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.
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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.
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!
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
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
© 2012 Patty Inglish
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