Top 10 Songs About Money

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Posted on Thu Aug 5, 2010, Last Updated on Sat May 7, 2011

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Money, Cash, Benjamins, whatever you call currency, it’s a hugely popular topic in contemporary music. We’ve put together our top 10 favorite songs on money, and included a great “money quote” from each song. Of course, we included a YouTube video for each. Enjoy!Here are our 10 favorite songs on the topic:

1. Notorious B.I.G. — “Mo Money Mo Problems” (1997)

“Mo Money Mo Problems” was released as part of the rapper’s acclaimed posthumous double-album, “Life After Death.” Despite hitting the airwaves more than a decade before the mortage meltdown and financial crisis, it seemed fitting in the late 00s as the U.S. economy teetered on the brink of collapse.

Money quote: “It’s like the more money we come across, the more problems we see.

2. Pink Floyd — “Money” (1973)

Included on “Dark Side of the Moon,” one of the most famous rock albums of all time, “Money” is an epic, 6-minute-plus, progressive rock tune. “Money” is best known for its guitar solo and its cynical lyrics about the importance of wealth in modern society.

Money quote: “Money, it’s a crime. Share it fairly, but don’t take a slice of my pie. Money, so they say, is the root of all evil today.”

3. Donna Summer — “She Works Hard for the Money” (1983)

Donna Summer’s catchy dance tune turned into a female empowerment anthem after the music video entered heavy rotation on MTV. The song told the story of a woman who works day-in and day-out to provide for her children.

Money quote: “It’s a sacrifice working day to day for little money, just tips for pay. But it’s worth it all to hear them say that they care.”

4. Wu Tang Clan — “C.R.E.A.M.” (1993)

“C.R.E.A.M.” (Cash Rules Everything Around Me) is one of the influential New York rap group’s most famous songs. It doesn’t mention many of the smart investment strategies discussed at MyBankTracker.com, but it does place emphasis on the importance of money.

Money quote: “Rollin’ in MPVs, every week we made 40 Gs.”

5. ABBA — “Money, Money, Money” (1976)

ABBA, the Swedish sugar-pop group best known for singing about dancing queens, also wrote about their longing to be wealthy. The song talks about — perhaps satirically — marrying a rich man and enjoying a lavish life.

Money quote: “In my dreams, I have a plan: If I got me a wealthy man I wouldn’t have to work at all, I’d fool around and have a ball.”

6. Puff Daddy & the Family – “It’s All About the Benjamins (Remix)” (1997)

Forget the fact that Sean Combs (a.k.a. Puff Daddy [a.k.a. P. Diddy] {a.k.a. Diddy}) isn’t the best rapper in the world and focus on the U.S. history lesson this song provided. Before this song, Benjamin Franklin was just a name in a history book to many. Puff Daddy helped push Big Ben back into the spotlight.

Money quote: “Tryin’ to get my hands on some ‘Grants’ like Horace, livin’ the raw deal, three course meals: spaghetti, fettuccini and veal.”

7. Sheldon Harnick/Jerry Bock — “If I Were a Rich Man” (1964)

This song was part of the 1964 musical “Fiddler on the Roof.” During the song, a character dreams of all the wonderful things money might bring him. The lyrics are based on a 19th-century short story.

Money quote: “If I were a rich man…I’d build a big tall house with rooms by the dozen right in the middle of the town”

8. Madonna — “Material Girl” (1985)

Madonna’s huge mid-80s hit talks about boys — and how the only ones worth hanging out with are rich. The song offers a bit of social commentary, lamenting the fact that “everybody’s living in a material world.”

Money quote: “Some boys try and some boys lie but I don’t let them play. Only boys who save their pennies make my rainy day.”

9. Kanye West — “Gold Digger” (2005)

For all we know, controversial and ultra-talented rapper Kanye West might have been rapping about Madonna on this track. He offers a humorous take on the “gold digging” phenomenon, with some help from actor Jamie Foxx.

Money quote: “She was supposed to buy your shorty TYCO with your money. She went to the doctor got lypo with your money. She walking around looking like Michael (Jackson) with your money. Should have got that insured, got GEICO for your money.

WARNING: Video may be offensive to some.

10. Jermaine Dupri /Jay-Z — “Money Ain’t a Thang” (1998)

Super-producer Jermaine Dupri and mega-rapper Jay-Z apparently had so much money that proper spelling wasn’t much of a “thang.” Fortunately, the pair’s beats were better than their spelling. And you can’t really write about money and music without mentioning Jay-Z. The guy’s net worth is higher than Kobe Bryant’s, according to Forbes.

Money quote: “In the Ferrari or Jaguar, switchin’ four lanes with the top down, screamin’ out, ‘Money ain’t a thang.’

WARNING: Video may be offensive to some.

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  • Asdf

    aloe blacc – i need a dolla

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