Dire Straits - "Money For Nothing"
Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfer wrote this 1985 hit song as a first-person account from a character. But part of the character's vocabulary included an anti-gay slur, which radio stations promptly removed. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Knopfer discussed the lyrics, saying, "In fact, I'm still in two minds as to whether it's a good idea to write songs that aren't in the first person, to take on other characters. The singer in 'Money for Nothing' is a real ignoramus, hard hat mentality – somebody who sees everything in financial terms."