Songs About Bills
This list of the best songs about bills and money is proof that despite its reputation as the source of all evil, money can be a very inspiring subject for music. In the same way that the strength of love and the anguish of a shattered heart have inspired some of the greatest pop songs of all time, so too has money, whether in excess or deficiency.
To tell you the truth, no one likes being responsible for paying their expenses. It is a huge hassle, and if you don’t have a lot of money, to begin with, the problem becomes even more difficult to deal with.
It is only natural that many wonderful songwriters of our generation (and generations past) have recorded some amazing songs about personal financial heartache and struggle given that debt is a significant part of most American homes. Many of these songs have been inspired by the experiences of the songwriters’ own families and relationships.
These are songs that inwardly reflect on the anguish of struggling to make ends meet despite the raging desire that resides within each and every one of us to follow our ambitions and pursue our passions. Let’s get right into it. Enjoy!
1. “Ain’t No Rest For The Wicked” by Cage The Elephant
Cage The Elephant’s “Ain’t No Rest For The Wicked” is almost certainly going to be the first song that comes to anyone’s mind when they are asked to mention songs about Bills.
This is an excellent song to sing about those who are struggling to pay their bills, trying to get by on the bare minimum, and resorting to unethical practices. In order to satisfy their financial obligations, some individuals will resort to engaging in illegal activities.
The first few lines of the song build a picture of a man who has just met a prostitute and is curious as to what led her to choose a life of prostitution. She proceeds to enumerate all of her troubles, and the bills she has to pay, including the fact that she has children she is responsible for providing for.
The title of the song can also be interpreted to suggest that those who do horrible things will never get a break and would be stuck in a never-ending cycle of sorrow. The song ends with the statement “there ain’t nothin’ in this world for free” which holds valid.
2. “All N My Grill” by Missy Elliot
The central idea behind “All N My Grill” is that a woman does not desire a man who is unable to be self-sufficient in a romantic partnership. Missy is sick of being the one to take care of a man who, after three tries at their relationship, is still not giving anything to the relationship.
In a relationship or friendship, when you’re the one responsible for paying for anything and everything, it can be quite irritating and contribute to the rising levels of stress and worry that you experience.
Unfortunately, money rules the world, and in order to accomplish virtually anything, we need it. You need someone who is an asset to you monetarily, not a liability, and this song ideally puts it into context for those who are in the same position as you.
3. “I Will Buy You A New Life” by Everclear
Yet an amazing song about bills and one that has a positive message. Everclear is getting right to the point when he talks about wanting to provide financial backing for his girlfriend so that she can live a more comfortable life. Making payments on her car and property, and even planting a garden (where her flowers can bloom).
The idea that a person who was struggling financially can suddenly find themselves in a position to live a more luxurious life as a result of their marriage or other possibilities is a popular one in our media.
It would be a wonderful dream to have enough money so that you no longer have to worry about paying your bills or any other responsibilities in the world. And for someone like Art Alexakis to be able to give someone he loved that kind of life, which must have made him feel amazing, must have been a wonderful experience.
4. Bills, Bills, Bills by Destiny’s Child
Lyrically, “Bills, Bills, Bills” by Destiny’s Child is one of the best songs about bills. The opening lines of this song discuss how, during the honeymoon phase of a relationship, certain lovers will take you out and treat you, revealing only their best qualities. Then they settle into their routines and lose interest in previous activities.
Destiny’s Child sings about a spouse who insists on footing the bill at first but who eventually stops to the point that they start asking to borrow money and drive your car.
At some point in the song, Beyoncé begins to wonder how well this relationship would serve her if she ever really needed someone to lean on. By the song’s conclusion, she has had all she can take and needs assistance immediately. She concludes that if he can’t afford to pay the bills, the relationship would be over. Although this song has a rather controversial message, it’s worth listening though.
5. “Rent Money” by Mary J. Blige
It can be traumatic to be in a relationship with someone who does not fully return the same amount of energy that you give them. Relationships are difficult when it’s one-sided.
This song tells the story of a woman who gave all of herself to a man, including all of her love and all of her money. And now she’s “in over her head” because her rent is due and she has spent all of her money on her boyfriend even though she has no money left.
This song gives an insight into Mary J. Blige’s life during the time when she was going through her divorce from Kendu Isaacs. When Mary J. Blige revealed the true story behind the song “Rent Money,” it helped put the song’s lyrics into a much better context.
It just goes to show how important it is to choose a partner with decent character because even if the relationship does not work out, you want to remain civil and compassionate to one another. A truly insightful song from Mary Blige.