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Chapter 153: Money For Nothing

Pop rock & pop metal

What’s the greatest backing vocal performance ever? Dire Straits’ “Money For Nothing” is almost too hammy to work; it’s got that awesome flickering lightbulb riff, but a caveman rhythm and some very questionable lyrical choices. It’s Sting who completely saves the track, his peerlessly earnest voice giving Mark Knopfler’s rants a soulful counterweight. Other epochal moments on par with “I want my MTV”: the logorrheic rush of “End Of The World”’s verses, the doubletime ending of “Paradise City,” and everything about John Tesh’s sporting opus “Roundball Rock.”
1. John Tesh

Roundball Rock (Live)

2. Guns N' Roses

Paradise City

3. Foreigner

Cold As Ice

4. R.E.M.

It's The End Of The World As We Know It

5. Fleetwood Mac


6. Dire Straits

Money for Nothing

7. Robert Palmer

Addicted To Love

8. Rush

Tom Sawyer

9. Living Colour

Cult Of Personality

10. Guns N' Roses

November Rain