People can get really worked up about tax. Sometimes it’s personal and sometimes there is a much bigger issue to protest – either way, taxes make songwriters angry just like the rest of us…

Many of the greatest songs ever recorded have been written about money. Rock, hip-hop, country, blues – wherever you look you can find examples of artists singing about having money, losing money and owing money.

Given how easy it can be to find oneself on the bad side of the American IRS or Canadian CRA, (especially for entrepreneurs) it is not surprising that some pretty successful musicians have had trouble with taxes and written music about it. Country music legend Willie Nelson wrote an entire album about his tax problems. In fact, tax debt is of the highest order of debt that people truly resent owing.

Frustration has also bred many songs about the tax system itself and how it relates to social injustice, poverty, war and western politics. Angry at the tax man? Here are 5 songs that might add a little fuel to your fire…

The Beatles – Taxman

Should five per cent appear too small
Be thankful I don’t take it all
‘Cause I’m the taxman, yeah I’m the taxman

Pennywise – Society

Society, Pay your taxes stand in line help them plan for your demise 


Bad Religion – Let Them Eat War

We’ve got to kill ’em and eat ’em
Before they reach for their checks
Squeeze some blue collars
Let them bleed from their necks
Seize a few dollars from the people who sweat
Cause it’s freedom or death and they won’t question it 


Shove – L7

Bill collector called today
IRS is on my case


Dead Kennedys – Kill The Poor

The sun beams down on a brand new day
No more welfare tax to pay