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“Do You Want To”

Franz Ferdinand | 2005

Alex Kapranos lifted the song from an actual conversation he had an art gallery party in Glasgow, Scotland, in December 2004. "When you're at parties, you have conversations -- well, you don't really have conversations, you have people shouting in your ear," the Franz Ferdinand lead singer said. "And when I got home, I was a wee bit drunk and I wrote down some of the funniest things [I heard]. The song came out of that." The lyric about a particular lewd act that involved a "famous friend" was also based on a conversation he had with a partygoer that night.

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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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