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“Edge of Glory”

Lady Gaga | 2009

Lady Gaga included this song on her multiplatinum-selling album Born This Way, and she knew, even as she was writing it (while doing tequila shots with her father after the death of her grandfather), that she wanted a Bruce Springsteen feel to the track. So when she hit the studio, she called upon Clarence Clemons, who was eager to show off his skills. "I almost got a ticket I drove so fast," the longtime E Street Band sax man recalled to Rolling Stone about getting the call from Lady Gaga. "It was wild. I was so excited. I'm a Gaga-ite."

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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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