I Want Money: A Playlist About Being Broke

We’re college students, we’re poor, and we’ve had enough Ramen Noodles to last us a lifetime. This list serves as part reminder that everyone’s been down on their luck at least once in their life, and as part motivation to get our lazy butts off the couch, get out into the workforce, and rake in that cash. Look out real world, here we come.

  • “Moneygrabber” by Fitz & the Tantrums
    “This guy is close to broke because of some gal being a gold digger. Hate it when that happens.” – Sammy
  • “Last Two Dollars” by Johnnie Taylor
    “‘Last Two Dollars” is undoubtedly the grandfather of all songs about being broke. It is allabout a man who only has two dollars in his pocket that he’s using for bus fare and is the epitome of classic soul.” – Lauren
  • “Why Don’t You Get a Job” by The Offspring
    “Quite literally, this song practically screams a call to action for lazy counterparts in arelationship to get up, help out and get a job.  After all ladies, no one likes a freeloader, and guys, no one likes a bum.” – Amanda
  • “Money (That’s What I Want)” by Flying Lizards
    “It’s straight to the point, it’s quirky and it’s the perfect soundtrack to rolling around in a pile of money like Scrooge McDuck. Now, if only I had a pile of money to roll around in…”– Bri
  • “I Need a Dollar” by Aloe Blacc
    “‘I Need a Dollar” is literally a plea for a dollar. You may know the song as being the theme for the HBO show How to Make It in America or more recently from Sirius radio’s hit bound, but either way it is a catchy  R&B song that is guaranteed to get stuck in your head.” – Becky
  • “F**k You” by Cee-Lo Green
    “What’s worse than losing your girl to a guy with more money? I guess it’s being the one with no money & no girl…. – Nicole
  • “Help a Kid Out” by Paul Baribeau
    “Angsty Paul goes back and forth on the possibilities of quitting his job and dropping out of college and finishes the song off by saying, “I’m out of money again, can’t you help a kid out?’”-  Danielle
  • “You and I” by Ingrid Michaelson
    “It’s light and airy and they don’t care that they are completely broke.” – Megan
  • “On the Bus Mall” by The Decemberists
    “A beautiful song and a great anecdote of teenage homelessness.” – Morgan
  • “Which Side are You On?” by Billy Bragg
    “It’s a union anthem that reminds us that just because you’re broke doesn’t mean that you’re broken.” – Michael 

Got a favorite song about being broke? Have a favorite about money, in general? I’m sure you do, so comment and tell us all about it. We need as much motivation as we can get.

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