This article contains the absolute best songs about money ever made!
If you are looking for songs all about money, you are in the right place! There are songs about losing money, making money, spending money, saving money, and sharing money. Songs written about money can help motivate you to make more money. The can also motivate you to work harder.
1. “Money (That’s What I Want)” – The Flying Lizards
The Flying Lizards were an experimental new wave band based out of the country of England. The band was formed in the year 1976. Their new wave cover of the song “Money” became extremely popular when released in July 1979. It was released as a part of the band’s first album ‘The Flying Lizards.’ Barrett Strong originally recorded the song in the year 1959. The Beatles covered this song in they year 1963 and the Rolling Stones released their own rendition the next year.
2. “It’s All About the Benjamins” – Puff Daddy & The Family
“It’s All About the Benjamins” by Puff Daddy & The Family was the number one song on the Billboard Hot Rap Songs for six full weeks at the end of the year 1997. If you aspire to make money and spend it too, you might like this song. Not everyone thinks that life is all about money, but this song hints at what Puff Daddy might think about the subject.
3. “Money” – Pink Floyd
If you are looking for songs that have the word money in the title as well as the lyrics, look no further. Classic progressive rock band Pink Floyd’s hit song “Money” was released in the year 1973 as a part of their massively successful timeless album ‘Dark Side of the Moon.’ This song has been covered by a variety of popular artists in different genres including Velvet Revolver, Government Mule, and Of Mice and Men.
4. “Money Don’t Matter 2 Night” – Prince and the New Power Generation
The song “Money Don’t Matter 2 Night” by Prince and the New Power Generation peaked at No. 23 on the Billboard Hot 100 list on May 16 of the year 1992. Sometimes, money can be fleeting. This song is all about the attitude that people take towards money when it does nothing for them. Prince suggests to focus on making sure that your soul is alright instead.
5. “Money for Nothing” – Dire Straits
“Money for Nothing” by Dire Straits held the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 list for 3 full weeks after it was released in the year 1985. This song serves as a critique of MTV pretty boys. Take note: this song does feature some slurs that would not be acceptable to use toward a person today in its lyrics.
6. “Danny’s Song” – Loggins and Messina
The 1971 soft rock song “Danny’s Song” by Loggins and Messina is also commonly known to listeners as “Even Though We Ain’t Got Money (I’m So In Love With You, Honey)”. There are more important things in life than money. Love is one of those things. This song is all about the importance of love over money.
7. “Opportunities (Let’s Make Lots of Money)” – the Pet Shop Boys
Are you looking for a song that might inspire you to work harder or take advantage of new opportunities? Look no further than the 1980s hit song “Opportunities (Let’s Make Lots of Money)” by the Pet Shop Boys. This song peaked at No. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on Aug. 2, 1986. This song suggests that, even if life has not presented you with opportunities, you can still create some new great ones on your own.
8. “Gold Digger” – Kanye West Feat. Jamie Foxx
Some people like to say that more money equals more problems. One problem that can come along with making money is that people will become envious. They might even scheme up ways to get your money from you. A gold digger is a woman who makes romantic or sexual advances toward a rich man in order to get her hands on his money. In this 2005 hit rap song, Kanye West and Jamie Foxx warn listeners about red flags to look for when dealing with potential gold diggers. They also warn about the potential repercussions of dealing with a gold digger. This song spent ten weeks in the No. 1 position on the Billboard Hot 100 list.
9. “For the Love of Money” – The O’Jays
“For the Love of Money” was released by The O’Jays as a part of their 1973 album release ‘Ship Ahoy.’ This song is about all of the evil and devious things that people are willing to do in order to make money. It also describes some of the ways that money can change people. Fifteen years after this song’s release, Bulletboys released their own cover of it.
10. “Got Money” – Lil Wayne Feat. T-Pain
Lil Wayne and T Pain are both known for their jewelry, their clothing, their extravagant lifestyles, and their lavish spending habits. If you prefer flashing and spending money rather than saving and investing, you will love this hip hop song. “Got Money” by Lil Wayne Feat. T-Pain peaked in the No. 10 position on the Billboard Hot 100 list on Sept. 17, 2005.
11. “You Never Give Me Your Money” – The Beatles
The Beatles wrote and released quite a few different songs about money. This is just one of them. “You Never Give Me Your Money” was released by The Beatles along with their 1969 album ‘Abbey Road.’ Fans still visit the location where the photograph used as the album cover for ‘Abbey Road’ was taken to take their own versions of the photo, truly an iconic piece of album cover artwork!
12. “She Works Hard for the Money” – Donna Summer
Donna Summer is known for her disco pop hits. Her 1983 hit song “She Works Hard for the Money” uses the addition of some synth rock elements as well. These elements include saxophone riffs and guitar solos. “She Works Hard for the Money” peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 list on Aug. 6, 1983.
