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“Jump in the Pool”

Friendly Fires | 2008

Off the U.K. group's debut record, the dance-rock song with heavy drums was influenced by rhythmic South Americans. "When we wrote "Jump in The Pool," we were watching footage of all these Peruvian dancers shaking their feathers with all these drums," Edd Gibson, the band's lead guitarist, said. "We found it very inspiring and decided to capture a bit of that." It was one of the last songs they wrote for the record and it's where lead singer Ed Macfarlane said that "the Friendly Fires sound started to bubble up."

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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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