#9 – Dire Straits – “Sultans of Swing” – (1978)

I like to think that, with this song, Mark Knopfler predicted the coming of swing revival. He just happened to be 20 years early. Dire Straits had two huge hits over the years – this was the first. Actually this was their first single and the song that Knopfler wrote and recorded as a demo to get Dire Straits signed to a record deal. The guitar is fantastic and it climbed all the way to #4 on the Hot 100.