Top 10 Songs about Finances through Time
For decades, musicians have been writing about love, war, and everything in between. Another popular theme? Money. Whether they’re singing about their stacks of dollar bills or regaling in never having enough, money-laced lyrics have topped the song charts throughout centuries. We’ve complied the best songs about finances through the decades.
1. “If You’ve Got the Money I’ve Got the Time” by Lefty Frizzell – 1950
An upbeat and silly song, this tune became Lefty Frizzell’s first number one hit on the country music charts. Now a country classic, the story of a down-on-his-luck suitor has even been covered by famous singer/songwriter, Willie Nelson.
2. “Money (That’s What I Want)” by Barret Strong – 1959
This Motown hit sings the harsh reality that we all find ourselves in from time to time. This well-known song has been featured in many film/TV montages as seen on The Simpsons and The Wedding Singer.
3. “Taxman” by The Beatles – 1966
Fueled by his disdain for Britain’s high taxes, George Harrison (with the help of John Lennon) penned these lyrics to highlight the toll of success. This song rose in popularity and became The Beatles’ first politically charged tune.
4. “Money” by Pink Floyd – 1973
Our list wouldn’t be complete without the mention of one of the popular songs about finance. Known for its iconic intro, Pink Floyd’s “Money” is believed to relish in all the wonderful things money can bring. However, much of the song is devoted to all the negative aspects money can bring.
5. “Money Changes Everything” by Cyndi Lauper – 1983
Originally written by Tom Gray of The Brains, Cyndi Lauper’s version of this song was featured on her debut album. This ballad recounts the story of how money can buy love, the direct opposite of many songs about love and the influence of finances.
6. “Moneytalks” by AC/DC – 1990
One of AC/DC’s most popular songs, this tune blends the heart of classic rock with lyrics featuring the influence of money. This song brought the band another top 40 hit following their success of “Back in Black.”
7. “All About the Benjamins” by Puff Daddy & The Family – 1997
Embodying the rise of building an empire, Puff Daddy (Sean Combs/P. Diddy) focused on the high life of being wealthy. Remixes of this song features top hip-hop artists such as Lil’ Kim, The Notorious B.I.G., and The LOX.
8. “Love Don’t Cost a Thing” by Jennifer Lopez -2001
This chart-topping hit by Jennifer Lopez (J-Lo) proves love doesn’t have a price point. This song made Lopez the first entertainer to debut a #1 album and movie simultaneously which was featured in the closing credits of The Wedding Planner.
9. “Rich Girl” by Gwen Stefani – 2004
A fun remake of “If I Were a Rich Man,” Gwen Stefani’s hit contemplates the fantastic life she’d have if she were rich. Aided by rapper Eve, “Rich Girl” was a commercial success, beginning the fame of Stefani’s solo career.
10. “How Much a Dollar Cost” by Kendrick Lamar – 2015
Inspired by a real-life event, Kendrick Lamar wrote this song to address the impact of helping others, no matter how small of a gesture. This tune encourages us to look at the price we are willing to pay for a dollar and what we sacrifice along the way.
As you can hear, there are plenty of songs that feature the impact money has on our lives. From pennies to riches, each song covers the ups and downs of our finances. Add these to your wealth-inspired playlist. What are your favorite songs about finances?