Money for Nothing (8:23)

Cover of Brothers in Arms

From Brothers in Arms and 112 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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  • MetaKirus

    8 minutes of awesomeness!

    5 Nov 3:24pm Reply
  • Dirty_Noise

    We got some movies, refrigerators..

    20 Oct 4:07pm 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 11:08pm Reply
  • RoomForSymmetry

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

    4 Sep 10:02pm Reply
  • TheMally98

    I shoulda learned to play the guitar!

    7 Aug 9:06pm 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 9:11am 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 3:33pm Reply
  • TheBullfrog

    Mark is cool.

    18 Jun 10:40am 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 3:48pm Reply
  • jrs1991

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

    9 Jun 10:46pm Reply
  • Abs-in-The

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

    22 May 2:00pm Reply
  • zmatster

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

    15 May 4:07pm Reply
  • kitkat582000

    the ya...xo

    23 Apr 12:18pm Reply
  • donwysol

    still so freakin good!

    4 Apr 9:51am Reply
  • ZorianaYudin


    18 Mar 3:39pm Reply
  • Hasen_Papa

    Unforgettable riff ! It´s great !

    8 Mar 1:27pm Reply
  • marjo47

    My heroes Dire Straits, out of the eightees fab guitar playing to.

    28 Feb 5:02pm Reply
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    25 Feb 7:00pm Reply
  • yerbyderby

    Dire Straits are right. They get money for making music, not for work. Making that music is heavenly, is art, not a daily duty in a factory.

    18 Feb 6:30pm Reply
  • Kornelie

    Effin classic!

    17 Feb 1:10pm Reply
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