The sultans of swing themselves are about to emerge. We present 20 of the best Dire Straits songs. It led, ultimately, to their record deal with Vertigo Records. Their first, self-titled album, produced by Muff Winwood, was released early in , featuring that flagship single which would become a UK hit as a reissue. Then came the phenomenon that was Brothers In Arms , the record-smashing behemoth that, in addition to worldwide sales of 30 million-plus, practically became a greatest hits album in its own right. Little did we know it, but Dire Straits would last only one more studio album after the bittersweet challenge of that globe-conquering release. It nodded to the solo career to which Knopfler was, by then, deeply committed. By a wide margin. Honestly, to choose to list the crappy hit songs Solid Rock, Walk of of Life, the Bug, and Heavy Fuel, at the expense of much more representative, or simply much better and well written, tracks like Once Upon the Time in the West, Iron Hand, or Planet of New Orleans and the list goes on is an epic fail.
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10. “Walk of Life”
Dire Straits were a British rock band formed in London in by Mark Knopfler lead vocals and lead guitar , David Knopfler rhythm guitar and backing vocals , John Illsley bass guitar and backing vocals , and Pick Withers drums and percussion. They were active from to and again from to Dire Straits are one of the world's best-selling music artists , with album sales of over million. Their first single, " Sultans of Swing ", from their self-titled debut album , reached the top ten in the UK and US charts. It was followed by hit singles including " Romeo and Juliet " , " Private Investigations " , " Twisting by the Pool " , " Money for Nothing " , and " Walk of Life " Dire Straits' sound draws from various influences including country , folk , the blues rock of J. Cale , and jazz. There were several changes in personnel, with Mark Knopfler and Illsley being the only consistent members.
9. “Calling Elvis”
The original lineup on the album featured Mark Knopfler on vocals and lead and rhythm guitars, David Knopfler on rhythm guitar and vocals, John Illsley on bass and vocals and Pick Withers on drums. Billboard Hot However, the album sold very well as the band had already developed a large following based on the performance of their first record. The band continued its yearly release schedule with the issue of its third album in entitled Making Movies. The band released their fourth album in entitled Love and Gold. Most bands would give anything to have the success that Dire Straits had with their first four records.
Disco was riding the coattails of Saturday Night Fever , punk and new wave were gaining mainstream momentum, and The Rolling Stones still had plenty of fuel in the tank. Even with all the clatter, Mark Knopfler and the boys never wavered from the guitar-driven style that wove some of the best parts of so many musical genres into their signature sound. Unfortunately, fame and celebrity never sat well with Knopfler and he was a no-show at the induction ceremony. Fans of the band would have loved a reunion, even a three-song set on Hall of Fame night. Dire Straits recorded six studio albums between and with certified sales closing in on 50 million units. Although a new Dire Straits release is unlikely at best, here is a look at some of the best songs the band served up during their Hall of Fame career. Why is this song on a top 10 list, you ask?