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“Suzie Q”

Dale Hawkins | 1957

A hypnotic cowbell sets the mood for Dale Hawkins's bluesy strutting rockabilly ode to "Suzie Q," fired by a wild solo by teenaged guitarist James Burton, soon to become one of the top Hollywood rock & roll session musicians. About 10 years later, Creedence Clearwater Revival's version would become their first big hit. "You can really hear that we were havin' a good time cuttin' that record," Hawkins said. "Man, me and the vocal group were actually doin' steps during the guitar breaks!"

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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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