No romance without finance: Songs about money

In the same period, more or less, when ABC and Pet Shop Boys scored top twenty pop hits with songs mocking their own avarice, Gwen Guthrie couldn’t get “Ain’t Nothin’ Goin’ On But the Rent” a hearing. “Ain’t no romance without finance” sounds like another confession of affected greed, but the next line is the key: “Got to have a J.O.B. if you wanna be with me.” Maybe her A&R people weren’t paying the right radio programmers in the Control era. Cyndi Lauper two years earlier diagnosed the problem with her Brains cover.

The list:

1. Barrett Strong – Money (That’s What I Want)
2. The Adventures of Stevie B – Dirty Cash (Money Talks)
3. Pet Shop Boys – Opportunities (Let’s Make Lots of Money)
4. Cyndi Lauper – Money Changes Everything
5. Lil Wayne – Money on My Mind
6. Wu-Tang Clan – C.R.E.A.M.
7. Gwen Guthrie – Ain’t Nothin’ Goin’ On But the Rent
8. Liza Minelli & Joel Grey – Money, Money
9. Randy Newman – It’s Money That Matters
10. ABC – (How to Be a) Millionaire
11. The Beatles – You Never Give Me Your Money
12. Warren Zevon – Lawyers, Guns and Money
13. Willie Nelson – If You’ve Got the Money, I’ve Got the Time
14. John Anderson – Money in the Bank
15. Simply Red – Money’s Too Tight (To Mention)
16. Fountains of Wayne – Bright Future in Sales
17. Rush – The Big Money
18. K.T. Oslin – Money
19. Destiny’s Child – Bills, Bills, Bills
20. Lana Del Rey – Old Money
21. Donna Summer – She Works Hard for the Money
22. Lady Gaga – Beautiful, Dirty, Rich
24. The O’Jays – For the Love of Money
25. Gang Starr – All For Tha Ca$h

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