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“Lights”

Ellie Goulding | 2010

In the song, Goulding sang about, "And I'm not sleeping now, the dark is too hard to beat," which she attributed to only being able to sleep bathed in lights. "I named it that because I never used to sleep with the lights off," Goulding said. "I still don't, in fact. They make me feel safe and I wanted the album to be something that I could look back on. Your first album is the most important thing, you know, and I just thought it fit my music because it's hopeful and uplifting."

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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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