Funny how there’s always a song that dovetails perfectly with just about any situation in which we find ourselves. These days, with the government scrambling to rescue an economy in freefall, we can at least look to some pertinent songs for solace. Below are 10 that are especially relevant.

“Wall Street Shuffle” – 10cc (1974)

This terrific riff-driven pop song – from 10cc’s Sheet Music album – actually has a “talk-finance” radio show named after it. The song name checks John Paul Getty, the Rothschild family, and Howard Hughes.

Key lyric: You’ve gotta be cool on Wall Street / When your index is low

“Taxman” – The Beatles (1966)

George Harrison wrote this song for the Beatles’ Revolver album after learning the extent to which the band’s earnings were being siphoned off by the British tax system. Lennon pitched in with some one-liners, while McCartney handled the guitar solo.

Key lyric: Let me tell you how it will be / There’s one for you, nineteen for me

“Take the Money and Run” – Steve Miller Band (1976)

This country-tinged rocker tells a modern-day Bonnie-and-Clyde story of two bored young lovers on the lam in the aftermath of a robbery gone awry. Miller later agreed to let rappers Run D.M.C. sample the track.

Key lyric: They headed down south and they’re still running today / Singin’ go on take the money and run

“Money” – Pink Floyd (1973)

Roger Waters came up with the defining riff for this classic, which was the only track from Dark Side of the Moon to reach the Top 20 on the U.S. singles chart. David Gilmour’s ( solo earned the Number 62 spot in a Guitar World “100 Greatest Guitar Solos” readers poll conducted in 2008.

Key lyric: Grab that cash with both hands and make a stash

“If I Had $1000000” – Barenaked Ladies (1996)

This Barenaked Ladies live-show staple had its genesis in some noodling band members Ed Robertson and Steven Page were doing while serving as counselors at a summer music camp. The song has achieved iconic status in Canadian culture, and in 2001 was used by the New York Lottery in a TV ad.

Key lyric: If I had a million dollars / I’d buy you some art (a Picasso or a Garfunkel)

“Silas Stingy” – The Who (1967)

This Who track, sung by bassist John Entwistle, should be piped continually into the prison cell of alleged Wall Street scammer Bernie Madoff. The track’s Scrooge-like protagonist is one of the most vivid characters the band ever created.

Key lyric: Money, money, money bags / There goes mingy Stingy

“Money for Nothing” – Dire Straits (1985)

Mark Knopfler wrote this ironic ode to rock-star excess after hearing some department-store delivery men complaining about their jobs. Knopfler played a Les Paul Junior on the track, attempting, originally, to capture a ZZ Top-like sound.

Key lyric: That ain’t working / That’s the way you do it / You play the guitar on the MTV

“Money (That’s What I Want)” – Barrett Strong (1959)

This kick-butt track is a touchstone in the history of Motown Records, as it became the label’s first hit under the auspices of Berry Gordy’s Tamla imprint. Both the Beatles and the Stones recorded cranked-up rock versions of the R&B classic.

Key lyric: Your lovin’ gives me a thrill / But your lovin’ don’t pay my bills

“Easy Money” – King Crimson (1973)

One of contemporary music’s more popular phrases, “Easy Money” has been used as a title for songs by Nick Cave, Billy Joel, and ELO, among others. From a guitarist’s standpoint, this Robert Fripp  prog-rock vehicle – from 1973’s Larks’ Tongue in Aspic – is the best.

Key lyric: You could never tell a winner from a snake / But you always make easy money

“It’s the End of the World as We Know It” – R.E.M. (1987)

Singer Michael Stipe dreamed many of the lyrics for this song, which owes a stylistic debt to Dylan’s “"Subterranean Homesick Blues." Intended originally to be an indictment of Reagan conservatism, the song boasts a chorus that’s perfect for our troubled economic times.

Key lyric: It’s the end of the world as we know it / And I feel fine