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“My Girls”

Animal Collective | 2009

During the course of the song, writer and singer Noah Lennox, a.k.a. Panda Bear, covets "a proper house," "four walls and adobe slats for my girls" and eschews fancy things, values which were culled from his personal life. "It was really just my desire on a basic level to own my own place and kind of provide a safe house for my family and the people I care about," Lennox said. "I thought that was at once a kind of weird materialistic thing but at the same time a noble thing."

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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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