 1984 hit imparts the cold hard truth: that you cannot live on love alone. A woman who swore eternal love to her sweetheart now leaves the poor man for one who has a little jingle in his pocket. As she trades up, she explains that money changes everything.

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4. "Material Girl" by Madonna

This was vintage 1980s and established Madonna as an icon of pop music. The 1984 song pays homage to affluence, all the finer things that money can buy, and relationships built on cold hard cash.

5. "Price Tag" by Jessie J

Can't we go back to a simpler time when life was more authentic, before everyone became consumed with the almighty buck? This 2011 recalls when music used to bring people together and people just enjoyed dancing. Jessie J asks:

Why is everybody so obsessed?
Money can't buy us happiness
Can we all slow down and enjoy right now?

30 Things That Money Can't Buy

 
 
 
a clear conscience
true friendship
talent
a positive outlook on life
integrity / character
innocence
a good reputation
self-respect
trust
good judgment
memories
real love
creativity
more time
ambition
self-discipline
compassion
a sense of humor
ethics
good manners
maturity
true forgiveness
personal accountability
youth
justice
honor
righteousness
wisdom
tolerance
courage

6. "9-to-5" by Dolly Parton

Many people who have worked the daily grind of a 9-to-5 job can identify with this country hit from 1980. It laments the fast-paced and less-than-satisfying life of putting in 40 or more hours a week at a dead end job.

According to the song, you don't get the recognition, upward mobility, or financial compensation you believe you deserve:

Workin' 9 to 5, what a way to make a livin'
Barely gettin' by, it's all takin' and no givin'
They just use your mind and they never give you credit
It's enough to drive you crazy if you let it.

7. "I Need A Dollar" by Aloe Blacc

In this 2011 song, Aloe Blacc is a man down on his luck. He's just been fired from a job that he really needed, and he begs for a dollar in exchange for his story.

His whole world feels like it's falling apart and although he knows he is reaping what he has sown, that doesn't make it any better. He just needs a dollar. Aloe Blacc wrote this song when he was a business consultant and his employer downsized him.

8. "Marry For Money" by Trace Atkins

After having his heart broken when he married for love, the narrator in this 2009 song decides that next time around he'll snag a sugar mama. He doesn't care if she's old, ugly or not in love with him. He doesn't need to like her family or friends. He just wants to be rich and never have to work again. Sounds like someone is selling his soul.

9. "If You’ve Got the Money, I’ve Got the Time" by Willie Nelson

This 1976 classic almost seemed prophetic of Willie Nelson's money troubles decades later. The song's narrator is eager to leave his beat up old car behind and go honky tonkying with an aquantainence in their Cadilac — but only if they're paying Willie's tab.

8 Common Causes of Bankruptcy

 
 
Medical Expenses
Job Loss/Income Reduction
Using Your Credit Line Poorly/Excessively
Divorce/Separation
Excessive Student Loan Debt
High Risk Mortgages
Unexpected Disaster (e.g., fire, flood, hurricane, earthquake and not having insurance)
Carrying Debt Into Retirement

10. "Glamorous" by Fergie featuring Ludacris

Fergie is living life in the fast lane in this 2007 song. She's riding first class, drinking champagne, and enjoying the bling. She points out, however, that even though she's got a lot of money in the bank, she still keeps it real, still goes to the Taco Bell drive-thru.

11. "Rich Girl" by Gwen Stefani

In this 2004 song, Gwen Stefani ponders what it would be like to be a rich girl (as if she's not loaded already, right?). She sees money as not just a means to purchase what she wants but a power-equalizer with men: "If I was a wealthy girl, no man could test me, impress me, my cash flow would never ever end."

"I made my money the old-fashioned way. I was very nice to a wealthy relative right before he died." - Malcolm Forbes, American entrepreneur
"I made my money the old-fashioned way. I was very nice to a wealthy relative right before he died." - Malcolm Forbes, American entrepreneur | Source

12. "Money Honey" by Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga lets her beau know that she adores the champagne, "the Jag, the jet and the mansion" in this 2008 hit. But even though she finds the high life sexy, she swears that it's her lover's tender, seductive touch that beats everything. Because there are some things money can't buy.

