Greatest Dire Straits Songs


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

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.

2 Brothers in Arms

It is my the song to become calm. I love everything about this one!

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!

3 Money for Nothing

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!

Best song I have ever heard.

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!

Got introduced to dire straits through this song

4 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

Makes me want to dance!

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 ;) ).

5 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.

This should be number 1

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.

Dire Straits' Bohemian Rhapsody

6 Romeo and Juliet

People haven't just listened to it. There can be no other reason it isn't their top song! The lyrics combined with the music will definitely make you cry on days like that.

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!

Timeless simple perfect music. The 16 year old me felt this song was what it meant to love. All I do is kiss you through the bars of a rhyme.

Absolutely loved R & J from the first time I heard it...timeless!

7 Tunnel of Love

That solo on the end... Amazing!

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!

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 Lady Writer

Underrated masterpiece.

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

10 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

Best instrumental on the whole album


The Contenders

11 Heavy Fuel

Great biker song.

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

Greeat Song this one should be number 10 or 11

12 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

Brilliant, Dire Straits at their best

13 On Every Street

The final part is total perfection

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!

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

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.

14 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

15 Down to the Waterline

One of the most memorable freshman songs ever (along with sultans, which however has too much exposure)

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...

Ridiculously low!

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

16 News

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...

Amazing guitar, listening like one of knopfler s solo songs

Beautiful song. Definitely deserves to be higher!

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 In the Gallery

It just gets you grooving. It has a similar story to Sultans of Swing but from a different point of view. Cool riffs and of course MK's solo is amazing.

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.

I agree should be running up there with Sultans of swing, That guitar is unbelievable.

This tune should be right along side of Sultans of swing. Great keyboard in it.

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

Just a beautiful song

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...

This should switch with lady writer

21 Where Do You Think You're Going?

I think you just missed it

Simple and so catchy. The guitar riff is unbeatable.

Right man thaats the best song of all!

Right in top 3

22 Love Over Gold

Amazing song... What a melody!

Ah, love this song so much!


23 Lions

Might be the weirdest song ever. I can't even listen to it without feeling really unconfortable.

24 It 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.

This forgotten last track of the Love Over Gold album deserves more love! Terrific guitar and lyrics - Knopfler at his best. Should easily be in the top 10.

Really the only Dire Straits song I listen to these days. It has stood the test of time

25 Twisting by the Pool

love IT

Energetic and great

26 Six Blade Knife

One of their best

Great bass

27 Going Home
28 Skateaway

Top ten at least!

The one that got away from the live shows, and I think, overlooked. From their best album "Making Movies".

This song ALWAYS stops me in my tracks. GREAT late night song with a little glass of somethin'

This song has such a strong melody, 2nd only to Tunnel of Love

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29 The Man's Too Strong

The most underrated song from the band. Amazingly dynamic and pushed my sound system and my expectations to the limit when I heard it from an original CD pressing

This has been my favorite Dire Straits song since I was four. I don't think I'll ever get tired of it. - Aweso

This is definitely in the wrong place!

Really great song with meaningful lyrics

30 Hand in Hand

Just love this tune.. so simple but just class

One of my favourite songs of all time, never understand why other people don't like it! Almost perfect!

Most underrated song of all time, like a kick in the gut every time!

31 Ride Across the River

A Masterpiece

One of the better songs off Brothers in arms, an over rated album

32 Fade to Black

Are you people all brain dead? This song exudes eroticism. Love it

The Guitar Solos! ^_^

33 Private Investigations

This should be top 5 easily...

This is already at number 9, isn't it?

34 Expresso Love

Crazy underrated and swings more the Sultans of Swing

This should be the second one, right after the Sultans of Swing! This song contains more emotions than Stairway to Heaven. definitely one of my favourite songs of all time.

This should be in Top 10 at least.

Amazing Song! Absolutely fantastic display of songwriting!

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35 Ticket to Heaven

Another amazing song created by Mark Knopfler.

36 You and Your Friend

One of the greatest songs of all time. The guitar is so beautiful, and his on the night performance is the greatest guitar ever played

Amazing lyrics and guitar work.

Lay down and soak it in

37 Portobello Belle
38 Water of Love

Pick Withers legendary drumming is just as essential to this song as Mark Knopflers guitar work, combining for one of their most underrated songs. Their sound may have been somewhat undeveloped on their first album, but this, along with Sultans of Swing, is some of their best work that isn't on Making Movies or Love Over Gold.

Great song lyrics

39 Eastbound Train
40 When It Comes to You
41 Wild West End

Fantastically atmospheric

This is real music.


Might be the only one to consider this one as Dire Straits's best song, but I don't care! I love nearly all their songs but this one is way ahead :-)

42 The Bug

Underrated. As a trained musician, I can hear all of the amazing aspects of this wonderful and beautiful piece of art. Rock on my fellow rock and rollers.

43 Communique

How the hell is this not on the list?

How is this at the bottom?

44 Single Handed Sailor

My favourite Dire Straits song. I love the main riff and the way it turns in and out in the play out at the end. The clean strat sound with its hollow ring, echoes and lingers beautifully. You can almost see the lonely haunting figure of the Cutty Sark throughout the song

45 Solid Rock

Good old fashion Rock N Roll!

46 Boom, Like That

This is a Knopfler solo song off the Shangri-La album. It's great, just not a Dire Straits song - Aweso

47 Planet of New Orleans

Sholud be much higher on the list!

As underrated as the whole 'On every street album'. Surely one of their best songs.

A great jazzy masterpiece, seven minutes of perfection

Just listen.
I think this song must be at least in top-5.
Only its atmosphere...

48 Local Hero / Wild Theme


49 One World
50 Iron Hand

What a cowboy song.It should be in top 20.Start with sky so blue,grass so green.Then blood so red,grass so green.What a reflection of war.

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