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“Boyfriend”

Best Coast | 2010

This garage-pop project of L.A.'s Bethany Cosentino and her musical partner Bobb Bruno laid down its debut LP mission statement with "Boyfriend": huge guitars and bigger romantic angst. But the track’s also a tip-off to Best Coast’s post-girl-group influences: It opens with a drum fill borrowed from the Boss's "Badlands." "That's an accidental homage to Springsteen," Cosentino says. "People think we ripped it off, but Bobb claims he had no idea. Now, every time I hear that song I can only think about myself, which p---es me off. I'd rather not think about myself when I'm listening to Bruce Springsteen."

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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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