Anti-Consumerism Songs

But everybody’s like Cristal, Maybach, diamonds on your time piece
Jet planes, islands, tigers on a gold leash
We don’t care; we aren’t caught up in your love affair

First, there was “Thrift Shop.” Now there’s “Royals.” Apparently anti-consumerism songs are so hot right now. I guess that’s what happens when we’re in the middle of a Great Recession and so many people (twenty-somethings especially) are struggling to find a job: pop stars sing about how they got a good deal buying secondhand clothes and how they “count [thei]r dollars on the train to the party” but they are “fine with this” because they “didn’t come from money.” I’m down.

Two lesser known songs that promote a similar message: “You Are the Generation That Bought More Shoes and You Get What You Deserve” by Johnny Boy (the title says it all) and “Zion & Babylon” by Josh Garrels, which has a little more lyrical depth & complexity than the others and integrates spiritual themes.