Dire Straits - Money For Nothing
This has to be the best song intro of the 80s doesn't it? It's certainly one of the best videos. British band Dire Straits (from Newcastle) reached Diamond status (9x Multi-Platinum in the US) with their awesome album Brothers In Arms, which reached #1 in just about any country you care to mention - well, almost!
Money For Nothing was the second single release from the album and reached #4 in the UK, but spent three weeks at the top of the charts in the U.S. The video featured ground-breaking computer animated characters and was the first to be shown on MTV Europe in August 1987. It won Video of the Year at the third MTV Video Music Awards in 1986. Ironically, lead singer and lead guitarist Mark Knopfler was very much anti-video.
Singles from Brothers In Arms (release order);
So Far Away (#20), Money For Nothing (#4), Brothers In Arms (#16), Walk Of Life (#2) and Your Latest Trick (#26).