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“Love Is Blindness”

Jack White | 2011
When the line up for Q Magazine's U2 tribute album AHK-toong BAY-bi Covered was announced, it listed Jack White as covering "Love is Blindness." The song seemed like an odd pick for the White Stripes singer, but he made it uniquely his own by adding a searing blues edge and howling vocals. As Bono said about the cover album, "When I hear the album, when U2 do it, all I hear is what’s wrong with it. But when I heard all these artists doing it, I thought, ‘It’s really good.'"
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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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