“Money for Nothing” is a song by the British rock band Dire Straits, written by Mark Knopfler and Sting. It was released on June 28, 1985 with “Love over Gold” (Live) as the second single from their fifth studio album “Brothers in Arms.” It’s known for its distinctive guitar riff, provided by Mark Knopfler, and features guest vocals by Sting.
The song’s lyrics are narrated from the perspective of a working-class individual who comments on the experiences of watching music videos and reflects on the lifestyle of rockstars seen on TV. It touches upon themes of fame, consumerism, and the music industry, offering a satirical take on the perception of musicians and their success.
“Money for Nothing” was a huge commercial success, reaching the top of the charts in the United States and Canada. It won a Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal in 1986, and MTV Video Music Awards for Best Group Video, and Video of the Year. The track’s iconic guitar riff and catchy chorus made it one of Dire Straits’ most recognized and enduring songs, leaving a lasting impact on rock music history.