30 Songs inspired by Financial Independence

I’ve been stressed with work of late and haven’t had chance to write up the changes in the UK Dividend Champions list which I sneakily updated earlier this week (the latest version is dated 2016-03 and all download links should be up to date). But since compiling the change notes takes a couple of evenings, I’m deferring that task to this weekend.

In the meantime, because I’m in an out of sorts mood; here’s my equivalent of a musical mix-tape of songs inspired by Financial Independence; loosely following a path of starting out working and then switching from a “working to live” mindset to simply living in FI.

Songs inspired by Financial Independence

Here are all the songs in one playlist.

The Songs

Independence – The Band Perry


Starting out and leaving home.

Money’s Too Tight (To Mention) – Simply Red


The start usually involves low income and being in debt.

Moo La Moo – Steve Azar


When there’s “too much month at the end of the money”…a light-hearted take on the same.

If I had $1,000,000 – Barenaked Ladies


Haven’t you always wanted a Monkey?

Buy Me a Boat – Chris Janson


The two happiest days in a boat owner’s life are the day he buys it and then the day he sells it. Possibly.

Money, Money, Money – ABBA


“In my dreams, I have a plan…” Don’t just dream it; do it!

9 to 5 – Dolly Parton


Making money 1 hour at a time, 8 hours a day, 160 hours a month, 3,920 hours a year.

Manic Monday – The Bangles


This song speaks (sings?) for itself.

Working on the Highway – Bruce Springsteen


Every compilation about working needs a Bruce Springsteen song!

Working for a living – Huey Lewis and the News


Still working…

Money – Pink Floyd


and making Mon-ey $$$!

Money Changes Everything – Cyndi Lauper


Changes from having more money can be both good or bad. Make them good.

Industrial Disease – Dire Straits


Do you live to work or work to live?

Echo Beach – Martha and the Muffins


“My job is very boring…the only thing that helps me pass the time away is knowing I’ll be back at Echo beach one day”

Weather With You – Crowded House


The lure of freedom…

A Little Bit of Sunshine – Reamonn


Keep on trying until you succeed. I just love this song.

Dignity – Deacon Blue


Of course if you must buy a boat, this is the way to do it!

Mr Rock and Roll


Don’t let life pass you by; you can never get it back.

Fool’s Gold – Adrienne Pierce


“I want to give not take, Everything seems so fake. Maybe it’s just too loud, Maybe I am just too proud. Trying to get far, far from the madding crowd…”

Operation: Working Vacation – Sugarland


Getting away from it all on vacation?

Got My Mind Set On You – George Harrison


“It’s gonna take money…a whole lot of spending money; it’s going to take plenty of money. It’s going to take time, a whole lot of precious time, it’s going to take patience and time to do it right…”

I Don’t Have to be Me (‘Til Monday) – Steve Azar


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In the meantime, at least you can be free on weekends.

I’m Ready – Gin Blossoms


“Please, tired of feelin’ so strange. Don’t you think it’s time to finally change your life?”

This is the Day – The The


It’s finally arrived – Financial Independence Day. Well not for a few years yet for me, but it’s getting closer every day.

It’s Five O’clock Somewhere – Alan Jackson


And when you’ve reached FI, it’ll be 5 o’clock wherever you are.

Money for Nothing – Dire Straits


No need to get a blister on your thumb to earn money in FI. Dividend income pays even when you sleep.

Runnin’ Down a Dream – Tom Petty


And be free to chase any dreams you choose. Either running or walking.

Where I’m Headed – Lene Marlin


On a journey. “I’ve got all the time I need, Wanna dream fulfill my wishes, Like this future”. Relax, you’ve earned it.

Thank you Stars – Katie Melua


Stick to the plan and be responsible in FI. “There are no winds that can blow it away on the air. When they try to blow it away is when you know it will always be there.”

My Way – Frank Sinatra


The end of one journey can be the start of another. Don’t neglect estate planning.


What songs would you include in such a list? Let me know below!

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