Songs About Money – Top Ten List

I’m a big fan of talk radio, particularly any radio program around the subject of money. One of the things that has drastically improved over the years is bumper music – the music you hear as the host takes the audience in and out of breaks. Imagining I had my own radio show, I wondered what my top ten songs about money would be to make up sort of a “Frugal Dad” soundtrack. Here’s a few candidates:

1. “For The Love of Money” by The O’Jays

Some people do bad things with it, but in general money lets you do a lot of good things.

2. “Money Talks” by AC/DC

Money does talk, especially cash money. Flash a little cash at car dealers, furniture stores and yard sales and expect good deals to follow.

3. “I Wanna Be Rich” by Calloway

Who doesn’t want lots and lots of money for a little love, peace and happiness?

4. “The Power of Love” by Huey Lewis & The News

I recognize this song isn’t really about money, but for the lyrics, “You don’t need money. Don’t take fame. Don’t need no credit card to ride this train” I simply had to include it.

5. “Take the Money and Run” by The Steve Miller Band

Sometimes it’s tempting to just take the money and run, but remember, you can’t hide forever.

6. “Money” by Pink Floyd

“Money, it’s a crime. Share it fairly but don’t take a slice of my pie.” Too bad this isn’t on Tim Geithner’s playlist, too.

7. “The Gambler” by Kenny Rogers

Knowing when to fold ‘em is a great lesson for investors. If you’ve lost a ton of money on an investment, and continue to hold ‘em, you might just lose more.

8. “Mo’ Money Mo’ Problems” by Notorious B.I.G. featuring Puff Daddy & Mase

It is true; the more money we come across the more problems we see. Just ask any recent lottery winner!

9. “Can’t Always Get What You Want” by Rolling Stones

No, you can’t always get what you want. Which is why it is important to separate needs from wants.

10. “Can’t Buy Me Love” by The Beatles

The Beatles had it right, money can buy a lot of things, but it can’t buy love, or happiness.

Do you have a favorite money song? Of the ten listed above, which one would you select for a “Frugal Dad” radio show intro? I’m thinking that AC/DC tune would get people pumped up about money.

Comments

  1. Ya gotta have the Bulletboys version of “For the Love of Money” for its awesome riffs and pure ’80s big-hair metal goodness:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zk2zoEZuEPg

    And of course, ya gotta have “Workin’ For a Livin’” by Huey Lewis:

    “Hundred dollar car note, two hundred rent.
    I get a check on Friday, but it’s all ready spent.”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9N2CANatVYQ

    (Saw Huey in concert last year and he’s still got the voice, the same moves. Great!!)

  2. I’d add “Everything Counts in Large Amounts” by Depeche Mode. “The grabbing hands grab all they can, all for themselves after all. It’s a competitve world.”

    Also “Opportunities” by the Pet Shop Boys. “I’ve got the brains, you’ve got the looks, let’s make lots of money.” Best line: “Ask yourself one question. Do you want to be rich?”

  3. I don’t think anyone has ever beat the Beatles’ version of “Money,” on The Beatles’ Second Album.

    Money don’t get everything, that’s true!
    But what it don’t get, I can’t use!

    In those days John Lennon was able to say those words with feeling. He wanted.

    Rob

  4. Here’a another good one, just ’cause I love Willie…

    If you’ve got the money honey I’ve got the time
    we’ll go honky tonkin’ and we’ll have a time
    bring along your cadillac leave my ol’ wreck behind
    if you’ve got the money
    honey I’ve got the time!

    Willie Nelson, “If You’ve Got the Money (I’ve Got the Time)”

  5. Years ago my co-workers in purchasing tried to come up with our favorite “purchasing” songs.

    #1 was Janis Joplin- Mercedes Benz

    Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz ?
    My friends all drive Porsches, I must make amends.
    Worked hard all my lifetime, no help from my friends,
    So Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz ?

    Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a color TV ?
    Dialing For Dollars is trying to find me.
    I wait for delivery each day until three,
    So oh Lord, won’t you buy me a color TV ?

    Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a night on the town ?
    I’m counting on you, Lord, please don’t let me down.
    Prove that you love me and buy the next round,
    Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a night on the town ?

