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Dire Straits were a British rock band formed in London in 1977 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). The band became one of the world's best-selling music artists, with records sales of over 100 million.

Their first hit single "Sultans of Swing", from their self-titled debut album, reached the top ten in the UK and US charts in 1978. They released hit singles in the 1980s, such as "Private Investigations" (1983), "Money for Nothing" (1985), and "Walk of Life" (1985). Their most commercially successful album was Brothers in Arms (1985), which has sold more than 30 million copies and was the first album to sell a million copies on the compact disc (CD) format. Dire Straits' sound was drawn from a variety of musical influences, including jazz, folk, and country, though mainly from the blues-rock of J. J. Cale. Their stripped-down sound contrasted with punk rock and demonstrated a roots rock influence that emerged from pub rock. Many of Dire Straits' compositions were melancholic.

According to the Guinness Book of British Hit Albums, Dire Straits have spent over 1,100 weeks on the UK albums chart, ranking fifth all-time. Brothers in Arms is the eighth-best-selling album in UK chart history. Their career spanned 15 years. They split in 1988, reformed in 1991, and disbanded again in 1995 after Mark Knopfler launched his solo career full-time. There were several changes in personnel over both periods, with Mark Knopfler and Illsley the only members who remained throughout the band's career. Dire Straits won four Grammy Awards, three Brit Awards (Best British Group twice), two MTV Video Music Awards, and various other music awards. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2018.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2007 Intermediate Folk Pop Plus (IFP+) Course Guitar4all 1
2007 Seventies Top 100 Various Artists 1
2008 100 Reprises Dancefloor Various Artists 1
2008 Som Maior 25 anos Various Artists 1
2008 While My Guitar Gently Weeps Various Artists 1
2008 The Very Best of While My Guitar Gently Weeps Various Artists 1
2008 Revolutions in Sound: Warner Bros. Records: The First Fifty Years Various Artists 1
2008 10 Jaar Top 2000 Various Artists 5 1
2008 80’s Giga Hits Collection Various Artists 5 1
2008 100 Tubes Dance Various Artists 1
2008 The Best of Rock: 50 Biggest Songs of History Various Artists 1
2009 40 jaar pinkpop Various Artists 1
2009 Die ultimative Chart Show: Die erfolgreichsten Lieblingssongs der Männer Various Artists 1
2009 Rockline Various Artists 1
2009 Top Gear: Seriously Rock & Roll Various Artists 1
2009 Collect Your Classic Albums Various Artists 1
2009 Guitar Hero 5 Various Artists 1
2009 While My Guitar Gently Weeps, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
2010 50 Jaar Radio Veronica: The 80’s Various Artists 1
2010 Gods of Guitar Various Artists 2
2010 Radio 1 Classics, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
2010 Rock Anthems Various Artists 1
2011 The Guitar: 31 Laidback Songs Various Artists 1
2012 High Fidelity Pure Audio Demo Disc Various Artists 1
2012 Die ultimative Chart Show: Die erfolgreichsten Rock-Hymnen Various Artists 1
2013 Classic ’70s Rock: 30 Super Hits Various Artists 1
2013 Mastermix Classic Cuts, Volume 134: 80s Various Artists 1
2014 Rock Werchter 40 Various Artists 1
2015 Nostalgie: The Summer Feeling - De Grootste Zomer Classics Various Artists 1
2016 Air Guitar Anthems Various Artists 1
2016 Now That’s What I Call Rock Ballads Various Artists 1
20 Years on MTV: 1985 Various Artists 1
25 Jaar Pinkpop Various Artists 1
30 of the Greatest Number One Various Artists 1
1980s Classic Rock Various Artists 1
Air Guitar Various Artists 1
Classic Cuts Presents: Floor Fillers 2 Various Artists 1
Classic Cuts: Number 2’s Various Artists 1
Classic Cuts: Rock ’n’ Roll Jive Set Various Artists 1
Clive's Test Tracks Various Artists 1
DMC Complete Rock Various Artists 1
Gold Rock Ballads Various Artists 1
Golden Hits Internacional Various Artists 1
Greatest Hits of the 70s (multi-volume, begins with "Hold On Lonely" and "Day After Day") Various Artists 1
Guitar Heroes, Volume 1 Various Artists 2
Jahrtausend Hits - Rock Various Artists 1
Legends II Various Artists 1
Lovers Rock Various Artists 1
Lovers Rock Various Artists 1
Mastermix Classic Cuts 30: Rock Various Artists 1
Mastermix Classic Cuts 35: Party Various Artists 1
Mastermix Classic Cuts 80s Night B-D Various Artists 1
Mastermix Classic Cuts 85: Drive Time Various Artists 1
Mastermix Jock in a Box, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
Mastermix Professional Engineered for DJs 14: Party Various Artists 1
Music of the Millenium Various Artists 1
Rock Clásico 70's Various Artists 1
Romantic Collection: Golden 80s Various Artists 1
Royal Gallery: Romantic Paradise Various Artists 1
Tarantino Movies Various Artists 1
The Best Soft Rock Album, Volume 58 Various Artists 1
The One & Only Rock Ballads Album Various Artists 1
TM Century: GoldDisc 101 Various Artists 1
Top 100 Allertijden 1997 Various Artists 1
VH1 Classic Tracks Various Artists 1
While My Guitar Gently Weeps Various Artists 1
Who’s Been Messin’: Classic Rock Sounds of 1978 Various Artists 1
With Love: A Collection of Timeless Romantic Classics Various Artists 1

Album + Compilation + DJ-mix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2003 Grandmaster Party 3 Various Artists 1
2005 Godskitchen: Global Gathering 2005 Various Artists 1
2005 538 Powermix Dj Devious 1
2013 Mastermix: DJ Beats, Volume 4 Various Artists 1

Album + Compilation + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1990 Worldstar Session, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
1990 Worldstar Session, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
1990 Worldstar Session, Volume 3 Various Artists 1
2004 Live Aid Various Artists 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1978 Hope & Anchor Front Row Festival Various Artists 1
1987 The Prince's Trust 10th Anniversary Birthday Party Various Artists 1
1990 Knebworth Various Artists 2
2002 Live at Knebworth 1990 Various Artists 1
1985-07-13: Live Aid: The Global Jukebox: [various locations] Various Artists 1
Ballads Live (Unlicensed) Various Artists 1
Live Aid Various Artists 3

Album + Mixtape/Street

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2003 Love! Various Artists 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1982 An Officer and a Gentleman Various Artists 4
1991 Nintendo: White Knuckle Scorin' Various Artists 2
1995 Desperado: The Soundtrack Various Artists 3 3
1998 Metroland Mark Knopfler 2
1999 200 Cigarettes: Music From the Motion Picture Various Artists 2
2001 Cold Feet Various Artists 2
2006 YTMND Soundtrack, Volume 9 Various Artists 2 1
2016 Everybody Wants Some, Music From the Motion Picture Various Artists 1
2017 I, Tonya Various Artists 1
The West Wing, Volume 1 Various Artists 1

Single

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2005 Say Hello Deep Dish 8

Other + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2015 Schule Für E-Gitarre Various Artists 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1994 100% Summer Various Artists 1
1996 The No.1 Eighties Album Various Artists 1
Greenpeace Breakthrough 2 Various Artists 1
Set Me Free: Worldstars for Freedom Various Artists 1

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