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“Ignition (Remix)”

R. Kelly | 2003

Robert Sylvester Kelly can pack more sexual innuendo into a song than just about anyone. Appearing on the soundtrack to Love Don't Cost a Thing and on his 2003 album Chocolate Factory, he's on the comeback trail here with one of his most popular songs in years. Contrary to the title, this is not a remix, Kelly added "-Remix" to the title to avoid confusion with another song with the same title on Chocolate Factory. Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt made huge waves on the Internet when he did a singer-songwriter version of the song while playing acoustic guitar.

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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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