Dire Straits: Top 5 Songs of All Time Ranked

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All about Dire Straits 

Who are Dire Straits: British rock band Dire Straits was composed of Mark Knopfler (lead vocals and lead guitar), David Knopfler (rhythm guitar and backing vocals), John Illsley (bass guitar and backing vocals) and Pick Withers (drums and percussion). ‘Sultans of Swing’, from their 1978 self-titled debut album, reached the US and UK top ten. The album was followed by a string of successful singles, including “Romeo and Juliet” (1981), “Private Investigations” (1982), “Twisting by the Pool” (1983), “Money for Nothing” (1985), and “Walk of Life” (1985). The group’s most commercially successful album, Brothers in Arms (1985), has sold more than 30 million copies; it is the eighth best-selling album in UK history and the first million-copy release on Compact Disc.

Also Known As: Café Racers

Origin: Deptford, London, England

Genres: Roots rock – Blues rock – Pub rock

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The band was formed when David was a social worker, Mark was working as an English teacher, and Illsley was studying at Goldsmiths’ College.
Café Racers was the band’s original name.
Dire Straits evolved from the name given by Withers’ musician flatmate, Simon Cowe, while they were rehearsing in Simon Cowe’s kitchen.

We freaking love music here at Unwrapped, and we adore Dire Straits. In our humble opinion, here are the BEST FIVE SONGS by the legendary Dire Straits (most liked, listened and downloaded songs) across the web!!!

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Five All-Time Best Songs of Dire Straits

        1. Sultans Of Swing
        2. Walk Of Life
        3. Money for Nothing
        4. Brothers In Arms
        5. Romeo And Juliet

Sultans Of Swing

Length: 5:48

Release: 1978

Opening Lyrics:

You get a shiver in the dark
It’s a raining in the park but meantime-
South of the river you stop and you hold everything
A band is blowing Dixie, double four time
You feel alright when you hear the music ring
Well now you step inside but you don’t see too many faces
Coming in out of the rain they hear the jazz go down
Competition in other places
Uh but the horns they blowin’ that sound
Way on down south
Way on down south
London town
You check out guitar George, he knows-all the chords
Mind, it’s strictly rhythm he doesn’t want to make it cry or sing
They said an old guitar is all, he can afford
When he gets up under the lights to play his thing

Walk Of Life

Length: 4:08

Release: 1985

Opening Lyrics:

Here comes Johnny singing oldies, goldies
“Be-Bop-A-Lula, ” “Baby What I Say”
Here comes Johnny singing, “I Gotta Woman”
Down in the tunnels, trying to make it pay
He got the action, he got the motion
Oh yeah, the boy can play
Dedication, devotion
Turning all the night time into the day
He do the song about the sweet lovin’ woman
He do the song about the knife
He do the walk, do the walk of life
Yeah, he do the walk of life
Here comes Johnny, gonna tell you the story
Hand me down my walkin’ shoes
Here comes Johnny with the power and the glory
Backbeat the talkin’ blues

Money for Nothing

Length: 8:25

Release: 1985

Opening Lyrics:

Now look at them yo-yos, that’s the way you do it
You play the guitar on the MTV
That ain’t workin’, that’s the way you do it
Money for nothin’ and your chicks for free
Now that ain’t workin’, that’s the way you do it
Lemme tell ya, them guys ain’t dumb
Maybe get a blister on your little finger
Maybe get a blister on your thumb
We got to install microwave ovens, custom kitchen deliveries
We got to move these refrigerators, we got to move these color TVs
See the little faggot with the earring and the make up
Yeah, buddy, that’s his own hair
That little faggot got his own jet airplane
That little faggot, he’s a millionaire
We got to install microwave ovens, custom kitchen deliveries
We got to move these refrigerators, we gotta move these color TVs
We got to install microwave ovens, custom kitchen deliveries
We got to move these refrigerators, we got to move these color TVs
Looky here, look out


Brothers In Arms

Length: 7:00

Release: 1988

Opening Lyrics:

These mist covered mountains
Are a home now for me
But my home is the lowlands
And always will be
Someday you’ll return to
Your valleys and your farms
And you’ll no longer burn to be
Brothers in arms
Through these fields of destruction
Baptisms of fire
I’ve witnessed your suffering
As the battle raged high
And though they did hurt me so bad
In the fear and alarm
You did not desert me
My brothers in arms

Romeo And Juliet

Length: 6:00

Release: 1980

Opening Lyrics:

A lovestruck Romeo sings the streets a serenade
Laying everybody low with a love song that he made
Finds a streetlight, steps out of the shade
Says something like “You and me babe: how ’bout it?”
Juliet says, “Hey, it’s Romeo. You nearly give me a heart attack.”
He’s underneath the window; she’s singing, “Hey, la, my boyfriend’s back.
You shouldn’t come around here singing up at people like that.
Anyway what you gonna do about it?”
Juliet, the dice was loaded from the start
And I bet, then you exploded in my heart
And I forget, I forget the movie song
When you gonna realize it was just that the time was wrong, Juliet?



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