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There has been a recurring theme in music over the last few decades over several things, romance, partying, and money. In this essay, I want to examine some different opinions about money in two different songs, “Price Tag” featuring B.o.B by Jessie J, and “Money, Money, Money” by ABBA. These songs have two polar points of view on money and how it affects our lives(ABBA)(J, Jessie, and B.o.B).”Price Tag” featuring B.o.B by Jessie J has an overall theme of being happy and living your life; “When the sale comes first and the truth comes second, just stop for a minute and smile”. The song touches on the fact that people spend too much time -and money- on what they wear, that they can’t focus on their enjoyment; “Got shades on your eyes, And your heels so high that you can’t even have a good time…We’re paying with love tonight”. Jessie J sings about being happy with what you have; instead, of wishing for more that you don’t need. “Why is everybody so obsessed, money can’t buy us happiness”. She laments that music is about taking cheap shots at each other as opposed to expressing emotions, “We need to take it back in time, when music made us all unite and it wasn’t low blows and video GALS”(J, Jessie, and B.o.B).”Money, Money, Money” by ABBA flips the metaphorical coin and explores a theme of money being so important it is the thing the world runs on. “All the things I could do if I had a little money, it’s a rich man’s world”. The lyrics continue to a conclusion that life would be easier with a rich husband, ” In my dreams I have a plan, if I got me a wealthy man, I wouldn’t have to work at all, I’d fool around and have a ball”, but realizes that it is an unlikely scenario, “A man like that is hard to find but I can’t get him off my mind, ain’t it sad, and if he happens to be free I bet he wouldn’t fancy me. That’s too bad”. ABBA continues to come up with a get rich quick plan, “So I must leave, I’ll have to go, to Las Vegas or Monaco and win a fortune in a game, my life will never be the same”. This song is definitely about how much easier and more worthwhile life is if you happen to be rich(ABBA).Money owns the world, while ABBA says it outright, “It’s a rich man’s world”, Jessie J is much more subtle. Actually, she doesn’t even say it, but she wouldn’t have written the song telling people to live their lives to the fullest if she didn’t, “It’s like this man, you can’t put a price on the life”(Even though the songs have some similarities, they have many more differences. Jessie J is adamant about not letting money rule your life, “Ain’t about the uh cha-ching cha-ching, ain’t about the yeah b-bling b-bling”, While ABBA is letting to search for money rule her life, “All the things I could do if I had a little money”. Jessie J wants people to like their lives and be happy, “Money can’t buy us happiness, can we all slow down and enjoy right now, guarantee we’ll be feeling alright.”. ABBA wants to be a trophy wife “If I got me a wealthy man I wouldn’t have to work at all, I’d fool around and have a ball.”(ABBA)(J, Jessie, and B.o.B).While money is a common topic in the music industry, artists all have original takes on the point. There have been many songs in the past to talk about money, and I’m sure there will be many more to come.Works CitedABBA. “Money, Money, Money.” ABBA: Gold (Greatest Hits), 1976.J, Jessie, and B.o.B. “Price Tag.” Now thats what I call music!

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