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'When the Deal Goes Down': A Taxing Playlist for a Tax Deal

12/13/2010 10:30 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • David Wild TV Writer; Contributing Editor, Rolling Stone; Co-Author, 'Everybody's Brother'

It's always been hard to make a fun, catchy argument for higher taxes in America. As Mark Twain once said, "What is the difference between a taxidermist and a tax collector? The taxidermist takes only your skin." Or as Chris Rock put it more recently, "You don't pay taxes. They take taxes." Here, then, is my taxing playlist for background music as America plays "Let's Make A Tax Deal." I only wish that Paramore had shown the foresight to call that hit song of theirs "The Only Exemption" instead of "The Only Exception." So what's on your tax-deal playlist today? Please file all your additions, and those of your dependents right here:

WHEN THE DEAL GOES DOWN - Bob Dylan
EVERYBODY PAYS AS THEY GO - Jakob Dylan
ME AND THE I.R.S. - Johnny Paycheck
FOR THE LOVE OF MONEY - The O'Jays
TAXMAN - The Beatles
TAXMAN, MR. THIEF - Cheap Trick
PAY FOR IT - Lloyd Cole
FORGET YOU - Cee Lo Green
I.R.S. - Guns N' Roses
MONEY - Pink Floyd
NO MONEY - Kings of Leon
MONEY HONEY - Lady Gaga
SUCCESS STORY - The Who
PAY YOU BACK WITH INTEREST - The Hollies
THE PRICE I PAY - Billy Bragg
OPPORTUNITIES (LET'S MAKE LOTS OF MONEY) - Pet Shop Boys
MONEY HONEY - Lady Gaga
SUCCESS STORY - The Who
TIK TOK - Ke$ha
PAY YOU BACK WITH INTEREST - The Hollies
THE PRICE I PAY - Billy Bragg
MONEY TALKS - AC/DC
PAY IT BACK - Elvis Costello
SUNNY AFTERNOON - The Kinks
AIN'T GOT NO MONEY - Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band
TAX FREE - Jimi Hendrix
PAYDAY - Boz Scaggs
MONEY'S TOO TIGHT TO MENTION - Simply Red
A HIGH PRICE TO PAY - Felix Cavaliere
THE PRICE I PAY - Desert Rose Band with Emmylou Harris
MONEY MONEY MONEY - Abba
THE BIG PAYBACK - Bruce Springsteen

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