Dire Straits were a British rock group active 1978-1988 and 1991-1995. They had a large rotation of members throughout their history, but the core of the band was lead guitarist, singer, and songwriter Mark Knopfler. They are best known for their hits "Money for Nothing", "Brothers in Arms", "Walk of Life", "Sultans of Swing", "So Far Away", and "Telegraph Road". They released six studio albums, though FaceOfTheBand Mark Knopfler has continued to release solo albums since then.

* With Dire Straits:
** ''Dire Straits'' (1978)
** ''Communiqué'' (1979)
** ''Making Movies'' (1980)
** ''Love Over Gold'' (1982)
** ''Music/BrothersInArms'' (1985)
** ''On Every Street'' (1991)
* Mark Knopfler solo:
** ''Neck and Neck'' with Chet Atkins (1990)
** ''Golden Heart'' (1996)
** ''Sailing to Philadelphia'' (2000)
** ''The Ragpicker's Dream'' (2002)
** ''Shangri-La'' (2004)
** ''All The Roadrunning'' with Emmylou Harris (2006)
** ''Kill To Get Crimson'' (2007)
** ''Get Lucky'' (2009)
** ''Privateering'' (2012)
!!Dire Straits provides examples of the following tropes:

* AgeProgressionSong: "Telegraph Road"
* AnimatedMusicVideo: "Money for Nothing". This video is of special note as the first fully computer-animated music video. The animators later went on to found MainframeEntertainment[[note]]creators of ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'' and ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars''[[/note]]. It also won the 1985 Grammy for Best Music Video (beating A-ha's "Take On Me" in an arguable AwardSnub).
* BittersweetEnding: "In The Gallery": Harry, the sculptor, is recognized as a great artist, but only posthumously.
* CampGay: "Les Boys" is a sarcastic look at this trope.
* CrapsackWorld: "Once Upon A Time In The West", which draws parallels between today's world and the lawless "Wild West".
* EpicRocking:
** The ''Love over Gold'' album pretty much only consists of this trope, with the shortest song being the 5:50 "Industrial Disease" and the longest being the 14:20 "Telegraph Road". Other longer songs include "Tunnel of Love" (8:11), "Money for Nothing" (8:26), "Why Worry" (8:31), "Brothers in Arms" (7:00) and "Planet of New Orleans" (7:48).
** The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Pa9x9fZBtY live version]] of "Sultans of Swing" from the live album "Alchemy", which featured an improvised and extended version of the solo.
* EnglishRose: Gets a ShoutOut in "Portobello Belle", which is about a modern girl walking through the market on Portobello Road:
--> She thinks she's tough / She ain't no English rose...
* {{Garfunkel}}: Everyone except Mark Knopfler.
* GreatestHitsAlbum: Three of them to date.
* IAmTheBand: Mark Knopfler.
* TheLoinsSleepTonight: Knopfler's old band, Brewer's Droop, was named after a British slang term for alcohol-induced erectile dysfunction. The condition is also mentioned in "Industrial Disease":
-->"You've got smoker's cough from smoking / Brewer's droop from drinking beer"
* LoveHurts: "Romeo and Juliet", inspired by Knopfler's own breakup with a fellow musician, Holly Vincent. Less obviously, there's "Tunnel of Love", "Hand in Hand", "Where Do You Think You're Going?" and "On Every Street".
* LowerClassLout: The protagonist of "Money for Nothing", 'the crowd of young boys' in "Sultans of Swing" and every character except for the doctor in "Industrial Disease".
* LyricalDissonance:
** In "Money for Nothing", the word "faggot" pops up a couple of times, and the narrator makes numerous other racist, homophobic, misogynistic, and just plain ignorant and boorish statements. Knopfler has repeatedly explained that the song was inspired by an unambitious dumbass he met in an electronics store who struck him as the epitome of everything that was wrong and reactionary about rock fans, so the song is written from his perspective - many of the lines in fact were verbatim quotes from things Knopfler heard him say ("that ain't workin'", "the little faggot with the earring and make-up", "we got to install microwave ovens...", and so on).
** The band's big hit, "Sultans Of Swing" is a rock and roll song rather than swing, although justified in that the "Sultans Of Swing" themselves are a swing/blues band, shown in the following stanza:
---> And a crowd of young boys, well they're fooling around in the corner\\
Drunk and dressed in their best brown-baggies and their platform soles\\
They don't give a damn about any trumpet playing band\\
It ain't what they call rock and roll\\
And the Sultans\\
Yeah, the Sultans play Creole\\
Creole blues
** "Industrial Disease". A happy-sounding song about, among other things, the decline of the British manufacturing industry.
* ManicPixieDreamGirl: "Skateaway"
* MinimalisticCoverArt: ''Making Movies''
* MoneySong: "Money for Nothing"
* NapoleonDelusion: "Industrial Disease" includes the line "Two men say they're Jesus. One of them must be wrong..."
* NotChristianRock:
** Both the music and lyrics of "Solid Rock" sound incredibly churchy, but it doesn't have any specific Biblical or God-related references.
** "Ticket to Heaven", where the (imaginary) singer is clearly sincere about his belief, though the song itself is a pretty cynical jab at televangelists.
* ProtestSong: "Iron Hand" is a criticism of the Thatcher government's actions during a miners' strike.
* PuttingOnTheReich: "Les Boys got leather straps / Les Boys got SS caps / but they got no gun now."
* RockstarSong: Pretty much all of their singles touch on some facet of this.
** Subverted by their debut single "Sultans of Swing", a song about a band that's never going to make it big and doesn't really mind.
** "Money for Nothing" is a variation of the type, a song about what a working-class Joe imagines being a rock star is like.
* SelfTitledAlbum: The band's debut album.
* ShoutOut
** "Calling Elvis" contains a bunch of references to Music/ElvisPresley (duh)...
** ...And "Walk of Life" to Gene Vincent and Music/RayCharles.
** "Telegraph Road" is a WholePlotReference to Creator/KnutHamsun's ''Growth of the Soil''.
** "Romeo and Juliet" aside from the obvious one in the title, also reference's "My Boyfriend's Back" by the Angels.
** In RealLife, the dinosaur ''Masiakasaurus knopfleri'' is named after Mark Knopfler
* SomethingBlues: "Millionaire Blues", the B-side to the ''On Every Street'' single.
* SpecialGuest: Music/{{Sting}}, on "Money for Nothing".
* StealthPun: A great one in "Romeo and Juliet"
-->Now you just say "Oh, Romeo. Yeah, I used to have a scene with him."
* TakeThat: Knopfler's solo song "Boom Like That" is a vicious slagging of the [=McDonald=]'s corporation... using Ray Kroc's own words. "In The Gallery" is a TakeThat against modern art; Harry the sculptor, who makes angels and coal miners, goes unrecognized, while an artist who puts up a blank canvas gets into the trendy galleries in London.
* TechnologyMarchesOn: The "Money for Nothing" music video had some of the earliest CGI animation, which looks extremely primitive today, but it was considered groundbreaking in its original release.
* YourCheatingHeart: "Fade to Black" and "You and Your Friend" from ''On Every Street'' explore this trope from the point of view of the man being cheated upon.

Additionally, they are the TropeNamer for:
* MoneyForNothing