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15 Songs About Money When You Wish You Had More

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We’ve got all sorts of things to say about money – it makes the world go round, it’s the root of all evil, it can’t buy you love. Likewise, there are a whole bunch of songs about how money affects us all differently, whether we want more of it, we want to spend it, or we want nothing to do with it!

Looking for the perfect track that describes your relationship with money? Check out these songs.

Rihanna – Bitch Better Have My Money

Don’t you just hate it when people owe you money? It’s like they decide to just not show up when you want your money back. If someone happens to owe you some cash, play this song in front of their house at full blast and hope they get the message.

Moneymaker lyrics: Bitch better have my money!

Y’all should know me well enough

Bitch better have my money!



Please don’t call me on my bluff

Pay me what you owe me

Ballin’ bigger than LeBron

Bitch, give me your money

Who y’all think y’all frontin’ on?

Like brrap, brrap, brrap

 

Destiny’s Child – Bills, Bills, Bills

Deception is a terrible thing, especially in a relationship. In this hit Destiny’s Child song, the singer is caught up with a guy who used to impress her with fancy things and trips to exotic places. But now that the guy’s complacent in their relationship, he’s starting to get sloppy to the point that it’s the singer who ends up having to pay all his bills.



Moneymaker lyrics: Now you’ve been maxing out my cards

Giving me bad credit buying me gifts with my own ends

Haven’t paid the first bill

But you’re steady heading to the mall

Going on shopping sprees perpetrating to your friends that you be balling

 

Kanye West feat. Jamie Foxx – Gold Digger

Here’s a tribute to all the women out there who use their man’s money to get by. In this song, the woman is absolutely stunning, but she has a reputation for only hanging around with the rich and famous. She’s got kids by various men who send her child support. And all that child support gets spent on a luxurious house, fancy cars, and liposuction. The last verse, however, is a warning to all the gold diggers out there – watch out for the guy who’s poor but hardworking because he’ll be the one to sticky by you when things get tough.

Moneymaker lyrics: Now I ain’t saying you’re a gold digger you got needs

You don’t want your dude to smoke but he can’t buy weed

You go out to eat, he can’t pay y’all can’t leave

There’s dishes in the back, he gotta roll up his sleeves

 

Madonna – Material Girl

Perhaps Kanye and Jamie Foxx were inspired to write Gold Digger by this 80s track by Madonna. In this song, the singer unabashedly admits that she wants the finer things in life, and she wants a man to give it to her. She thinks that the world is built on material possessions and she wants a slice of the pie… without necessarily working for it.

Moneymaker lyrics: ‘Cause we’re 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

 

ABBA – Money Money Money

In this song, the protagonist is sick and tired of working all the time just to pay the bills. She dreams of a wealthy man who can pay her bills and give her all the money she wants. In her naïve mind, she thinks that having a lot of money will make her life a lot easier. While money can make life easier, it’s the expensive luxuries that make it harder to keep up.

Moneymaker lyrics: Money, money, money

Must be funny

In the rich man’s world

Money, money, money

Always sunny

In the rich man’s world

 

Gwen Stefani feat. Eve – Rich Girl

Here’s another song about wanting to be wanting to be a rich girl. This indulgent track is about a girl who wishes she was so rich she could clear out a Vivienne Westwood boutique. But despite her desire to be that rich, she still thinks that her man’s love with worth more than all the riches she could get.

Moneymaker lyrics: If I was a Rich Girl

See, I’d have all the money in the world, if I was a wealthy girl

No man could test me, impress me, my cash flow would never ever end

Cause I’d have all the money in the world, if I was a wealthy girl

 

Mo Money, Mo Problems – Notorious BIG feat. Puff Daddy

Here’s the ultimate shout out to all the people who think that money’s all they need. In this song, BIG sings about how money always brings even more problems in his life. He may have all the luxuries money can buy, but the hassles included with it are cops even tapping his phone to check if his money’s clean!

Moneymaker lyrics: I don’t know what, they want from me

It’s like the more money we come across

The more problems we see

 

Ludacris feat. Pharell – Money Maker

Sex and money go hand in hand with this song about a guy who just wants a woman to shake what her mama gave her. Money Maker is about a rich guy who’s offering to spend tons of cash on a girl if he likes her (and her booty) enough. So he’s shouting out to all the girls out there who want to party with him as they ride on his private jet.

