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“Rule Breaker”

Ashlee Simpson | 2008

This song was Ashlee Simpson's sttempt to channel her inner bad girl. She explained that she wanted “to capture that bada-- feeling you get sometimes after watching a movie like True Romance. You think you can take on the world and you want to color outside the lines and get a tattoo or mouth off to someone way bigger than you,” she said. Simpson originally planned to call the album "Rule Breaker" is on Color Outside the Lines after a line in the song before deciding on Bittersweet World instead.

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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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