Jessie J knows it ain't about the price tag...
In the midst of the historic Occupy Wall Street protests that are spreading throughout North America, we've put our lyrical prowess to work to curate a playlist that sums up the message of the ninety-nine percent. From Punk Rock to Pop, music has always been a driving force behind social movements — in fact, many musicians (see: Rage Against the Machine, Kanye West) have already showed up to show their support. So with that in mind, here are some tunes that fall in line with the message of the #OccupyWallStreet movement:
1. I Need A Dollar - Aloe Blacc
I need a dollar dollar, a dollar is what I need / hey hey
Currently the theme song for the hit series How To Make It In America, Aloe Blacc's "I Need A Dollar" lyrics are an anthem for the hard working middle-to-lower class citizens of the world. We all just need a dollar, all you people in the one percent margin!
2. Revolution - The Beatles
You say you want a revolution / Well, you know / We all want to change the world
Here's a classic tune about, well, a revolution! We strongly believe that the many protests taking place across North America (#OccupyBoston, #OccupyVancouver, etc) will have an impact on the financial world.
3. For the Love of Money - The O'Jays
I know money is the root of all evil / Do funny things to some people / Give me a nickel, brother can you spare a dime / Money can drive some people out of their minds
Even though this song (most likely known as the theme song to Donald Trump's "The Apprentice" — irony!) was released in the 70's, it still resonates with society today. Money and power can change the morals, goals, and visions of seemingly pleasant individuals. It's time to distribute the moolah, big spenders!
4. Mo Money Mo Problems - Notorious B.I.G.
I don't know what, they want from me / It's like the more money we come across / The more problems we see
We're thinking that Kanye West had these lyrics in his head when he hit up #OccupyWallStreet. A lot of people might have been thinking "What is he doing here with all his money?", but he probably just agreed with the theme of greed and corruption and wanted to show his supprt. Mo money, mo problems indeed!
5. 9 to 5 - Dolly Parton
Workin' 9 to 5, what a way to make a livin' / Barely gettin' by, it's all takin' and no givin' / They just use your mind and they never give you credit / It's enough to drive you crazy if you let it
All the frustrated, stressed out, under paid nine-to-fivers out there say YEAH! We know there's millions of them out there, so Miss Dolly's lyrics go out to YOU.
6. Money (That's What I Want) - Barrett Strong
Your lovin' give me such a thrill / But your lovin' don't pay my bills / I need money (that's what I want)
As strong as a loving bond is between friends and family, Barrett Strong said it best: love just doesn't pay the bills! Unfortunately, you gotta have $$$ in order to live comfortably in this mixed-up world.
7. She Works Hard For The Money - Donna Summer
She works hard for the money / So hard for it, honey / She works hard for the money / So you better treat her right
We feel all you workers (especially you gals) out there who do your best and don't get treated right. Preach, Donna Summer!
8. Price Tag - Jessie J
It's not about the money, money, money / We don't need your money, money, money / We just wanna make the world dance / Forget about the price tag
On a more modern note, Jessie J's big hit "Price Tag" speaks the truth. Buying new clothes, cars, and other luxuries may make us feel better for a few moments in time, but the cashola doesn't buy true happiness.
9. State Of Shock - Money Honey
If I had more money honey would you love me, love me, love me? / If I wasn't just somebody like me, like me?
It seems like so many people are attracted to bigshots with dolla dolla bills, y'all. Protesters want to change that! What ever happened to liking somebody for who they are?
10. Get Up, Stand Up - Bob Marley & The Wailers
Hey, get up, stand up, stand up for your rights / Get up, stand up, don't give up the fight
This has got to be the granddaddy of all protest songs. Positive, uplifting, and peaceful, the late Bob shows us what it means to really believe in something and fight for it. What a hopeful message to finish off our playlist with!
Will you be attending an #OccupyWallStreet protest in your city?