Top 10 Most Controversial Music Videos of the 21st Century

For this list, we're including music videos that were released during the 21st century and have generated controversy due to explicit content such as sex, violence, racism, sexism or blasphemy.
The Top Ten
1 We Can't Stop - Miley Cyrus We Can't Stop - Miley Cyrus Cover Art

In this video, a soon-to-be-legal Miley Cyrus transitioned her image from Disney star to party girl. The twerking in this video was enough to generate controversy.

2 Hello Kitty - Avril Lavigne Hello Kitty - Avril Lavigne Cover Art
3 What It Feels Like for a Girl - Madonna What It Feels Like for a Girl - Madonna Cover Art

This Madonna music video was only aired at night due to its excessive violence.

4 Man Down - Rihanna Man Down - Rihanna Cover Art

At the beginning of the video, Rihanna shoots a man down with a gun at the train station in front of a scared crowd.

5 Born Free - M.I.A. Born Free - M.I.A. Cover Art

This graphic video shows a genocide on redheaded people and has been criticized for its extreme violence.

6 Pon De Floor - Major Lazer

We can see some people actually dry-humping in the music video.

7 All the Things She Said - T.A.T.U. All the Things She Said - T.A.T.U. Cover Art

Two girls kissing in the music video. This sparked massive outrage in Russia, where the duo is from.

8 P**** - Rammstein P**** - Rammstein Cover Art

This video has a lot of graphic sex scenes.

9 MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name) - Lil Nas X MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name) - Lil Nas X Cover Art

This video received huge amount of backlash from conservatives who considered it blasphemous, satanic and harmful to children due to its recreation of biblical scenes, Lil Nas X doing a lap dance on Satan, its openly queen content, and also the Satan Shoes.

It's just gimmick. Imagine being offended by that.

He goes to hell

10 Wrecking Ball - Miley Cyrus Wrecking Ball - Miley Cyrus Cover Art

The images of Miley Cyrus swinging naked on a wrecking ball and licking a hammer had everyone talking back in 2013.

The Contenders
11 American Life - Madonna American Life - Madonna Cover Art

Madonna throws a grenade on a George W. Bush lookalike in this video. The controversy was so bad that the album of the same name flopped.

12 Forced Gender Reassignment - Cattle Decapitation Forced Gender Reassignment - Cattle Decapitation Cover Art

This video shows an extremely graphic sex reassignment surgery.

13 Pumped Up Kicks - Foster the People Pumped Up Kicks - Foster the People Cover Art
14 Perra - J Balvin Perra - J Balvin Cover Art

At some point, J Balvin holds two black women on leashes, which led to accusations of racism and sexism and an intervention from the Colombian chancellor. The controversy was so bad that the video got pulled away from YouTube.

15 Rock DJ - Robbie Williams Rock DJ - Robbie Williams Cover Art

Robbie Williams is doing a full-on strip-tease in this video, removing first his clothes, then his skin and muscles to end up as a skeleton

16 God Control - Madonna God Control - Madonna Cover Art

This recent Madonna video was criticized for being too violent and triggered some mass shooting survivors.

17 Industry Baby - Lil Nas X & Jack Harlow Industry Baby - Lil Nas X & Jack Harlow Cover Art

This video has been censored due to the scene where Lil Nas X and his backup dancers are dancing naked in a shower.

18 Blurred Lines - Robin Thicke Blurred Lines - Robin Thicke Cover Art

Two words: topless women.

19 Dark Horse - Katy Perry Dark Horse - Katy Perry Cover Art

A scene in the video where a man wearing a pendant seemingly displaying the word "allah" is turned into sand by Katy Perry generated some accusations of blasphemy from Muslims.

20 Anaconda - Nicki Minaj Anaconda - Nicki Minaj Cover Art
21 s(AINT) - Marilyn Manson s(AINT) - Marilyn Manson Cover Art

Marilyn Manson is no stranger to controversial music videos, most of them having come out in the 90s. The video for this 2003 song, which features scenes of violence, nudity, masturbation, drug use and self-mutilation, was considered too graphic for Interscope who refused to be associated with it.

22 Hustler - Simian Mobile Disco Hustler - Simian Mobile Disco Cover Art

This video features a lot of girl-on-girl kisses, enough to make conservatives angry.

23 Stress - Justice Stress - Justice Cover Art

This video generated controversy for its extreme violence.

24 Dooo It! - Miley Cyrus Dooo It! - Miley Cyrus Cover Art
25 Elastic Heart - Sia Elastic Heart - Sia Cover Art

This video shows young Maddie Ziegler and fully-grown Shia LaBeouf doing some pretty suggestive dance moves inside a birdcage. Some viewers considered the video to be pedophilic.

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