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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I Need a Dollar Aloe Blacc, The Saturdays

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Coal Miner's Daughter Loretta Lynn

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Poor Poor Pitiful Me Linda Ronstadt

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Poor Places Wilco

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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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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

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Poor Baby Roy Orbison

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Rich Man, Poor Man Peter, Paul and Mary

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Tom Islava added 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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punksnotdead added Kill the Poor Dead Kennedys

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Poor Mohammed Procol Harum

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Tom Islava added Man in the Mirror Michael Jackson

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Poor Twisted Me Metallica

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Poor Boy Joan Baez

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Poor House Traveling Wilburys

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Poor Folks Town Dolly Parton

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How Can a Poor Boy? Van Morrison

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punksnotdead added Expensive Being Poor TV Smith

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Poor Little Jesus Bobby Darin

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Oh! Liza, Poor Gal Pete Seeger

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Poor Boy Cliff Richard

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Poor Cow Elton John

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Mr. Banker Lynyrd Skynyrd

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Fancy Reba McEntire

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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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Poor Butterfly Tony Bennett

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Poor Slave Jimmy Cliff

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

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Son of a Poor Man REO Speedwagon

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Poor Charlotte The Miracles

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Angry, Young and Poor Anti‐Flag