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“Get Back”

The Beatles with Billy Preston | 1969

While John Lennon insisted the title was aimed at Yoko Ono, whose constant presence in the studio created tension with Paul McCartney, McCartney said the song was a commentary on British immigration bills. Famously performed on the roof of the Apple Records building -- the band's last live performance together -- it featured Billy Preston on organ and Lennon on slide guitar. "When Paul was feeling kindly, he would give me a solo!" Lennon told Rolling Stone not long after the band's breakup. "Maybe if he was feeling guilty that he had most of the A side or something, he would give me a solo."

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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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