13. “Money Changes Everything” – Cyndi Lauper
Money causes a great deal of changes in life, for better or for worse. “Money Changes Everything” by Cyndi Lauper is all about the ways that friendships and relationships become damaged by money. If you were to ask Cyndi Lauper if she agreed that more money equals more problems, she would probably tell you yes.
14. “Can’t Buy Me Love” – The Beatles
British pop rock band The Beatles (mentioned previously on this list) released the song “Can’t Buy Me Love” in the year 1964. This song was made to accompany the movie soundtrack for ‘A Hard Day’s Night.’ Choosing love over money is a common theme in popular music. This song is all about choosing love over money in a romantic situation.
15. “Take the Money and Run” – the Steve Miller Band
Sometimes the best advice in life is to “take the money and run.” As Kenny Loggins once famously said, “you gotta know when to fold ’em…know when to walk away, know when to run.” This song has a similar theme to it. This song is about two fugitives on the run. These two fugitives know that their best option is to take off with their earnings and avoid being caught.
16. “Bright Future in Sales” – Fountains of Wayne
The rock band Fountains of Wayne might be most commonly known for their lustful hit song “Stacy’s Mom” but they have had other hits too. The song “Bright Future in Sales” by Fountains of Wayne is the second track from their third studio album, ‘Welcome Interstate Managers.’ This song is all about struggling with adult problems and adult responsibilities. This can certainly cause big money problems…
17. “C.R.E.A.M.” – the Wu-Tang Clan
If you do no know already “C.R.E.A.M.” stands for “cash rules everything around me”. The acronym has been popularly used in hip hop and rap for decades now. The song “C.R.E.A.M” was released by the Wu-Tang Clean as a part of the full length album ‘Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)’ in the year 1993. This song is all about growing up with nothing and later adopting a money-centered mindset. Other popular songs by the Wu-Tang Clan include “Protect Ya Neck” and “Bring da Ruckus.” This New York based rap group was comprised of RZA, GZA, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Method Man, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, U-God, and Masta Killa.
18. “Mo Money, Mo Problems” – Notorious BIG ft. Puff Daddy and Mase
If you know anything about the life and death of the Notorious BIG, then you know that it is true that money caused the man some big problems. “Mo Money, Mo Problems” by Notorious BIG ft. Puff Daddy and Mase is all about the interpersonal issues that come up when a person starts to make more money. This song was released along with the full length album ‘Life After Death.’ “Mo Money, Mo Problems” was nominated for an MTV Video Music Award for Best Rap Video, a Grammy Award for the Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group, ans a Soul Train Music Award for Best Video of the Year in 1998.
19. “Money, Money, Money” – ABBA
The song “Money, Money, Money” by ABBA is written from the perspective of a hardworking everyday person. The lyrics of this song express woes about working all day without a rich man to come home to. “Money, Money, Money” was released in the year 1976 as a part of the full length studio album ‘Arrival.’ Other popular songs by the group ABBA include “Knowing Me, Knowing You,” “Take a Chance on Me,” “Gimme, Gimme, Gimme,” and “The Winner Takes It All.”
20 “Moneytalks” – AC/DC
The song “Moneytalks” was released by AC/DC on December 8 of the year 1990. This song is featured in the film ‘Live at Donington’. It peaked in the No. 23 position on the Billboard Hot 100 list on Feb. 9 of the year 1991. The track was also reached the No. 3 on the Mainstream Rock chart on Jan. 26, 1991. “Moneytalks” was written by Angus Young and Malcom Young of AC/DC. It was produced by the talented Bruce Fairbair. This song is all about accessories to wealth – foreign chefs, king sized beds, furs, diamonds, paintings, and more. Many people who aspire to be rich do so so that they can get their hands on expensive and luxurious material posessions like these.
21. “Rich Girl” – Hall and Oates
The song “Rich Girl” by classic rock duo Hall and Oates is not to be confused with the Gwen Stefani song of the same name. The song “Rich Girl” by Hall and Oates was released in the year 1976. “Rich Girl” spent two weeks in the number one position on the Billboard Hot 100 list in the springtime of the year 1977. The song “Rich Girl” was featured on the classic Hall and Oates record titled ‘Bigger Than Both of Us.’ Other hits from Hall and Oates include “You Make My Dreams,” “Out of Touch,” “Every Time You Go Away,” and “Maneater.
If you want to make a playlist of songs written about money, start with this list. You might be surprised how many of your favorite musical artists have mentioned money in songs. Did we miss out on any classic or timeless songs about money? Let us know by using our contact form today!