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“Tired of Being Alone”

Al Green | 1971

Green recorded mostly cover songs before he wrote this sexy soul ballad. "I wanted to find something that was soft, that was comfortable…but soulful," he told Rolling Stone. While producer Willie Mitchell wanted more covers, some were saying Green--who had a hit with a cover titled "Back Up Train" three years earlier--was a one-hit wonder. "Finally, I sat down and wrote to myself. I wrote 'Tired of Being Alone,' and that's what got us going."

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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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