BILLBOARD #1 HITS: #578: ‘MONEY FOR NOTHING’- DIRE STRAITS – SEPTEMBER 21, 1985

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Billboard #1 Hits: #578: ‘Money For Nothing’- Dire Straits. September 21, 1985. #1 for 3 weeks.

  • Single: ‘Money For Nothing’- Dire Straits
  • Record Company- Warner Bros
  • Genre: Rock
  • Written by Mark Knopfler
  • Time: 7:04
  • B-side:”Love Over Gold”-Live
  • Album- Brothers In Arms
  • Grade: A+
  • Peaked at #1 3 weeks in Billboard Hot 100. #4 in UK Singles Chart. #1 in Canada.

This was Dire Straits at their peak in popularity- their album- Brothers In Arms- went to #1 and ‘Money For Nothing’- became their only #1 hit. “Money For Nothing’ seemed to be everywhere that late summer-fall- all over the radio and the video was being constantly played on the MTV. Then a strange thing happened- Dire Straits didn’t release another album for six years- their final album. Hard to believe Brothers In Arms went 9 x platinum in the US- and sold 30 million copies all over the world. This was a rock group- can’t imagine anything like that happening today.

3 responses to “BILLBOARD #1 HITS: #578: ‘MONEY FOR NOTHING’- DIRE STRAITS – SEPTEMBER 21, 1985

  1. Great tune and guitar riff. While it was completely overexposed, IMHO, I still like it.

    If I recall it correctly, “Brothers in Arms” was one of the first all-digitally produced CDs (DDD). I still remember when my best friend and I listened to it and were blown away by the crystal clear sound of the drums’ hi hat. In a way, it was almost too clean! 🙂

    That being said, my favorite Dire Straits albums remain their first and “Making Movies.”

  2. During that hiatus Mark Knopfler got together with Chet Atkins and created the album “Neck and Neck” and I think did some touring with him. That was also the time when he did the Notting Hillbillies album, “Missing… Presumed Having A Good Time.” Both of which are excellent, by the way…

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