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Goo Goo Dolls | 1998

Despite its pop appeal, the hit song encompassed heavy narratives on teen pregnancy. "Everybody's like, it's such a happy song," frontman Johnny Reznik said. "If you really sit and listen to the lyrics, the song's actually about these two teenage kids and the girlfriend gets pregnant, and it's this sort of Catholic teenage thing, and they're trying to decide should she get an abortion? Should they get married? And I don't think a lot of people got that." The heroine's named "May," but Reznik assured she wasn't real. "It's like the old TV show 'Dragnet' -- you change names to protect the innocent."

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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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