Top Ten Good Songs with Controversial Music Videos

The Top Ten

1 Jeremy - Pearl Jam Jeremy - Pearl Jam
2 Viorar Vel Til Loftarasa - Sigur Ros
3 Heart-Shaped Box - Nirvana Heart-Shaped Box - Nirvana
4 Pagan Poetry - Bjork
5 Closer - Nine Inch Nails

With nudity, sexual imagery, bizarre scenes such as eels, cockroaches crawling on fruit, and a monkey tied to a cross, it's easy to see why this video caused a stir.

6 Prison Sex - Tool

The video features a figure being "abused" by a larger figure, which is a metaphor for prison rape, which the song is about.

7 Come to Daddy - Aphex Twin

PositronWildhawk sent me the link to this... It's so creepy, weird! I thought I was on drugs while watching it. Will I watch it again? What do you think...? - Britgirl

8 Straight Outta Compton - N.W.A.
9 P**** - Rammstein

I've seen this once. It's...er,..ye-es... - Britgirl

10 Under the Bridge - Red Hot Chili Peppers

Under the Bridge's video did not cause a stir whatsoever.

The Contenders

11 Hate Me Now - Nas
12 Justify My Love - Madonna
13 Happiness in Slavery - Nine Inch Nails
14 Stan - Eminem

Features a crazed fan (portrayed by Devon Sawa) driving a car on his bridge and driving it into a river with his pregnant wife. Some versions of the video featured his wife being bound and gagged. That did not stop the song's success, however, entering the term Stan into the English lexicon.

15 Somebody Loves You - Betty Who
16 Deutschland - Rammstein
17 Smack My Bitch Up - The Prodigy

Drug usage, a hit and run, groping, strip clubs, alcohol consumption, and a sex scene made this video controversial. MTV banned it for a while, and the lyrics caused outcry with feminist organizations.

18 S&M - Rihanna

A woman is seen on a leash being walked like a dog, a blow up sex doll, and of course the titular sadomasochism made this music video banned in 11 countries, and restricted on YouTube.

19 Windowlicker - Aphex Twin

The first few seconds of the video before a limo shows up has a conversation with uses of the n word and heavy cursing. MTV aired a version without the first scene.

20 Stress - Justice

This video by the French house group features a terror attack on Paris. It was posted to Kanye West's website, and that's when the controversy started. This video aired 7 years before the terror attack on Paris shocked the world in 2015.

21 Wrecking Ball - Miley Cyrus
22 Window Seat - Erykah Badu

Erykah strips and is shot on a street in Dallas on the exact same site where JFK was killed in 1963.

23 Like a Prayer - Madonna
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