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“Wannabe”

Spice Girls | 1997

Although the Spice Girls created the image of an all-for-one/one-for-all group — and popularized the phrase "girl power" — it turns out the entire band did not have full input on their breakthrough hit, a song co-written by the band with Matt Rowe and Richard Stannard. "It was so intimidating — like standing in a room with no clothes on," Victoria Beckham recalled. "And particularly during the early sessions, I didn't have as much input as I did later. In fact, with 'Wannabe' I missed most of it."

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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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