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“All My Friends”

LCD Soundsystem | 2007

James Murphy defined an era of hipster angst with his breakthrough opus, "All My Friends," which is purportedly about aging and coming to terms with friends fading away. "That song is about being on tour and not seeing all the people that I wrote 'Losing My Edge' about," Murphy said. Murphy was pushing 40 when he wrote the song, something he found to be advantageous: "And rock has become an older person's game -- in 1967, if you were over 21, you weren't starting a band," he said.

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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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