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09/02/2011 10:40 am ET Updated Nov 02, 2011

"Less Than Zero": Playlist for a Painful August Jobs Report

I loved Harry Nilsson, but Harry was wrong in terms of the August jobs growth number. As it turns out, "One" is technically not the loneliest number. Indeed Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins has turned out to be a far more visionary financial forecaster with "Zero." And frankly, Elvis Costello had a valid, depressing musical/economic point because the latest job numbers feel like "Less Than Zero." So here's a playlist sent out in hopes the president goes bold with his upcoming jobs speech, and that the federal government that we all employ gets out of the business of assured mutual self-destruction, and back to the far more meaningful job of getting our country back to work. Because that would be a very American job with excellent prospects. As always, please leave your own songs below, or on twitter at @wildaboutmusic.

"Less Than Zero" - Elvis Costello
"Zero" - Smashing Pumpkins
"Brother Can You Spare A Dime" - Bing Crosby
"Work To Do" - The Isley Brothers
"Flint (for the unemployed & underpaid)" - Sufjan Stevens
"Love Minus Zero/No Limit" - Bob Dylan
"Big Fat Zero" - Graham Parker
"Man's Job" - Bruce Springsteen
"This Woman's Work" - Kate Bush
"Working On A Tan" - Brad Paisley
"You Never Give Me Your Money" - Glenn Tilbrook with Nine Below Zero
"Help!" - The Carpenters
"Moneygrabber" - Fitz & The Tantrums
"How Can A Poor Man Stand Such Times & Live" - Blind Alfred Reed
"Life Ain't Fair" - Josh Charles
"These Hard Times" - Matchboy Twenty
"Government Cheese" - Rainmakers
"Back To Zero" - The Rolling Stones
"Out Of Work" - Gary U.S, Bonds
"We Can't Make It Here Anymore" - James McMurtry
"Love And Hard Times" - Paul Simon
"Don't Give Up" - Peter Gabriel with Kate Bush