Shocking Music Conspiracy Theories

A conspiracy theory is a claim that something happened, but it differentiates from the truth dramatically. Music has its conspiracies. Let’s look at them!
The Top Ten
1 Paul McCartney is Dead

Possibly the most famous music conspiracy (if not, then it's the one about Elvis still being alive).

So, conspiracy theorists believe that Paul McCartney died in a car crash in 1966 (oddly specific) and was replaced by a lookalike.

What proof do they have? On the Sgt. Pepper's album cover, Paul wears an O.P.P. (Ontario Provincial Police) badge, but they think it says O.P.D. (Officially Pronounced Dead). On the Abbey Road album cover, he is the only one barefoot, which apparently means he was dead. In the Beatles song "I'm So Tired," John Lennon is heard mumbling. If you reverse it, you can apparently hear him say, "Paul's a dead man. Miss him. Miss him. Miss him." See how stupid it is?! I don't believe it because how would they find someone who looks and sounds identical to him and sings exactly like him?

2 The Satan scare

The great Satan scare refers to a time in pop culture when fundamentalist church organizations pushed the notion that Satanic imagery and messages were hiding in all facets of music, TV, and media in general. Two of the biggest examples included the Led Zeppelin song 'stairway to Heaven' and the Eagles song 'hotel California'.

3 Courtney Love Killed Kurt Cobain

I'll admit, I usually think conspiracies are stupid and really far fetched, but this one could be true. He was too high to pull the trigger, there was a lack of blood, he had birdshot ammo in the gun (which if you don't know, birdshot is the ammo you use as a warning shot) if Kurt wanted to die don't you think he would have used buckshot ammo (which againn, if you don't know, buckshot is for when you need/want to kill someone)

Courtney love is the widowed wife of Nirvana front man Kurt Cobain. His tragic April '94 suicide left many with speculations that love pulled the trigger that killed Cobain. They claimed that he was way too high on heroin to be able to pull the trigger of the Remington shotgun found by his headless body.

4 Marilyn Manson having ribs removed

An old theory from the 90s claimed that Marilyn Manson had ribs removed so he could perform fellatio on himself.

5 The Led Zeppelin mud shark incident

The Led Zeppelin mud shark incident refers to a conspiracy theory that Led Zeppelin members sodomized a groupie with pieces of a mud shark.

6 Gene Simmons and the Cow’s Tongue

Kiss bassist Gene Simmons sure has a long ass tongue. And, even though he's confirmed it is his real tongue, some people continue to believe that he surgically had a cow's tongue implanted on his own.

7 “Hey Man, Nice Shot” is about Kurt Cobain

"Hey man, Nice Shot" is a 1995 industrial metal song by Filter. It came out not even a year after the tragic death of Kurt Cobain. This led to speculation that the song was about Cobain. The band would come out and say the song was about politician Budd Dwyer, who killed himself on live TV.

8 Britney Spears was an Agent of George W. Bush

Yup… you read that correctly. This theory claimed that Brit-Brit acted the way she did to keep ol' dubya out of media scrutiny. Isn't it weird that a lot of her biggest media circuses occurred around the same time that Bush was making mistakes? Well, apparently, she was hired by Bush to distract the foolish American idiots. One nation controlled by the media! Sing along to the age of paranoia!

9 Katy Perry is JonBenet Ramsey

This one's a doozy. I don't even know how to explain how people got to this conclusion, but this is an accepted conspiracy theory in some circles.

HAHAHA oh my god, do people really believe this crap? I myself have never heard this story, but now that I have, I don't think it's true one bit.

10 Dark Side of the Rainbow: Pink Floyd and the Wizard of Oz

My friend and I tried this about 25 years ago. Start the album on the third roar of the MGM lion. I wouldn't say it lines up "perfectly" but a lot of it does. Musically and lyrically (Home, home again. I like to be here when I can. When I come home cold and tried, feels good to warm my bones by the fire. * Watch the movie with the album, you'll see what I'm talking about.) However, I think it's a coincidence and not done on purpose like some believe. If any of you are ever bored and have access to the album and movie, try it. It's trippy and kinda fun.

The Contenders
11 The music video for Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies” is about devil worship
12 Avril Lavigne killed herself in 2003

The reason she looks different is because she getting older like we all do. And the reason she doesn't dress like she used to is because she has matured and she doesn't dress like a teenage punk because she isn't 17-18 anymore isn't not 2002 anymore

13 The White Stripes Were Siblings

Jack and Meg white of the white stripes went through their band legacy claiming to be a brother and sister duo. However, it later on leaked that they were a husband and wife duo. Apparently, they lied about being siblings so their romantic interests wouldn't get in the way of their music. Weirdly, they kept up the lie after their marriage certificate leaked.

14 “Suicide Solution” is about Bon Scott
15 Assata Shakur killed 2Pac

This one's long, so take notes.
Assata Shakur is a black supremacist member of the Black Liberation Army, and the aunt of late rapper Tupac Shakur. Assata was known for leaving the Black Panther movement, supposedly for not being violent enough. Her BLA was responsible for the murders of cops, and she was placed on the FBI's most wanted terrorists list. She sought exile in Cuba, where she continues to live.
2Pac came around with rap lyrics (for the most part…) promoting peace and love (Changes (The Way it Is), anyone?).
This theory claims that, in order for him to not tarnish her radicalist name, she paid off people to kill Tupac.
Oh, and as for Biggie, that was a convenient little cover-up. She killed Biggie as well, in order to make it look like a "revenge killing" for 2Pac.

16 The Beatles were not musicians

The claim goes that they were a list of actors, and their music was done by a group of people in the shadows. Think Milli Vanilli.

17 Johnny Cash had an affair with an African American woman

He was once photographed with a woman who looked African American, and the KKK ran with the conspiracy that not only was he cheating on his wife, but he was cheating with a black woman .

18 Jay-Z is a time traveling vampire

Evidence is just some random photo from the 1930s. That's it. It's just some guy who looks somewhat like Jay-Z.

19 XXXTentacion Knew He Was Going to Die
20 Eminem Died of a Drug Overdose in 2007
21 Buzzfeed, R. Kelly, and the satanic sex abuse cult
22 Michael Jackson offers to buy the elephant man’s skeleton
23 David Bowie and Mick Jagger were caught in bed together

I never heard this, I don't believe it.

24 Suge Knight injected Eazy E with HIV
25 Stephen King Killed John Lennon
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