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“Kiss From a Rose”

Seal | 1995

Originally issued as a track on Seal's second album, it wasn't until a year later that this ballad became a massive hit, after its inclusion on the Batman Forever soundtrack. As a result, the lyrics to "Kiss From a Rose" have nothing to do with the caped crusader. "All my songs are therapy," Seal told Rolling Stone. "I'm giving therapy to myself." Jack Black would go on to perform the song on an episode of American Idol in 2007 — a version that failed to impress all of the judges but drew praise from Seal himself.

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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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