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 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.

Whatever if the video is bad doesn't mean the song is also bad.

5 Famous - Kanye West Famous - Kanye West Cover Art

The naked doubles of celebrities in the video had everybody talking.

6 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.

7 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.

8 Window Seat - Erykah Badu Window Seat - Erykah Badu Cover Art

This video was disturbing for two big reasons. Erykah Badu not only gets naked in public, but she also gets shot, alluding to John F. Kennedy's death.

9 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.

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

This video shows an extremely graphic sex reassignment surgery.

The Contenders
11 Pon De Floor - Major Lazer

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

12 P**** - Rammstein P**** - Rammstein Cover Art

This video has a lot of graphic sex scenes.

13 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

14 Boyz - Jesy Nelson Boyz - Jesy Nelson Cover Art

In this video, Jesy Nelson's skin appears to be darker than Nicki Minaj's, which caused Nelson to be accused of blackfishing.

15 WAP - Cardi B WAP - Cardi B Cover Art

Aside from the song's raunchy nature which drew criticism from conservatives, the Kylie Jenner cameo in the video spread criticism. In fact, she was accused of cultural appropriation as she appeared alongside mostly black celebrities. Some people and associations also took issue with the use of big cats in the video, most notably PETA.

16 Eazy - The Game & Kanye West Eazy - The Game & Kanye West Cover Art

This song and video came out when Kanye was having a very public meltdown in the midst of his divorce with Kim Kardashian, who had since been dating Pete Davidson. Not only is Ye rapping about "beating Pete Davidson's a**", but the claymotion video actually shows him burying Pete Davidson's head. This video has received huge backlash, with some viewers calling it disturbing and emotional abuse.

I thought that the video for Famous was weird and creepy. This is a whole new level of messed up though and for no notable reason. A lot of people criticized early Eminem for his attacks on people but at least he had actual reasons for hating them and he was self aware over how the situations he portrayed were not okay.

17 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.

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

Two words: topless women.

19 Sexy and I Know It - LMFAO Sexy and I Know It - LMFAO Cover Art

The song was just okay, but that video was bad to watch for me. Plus, that "Girl, look at my body" chorus, even though that doesn't relate to the music video.

This music video is SO CRINGEY and super disgusting! It's just a bunch of unattractive men wearing speedos and wiggling their penises, which isn't "sexy" at all. I'd rather watch paint dry than watch this video.

The overtly sexual content caused the video to be flagged multiple times on YouTube.

20 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.

21 Deja Vu - Beyonce Deja Vu - Beyonce Cover Art

A scene where Beyoncé looks like she's going to give Jay-Z oral sex caused outrage among many viewers who petitioned for the video to be re-shot.

22 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.

23 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

24 God Control - Madonna God Control - Madonna Cover Art

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

25 Pumped Up Kicks - Foster the People Pumped Up Kicks - Foster the People Cover Art
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