Greatest Dire Straits Songs

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1Sultans of Swing

I love the distinct rock and roll messages in dire straits songs. in this one, it is very clear.
And a crowd of young boys they're fooling around in the corner
Drunk and dressed in their best brown baggies and their platform soles
They don't give a damn about any trumpet playing band
It ain't what they call rock and roll
- qaz9999

The Dire Straits most succesful song is also their best. It is a work of art.

My top 3 Dire Straits songs:

1. Money For Nothing

Killer riff at the beginning, followed by funny lyrics. Catchy from the beginning to end.

2. Calling Elvis

Very nice allusions to Elvis songs incorporated into the song. Knopfler goes all over the place with an awesome guitar solo

3. Sultans of Swing

Great rhymes, easily Knopfler's best song on acoustic guitar. Good solid concept, and the guitar solo just lifts the listener up.

Its epitome of all rock song ever

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2Brothers In Arms

The lyrics is the strongest point of this song. Combine that with Knopfler's voice, the guitar and what you have is an epic song.

This is not just Dire Straits' best song, it's the greatest music ever made!
It is perfect in every way, and so meaningful...
Love the riffs... And the solo, best by far to anything!
I can never stop listening to this song!

Should be n°1 - Perfect Lyrics, Perfect Melody... There is no other song in the world which contains more emotion than this one. Thank you Mark Knoplfer for every tears of hapiness and sadness that flowed from my eyes each time I listened to this song.

Evokes emotions like no other song.

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3Money For Nothing

An awesome song! This completely are o c k s! It has a catchy rhythm and the lyrics are easy. the meaning of the song is clear and the lyrics are also easily heard and recognized. the first time I heard this I was completely stunned because I had heard already Sultans of Swing which is very very good song (1 of their best), but this one seriously knocks me out!

This song is my favourite song. It has the best guitar tunes and always the easy-to-listen-to-vocals...

I only used to like the guitar riff at the start, but now, it's the best song that's entered my eardrums!

Everyone who has a dire staits dog album on itunes, should always get this complementary song.. Best song in history... And best band in history!

Money For nothing definitely has one of the greatest guitar riffs ever. It doesn't get much better than this.

Yes Sultans of Swing is a brilliant song (it's a tie between that and this) but this should be at least number 2. The riff is amazing and one of the greatest ever and Sting puts the cherry on top

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4Telegraph Road

This shows the extent of knowledge of people voting on these lists. Telegraph Road is easily the best Dire Straits song out there. With the exception of the title track, the Brothers in Arms album is the worst album Mark Knopfler released. It shows Dire Straits producing legitimate pop music. The band's prime was its Love Over Gold album, its prog-rock effort. Want Dire Straits at their best? Look into Telegraph Road.

Big, big, big Dire Straits fan. And being so, Telegraph Road is for me the best of their songs. The incredible finale leaves way behind all the others, extremely good as they are... What I don't understand is why it is so easily forgotten or left out of these lists. Incomprehensible...

A fourteen minute masterpiece worth every second of its length.

The range of emotions of the song-- hope, frivolity, nostalgia, and despair-- is remarkable, with this all leading up to the incredible five minute finale. About the finale, the star, of course, is Mark Knopfler's inimitable guitar but one should not overlook Pick Wither's pacing behind the kit. The increasing driving urgency of the drums allows Knopfler to propel the song to the heights it achieved.

In my opinion, not only the greatest Dire Straits song, but it deserves to be on the list of the best long form songs and progressive rock songs.

Auditive Orgasm.

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5Romeo and Juliet

Love the power of this song, it's so great, I would like to see it on top 3, actually, I would like it in second place, just after the sultans of swing, because this song combine everything that is good, like it a lot, and I don't have more words to describe it. That's all, ROMEO AND JULIET!

I like the second time where the refrain comes. The bass has there a really good subvoice. That's my absolute favorite song on the top 3 please!

Love-Song. Peoples, you want one of the best love songs in the world, listen to this. Brings me to tears and great to play to that special woman. - Hybridking

Excellent, playing it right now

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6Walk of Life

This deserves much more recognisment. I think it's as close to Sultans as Money for Nothing, no offense for Brothers in Arms. To be honest, it's obvious it's not about the lyrics, but dude... Seriously, in my opinion, such an inspiring song. Who needs weed having this? Best perfomance on 1993, On the Night

Upbeat - inspiring - catchy chorus lines and one of the most amazing keyboard riffs to die for! Undeniably Fun!

