Greatest Dire Straits Songs

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The Top Ten

1 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
- qaz9999

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

the dire straits anthem! awesome song

A classic through the ages - sounds as good now as it did in the eighties.

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2 Brothers 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.

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, 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!

This is the perfect Dire Straits Song, no comparison.

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3 Money 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.

The complete version with intro.

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4 Telegraph 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.

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.

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...

Slowly builds towards an ecstasy that other long introspective DS songs seem to hint at, but unable to produce. Note that the live version on Alchemy doesn't succeed in lifting off like the album version.

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5 Walk 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 ;) ).

Underrated.

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6 Romeo 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!

is freaking awesome... the guitar is amazing

Definitely my favorite Dire Straits song ever, so much emotion, it's tragically beautiful.

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7 Tunnel of Love

the guitar solo at the end is amazing - wolphert

This is song is truly epic! So meaningful yet up-beat.

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!

So touching

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8 So 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

Great song. Very underrated.

Very melodic hypnotizing...

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9 Your 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

How come this song isnʼt in a higher position in this list. Come on people, have you heard the sax solo in the intro? I mean, that is art. Not to mention all the emotion and epic lyrics. Sultans of Swing is their greatest work but this song deserves more. - yalimyukselkonus

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10 Lady 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

Just perfect!

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The Contenders

11 Private Investigation

The quiet intimate sound of the song, compounded with Knopfler's low-sounding voice, creates a wonderful atmosphere of suspense. The live version is much more intense and exciting, while the studio version sounds darker. The guitar is great!

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

Just awesome

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12 On 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

This song is so... calming. - vr46

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13 Love Over Gold

Amazing song... What a melody!

Ah, love this song so much!

wow

14 Heavy Fuel

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

Greeat Song this one should be number 10 or 11

15 Where Do You Think You're Going?

I think you just missed it

Right man thaats the best song of all!

Right in top 3

16 Calling Elvis

Now why is this song #16 when it's clearly supposed to be in the top 5? The drums are simply fantastic in this song, not to mention Mark knopfler's amazing voice and the guitar strums. Fantastic song!

"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!

Should be in top 10, at least 20

17 Once Upon a Time in the West

One of the best. The live version in Alchemy is just memorable... the guitar solos are subtle and yet powerful like no other

Catchy song, great guitar, love Mark's vocals in this one. What's not to like? Definitely top 10.

#24, you've gotta be kidding me... This song is awesome

One of their best in my opinion

18 Down 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.

Each of these songs are great they are great band nice one but these song is too good I like these song and I give her a chance only because its underrated in this list nice one great melody also

Oh yea baby yeaah!

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19 Industrial Disease

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

Catchy keys/guitar, great social criticism of environmental pollution. Pop music ought to sound more like this.

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

20 Why 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.

This should switch with lady writer

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