13. "For the Love of Money" by O'Jays

Oh, the evils that money can bring! This classic 1973 soul hit points out some of the lows that people will sink to in the name of money, including stealing from family, betraying others and prostitution.

The song warns the listener that money can make some people go out of their minds. The song's title was based on the following Bible verse:

1 Timothy 6:10: For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

The song has been used commercially in H&R Block's 2014 television ad campaign, "Get Your Billion Back, America" and in Donald Trump's reality shows, "The Apprentice" and "The Celebrity Apprentice."

14. "Buy Me A Boat" by Chris Janson

The narrator in this 2015 country song is a "redneck, white trash and blue collar" fella who works way too hard for way too little. But he has daydreams of having a rich uncle who'd conveniently kick the bucket and leave him several million dollars.

With his inheritance, he would buy a boat, a truck to pull it, a Yeti cooler, some fishing equipment, and a load of beer. That's any redneck's dream!

15. "Soak Up the Sun" by Sheryl Crow

There's a lot of material possessions that Sheryl Crow doesn't have, according to this 2002 hit, but she makes up for it with the right attitude:

I don't have digital
I don't have diddly squat
It's not having what you want
It's wanting what you've got.

16. "Money in the Bank" John Anderson

The narrator in this 1993 country hit doesn't have a lot of money, but he considers himself rich because he's got the girl of his dreams. For all the money in the world, he wouldn't give her up:

Right at the top, that's where you rank;
Honey, your love's better than money in the bank.

17. "Money, Money, Money" by ABBA

Like many people, the narrator in this 1976 song dreams of finding a wealthy partner so she wouldn't have to work anymore. Let's get real though. She's not considering that he probably had to work very hard to make his fortune and that she'd probably have to sign a pre-nuptial.

It's nice to dream of a financial windfall, but it's better to earn your own good hard earned fortune.

18. “Money (That’s What I Want)” by Barrett Strong

According to this 1960 song, two things are true: the best things in life are free and his sweetheart's love is thrilling. However, money is what pays the bills and that's what he needs. Give him money because that's what he wants.

"I'm a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it" - Thomas Jefferson, American Founding Father and third U.S. President
"I'm a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it" - Thomas Jefferson, American Founding Father and third U.S. President | Source

19. "I Wanna Be Rich" by Calloway

It may be shallow to be so money-motivated, but when you have bill collectors harassing you it's a goal that probably keeps you up at night. This 1989 song features a protagonist seeking the big bucks so he can enjoy material bliss and "a little love, peace and happiness." Maybe then those bill collectors will leave him alone then.

20. “Bills, Bills, Bills” by Destiny’s Child

I once worked with a lady who was her boyfriend's ATM, just like the woman in this 1999 song. At first, he impressed her with lots of gifts. However, gradually the boyfriend asked for loans and ran up her credit cards. He drove her car and then she found herself bankrolling his bills.

If you're doing this for your beloved, you don't have an equal. You have a dependent. Be sure that's what you want.

"The real measure of your wealth is how much you’d be worth if you lost all your money." - Anonymous
"The real measure of your wealth is how much you’d be worth if you lost all your money." - Anonymous | Source

