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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Aloe Blacc, The Saturdays

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Tom Islava added Michael Jackson

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Loretta Lynn

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14 12
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Linda Ronstadt

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Eric Clapton, B.B. King

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Jimmy Cliff

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Bob Marley

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Traveling Wilburys

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6 5
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Roy Orbison

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5 4
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Fats Domino

14
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Lynyrd Skynyrd

15
7 7
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Tom Waits

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3 3
Don't Worry, Be Happy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Songs About Being Poor
Tommy Tindall added Holly Dolly -

Bobby McFerrin

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Metallica

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10 11
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Wilco

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8 9
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7 8
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Patsy Cline

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5 6
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Reba McEntire

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4 5
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Peter, Paul and Mary

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3 4
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Warren Zevon

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4 6
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4 6
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Joan Baez

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4 6
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punksnotdead added Dead Kennedys

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4 6
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Van Morrison

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4 6
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4 6
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punksnotdead added TV Smith

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3 5
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3 5
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Common, Common Sense

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3 5
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Dolly Parton

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3 5
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REO Speedwagon

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2 4
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2 4
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Regina Spektor

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2 4
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Steve Earle

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2 4
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Electric Light Orchestra

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Sarah Vaughan

42
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Pete Seeger

43
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Bobby Darin

44
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Anti‐Flag

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6 9
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Bad Religion

46
6 9
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6 9
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Foo Fighters

48
4 7
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Procol Harum

49
4 7
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Elton John

50
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The Guess Who