Money for Nothing was Dire Straits' most commercially successful single, peaking at number 1 for three weeks in the United States.
It was number 1 for three weeks on the US Top Rock Tracks chart and number 4 in the band's native UK.
The song won the Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal in 1986 at the 28th Annual Grammy Awards.
Finally, it won Video of the Year at the 3rd MTV Video Music Awards.
The groundbreaking video was the first to be aired on MTV Europe when the network launched on 1 August 1987.
The song's lyrics are written from the point of view of two working-class men watching music videos and commenting on what they see.
Mark Knopfler was in New York and stopped by an appliance store. At the back of the store, they had a wall of TVs which were all tuned to MTV.
Knopfler said there was a man working there dressed in a baseball cap, work boots, and a checkered shirt delivering boxes who was standing next to him watching.
He described the writing of the song in a 1984 interview, "The lead character in Money for Nothing is a guy who works in the hardware department in a television/custom kitchen/refrigerator/microwave appliance store.
"He's singing the song. I wrote the song when I was actually in the store. I borrowed a bit of paper and started to write the song down in the store."
"I wanted to use a lot of the language that the real guy actually used when I heard him, because it was more real ..."
The song also features a guest appearance by Sting singing background vocals, providing both the signature falsetto introduction and backing chorus of "I want my MTV."
The video features early computer animation illustrating the lyrics. It was one of the first uses of computer-animated human characters and was considered ground-breaking at the time of its release.
Isn't that a catchy, infectious intro guitar riff?
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