Top 40 Songs About Money

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We Sing About Money

A HubPages Question requested three songs with the word money in the title for fun.

Overwhelmed with memories of dozens of songs fitting this category and many others about money and business, I'm offering this Hub with a portion of songs of both types.

The songs will be presented form oldest to newest, so see how many you remember. Then feel free to add others in the Comments section at the end of this Hub. Let's see how many we can accumulate.

Money In Pop Culture

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Gold Diggers of 1933 in the musical number "Dance of the Dollars." The dancers are holding large coins and doing a "wave."CASH COW
Gold Diggers of 1933 in the musical number "Dance of the Dollars." The dancers are holding large coins and doing a "wave."
Gold Diggers of 1933 in the musical number "Dance of the Dollars." The dancers are holding large coins and doing a "wave." | Source
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Songs Containing The Word "Money"

1933 - We're In the Money, from the film Gold Diggers of 1933.

1953 - Money Honey, a hit single of Clyde McPhatter and the Drifters.

1956 - A Poor Man's Roses Or A Rich Man's Money, from the Album Walkin' After Midnight; Patsy Cline.

1958 - With Plenty of Money and You; Tony Bennett album Three Of A Kind – Ray & Tony Sing And Basie Swings.

1961 - Shake Your Moneymaker, a blues single recorded by Elmore James. it is among the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's official "500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll."

1968 - Money, Money, from the film Cabaret with Liza Minnelli and Joel Grey (Please see video at end of this Hub).

1973 - For the Love Of Money; hit single of The O'Jays. Used as the theme for Donald Trump's Apprentice franchise shows.

1975 - Free Money, from the album Horses; Patti Smith.

1976 - If You've Got the Money, I've Got the Time; from the album Willie Nelson's Greatest Hits; Willie Nelson.

1976 - Take the Money and Run, from the album The Steve Miller Band, Greatest Hits.

1976 - Money, Money, Money, from the album Arrival; ABBA. Used as the theme for The Apprentice TV show

1983 - Money Changes Everything, from the album of the same name; Cindi Lauper.

1983 - She Works Hard For the Money, from the album of the same name; Donna Summer.

1984 - Money, from the album Top Ten; Flying Lizards.

1985 - Keep Your Eye On the Money - Motley Crue

1985 - Opportunities (Let's Make Lots of Money) - The Pet Shop Boys.

1985 - Money For Nothin', from the album Brothers In Arms; Dire Straits.

1985 - The Big Money - Rush

1997 - Mo' Money Mo' Problems, from the album Life After Death; Notorious B.I.G.

1998 - All 'Bout the Money, from the album Seven Sisters; Meja.

2006 - I Get Money, from the album Curtis; 50 Cent.

2006 - Money Maker, hit single from the album Release Therapy; Ludacris.

2008 - Arab Money, from the album Back on My B.S.; Busta Rhymes.

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Songs About Money

Mandy Patinkin on the old David Letterman Show

1930s and The Great Depression - Brother Can You Spare a Dime?

1936 - Pennies from Heaven, written by Johnny Burke and Arthur Johnston.

1941 - God Bless the Child, from the album God Bless the Child; Billie Holiday.

1947 - Sixteen Tons, from the album Merle Travis, Folk Songs Of the Hills. Also made famous by Tennessee Ernie Ford and Jimmy Dean.

Depression Era Money Lyrics

"Brother, Can You Spare a Dime"

-- Lyrics by Yip Harburg, music by Jay Gorney (1931)

They used to tell me I was building a dream, and so I followed the mob,

When there was earth to plow, or guns to bear, I was always there right on the job.

They used to tell me I was building a dream, with peace and glory ahead,

Why should I be standing in line, just waiting for bread?

Once I built a railroad, I made it run, made it race against time.

Once I built a railroad; now it's done. Brother, can you spare a dime?

Once I built a tower, up to the sun, brick, and rivet, and lime;

Once I built a tower, now it's done. Brother, can you spare a dime?

Once in khaki suits, gee we looked swell,

Full of that Yankee Doodly Dum,

Half a million boots went slogging through Hell,

And I was the kid with the drum!

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Say, don't you remember, they called me Al; it was Al all the time.

Why don't you remember, I'm your pal? Buddy, can you spare a dime?

The Great Depression

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1964 - Can't Buy Me Love, hit single; The Beatles.

1966 - Taxman, from the album Revolver; The Beatles

1969 - You Never Give Me Your Money - The Beatles

1969 - Come and Get It, from the film The Magic Christian. Written by Paul McCartney and recorded by recorded by Badfinger.

Paul McCartney - Come and Get It

1970 - Funky Dollar Bill, from the album Take Your Mind; George Clinton

1973 - Takin’ Care Of Business; Bachman Turner Overdrive, Bachman-Turner Overdrive II.

1973 - Billion Dollar Babies - Alice Cooper

1985 - How to be a Millionaire, from the album ABC, How to Be a…Zillionaire!

1989 - I Wanna Be Rich, from the album All the Way; Calloway. Thois duo, now record producers, may or may not be related to Cab Calloway, who made Minnie the Moocher famous on stage and screen in the 1930s.

1998 - Why Don't You Get a Job, from the album Americana; The Offspring.

