Song Stories

“Somebody That I Used to Know”

Gotye | 2011

This breakthrough track has rounded out the top 5 of Billboard's Hot 100 charts, been covered on Glee, and endorsed on Twitter by Katy Perry and Ashton Kutcher. But Belgian-born, Australian-raised Gotye sees it as a far cry from the buzzed-about songs of his contemporaries. "It's so soft by comparison," he told Rolling Stone. "But maybe that's a good thing, because you need to turn it up." Cranking the volume reveals a lightly guitar-plucked, xylophone-plinked track about a failed relationship, where both Gotye and female guest Kimbra get to tell their sides of the story.

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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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