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“Men's Needs”

The Cribs | 2007

With the energetic tune "Men’s Needs," this three-piece English band takes on gender stereotypes in rock & roll. "We were a little disillusioned by the attitudes of indie bands," Cribs bassist and singer Gary Jarman said. "It seems like bands would be singing slightly misogynistic lyrics. So we just tried to flip it around." A dance-y, frantic guitar riff drives the song. In the video, the band members emasculate themselves as a nude woman objectifies them while they try to perform. "She’s the dominant force in the video," Jarman said.

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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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