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“Born to Die”

Lana Del Rey | 2011

For "Born to Die," Lana Del Rey culled inspiration from the real-life situation of being a good girl in love with a bad boy. "We were both living life on the straight and narrow when we met," the pop chanteuse formerly known as Lizzy Grant said. "Two years into it, I didn't know it, but he was off doing other things that he got in trouble for." Her breakthrough single, "Blue Jeans," is a prequel to this song.

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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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