Even More Songs About Money

Title
Artist
Year
21. Opportunities (Let’s Make Lots Of Money)
Pet Shop Boys
1986
22. Rich
Maren Morris
2016
23. She Works Hard For the Money
Donna Summer
1983
24. If I Had $1,000,000
Barenaked Ladies
1996
25. Eat the Rich
Aerosmith
1993
26. Ka Ching
Shania Twain
2002
27. Make the Money
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
2012
28. Can’t Buy Me Love
The Beatles
1964
29. Just Got Paid
'NSync
2000
30. Movin' On Up (Theme From "The Jeffersons")
Janet Dubois
1974
31. Love or Money
Sammy Hagar
1980
32. Money Maker
Ludacris feat. Pharrell Williams
2006
33. The Gambler
Kenny Rogers
1976
34. Money
5 Seconds of Summer
2015
35. American Capitalist
Five Finger Death Punch
2011
36. Can't Buy Me Love
The Beatles
1966
37. Money Talks
Rick James
1982
38. Moneytalks
AC/DC
1990
39. Did You Steal My Money?
The Who
1981
40. Love Don't Cost a Thing
Jennifer Lopez
2000
41. Take the Money and Run
Steve Miller Band
1976
42. Keep Your Eye on the Money
Motley Crue
1985
43. Too Much Month at the End of the Money
Marty Stuart
2003
44. Shuttin' Detroit Down
John Rich
2009
45. When I Get it
Craig Campbell
2011
46. I Feel Lucky
Mary Chapin Carpenter
1992
47. Money
Pink Floyd
1973
48. Got No Bread, No Milk, No Money, But We Sure Got a Lot of Love
James Talley
1973
49. No Money
Galantis
2016
Know a song that should be on our Money Playlist? Make a suggestion in the Comments Section below!

What's In A Name? Locations With Names Associated With Money

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A markerBonus, Texas, USA -
Bonus, TX 77434, USA
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B markerMoney, Myanmar -
Money, Myanmar (Burma)
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C markerPrice, Utah, USA -
Price, UT 84501, USA
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D markerProfit, St. Croix, US Virgin Islands -
Profit, St Croix 00820, USVI
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E markerProsper, Texas, USA -
Prosper, TX 75078, USA
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F markerPurchase, New York, USA -
Purchase, Harrison, NY 10577, USA
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G markerRich Township, Illinois, USA -
Rich Township, IL, USA
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H markerRiver Earn, United Kingdom -
River Earn, United Kingdom
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I markerSalary, Madagascar -
Salary, Madagascar
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J markerWallet Pond, Florida, USA -
Wallet Pond, Leesburg, FL 34762, USA
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      FlourishAnyway 7 months ago from USA

      Sha - I competely agree with you about Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton. He's going to wake up one day, I believe. Miranda Lambert and he were musically in tune with one another, but the whole cheating thing -- should we have been surprised? He met Miranda while he was still married to his first wife.

      Good for you that you laid down the law with your former husband. Marriage is as much a financial and legal contract as it is a love and relationship contract. That's the cold hard truth! Have a great weekend, and thanks for stopping by!

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      Shauna L Bowling 7 months ago from Central Florida

      I'm glad I waited until Saturday to listen to all the songs in this hub. Some I know, many I don't and that's one thing I love about your playlists, Flourish. You never fail to introduce me to music and/or artists I'm not familiar with or normally wouldn't listen to.

      Just a side comment: I don't see what Blake Sheldon sees in Gwen Stefani. They are on opposite ends of the spectrum musically. He seems down to earth and she seems more like a material girl.

      But, back to money. It's a necessary evil in today's world. I divorced my second husband because he refused to contribute to paying the household expenses. I gave him an ultimatum: either help or I don't see any reason to continue what is supposed to be a partnership. He opted for the latter. No love lost there, huh?

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      FlourishAnyway 7 months ago from USA

      Peg - Thanks for stopping by. I'm glad you like some of these songs so much! Have a great day!

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      Peg Cole 7 months ago from Dallas, Texas

      This one is really funny. I loved the first song and I'm working my way down the list. This could take a while. I loved your remarks about your fellow classmate in college and "Rich Girl". I remember this song playing when I was in school and how my best friend fit the bill. We skipped school one day and hung out at the Brickell Avenue high rise condominium pool with the rich folks. Enjoyable read and a great way to perk up the afternoon.

