Our Weekly Ten: 10 Songs About Money

06/03/2013 11:28

Time is money. Money is power. It is the root of all evil and it doesn’t grow on trees. That is what proverbs say, and if you need to know a little more, give this week’s ten artists their chance to sing about that one thing that makes the world go round.

Photo: Kristína Škovierová


10 Billionaire by Travie McCoy ft. Bruno Mars

Before Bruno Mars got annoying persuading us he loves us just the way we are and that he’d catch a grenade for us, he had a dream we all share. He wanted to be a billionaire. Getting paid for singing about wanting money? Brilliant.

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9 Take the Money and Run by Steve Miller Band

Besides being a great motto for all the robbers out there, it’s the most cheerful song on the list. It may not be a lyrical masterpiece (“Headed to El Paso, into a big hassle, robbing his castle), but hey, the tune is so addictive you won’t even mind.


8 Funky Dollar Bill by Funkadelic

For the original approach in calling the dollar bill “funky”, the band deserves its spot on our list. I also feel like I need to mention that the song can be found on the album called “Free Your Mind… and Your Ass Will Follow”. If musicians can call their records like that, can I call my thesis something similar?


7 Material Girl by Madonna

Dressed as Pretty in Pink, channelling Marilyn Monroe in the video, Madonna certainly provided music for the booming economy of the ‘80s. I have always wondered: hasn’t Madonna served as an inspiration for the whole generation of ambitious fabricated blondes proud of their one goal, i.e. securing a rich husband? Because if I am right, I bet this is their anthem.

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6 Money (That's What I Want) by Barrett Strong

That’s what everybody wants, duh. The song, covered among others by The Beatles, was the first hit for Motown record company that made waves in the 60s. It ironically points out that although love is fine and the best things in life are for free, they won’t pay anybody’s bills.


5 I Need a Dollar by Aloe Blacc

This incredibly catchy tune ruled the radio stations some three years ago. The song is good, his voice is good, but we’re probably never gonna hear of him again. That’s just the story of one hit wonders.


4 Money for Nothing by Dire Straits

This is what kids should learn at School of Rock. Besides being the ultimate Guitar Hero song, the intro is epic and those funny '80s keyboards and the Sting-like background vocals are simply amazing. Moreover, the song features one of the first computer-animated videos. I just don’t know what else to say to make it more clear that this song is a must.

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3 Money Changes Everything by Delta Moon

Cindy Lauper made this song popular and poppy in 1984, but there’s more to it when sung in its original, gruff manner. If you ever wondered how money can destroy a relationship, these strong lyrics are just what you need.


2 Paper Planes by M.I.A.

Paper Planes is a modern day ballad, and who could be better at writing those than a girl who grew up during civil war? M.I.A, who lived in Sri Lanka as a child, sure has a lot to say about third world democracies and immigration.  It’s so rare, and therefore outstanding, that a girl sampling The Clash, gunshots and cash-registers makes you aware of controversial issues via popmusic. Let’s give her credit for it.

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1 Money by Pink Floyd

“Money, it's a crime. Share it fairly but don't take a slice of my pie.” If this song isn’t one of the best ones ever recorded, then maybe I don’t want to live on this planet anymore. Seriously. The tempo, the saxophone, the ka-ching sound and simply David Gilmour’s voice? A-maz-ing.


Money isn’t everything, but somehow people got used to wanting more even if they don’t need it. This list could be a soundtrack for the era of the almighty dollar. But let’s not get all too depressed and grumpy just because we don’t own a mansion with a pool house. After all, the best things in life really are for free.


Kristína Škovierová



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