What These 6 Popular Songs About Money Can Teach Us

Financial advice can be found anywhere, but it might resonate more if you hear it coming out of your stereo or AirPods.

Musicians throughout the years have taken to the mic to celebrate their surplus of capital — oftentimes imparting advice to the listener about how they, too, can manage their cash flow. Here we break down six memorable money tips from musicians moonlighting as financial planners in their songs. 

Mo Money, Mo Problems by The Notorious B.I.G. featuring Mase and Puff Daddy

Big Poppa emphasizes the importance of knowing your worth. Despite the inevitable problems with managing additional wealth, understanding your own professional value can ensure your cash stays stacked for years to come. 

Money by Pink Floyd

“Money, so they say, is the root of all evil today. But if you ask for a rise, it’s no surprise that they’re giving none away.” This lyric serves as a reminder to be neither cheap nor over-generous. You can have your cake and eat it too, donate to charity while looking out for your own best interests. 

You Never Give Me Your Money by the Beatle

Oh, did you think we would do “Can’t Buy Me Love”? We’re more into the deep cuts, and this sobering song about the Beatles’ financial quagmires imparts advice on how to manage money with your partner — be it in business or in life.

Rich Girl by Hall & Oates

This song is meant to critique the idea of taking a handout from your parents instead of earning your own money. Establishing financial independence is key to living a fulfilling life, and it’s important to guarantee you can pave your own way.

Bitch Better Have My Money by Rihanna

Even if you’re in debt to her, it’s unlikely that Rihanna will kneecap you in the parking lot while you leave work. Nevertheless, it’s important to pay off debts as quickly as possible. Accumulating interest or damaging your credit score may not be as bad as physical injury, but it can still hurt you (financially) in the long run.