1999 - Bills, Bills, Bills - Destiny's Child

1999 - Bling Bling — B.G.and Big Tymers/Hot Boys

2005 - Gold Digger, from the album Late Registration; Kanye West et.al.

Money Musical Groups

Some Musical Groups Named Money

  • Diddy-Dirty Money
  • Eddie Money
  • Nickelback - A cup of coffee cost $1.95, so two dollars got a nickel back.
  • Young Money

Additional Covers Of Money Songs And Videos

1981 Devo Cover of Working In the Coal Mine

The 1981 Devo cover recording was used as the theme song for the Fred Savage television sitcom Working that aired from 1997 - 1999.

It reached #43 on the Billboard Hot 100 in USA.

For the sitcom Working, the song was played during opening credits against scenes of laborers from the cult classic silent film Metropolis (1927).

Donna Summer (1948 - 2012) - She Works Hard For the Money

"Money" from Cabaret

I Wanna Be Rich

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Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

These songs brought back a lot of memories. I had to laugh when I saw that video of, "I Wanna to be Rich." I had forgotten all about that one. Very clever. Voted Up In His Love, Faith Reaper


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carol7777 4 years ago from Arizona

Great videos and photos..And I love your creative idea for a hub. Voting up and sharing.


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UnnamedHarald 4 years ago from Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Great list and interesting hub... but you forgot "Money" by Pink Floyd.


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Patty Inglish, MS 4 years ago from North America Author

Faith Reaper - It's a fun song, isn't it? Some of the more recent songs have some pretty explicit lyrics! Not so much fun there.

carol7777 - Thanks very much. I just barely remember seeing "Cabaret" once, but the money song is very funny.


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Patty Inglish, MS 4 years ago from North America Author

Unnamed Harald - Thanks, it was in the other answer to the HubPages question; but now we have it here as well.


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica

Hi Patty, would the song by Jessie J. - Price Tag count? I love that song. We have some money songs of our own but honestly can't remember them right now...lol..

I love the Abbah money song. There is another I don't see on the list but don't remember the artist or the lyrics either. I never knew that these money songs dated back that far. I guess money has always been on our minds...lol


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Patty Inglish, MS 4 years ago from North America Author

Oh yes, I am sure that song would count, at least for the songs about money. Thanks for adding that one, too. When you remember the rest, post them in this thread.

When we accumulate a few more, I'll look up all the dates and post them in the lists. I am trying to find the OLDEST one right now and will try some sheet music sites.


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flashmakeit 4 years ago from usa

An extensive list of songs with money in the title! Bravo!!


chrisinhawaii 4 years ago

"BAH dip-dip-dip-dip-dip-dip-dip-dip BUH-muh-muh-muh-muh-muh GET A JOB..."

The Offspring one is my favorite, though. I feel like singing along to it right now...

"My friend's got a girlfriend and he hates that...ahem..."

Fun hub, Patty! Thanks for getting my day off to a good start! Aloha! Voted up and shared...


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts

Hi Patty great collection of great songs about money, loved them all. Enjoyed all the videos has well. The Pink Floyd song "Money " off the Dark Side of The Moon album is a cool one to !

Vote up and more ! SHARING !


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spartucusjones 4 years ago from Parts Unknown

Great list, I really enjoyed the hub. I was also planning on writing a hub about money songs as well (even have the title saved), but you beat me to the punch. I will have to decide whether or not I still will.

It is also good to note that Money by the Flying Lizard was originally recorded by Barrett Strong in 1959. The Beatles also had a notable cover of it in 1963 (along with numerous other artists). Of course The Flying Lizard's version is really cool as well.


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Patty Inglish, MS 4 years ago from North America Author

Hey, Everybody!

Thanks for all the comments and additional "money" songs. I'll add what we've accumulated at the end of the week. Hope we find a lot more as well.

I'm wondering if there were money songs in the Roaring 1920s? Or maybe the Gold Rush?


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Awesome hub! The only one I can think of that you didn't hit was Rich Girl by Hall and Oates. I love several of the songs you mentioned!


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Patty Inglish, MS 4 years ago from North America Author

YES! I'd forgotten that one. Thanks very much.


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RolyRetro 4 years ago from Brentwood, Essex, UK

Money's Too Tight To Mention by British band Simply Red should be on the list, this is a great song from 80's ginger wonder Mick Hucknall.

Roly


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Patty Inglish, MS 4 years ago from North America Author

Thanks a million $ for this song title, RolyRetro, for I've not heard it. Now I will look for it on YouTube.


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ChrisReda 4 years ago from NYC

My vote is "Money for Nothing" ...Dire Straits.


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greeneryday 4 years ago from Some tropical country

Very interesting list of songs about money, entertaining videos and nice photos too. Thank you for sharing...


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Patty Inglish, MS 4 years ago from North America Author

Thanks for all the comments!


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breakfastpop 4 years ago

I love stuff like this and nobody researches a topic better than you!


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Patty Inglish, MS 4 years ago from North America Author

Well, it was a lot of fun and a change from the national and world news!! Nice to see you, Pop.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America

Enjoyed this hub I guess my favorite money song is Sixteen Tons. Voted up


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Patty Inglish, MS 3 years ago from North America Author

Sixteen tons is a good one! Really catchy.

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