First Hit #1: September 21, 1985
While there are innumerable pop songs about pop music, Money for Nothing is at least a little original in that it tries to approach it from an outside perspective. Here’s a song from the perspective of a somewhat curmudgeonly appliance salesman, or perhaps appliance mover, that spends a lot of time lamenting that he’s not a rock star. Being a slightly curmudgeonly character, it also means some of the lyrics can be a bit offensive to some people, but to remove those lines would weaken the character – it’s a very specific portrayal of a certain kind of person, and Knopfler and crew accurately portray the person they’re trying to create. I suspect everyone know someone quite similar to the character portrayed in the song.
But then again, the lyrics aren’t why anyone cares, it’s all in the guitar riff that opens the song, and in the end that’s what propels it.