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“Now That You're Gone”

Sheryl Crow | 2008

"That's not about Lance," Sheryl Crow told Rolling Stone, referring to her ex, Lance Armstrong. "I dedicate that one to Karl Rove." But while Crow was writing politically charged tunes at the time, this one -- written after her breakup with the Tour de France champion cyclist -- is pretty clearly about a failed relationship. While the song asserts, "Now that you're gone, I can breathe," another track from the album countered, "I can't stand all this freedom." Crow, who had also recently battled breast cancer, said the music helped her avoid getting bogged down by painful feelings.

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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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