Does your financial situation make you want to sing the blues? Here are a few very popular songs that actually revolve around personal finance.
Music is a great form of expression, so it’s no surprise that every situation you can possibly think of has a song to go with it. In this article, we’ll take a look at popular songs from the past that touch upon aspects of money and personal finances! This should be fun – let’s get started, shall we?
Can’t Buy Me Love – The Beatles
Ah, The Beatles, what an iconic group! In their few years of bloom, they managed to write a variety of songs based on different themes. One of their popular songs, Can’t Buy Me Love actually talks about the things that money can’t get you.
The song goes on to imply that money can buy you diamond rings and fancy things but it can’t buy you love, which is a very valid point, because it makes you realise what’s beyond the scope of your finances. Nurturing this perspective will go a long way in helping you find balance in life between the tangible aspects of life and the intangible elements.
Mercedes Benz – Janis Joplin
In this classic tune, Joplin is wishing for a fancy car, but she also hints how nothing in life comes easy; hard work is the road to success. The song teaches us not to measure other’s successes with ours, which is well described in the lines that describe how Joplin is envious of her friends who own a Porsche. The lessons here are:
- There’s no substitute to hard work
- Things that make others happy may not necessarily make you happy too – find your goals on our own
Can’t Always Get What You Want – The Rolling Stones
The very theme of this song throws light on how important it is to differentiate between our wants and needs. The chorus lines go on to say while you may not always get what you want, you will get what you need should you try earnestly, and this is a lesson that we can all keep in mind when it comes to our finances. We need to possess the ability to distinguish luxuries from necessities – and this will help us throughout our financial journey.
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Ka-Ching! – Shania Twain
This catchy pop tune’s take on how the world revolves around money is a reflection of reality, still relevant. The lyrics that suggest how one can get carried away with affluence and luxury make you think about how important it is to exercise control and responsibility when it comes to your money. Fancy living may be fun, but it surely isn’t sustainable. Real wealth is knowing how financially secure you are for years to come.
Money For Nothing – Dire Straits
In this song, Mark Knopfler attempts to showcase how musicians are perceived in the eyes of laymen as “chimpanzees” who get paid a lot to just look cool and play guitars on TV – they seem to be getting “Money” for doing nothing. In actuality, any successful artist’s success is purely based on the years of hard work and non-glamorous years that has carried them to where they are today. While outsiders may not see the years of struggle, it is surely the only way to success.
You can take this mantra to your savings drawing board. Start saving at an early stage, get through the tough years, and you’ll surely be a financial rockstar in the future.
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Money – Pink Floyd
This one’s from one of the most popular rock albums of all time, Dark Side Of The Moon. “Money”, through Roger Waters’ lyrics, describes how money may the root of evil, but also describes how humans run on money, whether you like it or not.
Describing the song, Waters stated that while he was always a socialist by principle, he did experience the urge to own materialistic stuff like cars and other fancy things, and learned to embrace the reality of this aspect of human life.
What we can take away from this song is the fact that money isn’t going anywhere at the moment, so it’s better to embrace the good that it has to offer and manage your finances responsibly and ethically. Also, it is human to want fancy things, but one can always be mature enough to prioritise purchases.
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