From Beethoven to Metallica, the love of music lies deep within us all. The sheer size and annual turnover of the music industry gives us an indication of just how intrinsic music is to our lives. We can agree that – although different in taste – everyone loves a good tune, almost as much as they love having money. Put the two together and you have a winning combination!
Songwriters and lyricists have been exploring our relationship to money for decades. Here are a few of the top songs that illustrate the love of money through some of the most popular tunes:
- ‘What Do You Do For Money Honey?’ – by AC/DC
You can never go wrong when you kick off a list with some classic rock. AC/DC got it right – work hard because life does not give you hand-outs.
“You’re working in bars
Riding in cars
Never gonna give it for free
Your apartment with a view
On the finest avenue
Looking at your beat on the street
You’re always pushing, shoving
Satisfied with nothing”
- ‘Money, Money, Money’ – by ABBA
This beauty remained at the top of Australia’s charts for six weeks and why not, when it reflects the daily grind we all face as we work to pay those bills.
“I work all night, I work all day, to pay the bills I have to pay
Ain’t it sad
And still there never seems to be a single penny left for me
That’s too bad
In my dreams I have a plan
If I got me a wealthy man
I wouldn’t have to work at all, I’d fool around and have a ball”
- ‘Material Girl’ – by Madonna
This classic epitomizes the deep desire in us all – the longing for more. Houses that are bigger, cars that are faster, clothes that are fancier, and food which tastes that much better!
‘Cause we are living in a material world
And I am a material girl
You know that we are living in a material world
And I am a material girl’
- ‘Independent Women’ – by Destiny’s Child
This massive hit spent 11 weeks as a hot single, it was also mentioned in 2001 Guinness Book of World Records as being the longest running song by a female group. Inspiring women around the world to take charge of their own destinies and make a living for themselves.
“All the women, who are independent
Throw your hands up at me
All the honeys, who making money
Throw your hands up at me
All the mommas, who profit dollars
Throw your hands up at me”
- ‘Taxman’ – by The Beatles
As one of George Harrison’s first songs, “Taxman” gained traction around the world as it reflected the ongoing battle of everyman balancing the art of bringing in enough money to live all the while paying a large portion of that over in tax.
“If you drive a car, I’ll tax the street,
If you try to sit, I’ll tax your seat.
If you get too cold I’ll tax the heat,
If you take a walk, I’ll tax your feet.”
The sayings “money makes the world go ‘round” and “money doesn’t buy happiness” may be true, but it must be said that we would all be a little happier if we had a little more money to play with.
These songs, and ‘money’ others, remind us that whilst money might not be with us forever, we will always have these classics to sing our cares away.
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