A Taxing Time of Year: Music About Money

Lauryn Hill leaving court during her tax troubles

April 22, 2013: Singer Lauryn Hill is seen leaving court after a judge postponed her sentencing and gave her two weeks to pay back taxes in Newark, New Jersey. Hill pleaded guilty to tax evasion charges in June 2012 for failure to pay federal taxes on USD 1.8 million earned from 2005-2007.

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Ah tax season. It’s dramatic for most Americans — the dread, the procrastination, the thrill of a refund, the defeat of an audit. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite tax and money themed songs to get you through April 15 and to let you know you aren’t alone. In fact, we’ve even thrown in some tales of a few artists who may hate tax time even more than you do.

Track list:

  1. “Taxman” — The Beatles, Revolver
  2. “What If We All Stopped Paying Taxes” — Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, Impeach the Precedent
  3. “Gonna Make My Own Money” — Deap Vally, Get Deap!
  4. “1040 Blues” — Robert Cray, Shame + A Sin
  5. “Consumerism” — Lauryn Hill, Single
  6. “Who’ll Buy My Memories” — Willie Nelson, The IRS Tapes: Who’ll Buy My Memories
  7. “Free Money” — Patti Smith, Horses
  8. “Blame It On Cain ” — Elvis Costello, My Aim Is True
  9. “Money Trees” — Kendrick Lamar, good kid, m.A.A.d city
  10. “Sunny Afternoon” — The Kinks, Face to Face
  11. “9 to 5″ — Dolly Parton, 9 to 5 and Odd Jobs

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Noise Pop

The Noise Pop Podcast is a bi-monthly series that showcases the most noteworthy and soon-to-be-buzzing music. Hosts, Olivia LaRoche and Dawson Ludwig provide witty and interesting context behind the songs played on the podcast.

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