I Should’ve Learned to Play the Guitar …

A now-classic song offering reflections on pop music in the MTV age, Dire Straits’ “Money For Nothing” would, as the video itself foreshadows in parodying fashion, make it to heavy rotation on radio and on MTV.  Indeed, in what may be a testament to postmodernism, it ended up the year as MTV’s number 1 video on the network’s top 100 videos of 1985 countdown.  The song, which featured Sting’s memorable “I Want My MTV” backing vocal, also became Dire Straits’ only number 1 hit on Billboard‘s Hot 100 chart, reaching the top for a three-week reign 25 years ago today.

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