    Everybody!
    Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz ?
    My friends all drive Porsches, I must make amends,
    Worked hard all my lifetime, no help from my friends,
    So oh Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz ?

  6. Considering the current events lately with the economy, I’m really surprised you missed “Ka-Ching” on your list (by Shania Twain). Private tender is also a good one by the B-52′s.

    We live in a greedy little world–
    That teaches every little boy and girl
    To earn as much as they can possibly–
    Then turn around and
    Spend it foolishly
    Weve created us a credit card mess
    We spend the money we dont possess
    Our religion is to go and blow it all
    So its shoppin every sunday at the mall

    All we ever want is more
    A lot more than we had before
    So take me to the nearest store

    [chorus:]
    Can you hear it ring
    It makes you wanna sing
    Its such a beautiful thing–ka-ching!
    Lots of diamond rings
    The happiness it brings
    Youll live like a king
    With lots of money and things

    When youre broke go and get a loan
    Take out another mortgage on your home
    Consolidate so you can afford
    To go and spend some more when
    You get bored

    All we ever want is more
    A lot more than we had before
    So take me to the nearest store

    [repeat chorus]

    Lets swing
    Dig deeper in your pocket
    Oh, yeah, ha
    Come on I know youve got it
    Dig deeper in your wallet
    Oh

    All we ever want is more
    A lot more than we had before
    So take me to the nearest store

    [repeat chorus]

    Can you hear it ring
    It makes you wanna sing
    Youll live like a king
    With lots of money and things
    Ka-ching!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I42c6RP04xU

  7. Shopping by Barenaked Ladies-it’s meant to be ironic, about being able to buy happiness at the mall. If you haven’t heard it, it’s a very bubbly dance-y type pop song. It always makes me laugh-they wrote it after 9-11 when Bush made a statement about things getting back to normal, and people going shopping again etc.

    “Well you know that it’s going to be alright
    I think it’s gonna be alright
    Everything will always be alright
    When we go shopping

    Well you know that it’s going to be alright
    When we go shopping
    It’s always lalalalala…
    Shopping spree begin
    It’s always lalalalala…
    Everybody wins

    So shutup
    And never stop
    Let’s shop
    Until we drop

    [CHORUS]

    It’s always lalalalala…
    Shopping never end
    It’s always lalalalala…
    Shopping with our friends
    Shopping once again

    It’s always lalalalala… [x4]

    It’s never enough
    Until you’ve got all the stuff
    When the going gets rough
    Just shop with somebody tough”

  8. If you’re going to mention John Lennon, then you have to mention Working Class Hero, which is more a commentary on why society needs you to be a worker bee than money exactly per say.

  9. whoa, you had me worried there wouldn’t be the requisite Beatles, McCartney or Lennon tunes in there until I got to #10. I also agree totally with Lennon’s cover of “Money” and with “Working Class Hero” and also let’s toss George’s “Tax Man” in there because, nothing’s for sure ‘cept Death and Taxes.

  10. Very cool idea and I enjoyed listening to old favorites.

    I vote for the Stones’ “Can’t Always Get what you Want” for your radio intro because getting what you need is so much more important!

  11. Don’t forget “Big Money” by Rush

    Big money goes around the world
    Big money underground
    Big money got a mighty voice
    Big money make no sound
    Big money pull a million strings
    Big money hold the prize
    Big money weave a mighty web
    Big money draw the flies

    Sometimes pushing people around
    Sometimes pulling out the rug
    Sometimes pushing all the buttons
    Sometimes pulling out the plug
    Its the power and the glory
    Its a war in paradise
    Its a cinderella story
    On a tumble of the dice

    Big money goes around the world
    Big money take a cruise
    Big money leave a mighty wake
    Big money leave a bruise
    Big money make a million dreams
    Big money spin big deals
    Big money make a mighty head
    Big money spin big wheels

    Sometimes building ivory towers
    Sometimes knocking castles down
    Sometimes building you a stairway –
    Lock you underground
    Its that old-time religion
    Its the kingdom they would rule
    Its the fool on television
    Getting paid to play the fool

    Big money goes around the world
    Big money give and take
    Big money done a power of good
    Big money make mistakes
    Big money got a heavy hand
    Big money take control
    Big money got a mean streak
    Big money got no soul…

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