Money for Nothing (8:23)

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From Dire Straits Gold and 114 other releases

“Money for Nothing” is a song by British group Dire Straits, which first appeared on their 1985 album Brothers in Arms and subsequently became an international hit when released as a single. It peaked at number one for three weeks in the U.S., becoming their most successful single. In the band’s native UK, the song peaked at number 4.

According to the Money For Nothing Songfacts, this song is about rock star excess and the easy life it brings compared with real work. Mark Knopfler wrote it after overhearing delivery men in a New York department store complain about their jobs while watching MTV. He wrote the song in the store sitting at a kitchen display they had set up. Many of the lyrics were things they actually said.

The song was notable for its controversial lyrics, groundbreaking music video and a cameo appearance by Sting singing the song’s iconic falsetto introduction and backing chorus, a borrowing of the cable network’s slogan “I want my MTV”.This chorus mirrors The Police intro to “don’t stand so close to me”. The video was also the first to be aired on MTV Europe when the network started on August 1, 1987.

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  • lukasz_pulawski

    Immortal!

    19 Mar 9:06pm Reply
  • sacason

    A yes, classic rock, the good old days of music when you could through homophobic slurs around and you could easily ignore the people who cared about it

    5 Mar 8:05pm Reply
  • Moonlight_Dawn

    Ahh .... back when MusicTV was just that: MusicTV. These days *shivers*....

    2 Mar 7:09am Reply
  • byanji

    This song is perfection.

    27 Feb 2:08pm Reply
  • EVENo94

    I didn't know that song can exist without second stanza

    27 Feb 1:43pm Reply
  • CHILEREMIX

    GRACIAS http://chileremix.com/

    15 Jan 7:21pm Reply
  • longpoke

    'This chorus mirrors The Police intro to “don’t stand so close to me”.' kek I was about to come say this. i hate both though

    11 Dec 2014 Reply
  • xterra12

    Thats the way

    2 Dec 2014 Reply
  • MetaKirus

    8 minutes of awesomeness!

    5 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Dirty_Noise

    We got some movies, refrigerators..

    20 Oct 2014 Reply
  • white_lemur

    The starting riff always gets me, it just never gets old! It gives me shivers, every listen is like the first time !! [3] Classic!

    12 Sep 2014 Reply
  • RoomForSymmetry

    That opening riff...and then the drums come in and it really takes off!

    4 Sep 2014 Reply
  • TheMally98

    I shoulda learned to play the guitar!

    7 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Krystalicznaa

    The starting riff always gets me, it just never gets old! It gives me shivers, every listen is like the first time !! [2]

    6 Jul 2014 Reply
  • YoQueSe666

    Whether you’re listening to the studio version with its extended intro or the shortened single version, “Money for Nothing”’s main guitar riff is sure to keep you hooked the whole way through. By successfully fusing blues, rock and new wave, the Grammy-winning hit, and its parent album, Brothers in Arms, topped the charts. Despite controversial lyrics, the song also made waves for its innovative music video. -- watchmojo

    3 Jul 2014 Reply
  • TheBullfrog

    Mark is cool. www.jackybullfrog.com

    18 Jun 2014 Reply
  • Kertalaaki

    The starting riff always gets me, it just never gets old! It gives me shivers, every listen is like the first time !!

    11 Jun 2014 Reply
  • jrs1991

    Who cares about being politically correct? People are crybabies and wimps.

    9 Jun 2014 Reply
  • Abs-in-The

    где-то с неделю напеваю под нос "I want my I want my I want my MTV"

    22 May 2014 Reply
  • zmatster

    Not the most politically correct song ever written, but a good one!

    15 May 2014 Reply
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