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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Loretta Lynn

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Linda Ronstadt

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Eric Clapton, B.B. King

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Tom Islava added Michael Jackson

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Roy Orbison

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Traveling Wilburys

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Jimmy Cliff

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Fats Domino

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Tom Waits

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Bob Marley

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10 11
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Wilco

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Patsy Cline

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Lynyrd Skynyrd

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Peter, Paul and Mary

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Don't Worry, Be Happy is listed (or ranked) 21 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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Warren Zevon

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Joan Baez

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punksnotdead added Dead Kennedys

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Van Morrison

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Reba McEntire

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punksnotdead added TV Smith

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Dolly Parton

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Common, Common Sense

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Steve Earle

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REO Speedwagon

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Electric Light Orchestra

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Anti‐Flag

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Pete Seeger

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Bobby Darin

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Sarah Vaughan

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Bad Religion

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6 9
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Foo Fighters

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Tom Islava added Kanye West, Jamie Foxx

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Procol Harum

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Elton John

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