5 Songs About Money. 5 Decades. Let’s Rock.

The music industry is rich with tunes about money. And for generations, artists have been singing its praises and pitfalls. We’re talking every genre – from country and R&B to rock and rap.

Not only does money make turntables go ’round – it makes the world go ’round, too. We all need money, and for better or for worse, it’s an inextricable part of our lives.

Here are 5 popular songs from the past five decades with a heavy monetary influence. Give them a listen sometime, and consider what type of relationship you have with Benjamins.

From The ’60s.

Money (That’s What I Want) by Barrett Strong, 1960

Many artists have covered Barrett Strong’s classic Motown hit, including Led Zeppelin, the Beatles, the Doors and the Flying Lizards. But none of them seem to do justice to the original. In the song, Strong bluntly declares that he needs money more than love, or anything else.

From the ‘70s.

Money by Pink Floyd, 1973

The album Dark Side of the Moon revolves around matters that can drive the mind insane, including money. Guitarist David Gilmour sings about money’s economical importance in society, and the greed that often goes along with it. Lean on lyrics, the song resounds with the ringing of cash registers and a beloved signature baseline.

From the ’80s.

Money Talks by Rick James, 1982

This funky R&B tune speaks to how money has the power to control all aspects of our lives. James reminds us that the average working Joe must pinch pennies to survive – and his lyrics paint a sober picture of money’s importance and unwarranted personal expenditures.

From The ’90s.

If I Had $1,000,000 by Barenaked Ladies, 1993

What would you do if you had a million dollars? In this early ’90s hit, the Barenaked Ladies entertained this question and offered a wealth of suggestions. Lead singer Ed Robertson sings with a humor and wit about the things he’d buy his sweetheart if he had a million dollars.

From The 2000s

Good Life by Kanye West, 2007

You can’t have a good life without having money. Or so says Kanye West. Decorated with T-Pains infamous autotune, West sings about the many perks of fame and fortune. He calls out his own spending habits – which include high-priced cars, luxury goods and first-class travel.

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