8 Songs to Add to your Accounting Playlist


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As a CPA (or as a human being), what is your go-to playlist? Music can instantly change your mood, give you energy, and help you focus. We often need a little something to put that pep back in your step during this tax season and get the work done. 

If you don’t already have an “Accounting Playlist,” or something similarly named, get started with these Reach Reporting approved songs. If you already have one, add these to change things up a bit.  

Take the Money and Run - Steve Miller Band

Okay, so don’t ACTUALLY take someone else’s money and run; that would be super bad. I mean, that is exactly what got Billy Joe and Bobbie Sue in a great big hassle. Accounting is about helping people with their money, and this song will get you in the right frame of mind, but only if you clap along in just the right places. 

Money, Money, Money - ABBA

“I work all night, I work all day, to pay the bills I have to pay. Ain’t it sad. And still, there never seems to be a single penny left for me. That’s too bad.” 

Honestly, haven’t we all felt this way at some point?  ABBA nailed it with these opening lines. Turn this one up, make an iconic 70’s dance move and make your best Meryl Streep impression from Mama Mia. 

If I had a $1,000,000 - BareNaked Ladies

We all have our dreams of what we would do if we had a sudden windfall of money. Your dream may not be a tree fort in your yard or a llama or an emu, but they are your dreams and your clients’ dreams!  As an accountant helping your clients reach their goals, regardless of what they are, is what gets you out of bed each day. So let’s help them get a million dollars!   

If I had a $1,000,000 - BareNaked Ladies

Taxman – Beatles

Most CPAs that prepare tax forms have heard this song and may even know it word for word. If you are one of those unfamiliar with this song, go and give it a listen, I will be here when you get back.  The final lines written by Goerge Harrison are epic;

“Yeah, I’m the taxman (yeah, I’m the taxman)

And you’re working for no one but me (taxman!)”

Mo Money Mo Problems - Notorious B.I.G.

Late 90’s rap music is essential in any upbeat, getting pumped playlist, and this playlist is no different. One line imparticular in the chorus is what earns it a place on ours;

“It’s like the more money we come across.

The more problems we see.”

Often people think more money will solve their problems, and sometimes that can be true. Unfortunately, often it just causes more problems. 

Ka-Ching - Shania Twain

Oh, how well has this song aged?? If it was applicable in 1991, it is even more relevant in 2021. 

All we ever want is more.

A lot more than we had before

So take me to the nearest store.” 


Plus, every worthwhile playlist has at least one country song on it. 

Taking care of Business - Bachman Turner Overdrive

During this busy time of year in the accounting industry, you are probably working long hours and need a theme song. This toe-tapping one is an excellent work song. With a catchy beat, you are sure to take care of your business and have fun at the same time. 

Taking care of Business - Bachman Turner Overdrive

She works hard for the money – Donna Summer

Most people, including your clients, have worked hard for what they have earned. They are trusting you to help them take care of their money! Crank up this 80’s tune, do a flash dance spin and work hard for your money as well. 

Take a listen to each song, click add to playlist, and enjoy some create tunes!  Which are your favorites?  Any of them entirely new for you?  Leave us a comment to let us know!


Bonus Track for you (since all good albums included one!) Check out this clip from Whose Line is it Anyway?

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