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The 23 best songs about money

From Kelis to the Beatles, our list of the best money songs ever will make you feel like a millionare

Written by
Andy Kryza

Money makes the world go around. Sometimes it also makes the turntables spin. It may be the root of all evil, but money’s a hell of a muse – as this list of the best songs about money proves.

Like the power of love and the pain of a broken heart, cash – too much of it or too little – has inspired some of the best pop songs of all time, from classic-rock standards to 99 percent of ’90s hip-hop. With dollar signs in our eyes, we’ve rounded up 23 of the best songs about money. Time to make it rain.

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Written by Nick Levine, Andy Kryza, Grace Goslin, James Manning and Ella Doyle. 

Best songs about money, ranked

1. ‘Mo Money Mo Problems’ by the Notorious B.I.G.

Biggie Smalls spent his career marveling at the wealth wrought by his hustle – the man had a Super Nintendo and a Sega Genesis – but in this mega-hit from his last album, the rapper was a bit more reflective about the spoils of his success. Not that you’d know it: With a driving Diana Ross sample courtesy of Puffy, the song is the perfect rain-making anthem, and if you can hear Biggie’s final verse without shouting ‘B-I-G-P-O-P-P-A’ along with the late legend, you might want to get your ears checked.

2. ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’ by The Beatles

The Beatles’ songs about money output mostly focused on the negative side of money (see also, ‘Taxman’) but it was during the Fab Four’s boy-band heyday that they penned the ultimate anti-wealth song, lamenting the one thing that a wad of cash and sudden success couldn’t purchase: affection. The song still rips, even if there’s a note of melancholy lingering in the backbeat. 


3. ‘C.R.E.A.M.’ by Wu-Tang Clan

Cash. Rules. Everything. Around. Me. Five words that anchor this highlight from the Clan's 1993 album 'Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)'. It's not just an all-time rap classic, but – thanks to this track, 'cream' has become an enduring slang term for money. Just try to overlook the fact it was later sampled by Iggy Azalea. 

4. ‘Everything Counts’ by Depeche Mode
James Manning
Content Director, EMEA

5. ‘Millionare’ by Kelis

Someone killed the vibes at your house party? Fear not. Playing this Kelis X André 3000 noughties banger is a surefire way to get the night going again. Sampling Doug E. Fresh’s ‘La Di Da Di’, André 3000 might be desperate for us to know that he woke up early this morning, but the verse that’ll have everyone screaming the lyrics word for word is ‘where there is cheese there are rats’. You know the rest, but basically, someone’s out to get his riches. It’s kind of offensive, but it’s got a cracking beat. And the music video is iconic.
Ella Doyle
Guides Editor

6. ‘Money’ by Pink Floyd

Roger Waters’ million-dollar baseline on this Dark Side megahit might do the driving, but it’s the rhythmic ka-chinging of cash registers that really sells Floyd’s rollicking takedown of capitalistic urges. Floyd would spend a lot of its career side-eyeing wealth (while getting very, very rich), but never this iconically.


7. ‘Money Changes Everything’ by Cyndi Lauper

Originally recorded by cult new wave band The Brains, ‘Money Changes Everything’ became a hit in 1984 when Cyndi Lauper covered it for her smash debut album ‘She’s So Unusual’. Her version of this song about money may begin with a breezy harmonica riff, but the lyrics still sting as Lauper tells the story of a woman who’s sworn her partner ‘everlasting love’... but decides to ditch him for a richer guy.

8. ‘Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?’ by Bing Crosby

Written for the 1932 musical ‘Americana’, this supremely poignant song became a soundtrack to the Great Depression. The socially conscious lyrics are sung from the viewpoint of a beggar who’s effectively been spat out by the system. ‘Once I built a railroad, now it’s done,’ he sighs. ‘Brother, can you spare a dime?’ Bing Crosby’s version is the classic, but George Michael's 1999 cover version is pretty damn fine, too. 


9. ‘For the Love of Money’ by The O’Jays

‘Money money money money... money!’ This funk classic co-written by legendary Philly sound songwriters Gamble and Huff has an iconic intro. But the song that unfolds over the next seven minutes is often surprisingly dark. ‘For the love of money, people will rob their own brother,’ the O’Jays warn us mournfully. And they’d probably do much worse to get their hands on this track’s frankly incredible bassline. 

10. ‘Bills Bills Bills’ by Destiny’s Child

Destiny’s Child’s first US chart-topper is an unapologetic ‘screw you’ to shady males who don’t pay their way. A more cash-centric cousin to TLC’s ‘No Scrubs’, which was co-written by the same R&B hitmaking team, it’s a deathless banger that makes you want to flick your hair as you take your paycheck with you. 


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