10 Best Songs About Poverty

The 10 best songs about poverty tell the sad tales of the penniless across the world. Hard times often inspire great art and music and the following songs prove it. Here are the 10 best songs about people in poverty.

  1.  "Common People," Pulp. Jarvis Cocker was a great story teller and the tale of a rich girl wanting to sleep with an English pauper is one of his best. This one propelled Pulp to international stardom and to to the top of the list of 10 best songs about poverty.
  2. "Do They Know It's Christmas" Live Aid. Bob Geldof put together an all star line up to sing this well meaning song about poverty in Africa. The lyrics about poor Africans missing out on snow may be cringe-worthy but it is a great song and was written for a good cause.   
  3. "Use Cars," Bruce Springsteen. There was a time when even the Boss was so short of cash that he had to worry about things such as used cars. Thanks to this and some of the best songs of the 80's, he no longer has such problems.  
  4. "Fast Car," Tracey Chapman. Bruce wasn't the only person with cars on the mind as this song by Tracy Chapman proved. This is one of the best songs about poverty and its success helped Chapman buy a decent car after all. 
  5. "Hard Times," Jay-Z. Before the bling Jaz-Z was just an impoverished kid growing up who could more easily relate to orphan Annie than the rich stars in Hollywood. Funny how quickly times change when you make some of the best songs in a generation.
  6. "Keep Your Head Up," 2Pac. There is a certain irony that some many people have become rich through crying poor and 2pac was no exception. The late great rapper produced many hits but this was one of the all time best songs about poverty. 
  7. "No Woman No Cry," Bob Marley. The brilliant Bob Marley was keen to let people know that it wasn't only in the U.S. that the piggy bank was sounding a little hollow when he released this song. Probably Marley's best effort it certainly ranks as one of his best known songs. 
  8. "Mr Banker," Lynyrd Skynyrd. When you see how they dress, it is easy to believe that Lynyrd Skynyrd experienced some poverty in life. The lads from the deep south also experienced fame for writing this and some of the other best songs of the seventies. 
  9. "Fancy," Reba McEntire. Anyone wanting to know what poverty will do to you should listen to this song by red headed Reba. The song is about a woman who suggests her daughter can get them out of poverty by becoming a prostitute.  
  10. "Coal Miner's Daughter," Loretta Lynn. Another country song and not as shocking as the Reba effort. Loretta wrote a lot of great songs about hard times but this one completes the list of the 10 best songs about poverty.
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