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“Stay (I Missed You)”

Lisa Loeb and Nine Stories | 1994

While living across the street from Ethan Hawke, Lisa Loeb became friends with the actor, who frequently attended Loeb's shows. During filming for Reality Bites, Hawke thought this cute-sounding song — written while Loeb was going through a breakup — would make a nice addition to the soundtrack. The film didn't fare so well, but the single became a surprise chartbuster for Loeb, who didn't even have a record deal at the time. "It was a shock," Loeb said. "I mean, it's always a dream come true to have success, to not worry about having a job and just be a musician."

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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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