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“Lights”

Interpol | 2010

Interpol lead singer and songwriter Paul Banks doesn’t know where the idea for this nebulous and slow-building "Lights" came from. “It just came out,” Banks said. “There’s many times I’m trying to get better at doing this but really unconscious composition, like your subconscious. You can get away with that kind of thing when you’re doing music — you can’t get away with that in other medium. Where there’s melody involved, ideas could just come and you can do them because you know in that moment that it’s the right thing. So, that was one of those.”

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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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