Top 10 Business Songs of All Time

This morning a debate broke out at Veritas Prep HQ over Blender Magazine’s 50 Worst Songs Ever list. There was definitely some fierce debate over whether a song such as “I Wanna Sex You Up” is truly terrible, or really just belongs on another “What were we thinking at the time?” list.

That got us talking, and, well, when we start talking, we tend to come up with lists. This conversation turned into a “Top 10 Business Songs of All Time” list. We use the term “business” loosely here — we picked our favorite ten songs that relate to working, making money, and investing in yourself. And we had some fun.

Without further ado, here is Veritas Prep’s Top 10 Business Songs of All Time:

10. 9 to 5 (Dolly Parton) — What better way to start this list than with a song devoted to the drudgery of dragging yourself into a job that you absolutely can’t stand? When you’re just a step on the boss man’s ladder, what could sound better than getting that fat envelope from Harvard Business School and escaping out from under Dabney Coleman’s thumb?

9. Gin and Juice (Snoop Dogg) — Alas, the Mad Men days of constant cocktails at work may be over, but the true lesson of Snoop Dogg’s 1993 (pronounced “nine-trizay”) anthem is that it’s important to keep “my mind on my money and my money on my mind.” Only then can one truly understand the definition of laid-back: when you have a sound balance sheet (and when your mama ain’t home), you can party all the way ’til six in the morning.

8. I Want to Be Rich (Calloway) — Perhaps no song lyric captures the mentality of a hedge fund manager quite like “I want money; lots and lots of money; so don’t be asking me why I want to be rich.” In finance, the why is the what – you want money because…it’s money.

7. The Future’s So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades (Timbuk3) — While the actual meaning of this song may be a darker hint an impending nuclear holocaust, we prefer to interpret it in a more sunny sense. If you’re lucky enough to get into a top-ranked business school, one of the best times of your life will be that period between when you get in and when your last day on the job. You’re still making money, you don’t have too much pressure, and your future looks awfully bright. Savor it. Will you make “50 thou a year” and be able to buy a lot of beer? Oh yes, and then some.

6. Money (Pink Floyd) — It’s ironic that a song about the evils of money can make a band so much money, but that’s the reality of the business world. Make enough cash and you can complain about it from the comfort of your beachfront vacation home while using it to light your cigar.

5. If I Had No Loot (Tony! Toni! TonĂ©!) — Contrary to popular belief, this band actually had no one named Tony in it. But they did manage to craft this catchy reminder that many so-called “friends” only want you for your money. Remember this when you blow up with your graduate degree and your sweet job at McKinsey.

4. Money for Nothing (Dire Straits) — It could be worse than being rich and wondering if your friends like you or your money. You could be like the guy in this song, who learned too late in life the lesson that we teach our GMAT prep students every week — it’s not just how hard you work, but also how smart you work. The falsetto cameo by Sting and the mind-blowing-for-the-mid-80s computer graphics in the video help the lesson go down a little more smoothly, though.

3. Mo Money Mo Problems (Notorious B.I.G.) — In the ultimate CEO doubletalk style, Biggie, Puffy, and Mase spit rhymes about how wonderful their money-filled lives are, breaking only long enough for the refrain to remind listeners that more money creates more problems. Sadly, the hook would turn prophetic as Biggie would be killed months after this record was released, but mo’ problems meant mo’ money for Puffy, as his subsequent Bad Boy Records albums created even more intrigue in light of Biggie’s passing.

2. Take the Money and Run (Steve Miller Band) — This song may betray a theme on this countdown – at this point nearly half of the tunes on this list seem to treat money as a hassle. The protagonists of this tale, even after a grand heist “are still running today”, looking over their shoulders even after a great financial score. The lesson? Obtain your wealth legally and outside of the public eye. That’s the lure of business school: avoid legal hassles and extraneous hangers-on and you should be able to enjoy your money.

1. Takin’ Care of Business (Bachman Turner Overdrive) — This staple of the Iowa wedding dance floor circuit seems to be a fun-loving tribute to everything you love about the corporate rat races: alarm clocks, waiting for trains, working overtime followed by guitar solos. What’s not to love? What BTO actually means to demonstrate is the lure of owning your own business, at which point you can “work at nothing all day.” Entrepreneurship is the name of the game, because it’s the work that we avoid when we’re all self-employed. Want to TCB like BTO? Consider an MBA ASAP.

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