The Ultimate Money Songs Playlist

By Kel | 04-Jun-09 in Tips and Tricks

Okay so we’re in a recession or at least “almost” in a recession depending on which political party you choose to believe. So everyone’s telling you “Spend less!”; “Save more!”; “Cut back!”; “Go out less!”; “Plan for the future!” blah blah blah. The key reason for all these problems? Everyone always wants more money!

I know money is important (especially now!) but when you need to take a step back, relax and drown out the world, I’ve got the perfect list of songs for you. In keeping with the recession mood, this compilation is only made up of money-related songs! So listen to them while you’re paying your bills, filling out those loan applications, counting change, dreaming of winning the lottery or crying over a money-hungry ex….There’s a money song for every money mood.

The “I Wish I Had More Money” Mood

  • Money’s Too Tight To Mention – Simply Red
  • Rich Girl – Gwen Stefani
  • Free Money – Patti Smith
  • With Plenty of Money and You – Tony Bennett

The “Money Can’t Buy Love” Mood

  • Can’t Buy Me Love – The Beatles
  • Poor Man’s Roses – Patsy Cline
  • Money Can’t Buy It – Annie Lennox

The “Love’s No Good Without The Money” Mood

  • Money, Money, Money – ABBA
  • Material Girl – Madonna
  • Gold Digga – Kanye West
  • Money Changes Everything – Cyndi Lauper

The “Money Is Everything” Mood

  • Money (That’s What I Want) – the 1979 Flying Lizards is my favourite but there are versions by The Beatles, Tina Turner, John Lee Hooker and others too.
  • Money for Nothing – Dire Straits
  • Money Rules – Fury in the Slaughterhouse
  • Money Makes The World Go Round – R. Kelly
  • Opportunities – The Pet Shop Boys

The “Independent Woman” Mood (Ladies’ Special!)

  • Independent Women – Destiny’s Child
  • 9 to 5 – Dolly Parton
  • Bills, Bills, Bills – Destiny’s Child
  • She Works Hard for The Money – Donna Summers

The “Money Is The Root of All Evil” Mood

  • All About the Money – Meja
  • Ka Ching – Shania Twain
  • Somebody Else’s Money – The Wallflowers
  • Money – Pink Floyd


Go on… create that ‘Money’ playlist on your MP3 player already!

P.S. I couldn’t make up my mind about where to rank the songs so I just threw the numbers out the window and made an un-numbered list. But I’d love to know if you have any favourites and if I’ve missed out any money songs (which I’m sure I have) – please do add to the list.


All these songs do is make me feel depressed. How about some songs about how great it is to be poor?

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