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 Baby Roy Orbison

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Poor Poor Pitiful Me Linda Ronstadt

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Tom Islava added Man in the Mirror Michael Jackson

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No Woman No Cry Bob Marley

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Poor Twisted Me Metallica

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Help the Poor Eric Clapton, B.B. King

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My Poor Friend Me Bad Religion

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Poor Poor Pitiful Me Warren Zevon

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Fancy Reba McEntire

The Best Songs About Being Hungry

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Poor Me Fats Domino

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My Poor Brain Foo Fighters

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Poor Little Lamb Tom Waits

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Mr. Banker Lynyrd Skynyrd

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Poor Mohammed Procol Harum

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Poor House Traveling Wilburys

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How Can a Poor Boy? Van Morrison

The Greatest Songs by '60s One-Hit Wonders

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punksnotdead added Kill the Poor Dead Kennedys

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punksnotdead added Expensive Being Poor TV Smith

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Poor Slave Jimmy Cliff

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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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Son of a Poor Man REO Speedwagon

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Don't Worry, Be Happy is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Songs About Being Poor
Tommy Tindall added Don't Worry, Be Happy Holly Dolly - Bobby McFerrin

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Poor Places Wilco

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A Poor Man's Roses Patsy Cline

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Poor Boy Joan Baez

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Poor Cow Elton John

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Rich World - Poor World The Guess Who

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Poor Man's Son Survivor

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Poor Boy (The Greenwood) Electric Light Orchestra

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Poor Charlotte The Miracles

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Poor Boy Steve Earle

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Oh! Liza, Poor Gal Pete Seeger

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Poor Boy Cliff Richard

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Poor Butterfly Tony Bennett

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Poor Little Jesus Bobby Darin