Playlist: A soundtrack for digging yourself out of debt

Margaret Aery May 17, 2013

If you have debt that’s getting you down, don’t worry.  You’re not alone. Take a look at these eye-popping statistics from the website NerdWallet.com about the amount of debt American households carry:

  • Average credit card debt: $15,162
  • Average mortgage debt: $147,967
  • Average student loan debt: $33,445

Of course, money woes and music go hand-in-hand and artists have been singing about debt since the first borrower defaulted on a loan.  While you’re trying to collect the money your cousin owes you or worrying about whether that’s a debt collector ringing your phone, just breathe and enjoy our playlist of songs about debt.  There are some hits on there — like “Bills, Bills, Bills” by Destiny’s Child. I mean, who  wouldn’t like this lyric: “You triflin’, good for nothing type of brother.” Plus, we have some personal favorites from our staff in the playlist, like “Busted” by Ray Charles (our host Barbara Boagaev loves that song!). Take a listen and enjoy the music.

If you have ideas for songs about debt that we missed, please leave us a comment below or Tweet us @radiopiggybank #DebtJams.

 


 

 

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