In terms of dread and displeasure, tax day is right up there with visiting the dentist, public speaking, and running in to an ex – and their new love interest – at a party. But tax day doesn’t have to be all bad. To help wash away your W2 woes we’ve rounded up 10 songs about money and taxes that make a perfect soundtrack to filing day. From Biggie’s realization on “Mo’ Money Mo’ Problems” to Johnny Cash’s wise words in “After Taxes”, it’s a great reminder that at least we’re all in this together.
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The Beatles — “Tax Man”
This Beatles classic is a perfect starting point for any list of tax-related tunes. The song was George Harrison’s reaction to the British 95% supertax that ate up the band’s earnings in the mid-‘60s, and remains a filing day favorite for its iconic bassline and sarcastic quips like “Should five percent appear too small / Be thankful I don’t take it all”.
Sam Smith — “Money on My Mind”
Sam Smith’s phenomenal rise to stardom took place relatively recently, but the sensitive crooner is already weary of industry execs putting the bottom line before artistic expression. Smith sings “I don’t have money on my mind / I do it for the love”, giving voice to an opinion shared by countless other artists. See Sam Smith tickets.
Rihanna — “B***ch Better Have My Money”
Rihanna manages to breathe new life and attitude into this basic Econ 101 concept — “pay me what you owe me” — on her latest single. She calls the shots, so please “don’t act like you forgot”.
Billy Joel — “Movin’ Out”
The Piano Man questions money’s real value on “Movin’ Out” with classic lyrics like “And it seems such a waste of time / If that’s what it’s all about” and “You can pay Uncle Sam with the overtime / Is that all you get for your money?” For Joel, there’s more to life than dollar signs – a perspective we could all benefit from adopting on tax day. See Billy Joel tickets.
The Notorious B.I.G. — “Mo’ Money Mo’ Problems”
Biggie isn’t the first person to note that money doesn’t solve everything, but he may have put it best — “It’s like the more money we come across / The more problems we see”. Keep that in mind this tax season when forking over your hard-earned cash.
AC/DC — “Money Talks”
Uncle Sam knows better than anyone that money gets things done — that’s why he wants yours. AC/DC agrees, singing “money talks, B.S. walks” in this classic anthem. See AC/DC tickets.
Johnny Cash — “After Taxes”
Everybody’s got different problems, but we all share one ailment — taxes. For Cash, the real pain of tax day lies in all the things that money could have bought — “There goes that bracelet for her arm / There goes that new fence for my farm / There goes that brand new Pontiac / There goes that shirt right off my back”.
Madonna — “Material Girl”
You can’t very well be a material girl (or boy) without money. Taxes may be a drain on your material lifestyle, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t whistle Madonna’s classic ode to consumerism when you’re out spending your refund. See Madonna Tickets.
Pink Floyd — “Money”
One of the most famous song about money ever written, Pink Floyd’s epic indictment of capitalistic greed closes with the cynical lines “Money, so they say / Is the root of all evil today / But if you ask for a raise it’s no surprise / That they’re giving none away”. Essential tax day listening.
The B-52s — “Legal Tender”
In typical madcap fashion, The B-52s gave new meaning to tax-free income with a basement counterfeit operation in this 1983 new wave classic — “We’re in the basement / Learning to print / 10-20-30 million waiting to be spent / We’re stackin’ ’em against the walls / Those gangster presidents”. See B-52s tickets.
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