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“Cobrastyle”

Robyn | 2008

The Swedish group Teddybears first recorded this reggae-rap song, but for her version Robyn came along and transformed it into an electronic one. For someone who makes pop records, the Swedish singer admitted her influences are steeped in harder sounds. "I think the biggest lyrical inspiration for this album was going back to when I was like 15 and on the subway listening to hip-hop," Robyn said. "Back then, because I didn't know many people in Sweden who knew about rap, it was like my own music world where the lyrics were very direct."

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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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