songs The Best Songs About Being Poor  

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Being poor sucks, and that’s exactly the state many of these musicians found themselves in when they wrote these songs about being poor. Whatever you call money: Paper, green, cabbage, it’s something people need to survive and thrive in the world. Consider these songs about being broke a guide to leaving poverty behind, or maybe a look into the vicious cycle that plagues so many. But while the characters in these songs about being poor may suffer from lack of funds, this list is definitely musically rich.

 

“Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)” was a hit for Jay-Z, a chronicle of his life in the streets and his road to the top of the rap game. “No Woman, No Cry” is one of Bob Marley’s best known songs, portrays his struggle of living in poverty in Jamaica, consoling the woman he loves.

 

Pulp’s “Common People” was inspired by frontman Jarvis Cocker befriending an upper class women who said she wanted to live like “common people,” or people without a lot of money. Cocker found her attitude unsavory and wrote the tune, which skewers class differences in Britain.

 

Which these songs about being poor make you feel rich when you hear them? Vote for your favorites! If there’s a song about being poor you love that isn’t on this list, please enrich it by adding it.

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Coal Miner's Daughter Loretta Lynn

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I Need a Dollar Aloe Blacc, The Saturdays

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Poor Places Wilco

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Poor Poor Pitiful Me Linda Ronstadt

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A Poor Man's Roses Patsy Cline

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My Poor Friend Me Bad Religion

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No Woman No Cry Bob Marley

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Poor Poor Pitiful Me Warren Zevon

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Help the Poor Eric Clapton, B.B. King

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Poor Little Lamb Tom Waits

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Poor Baby Roy Orbison

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Gold Digger Kanye West, Jamie Foxx

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Poor Me Fats Domino

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My Poor Brain Foo Fighters

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Poor Boy Joan Baez

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Kill the Poor Dead Kennedys

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Rich Man, Poor Man Peter^! Paul and Mary

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Poor Mohammed Procol Harum

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Man in the Mirror Michael Jackson

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Poor Twisted Me Metallica

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Poor House Traveling Wilburys

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How Can a Poor Boy? Van Morrison

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Poor Folks Town Dolly Parton

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Poor Boy Cliff Richard

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Poor Slave Jimmy Cliff

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Poor Little Jesus Bobby Darin

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Oh! Liza, Poor Gal Pete Seeger

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Mr. Banker Lynyrd Skynyrd

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Poor Cow Elton John

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Chapter 13 (Rich Man vs. Poor Man) Common, Common Sense

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Modern Romance / Poor Song Yeah Yeah Yeahs

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Fancy Reba McEntire

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Poor Charlotte The Miracles

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Son of a Poor Man REO Speedwagon

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Poor Man's Son Survivor

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Poor Little Rich Boy Regina Spektor

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