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“Love Is All Around”

The Troggs | 1967

Since they were famed for the punky raunch of "Wild Thing," it was a shock when the Troggs plugged into the peace-and-love sentiments of the hippy era on "Love Is All Around," complete with string quartet. About a quarter of a century later, it topped the UK charts for Wet Wet Wet, bolstered by its use on the soundtrack of Four Weddings and a Funeral. "It's not really psychedelic, or a hippy love song," admitted singer Reg Presley in NME. "I wrote one along those lines, all about 'purple flamingoes dancing on a cellophane moon.' But it wasn't us really."

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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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