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. 

The album version of Money For Nothing features an even longer and more awesome intro.

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).


Dire Straits - Money For Nothing Album



Danny Wilson  Mary's Prayer

David Grant & Jaki Graham  Could It Be I'm Falling In Love?

David Essex  A Winter's Tale

Deniece Williams  Let's Hear It For The Boy

Denise Lasalle  (Don't Mess With) My Toot Toot

Desireless  Voyage Voyage

Diana Ross  Chain Reaction

Dirty Dancing  Time Of My Life 

Don Henley   The Boys Of Summer

Dr. Hook  Sexy Eyes