Forget sex, drugs, and cash. Songs mentioning student loan debt are on the rise.

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Many pop songs are about love, and many rap lyrics are about money. But these days, you can find both genres talking about … student loans.

That’s right. According to a report that analyzed lyrics on Spotify and Genius.com, references to student loans have climbed dramatically since 2001. Most released after 2014, and the later those lyrics are written, the more negative they are — which is understandable, since student loan debt recently surpassed $1.4 trillion.

How much is $1.4 trillion? More than the net worth of Jay-Z and Beyonce ($1.4 billion), Paul McCartney ($1.3 billion), Taylor Swift ($380 million), Lady Gaga ($275 million) and all the other top musicians you’ve ever heard of.

When a financial problem looms that large, it’s only natural that big-name artists will mention it. Here are our favorite 23 songs with student loan lyrics…

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Emily Bloch

Emily Bloch

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Bloch is a reporter for the Sun-Sentinel based in South Florida.

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