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“She Loves You”

The Beatles | 1963

Unexpectedly, it was a recording artist best known for his cover of the Italian standard "Volare" that inspired the Beatles to pen "She Loves You." As Paul McCartney recalls in the book The Beatles Anthology, "There was a Bobby Rydell song out at the time, 'Forget Him', and, as often happens, you think of one song when you write another. We were in a van up in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. I'd planned an 'answering song' where a couple of us would sing 'she loves you' and the other ones would answer 'yeah yeah'." "She Loves You" would be one of two Beatles songs re-recorded with lyrics sung in German (the other being "I Want to Hold Your Hand").

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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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