International Report: Live Earth Hamburg

July 7, 2007 8:14 PM ET

Shakira, Snoop Dogg, Chris Cornell, Yusuf Islam, Enrique Iglesias, Roger Cicero, MIA, Sasha, Mando Diao and more.

Chris Cornell playing an acoustic version of "Right Away" for the victims of Hurricane Katrina; Yusuf Islam, who was added to the lineup at the very last minute, singing "Wild World" accompanied by a large band that included a horn section.

German comedian Michael Mittermeier saying, "George Bush still believes that 'El Nino' is a guerilla leader in Nicaragua"; Bianca Jagger awkwardly singing along with 130 children from Hamburg.

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“Money For Nothing”

Dire Straits | 1984

Mark Knopfler wrote this song with Sting, and it wasn’t without controversy. The Dire Straits frontman's original lyric used the word “faggot” to describe a singer who got their “money for nothing and their chicks for free.” Even though the slur was edited out in many versions, the band, and Knopfler, still took plenty of criticism for the term. “I got an objection from the editor of a gay newspaper in London--he actually said it was below the belt,” Knopfler told Rolling Stone. Still, "Money For Nothing," undoubtedly augmented by its innovative early computer-animated video, stayed at Number One for three weeks.

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