With 'Making Movies,' the band entered a new decade well on the way to the radio-friendly roots-rock sound that would go on to dominate the 1980s.
Soon after the record became the band's first UK No.1, it made a prominent chart debut in the US.
Many of the songs on Knopfler’s 2002 album were inspired by the struggles of itinerant working-class people.
The former Dire Straits frontman hit a particularly rich seam with his second LP in his own name.
'Money For Nothing' enjoyed a three-week reign as the band's only American No.1 single.
As he called time on Dire Straits, Knopfler had ideas percolating for 1996's first non-soundtrack LP in his own name.
On September 9, 1991, the band released a new studio record for what turned out to be the last time.
‘Brothers In Arms’ hit the top of the US album chart on August 31, 1985 and held sway for nine weeks.
The best guitar solos – from driving riffs to technical displays of mastery – make a song complete and more often than not, transcend the track entirely.
The best guitar riffs in rock have become part of the cultural fabric, shaping the face of music and influencing wannabe axe legends down the generations.
The performance was part of the band's show in Salt Lake City, Utah and can now be bought digitally.
Our choice of the most memorable guitar exploits of the world-famous British musician.
A celebration of a unique instrument, in honor of 'Leo' Fender, born on August 10, 1909.
From hard rockers to virtuoso jazzers, the best guitarists of all time represent a variety of sounds.
Europe finally got its own MTV channel on August 1, 1987, opening with, what else, Dire Straits' 'Money For Nothing' video.