1985 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Money for Nothing,” Dire Straits. Police singer and cosongwriter with Dire Straits’ Mark Knopfler, Sting sings the repeating backup refrain “I Want My MTV.”
“Money for Nothing” is a song by British group Dire Straits, which first appeared on their 1985 album Brothers in Arms and subsequently became an international hit when released as a single. It peaked at number one for three weeks in the U.S., becoming their most successful single. In the band’s native UK, the song peaked at number 4. The song was notable for its controversial lyrics, groundbreaking music video and a cameo appearance by Sting singing the song’s iconic falsetto introduction and backing chorus, a borrowing of the cable network’s slogan “I want my MTV”. This chorus mirrors The Police intro to “don’t stand so close to me”. The video was also the first to be aired on MTV Europe when the network started on August 1, 1987.
“Money for Nothing” won the Grammy for the Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with a Vocal in 1985 at the 28th annual Grammy Awards.