1. “Money” by Pink Floyd
Cliché right? Straight off of their Dark Side of the Moon album, here’s a song with a kicking guitar riff to stretch and get your fingers warmed up for some typing –if you’re a millennial using TurboTax for the first time—or some hard-core serious number crunching with a pencil and calculator if you’re an accountant. Get ready to own those taxes. “Money, it’s a hit, don’t give me that do goody good bullshit, I’m in the hi-fidelity first class travelling set, And I think I need a Lear jet.”
2. “Take the Money and Run“ by The Steve Miller Band
Clap-clap-clap-clap-clap. Woooooo a musician from Wisconsin! This is just a fun, classic that will surely eliminate any worrisome stresses or frustration you may have with the gazillions of drop down menus, lines to write this, boxes to check off that, you’re going to encounter. And do as the man says, when your refund check comes. “Billy Mack is a detective down in Texas, you know he knows just exactly what the facts is, he ain’t gonna let those two escape justice, he makes his livin’ off of the people’s taxes.”
3. “I’m So Paid” by Akon
You’re of course going to smile when you see how much money went to your bank account after countless meetings, projects, work trips and innovations. Soak it in with a little Akon. “Ain’t too much to put a strain on me, that’s the reason why I had to put the blame on me, I’d rather have them dollar bills rain on me, than to let them haters come and make a name off me.”
4. “Aston Martin Music” by Rick Ross
This list wouldn’t be complete without mister Ricky Rozay. I’m a huge Rick Ross fan and have a ton of respect for him. While the boss lives a glamorous life I’m undoubtedly jealous of, he still has to pay quite the taxes. This jam is too good, and an Aston Martin –the truest example of pure class, sexy taste and success– should be enough motivation to keep working your hardest at your job every year. You can and will get the keys to one someday. Oh and make sure to listen to the long version of this song for ultimate listening bliss. “My money triples up when you get it out of state, I need a new safe cause I’m running out of space, Elory Jetson I’m somewhere out of space, in my two seater she’s the one that I would take.”
5. “Exodus” by Bob Marley
If you live in a subzero climate area, a region absolutely destroyed by not one but two recent polar vortexes, pull your mind out of the -30 degree temperatures and thick snow with a bit of Bob. Put those headphones on tight, sit back and relax. You could easily use some of that money back from the government towards a much-deserved tropical vacation or sunny escape. “Open your eyes and look within: are you satisfied with the life you’re living? We know where we’re going, we know where we’re from.”
6. “If I Had $1,000,000” by The Barenaked Ladies
Overplayed in karaoke bars? Yes. Still epic? Absolutely. After a year of working your ass off, of course you don’t want to file your taxes. That’s your money. Cue up this song, and start dreaming of that big tax return coming your way. But if you really do get a seven-figure check in the mail or deposit to your bank account, bravo maestro, bravo. “If I had a million dollars, if I had a million dollars, well, I’d buy you a monkey, haven’t you always wanted a monkey?”
And when you’re all done, celebrate.
7. “It Was a Good Day” by Ice Cube
Self explanatory. Play this on repeat and play it loud. Go live it up and do something that makes you happy.