Top Ten Most Controversial Songs Of All Time

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In a recent survey conducted by The Performing Rights Society, these were found to be the ten most controversial songs of all time.

WARNING: As the title suggests, these songs are not for the "squeamish".

(In reverse order) Enjoy

10 - Dear God - XTC

9 - Angel Of Death - Slayer

8 - Get Your Gun - Marilyn Manson

7 - Suicide Solution - Ozzy Osbourne

6 - Ebeneezer Goode - The Shamen

5 - Killing In The Name - Rage Against The Machine

4 - Kim - Eminem

3 - Relax - Frankie Goes To Hollywood

2 - God Save The Queen - The Sex Pistols

1 - Smack My Bitch Up - The Prodigy

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  • Profile picture of the author Steven Wagenheim
    Where's "My Ding A Ling" by Chuck Berry?
  • Profile picture of the author Steven Wagenheim
    And where's "What The World Needs Now Is Love/Abraham Martin And John"
    by Tom Clay?
    • Profile picture of the author whateverpedia
      Originally Posted by Steven Wagenheim View Post

      Where's "My Ding A Ling" by Chuck Berry?
      Originally Posted by Steven Wagenheim View Post

      And where's "She Bops" by Cyndi Lauper?
      Originally Posted by Steven Wagenheim View Post

      And where's "What The World Needs Now Is Love/Abraham Martin And John"
      by Tom Clay?
      I think you should direct those questions to the PRS, or at least those who participated in the survey. I'm just the messenger. :p

      Some more which didn't make the list:

      Je T'aime

      I Touch Myself

      I Feel Love

      Why not post a few others. I'm sure with your knowledge of music you could probably make a top 100 (and no, I'm not being sarcastic or snarky with that).
  • Profile picture of the author Defunct
    How about any Crass song?

    They had to disband because of heavy government pressure.

    This song was about the hypocrisy surrounding the Moors murders in England.

    Pretty much every single one of their songs are controversial especially around the British government during the 1980s.

    "Crass all but retired from the public eye after becoming a small thorn in the side of Margaret Thatcher's government following the Falklands War. Questions in Parliament and an attempted prosecution under the UK's Obscene Publications Act for their single "How Does It Feel..."[34] led to a round of court battles and what the band describes as harassment that finally took its toll. On July 7, 1984 the band played their final gig at Aberdare in Wales, a benefit for striking miners, before retreating to Dial House to concentrate their energies elsewhere."
  • Profile picture of the author derekwong28
    This is a relatively mild offering from a Hong Kong band called L.M.F. (Lazy Mother F#$kers). There is enough english words in that song for everybody to know what it is. The Chinese lanquage part is just basically FU with lots of C#$# word.

    For those who understand Cantonese, this is a much more obscene offering from this group.

  • Profile picture of the author TLTheLiberator
    How about "let's get physical" by Olivia Newton John.

    I heard it was banned in Utah.
    • Profile picture of the author whateverpedia
      Originally Posted by TLTheLiberator View Post

      How about "let's get physical" by Olivia Newton John.

      I heard it was banned in Utah.
      "After Forever" by Black Sabbath is apparently still banned in Spain because it contains the line, "Would you like to see the Pope on the end of a rope" as well.

      I can also remember at about the same time that "God Save The Queen" was being banned on Australian radio, they openly allowed Roger Daltrey to scream "Who the f**k are you" (from "Who Are You") on the airwaves.

      And then there's Lou Reed's "Walk On The Wild Side", with the line "She kept her head, even when she was giving head". Probably because the censors didn't know what it meant. :rolleyes:
  • Profile picture of the author John Henderson
    I seem to remember that "I Want Your Sex" by George Michael and "Justify My Love" by Madonna made waves when they were released.
  • Profile picture of the author Frank Donovan
    Some people may not be aware that the debut single by Wings in 1972 was banned by virtually everyone.

    It was called "Give Ireland Back To The Irish" and at first, EMI refused to even release it. The record was only issued after Paul McCartney persuaded the Record Company's CEO to intervene.

    Of course, with no airplay and only a few retailers stocking it, the single just about managed to reach the Top 20.

    However, those expecting this episode to herald a new radical direction for the ex-Beatle were soon disabused of that idea when the next Wings single came out later that year.

    Its title?

    "Mary Had A Little Lamb"

    • Profile picture of the author Bill Farnham
      Well, the ultimate song had to be Marvin Gay's "Sexual Healing".

      His father killed him for making that song.

      Go figure...
  • Profile picture of the author Slin
    I love commercial music, but i'm not here to argue why.

    Kim though is one of the reasons why I quit listening to eminem for a looong time.

    I'm surprised killing in the name of is on there though.

    I have more controversial songs then that on my ipod.

    Then again I guess these are the most controversial songs that are known of, they didn't make a big controversial stink if no one had heard them.
  • Profile picture of the author Audrey Harvey
    I must have led a very sheltered life! I've only heard Frankie Goes to Hollywood on that list.
  • Profile picture of the author Thomas
    There is a song written by an Irish singer-songwriter in the 1980s that, although not obscene in any way, was immediately banned from the public airwaves, and led to him being found guilty of contempt of court because of a single line in it and, 30 years later, is still banned (even though he, and others, often sing it anyway).

    It came to light again a few years ago when the person whom it was aimed at was opening a new business on the same site where 48 people died because of his (alleged :rolleyes actions in relation to seemingly mundane issues of fire safety: the victims families played the song outside every night for 3 months. In fact, it was played so long that their CD player failed after a week, and an MP3 player brought in to replace it then failed after another week.

    I don't think it's even a particularly good song (and won't mean anything to anyone outside Ireland anyway), but it certainly hit someone's sore spot:

  • Profile picture of the author sap?
    I like to watch all these..i didnt know as these are most contraversial
  • Profile picture of the author dagaul101
    Interesting song choice, the music industry has always used controversy to increase sales

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