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      FlourishAnyway 7 months ago from USA

      Savvy - I DO know what you mean! I remember Donna Summer, too, although I was disco dancing to her music with my sister in our living room. You're right about my Granny. She used to be quite a hoot. Thank for taking a look at my money song hub!

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      Yves 7 months ago

      Your granny was certainly generous!!! I'll bet she was a hoot before things started going a little bit awry. Well, we have another fun list here. I admit to having a soft spot for Donna Summer. Back in the day, I used to dance to her music when I would hit the clubs. "Oooh, oooh, oooh, She works hard for the money." (I hear she was talking about your working girl---if you know what I mean.) Eeek!

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      FlourishAnyway 8 months ago from USA

      Patricia - Thank you for your warm words of support. That's got to be one of my favorites as well! Thanks for pinning. Have a great weekend!

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      Patricia Scott 8 months ago from sunny Florida

      Love love stopping here....music is the elixir for my soul...Rich Girl is my favorite here. Pinned

      Great job....Angels are headed your way, flourish-

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      FlourishAnyway 8 months ago from USA

      Jo - Thank you for the suggestion! I've never heard of the song, but when I listened to it, it was cute so I added it! Have a great week!

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      jo miller 8 months ago from Tennessee

      When I saw and began reading this article I immediately thought of a song called 'Got No Bread, No Milk No Money, But We Sure Got Lots of Love', written and sung by James Talley. I had to go listen to it again. Talley is not well known, but I still like his music--and it brings back memories for me.

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      FlourishAnyway 8 months ago from USA

      teaches12345 - Bruno Mars is one of my favorites, and he is incredible in concert, too! Anything he sings is good with me, but I also enjoy the message about spreading the wealth. Thank you for reading. Have a great week!

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      Dianna Mendez 8 months ago

      Flourish, I enjoyed this article. I especially like the Billionaire music video. Very nice and so much what I would hope others would do: enjoy the blessing but help others also.

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      FlourishAnyway 8 months ago from USA

      Devika - Thanks for reading. To me, money's not so bad as long as one keeps their priorities in life straight.

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      FlourishAnyway 8 months ago from USA

      Linda - Thank you! Sometimes it gets edited out. I appreciate your following and encouragement! Have a great week!

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      Linda Crampton 8 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I like the fact that you always add good advice to your playlist articles, Flourish. The music is fun and the advice is useful. I think that's a great combination.

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      Devika Primić 8 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Great songs concerning money. I am not just about the money.

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      FlourishAnyway 8 months ago from USA

      Emge - Glad you liked this. Money seems to have us all by the necks but it can also represent security and purchase good things for others. Not always an evil thing in my book, just depends what you do with it. Have a good weekend and thank you for stopping by!

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      Madan 8 months ago from Abu Dhabi

      Great post and thanks for the songlist

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      FlourishAnyway 8 months ago from USA

      stevarino - Thanks for the addition! It's now #47!

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      FlourishAnyway 8 months ago from USA

      Heidi - Thanks for commenting and for the kind kudos! Have a great weekend yourself!

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      Heidi Thorne 8 months ago from Chicago Area

      Another impressive collection of musical memories... and a whole bunch of favorites on this list! Hope your weekend is musical and magical!

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      FlourishAnyway 8 months ago from USA

      Larry - Sorry to hear that. I took up investing with just a little money and have found it to be very beneficial. You're not alone, however.

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      Steve Dowell 8 months ago from East Central Indiana

      Let's not forget "Money" by Pink Floyd.

      In answer to above question - both!

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      Larry Rankin 8 months ago from Oklahoma

      I certainly repel money:-/

      Great list.

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      FlourishAnyway 8 months ago from USA

      Bill - Maybe not yet. Gotta be hopeful that your fame and fortune await.

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      Bill Holland 8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Well, to answer your initial question, I sure don't attract money. LOL I wish I did, just a little, you know. But alas, the best I can do is listen to this great list of songs. Thanks for my songlist this weekend.

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