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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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The Best Songs About Being Hungry The Greatest Heavy Metal Bands

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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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Gold Digger Kanye West, Jamie Foxx

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No Woman No Cry Bob Marley

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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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Poor Twisted Me Metallica

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Poor Poor Pitiful Me Linda Ronstadt

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Help the Poor Eric Clapton, B.B. King

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Poor Poor Pitiful Me Warren Zevon

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Poor Little Lamb Tom Waits

The Best Songs About Hunger 16 Songs That Don't Mean What You Think They Do

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How Can a Poor Boy? Van Morrison

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Poor House Traveling Wilburys

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Poor Baby Roy Orbison

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Poor Folks Town Dolly Parton

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Kill the Poor Dead Kennedys

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Poor Me Fats Domino

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Man in the Mirror Michael Jackson

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Poor Cow Elton John

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My Poor Brain Foo Fighters

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Poor Boy Joan Baez

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Mr. Banker Lynyrd Skynyrd

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Fancy Reba McEntire

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Modern Romance / Poor Song Yeah Yeah Yeahs

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

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Rich Man, Poor Man Peter^! Paul and Mary

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Poor Charlotte The Miracles

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Poor Little Rich Boy Regina Spektor

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Poor Man's Son Survivor

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Poor Mohammed Procol Harum

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Sittin' on a Poor Man's Throne Bobby Bland, Copperpenny

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Angry, Young and Poor Anti‐Flag

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Son of a Poor Man REO Speedwagon

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Poor Butterfly Tony Bennett

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Poor Lil Rich 50 Cent

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Poor Heart Phish

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Rich World - Poor World The Guess Who