Moneymaker lyrics: Shake your money maker

Like somebody boutta pay you

Don’t worry about them haters

Keep your nose up in the air

You know I got it

If you want it, come get it

Stand next to this money

 

Travie McCoy feat. Bruno Mars – Billionaire

Who doesn’t want to be a billionaire? In this song, Travie and Bruno daydream about all the things they’ll do when they become billionaires. They’ll have a TV show like Oprah, adopt a bunch of poor children, grant people their last wishes, and even solve the recession. While a lot of artists sing about buying all sorts of things for themselves, these guys actually want to use their money to do some good in the world.

Moneymaker lyrics: I wanna be a billionaire so fucking bad

Buy all of the things I never had

Uh, I wanna be on the cover of Forbes magazine

Smiling next to Oprah and the Queen

 

Jessie J feat. B.o.B.- Price Tag

With all these songs about money, we need one that reminds us that money isn’t everything. Price Tag is a critique on people’s consumerist attitudes. So many people are lying and cheating to make money, and there are people who are so obsessed with making more money that they end up being miserable. So in her words, it’s not about the money, money, money.

Moneymaker lyrics: It’s not about the money, money, money

We don’t need your money, money, money

We just wanna make the world dance

Forget about the price tag

Ain’t about the (uh) ch-ch-ching ch-ching

Ain’t about the (yeah) bl-bling-bl-bling

Wanna make the world dance

Forget about the price tag

 

Lourde – Royals

In line with Jessie J’s song about people always focusing on what they have, Lourde came out with her breakout single about not needing all that ice to have fun. Royals is a critique on how people these days fall head over heels just to party like high society, when in fact, people who don’t have much money or didn’t come from money can party just as hard.

Moneymaker lyrics: My friends and I we’ve cracked the code

We count our dollars on the train to the party

And everyone who knows us knows that we’re fine with this

We didn’t come from money

 

Nine Inch Nails – Head Like a Hole

In line with Price Tag, we’ve got an industrial rock track that has a similar message. Head Like a Hole is a song that shows us how people seem to treat money like a god. It controls people and causes a lot of pain and suffering in the world. In this song, Trent Reznor adamantly sings about preferring to die than let money control him. Nine Inch Nails has always been vocal of their rejection of consumerism and capitalism, especially in the music industry.

Moneymaker lyrics: God money I’ll do anything for you

God money just tell me what you want me to

God money nail me up against the wall

God money don’t want everything he wants it all

 

Jennifer Lopez – Love Don’t Cost a Thing

Jennifer Lopez’ chart-topping song is a rejection of the usual gold digger trope. In this song she sings about how her man doesn’t need to spend so much on her to make her love him. She may have been impressed at first, but she’d rather have a man who treats her right instead of a man who spends money on her as a way to keep her around.

Moneymaker lyrics: You think you gotta keep me iced, you don’t

You think I’m gonna spend your cash, I won’t

Even if you were broke

My love don’t cost a thing

Think I wanna drive your Benz, I don’t

If I wanna floss I got my own

Even if you were broke

My love don’t cost a thing

 

Loggins and Messina – Danny’s Song

J.Lo’s song about not needing money to be happy with her partner was preceded by this song from Loggins and Messina. Danny’s Song was Kenny Loggins’ gift for his brother Danny to sing to his son, Colin. The lyrics are about a couple who may not have a lot money, but their genuine love allows them to become optimistic about their future with their new son.

Moneymaker lyrics: And even though we ain’t got money

I’m so in love with ya honey

And everything will bring a chain of love

And in the mornin’ when I rise

Bring a tear of joy to my eyes

And tell me everything is gonna be all right

 

The Beatles – Can’t Buy Me Love

Even before Kenny Loggins penned his famous Danny’s Song, The Beatles were already singing about how money isn’t everything. Can’t Buy Me Love is about a guy who has some money, but he knows all too well that he can’t use it to find love in his life. He’s willing to give money, sure, but he’d be happier knowing that the one he loves wants love more than she wants money. McCartney goes on to say, “The idea behind it was that all these material possessions are all very well, but they won’t buy me what I really want.”

Moneymaker lyrics: I’ll buy you a diamond ring my friend if it makes you feel alright

I’ll get you anything my friend if it makes you feel alright

Cos I don’t care too much for money, and money can’t buy me love

 

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