Awesome / Dire Straits

  • The Epic Riff in Money for Nothing. It's worth noting that in the album version of the song (which is 8 minutes long, thus the shortened version for the linked video), the song spends 1:36 just building up to that riff.
    • In fact, when "Weird Al" Yankovic wanted to parody the song, Knopfler offered/demanded to reprise the riff himself.
  • "Walk of Life".
  • "Tunnel of Love".
  • The solo at the end of "Sultans of Swing" has convinced many a fan that Mark Knopfler may well be the greatest guitarist alive. Even Eric Clapton had a hard time keeping up with Knopfler while playing it.
  • Also the solos in "Lady Writer".
  • "Industrial Disease", a six-minute-long rocker about economic collapse, with an epic keyboard riff.
  • Telegraph Road is 14 minutes of awesome. Particularly the hauntingly beautiful instrumental in the middle, after "Three lanes moving slow".