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“Bonkers”

Dizzee Rascal feat. Armand Van Helden | 2010

The British rapper's collaboration with the Boston-born electronic producer was a big hit, reaching Number One in the U.K. Van Helden saw the song's success more as a fluke than anything else, commenting, "All of my songs that have been Number One or crossed over to pop were unintentional … 'Bonkers' was a quirk." Still, the track had some famous fans, according to Dizzee Rascal, including Sir Elton John. "He came up [at the Ivor Novello Awards] and told me that he listened to 'Bonkers' every day in the shower," 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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