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“White Liar”

Miranda Lambert | 2009

Miranda Lambert wrote this song with her good friend, and frequent collaborator, Natalie Hemby. “Natalie had the title, 'White Liar,' and we thought it was great,” Lambert explained. “I started playing a little bit of a tune to it on the guitar, and we just started writing. It happened really fast. We wrote it in about 20 minutes. Cheating in a small town is what this song is all about.” The accompanying video featured country artist Jamey Johnson as a minister at a wedding, with her parents and band members playing the role of ceremony guests.

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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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