Greatest Dire Straits Songs


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The Top Ten

Sultans 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


The Dire Straits most succesful song is also their best. It is a work of art.
the dire straits anthem! awesome song
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2Brothers In Arms
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.
This is not just Dire Straits' best song, its 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!
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.
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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.
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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 masterpiece. Just an immense masterpiece.
I just cannot understand how people can forget it... Just close your eyes and listen. THIS is music.
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5Romeo 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 the power of this song, its 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!
is freaking awesome... the guitar is amazing
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6Tunnel of Love
the guitar solo at the end is amazing


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!
This is song is truly epic! So meaningful yet up-beat.
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7Walk 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 ;) ).
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8Your Latest Trick
Fantasic SAXOPHONE. I love this. Really THIS IS THE BEST SONG OF DIRE STRAITS. Pozdro dla polaków! Siema
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.
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!
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9Private 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!
Unbelievable, how can a song lasting this long be so good
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10Lady 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


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The Contenders

11So 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. Its my #2 favorite
Great song. Very underrated.
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12On Every Street
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
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!
My personal favorite at the moment. The solo at the ending gives me chills every single time!
Have listened to this probably about 300 times (according to Itunes) and I'm still in love
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13Why 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.
Deserves to be on top 10...
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15Down 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 a good one! Down to the waterline should be at least in the top ten! Vote for it! Fkfk flkfkf kf kf kkf f kl
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16Love Over Gold Listen to sample

17Expresso Love
Amazing Song! Absolutely fantastic display of songwriting!
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18Hand In Hand Listen to sample

19Once Upon a Time In the West Listen to sample

20It Never Rains
Possibly the most underrated dIRE sTRAITS song. Perfect from begining to end, great lyrics, outstanding outro.
It's such a shame it was only played live during the short Love over gold UK tour.
Without any doubt the greatest song Mark ever wrote during the Dire Straits period.
Underrated! Ending solo is just amazing.
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21Calling 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 didnt stop at 6:27 it seems like going on forever. Got to love it!
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22Twisting by the Pool Listen to sample

23In the Gallery Listen to sample

24You and Your Friend Listen to sample

25Water of Love Listen to sample

26Industrial Disease Listen to sample

27Six Blade Knife
Best song for me..
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28News Listen to sample

29Skateaway Listen to sample

30Where Do You Think You're Going
I think you just missed it
Right man thaats the best song of all!
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31Solid Rock
Good old fashion Rock N Roll!
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32The Bug Listen to sample

33Lions Listen to sample

34Ticket to Heaven Listen to sample

35Boom, Like That Listen to sample

36Communique Listen to sample

37Going Home Listen to sample

38Single Handed Sailor Listen to sample

39Planet of New Orleans Listen to sample

40The Man's Too Strong
I Live This Song.
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41One World Listen to sample

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Updated Wednesday, April 23, 2014

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