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“Wild Horses”

The Rolling Stones | 1971

This slow-dance country ballad off Sticky Fingers is about co-songwriter Keith Richards really not wanting to leave his two-month-old son behind to go on tour: hence the chorus "Wild horses couldn't drag me away." Richards said he came up with the equine phrase, and Mick Jagger elaborated upon it. "Let me put it this way: I'd say, 'Mick, it goes like this: Wild horses couldn't drag me away.' Then it would be a division of labor, Mick filling in the verses," Richards told Rolling Stone.

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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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