The Worst Songs About Money
To put it simply, there aren't many good songs out there about money. Heck, a lot of the songs on money and being rich are quite terrible.
Even worse, if you listen to these songs too much, or take the lyrics seriously, you could end up broke. Just like MC Hammer.
#3) My Last - By Big Sean Ft. Chris Brown
Building wealth is a long and meaningful journey that takes some sacrifices. Living below your means can be pretty important in reaching your goals.
“And I’ma hit this drink up like it’s my last. I’ma I’ma hit this night up like it’s my last....Big a$$ bottles, big ice buckets. I work too hard to be balling on a budget. Me and my people do it bg out in public. ‘Cause if you don’t do it big, you ain’t doing nothing.”
The truth is, pursuing instant gratificition is wealth destroying behavior, and delaying gratification is wealth building behavior. It's that simple. You have to be frugal and careful with your money and invest smart over a period of time. If you do that, you have a great chance to be rich. Not by blowing your money on a Saturday night at the local strip joint.
#2 ) Billionaire - By Travis McCoy
Ugh. This song annoys the crap out of me.
"I wanna be a billionaire so freaking 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"
This song annoys me because it’s all about the OUTCOME (having a billion dollars) and not the PROCESS. Wah. I want a billion dollars. Who DOESN'T man! How are you going to do it? And why do you deserve it?
I find someone talking or singing about wanting a billion dollars extremely lazy and ignorant. You want to be a billionaire. OK. Join the club. How are you going to do it? Are you going to produce something meaningful?
To be a billionaire, you have to do something that affects a lot of people. It's lazy and selfish to want a billion bucks and not have any plan.
#1) If I Had a Million Dollars - By The Barenaked Ladies
This song should be re-named, "If I Had a Million Dollars, Here's How I'd Blow it." Here's a list of things the Barenaked Ladies would buy, according to WikiPedia:
- A house
- Furniture for the house (such as a chesterfield or an ottoman)
- A K car (such as a Plymouth Reliant)
- A tree fort in our yard
- A little tiny fridge to put in the tree fort, (containing pre-wrapped sausages in the Gordon version)
- A fur coat (with fake fur)
- An exotic pet (such as a llama or emu)
- The remains of John (Joseph) Merrick (the "Elephant Man")
- A limousine to drive to the store (Really?)
- A lot more Kraft Dinner (and expensive ketchup - dijon ketchup - to go with it, in the Gordon version)
- A green dress (not a real one, though)
- Some art (a Picasso or a Garfunkel)
- A monkey
- "Your love"
Basically, if you somehow obtain $1 million dollars in a short time frame (by winning lottery for example) this is exactly what you DO NOT want to do with the money. Nothing about investing, at all! Nothing about KEEPING that million dollars.
Then again, I guess there is nothing fun about the lyrics "If I had a million dollars, I would put it in FDIC insured government bonds and live off the interest." Or event "I'd buy a basket of dividend paying stocks and re-invest some of the dividens, dollar cost averaging of a period of years."
There is a reason people who win the lottery often end up broke. They are rich, not wealthy. They buy a bunch of stuff and nothing with real worth.
Plus, a million dollars sure doesn’t buy what it used to? Can anybody even retire on a million bucks these days? Decent song but you can't take it seriously anymore.