YMMV / Dire Straits

  • Broken Base: Fans seem to have trouble agreeing on which albums were the best. To some, it's everything prior to Love Over Gold, to others it's Love Over Gold and forward.
  • Ear Worm: "Walk of Life"
    • "Single Handed Sailor", too.
  • Epic Riff: One of the band's hallmarks are Knopfler's guitar riffs, but "Money for Nothing" and "Sultans of Swing" particularly stand out. "Walk of Life" is also known for its distinctive synth riff.
    • It has lost its broad recognition, but "Your Latest Trick" maintains its rep among saxophone enthusiasts. Knopfler has had music store owners tell him that the song is played to test saxes as much as "Stairway to Heaven" is played to test guitars.
  • Face of the Band: Mark Knopfler, due to a case of I Am the Band.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: They were quite popular in the UK, their home country, and the US, but generally considered a cult band these days. However, they were and remain massively popular in Eastern Europe. They even got their own East German compilation. They were tolerated by the authorities because their music was not seen as rebellious.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Sting's guest appearance in "Money for Nothing".
  • Sophomore Slump: Somewhat. "Communique" is more laidback and less commericial than their first album with few obvious singles (these being Lady Writer and Portobello Belle). It wasn't nearly as commercially successful and many people were unaware it existed until the remastered CDs were released. The album has quite a cult following due to its obscurity.
  • Tear Jerker: "Brothers in Arms", sung from the point of view of a dying solder.
    • 'Telegraph Road' has its moments too.
    • The memorial service for Tomas Cabon.
    • "Tunnel of Love" also.
  • Values Dissonance: The term "little faggot" from "Money for Nothing" gets omitted on mainstream radio nowadays. To Knopfler's credit, a jaded and unsympathetic fogey looking down at current music is the one saying it, but still.