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Top 40 Songs About Money

Updated on July 26, 2018
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Ms. Inglish has 30 years of successful experience in medicine, psychology, STEM courses, and aerospace education (CAP).

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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.

1953 - Rags to Riches; Tony Bennett.

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."

1966 - Eleanor Rigby; The Beatles. This is a song about the elderly engulfed by poverty.

1968 - Lady Madonna; The Beatles.

Lady Madonna: First Verse

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Lady Madonna, children at your feet

Wonder how you manage to make ends meet

Who finds the money when you pay the rent?

Did you think that money was heaven sent?

1968 - Money, Money from the film Cabaret with Liza Minnelli and Joel Grey.

1973 - For the Love of Money; hit single of The O'Jays. This was 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. Also 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.

2013 - Diaper Money; The Lonely Island

Songs About Money

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
The Great Depression | Source

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, in which Ringo Starr starred. Written by Paul McCartney and recorded by recorded by Badfinger.

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

1971 - Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves; Cher.

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

1973 - Billion Dollar Babies - Alice Cooper

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).

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.

1994 - Crime to Be Broke in America; Spearhead.

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

2002 - Ka-Ching!; Shania Twain

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

2010 - I Need a Dollar; Aloe Blacc

Some Musical Groups Named "Money"

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

© 2012 Patty Inglish MS

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    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      5 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Sixteen tons is a good one! Really catchy.

    • moonlake profile image

      moonlake 

      5 years ago from America

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

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      6 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      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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      breakfastpop 

      6 years ago

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

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      6 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Thanks for all the comments!

    • greeneryday profile image

      greeneryday 

      6 years ago from Some tropical country

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

    • ChrisReda profile image

      Chris Reda 

      6 years ago from NYC

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

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      6 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      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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      RolyRetro 

      6 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

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      6 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

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

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      Kelly Umphenour 

      6 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!

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      6 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      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?

    • spartucusjones profile image

      CJ Baker 

      6 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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      Thomas Silvia 

      6 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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      chrisinhawaii 

      6 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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      flashmakeit 

      6 years ago from usa

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

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      6 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      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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      Carolee Samuda 

      6 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

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      6 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

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

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      6 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      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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      David Hunt 

      6 years ago from Cedar Rapids, Iowa

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

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      carol stanley 

      6 years ago from Arizona

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

    • Faith Reaper profile image

      Faith Reaper 

      6 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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