Many modern popular artists have helped construct greed into the opposite from that of being perceived a flaw, making it stand as high as an indispensable parameter on the way to success. Well thank you, Travis McCoy and thank you, 2nd hand rappers, but this article isn’t about you.

If we look a bit in the past, we can see that this old habit of preaching for the power of money, whilst also acknowledging its iniquity, isn’t all that new. And sometimes it even came from artists we loved. Not that they’re to blame. The music industry is about selling your soul to the devil, anyway. So here are the best 10 classic songs about money:

10. The whole Hip Hop Genre. No exception. Any singular nomination would be a crime.

9. Little Walter – Dead Presidents

8. Cyndi Lauper – Money Changes Everything

7. Dire Straits – Money For Nothing

6. O’Jays – For the Love of Money

5. The Beatles – You Never Give Me Your Money

4. AC/DC – Money Talks

3. John Lee Hooker/The Rolling Stones – (I Need Some) Money

2. ABBA – Money Money Money

1. Pink Floyd – Money

So, as David Gilmour says, taking a condescending weep for us while bathing in his millions, “money is the root of all evil today”, isn’t it? And it’s uncontrollable, just coming out of nowhere. Well, kind to think of it, money doesn’t just appear, it’s issued. As through an alchemic process. But never mind this, cause we all know how much each of us dreams of being a billionaire, just like aforementioned Travis McCoy said. It’s just too bad that Funkadelic weren’t more popular, cause “you don’t buy a life, you live a life” sounds way cooler to me.

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