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“Makes Me Wonder”

Maroon 5 | 2007

“Makes Me Wonder” became an international hit for Maroon 5, but Adam Levine wrote this song specifically to respond to what he felt like was a political crisis in America, especially in regard to the war in Iraq. "The chorus is very much about confusion,'' the Maroon 5 lead singer said. "There is so much going on in America at the moment. I hope we [the U.S.] can dig ourselves out of this hole. There's a bunch of confusion going on in the world."

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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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