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12 Best Songs About Taxes & Money

12: Babylove & The Van Dangos - Taxman Ska

The best song about taxes you've never heard of. If it's possible for you to smile on tax day, and no one will blame you if you can't, this bouncy reggae tribute to the taxman might do it for you.

11: Barenaked Ladies - If I Had $1,000,000

If you had $1,000,000 on tax day, you could end up paying at least $400,000 to the taxman. But you'd still have money left over to buy some art - a Picasso or a Garfunkel.

10: The Steve Miller Band - Take the Money and Run

This classic rock favorite sports a title that could easily be the slogan for the IRS...and every other taxing authority on the planet.

9: The Kinks - Sunny Afternoon

"The taxman's taken all my dough..." Ray Davies sings in this strangely upbeat song of financial ruin. Well, at least he still has his stately home and the weather is nice.

8: Lady Gaga - Money Honey

Is love better than a Jag, a jet and a mansion? That's what Gaga seems to be saying in a song that both celebrates and dismisses (sort of) the luxury life.

7: Johnny Paycheck - Me and the IRS

Maybe telling your boss to Take This Job and Shove It isn't such a great idea. After he delivered the 70's most famous resignation, Johnny Paycheck eventually was forced to file for bankruptcy. Trouble with the IRS, and this song, inevitably followed.

6: The Notorious B.I.G. - Mo Money Mo Problems

One of the two #1 hits Notorious B.I.G. had after his death, Mo Money Mo Problems sampled Diana Ross on the way to being one of the biggest hits in hip hop history.

5: Dire Straits - Money for Nothing

This song began when Mark Knopfler overheard a rant in an electronics store. Just like the video, a warehouse worker in an appliance store was complaining to a co-worker about the cushy lives of rock stars. Knopfler took down the conversation verbatim, added one of the catchiest hooks in 80's rock and roll, and a mega-hit was born.

4: Sam Smith - Money on My Mind

Recorded after Sam Smith signed his first contract with a major label, Money on My Mind speaks honestly about the pressures of the music business. A beautiful song featuring a stellar vocal performance

3: Warren Zevon - Lawyers, Guns & Money

Whether you think it's a thinly veiled parody of cold war paranoia or a story of an adventure gone seriously sideways, asking Dad for money has never been so fun.

2: Pink Floyd - Money

With it's distinctive rhythmic opening of money clinking and cash registers ringing (created by splicing together sound effect recorded in Roger Water's garden shed) Pink Floyd's Money remains the most recognizable song about the root of all evil.

1: The Beatles - Taxman

The lyric "There's one for you, nineteen for me" isn't artistic license - at the time George Harrison wrote this the Beatles were paying an astonishing 95% of the money they earned to the British taxman. Recorded in April of 1966, Taxman remains the most popular song about the most unpopular reality of life.