The 7 Best Finance Related Songs

What’s this?  A list article on Don’t Quit Your Day Job…?  Well, if you take a look at the calendar, you’ll note that the weather outside is frightful* and it would be delightful if I posted some lighter fare.  So, in conjunction with our friend Athena from According to Athena, we decided to leave the hard work to musicians and link to some epic music.  Be sure to read her take after.

So, here you have it – the 7 songs which best sum up Personal Finance.

* – That’s a theoretical.  I’m in the Bay Area.

7. The Zombies – Time of the Season

Key Lyric:

What’s your name? (What’s your name?)
Who’s your daddy? (Who’s your daddy?)
Is he rich like me?
Has he taken any time
To show you what you need to live?


Well, just listen.  This song is obviously about a man who is very interested in the finances of a young female and hopes that her father showed her how to budget.

I don’t know what this “time of the season for loving” stuff is.

6. Pink Floyd – Money

Key Lyric:

Money… get away.
Get a good job with more pay and you’re oookay.
Money… it’s a gas.
Grab that cash with both hands and make a stash


I wanted to include at least one song in this list which no one has ever considered in their own finance-related money list before.  This is my hat tip to stunning originality and contrarianism.

5. Pearl Jam – Corduroy

Key Lyric:

I’ll take the firmest path; ooh, and I must refuse your test
Oh push me and I will resist…
This behavior’s not unique
I don’t want to hear from those who know
They can buy, but can’t put on my clothes.


Eddie Vedder said that the above lyric describes a surreal experience where he saw a remake of his cheap corduroy jacket being sold for over $600 dollars (the album Corduroy is on was released in 1994).  So, yeah – lots of meaning in here.  Insert your own – buy used, visit thrift stores, aim for style not fashion.

Clothes may make the man but $650 jackets don’t make the man Eddie Vedder.  (Read his take)

4. Joe Walsh – Life’s Been Good

Key Lyric:

The WHOLE Song.  But, since you asked:

I live in hotels, tear out the walls
I have accountants pay for it all


Mr. Perry asks for sympathy while he shares a nice fact about his Maserati.  I left a message at his office; I hope he calls!

Personal Finance takeaway?  Acquire funds, ditch sycophants.

Note: Until Mr. 101 Centavos emailed us, we had Joe Perry here.  How embarrassing.

3. Warren Zevon – Lawyers, Guns and Money

Key Lyric:

I was gambling in Havana
I took a little risk
Send lawyers, guns and money.
They’ll get me out of this, yeah…


If you don’t understand why unnecessary risks are a problem, you should probably start with our first article and work your way back here.

Don’t worry, there are only 684 in total.

2. Ray Charles – Busted

Key Lyric:

I got a cow that went dry and a hen that won’t lay; a big stack of bills that gets bigger each day
The county’s gonna haul my belongings away cause I’m busted.


Oh, you thought I was going to indirectly link Ray Charles’s I Got a Woman because a certain finance-related song sampled it in 2005?  That song is about a woman that’s good to Mr. Charles, c’mon people.

So, instead, I’ll take this song back from its place on late night payday loan commercials.  Don’t be busted.


1. Silverchair – Tomorrow

Key Lyric:

You say that money isn’t everything…
Well, I’d like to see you live without it.
You think you can keep on going living like a king…
Ooh babe, but I strongly doubt it!


Simple – a guy grows up never having to worry about money so tells our protagonist that “money isn’t everything”.  Typical “born on third base thinks he hit a triple” type scenario going on here, folks.  But, seriously, you should do everything you can to acquire money because it is a tool that lets you buy houses with sinks (amongst other things).

Bonus: when musicians rise to prominence then lecture the common folk, that interpretation also applies!


There you have it – our first listicle in DQYDJ’s expansive archives, but certainly not our last.

I hope you treat this post with all of the respect it deserves (none) and leave your angry comments and personal attacks in the comments section below!


  1. JZL says

    #5 Sixteen Tons by Tennessee Ernie Ford
    #4 Working For The Man by Roy Orbison
    #3 If You Got The Money I Got The Time by Lefty Frizzell
    #2 Money (That’s What I Want) by Barrett Strong
    #1 First I Look At The Purse by the Contours

      • jzl says

        #6 Money Honey by The Drifters
        #7 Summertime Blues by Eddie Cochran
        Honorable Mention #1 Mo Money Mo Problems by Notorious B.I.G.
        Honorable Mention #2 Nine To Five by Dolly Parton

        • says

          Nice – but you recognize the problem now… hard to stop, haha. I’ve got to be careful or I’ll be making a bunch more listicles.