Dire Straits emerged during the post-punk era of the late ’70s, and while their sound was minimalistic and stripped down, they owed little to punk. If anything, the band was a direct outgrowth of the roots revivalism of pub rock, but where pub rock celebrated good times, Dire Straits were melancholy.

By George Batrouni

10. Why Worry

9. You and Your Friend

8. Private Investigation

7. Your Latest Trick

6. Money for Nothing

5. Expresso Love

4. Romeo and Juliet

3. On Every Street

2. Brothers in Arms

1. Sultans of Swing

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