The melody, the lyrics and the awesome keyboard riff, this song has it all to make it my favorie Dire Straits song :) This song always makes me happy (and sing along sometimes too ;) ).

Just love this song. Lifts up my mood every time I listen :))

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7Tunnel of Love

To be quite honest, if I could I would have also picked R&J, Money for Nothing & Walk Of Life
But in the end I think that Tunnel of lOve gets the cake.
It pretty much has everything you want in a song, Beautiful melody, a breathtaking solo, and most of all it's played by probably the greatest guitar player in the world.
Long Live Dire Straits!

I love all the songs that I have listened to from Dire Straits but it was the solo at the end of this one which made me think differently about music. Most amazing song and the best solo ever! - overthehills

This song stimulates a bunch of emotions... Its truly amazing how they pulled off such a balanced song. My personal favorite song of all time.

The feelings thrown by this perfection are undescribable. I can't understand such a melody out of any top of best musics ever.

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8Your Latest Trick

No sure if it really is there best song but it's far and away the best song on Brothers in Arms that's for sure!

The sax and mark's song combine together to make an unforgettable combination. I believe the son's lyrics and meanings are also a great contribution to the EPICNESS of this song.

The title track is an absolute masterpiece, but this saxophone riff is the best

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9Lady Writer

Awesome guitar... one of the best works of knopfler... deserves to be in top 5

What? How come this isn't in the top 5? At least!? I like everything in this song. So catchy and mind drifting. Hey you people who haven't listened to this: What are you waiting for?

This List Is All Wrong This Song Calling Elivs Private Investigation and Heavy Fuel Should Be In The Top Ten Please Vote All Them Song Up and Not It Never Rains Your Latest Trick Why Worry - mneilan

The world is a better place 'cause of this song

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10So Far Away

Highly, highly underrated. Just a move from my end to give the song what it deserves!

Very romantic. Always listened to this song while I was oversea's in the service. It's my #2 favorite

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11Private Investigation

The live version is the best chill out classic rock I've heard
The story telling gifts of mark knopfler are out of this world!

This song at 9th? Why!?
It's like Telegraph Road but shorter and only uses a few notes, which makes it an INCREDIBLY AWESOME song.
It's with no doubt in my top 10 songs all time.

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12On Every Street

A song that makes me stop doing whatever I'm doing and just makes me close my eyes and listen to it.. It's incredible.. We also play it with the band and it's my favorite dire straits song.. No doubt about it!

Always liked Dire Straits, but hadn't really take notice of this song until recently. It's a brilliant track and really underrated in my opinion.

How is this so low?
This is my all-time favourite song. The lyrics are so sad, 'and its your face I'm looking for, on every street. ' But the final guitar solo is so hopeful and makes it one of the best songs ever written

It has the best outro ever. Enough' said.

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13Calling Elvis

"Sultans of swing" is my favorite, but this one comes to me on a more than creditable second place. The song is simply genius and if they didn�t stop at 6:27 it seems like going on forever. Got to love it!

14Love Over Gold

Amazing song... What a melody!

15Heavy Fuel

Great song this one should be higher up the list - mneilan

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16Down to the Waterline

Seriously... This Song is like one of the best songs that have ever been made, this riffs are just amazing... I can't understand why people wouldn't listen to it and just love it, like sultans of swing! Its definitely my top 5 favorites...

Oh come on! How is this song languishing in 14th! This shoule at least be in the top ten if not the top five.

This is one of those songs I like to listen to on long car rides. Amazing upbeat guitar helps me get moving. Terrific beginning to their first album.

This tune captures the essence of early Dire Straits!

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17In the Gallery

This is one of the most bluesy songs ever written, and it's combined with a perfect amount of funk. This song should be vaulted up top. Drink a beer and turn it up loud... You'll love the chorus.

18News

I think the guitar in this song is unforgettable. It just sticks to your head once you hear it. It makes me think about car accidents. Great song! Deserves a better ranking on the charts...

19Industrial Disease

Possibly the most underrated tun by the most underrated band. Deserves way more recognition. - Beatlesboy9

Completeley agree... very underrated and a truly Dire Straits' masterpiece...Lyrics are awesome... and so up to date

20Why Worry

A lullaby for grown-ups, and one of the most beautiful songs ever written. So calm and soothing it's impossible not to love.

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