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“Happy Pills”

Norah Jones | 2012

Norah Jones wrote this song with tunesmith Brian Burton (a.k.a. Danger Mouse) for her 2012 album Little Broken Hearts, but the two writers actually began working on the record in 2009. The song, Jones explained, is a perfect fit for the honest tone of the entire project. "It sounds happy," she told Rolling Stone, "but the lyrics are evil and f---ed up, which grounded it a little." Jones admitted she was partially inspired by a painful breakup to help her finish the album.

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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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