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“Jesus, Etc.”

Wilco | 2002

With lyrics like "Tall buildings shake/Voices escape/Singing sad, sad songs," it was easy to draw a connection between "Jesus, Etc." and the tragic events of 9/11. But it was recorded before that fateful day, making it a freaky coincidence. "There were a lot of eerie echoes of 9/11 that I heard on Yankee Hotel Foxtrot," says Jeff Tweedy. "Maybe because some of the focus on that record was being introspective about America." The "Etc." in the title was allegedly added when a band member was trying to write the working title, "Jesus Don't Cry," in shorthand.

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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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