Top 10 Songs that Were Banned

The Top Ten
1 My Generation - The Who

It's because they thought the stuttering would be offensive to people who stutter when they talk.

The lyrics is a bit nonsense on this song... I think the chorus is which makes it better sounding.

What, why was this banned. Good song though. Where was it banned?

2 Money for Nothing - Dire Straits
3 A Day In the Life - The Beatles

Banned by the UK's BBC in 1967 for the lyric "I'd love to turn you on". It was lifted six years later.

This song is amazing, though.

4 F**k tha Police - N.W.A.

No surprise there.

5 Jesus Christ Pose - Soundgarden
6 I Want Your Sex - George Michael
7 Strange Fruit - Billie Holiday
8 Happiness Is A Warm Gun - The Beatles
9 Justify My Love - Madonna
10 Chop Suey! - System of a Down
The Contenders
11 Die Young - Ke$ha

Removed from radio because of school shootings, but the song has nothing to do with that. People are just soft.

12 God Save The Queen - Sex Pistols

Most iconic punk song of all time defined a generation.

13 Love To Love You Baby - Donna Summer
14 Physical - Olivia Newton-John
15 Fat Bottomed Girls - Queen

The song wasn't banned. The cover was banned, though.

16 God Only Knows - The Beach Boys
17 Louie Louie - The Kingsmen
18 Ich Tu Dir Weh - Rammstein

By the way in the last years a whole lot of former indexed movies and games have been de-indexed and re-rated 16 (not even 18). I still hope that soon this will happen with music albums as well. Bushido's 2003 debut solo album "Vom Bordstein bis zur Skyline" still is indexed and a rarity although it probably is the most influential German hip hop album of all time, topic-wise, beat-wise, image-wise and mood-wise. Nowadays almost each German hip hop album has the same amount of drugs and gangsta violence this album introduced, indexed or not. The album can be easily found on YouTube uploaded by many users, so every genre fan already knows it and can easily access it, but I want a HQ physical copy of that classic...

It's a bit more complicated than that. In Germany, there's a thing called indexing. Which means that the medium, whether it is music or movies or games or whatever, can't openly be sold in store shelfs or online, but only when you ask the seller for it and are 18 or over. However, most stores simply don't bother about this and don't sell them at all.
In Austria that's not the case by the way, you can buy anything openly in stores, indexed or not, even though we have the exact same DVDs, CDs,... as Germany.
While DVDs of indexed movies are still produced and are sold in special shops or as an import from Austria, most record labels will stop producing the indexed albums.
The latter is terrible for me, as even though Austria doesn't have indexing, I still can't get the album.
Some individual albums will be re-released and replace the indexed songs with new tracks or censored versions.
Some albums stay on the Austrian iTunes store even after the indexing, e.g. SpongeBozz's ...more

Germany has ridiculous censorship laws. They don't even classify some things as "art".

Thanks for your explanation, Martin. It is useful and interesting.

19 Relax - Frankie Goes to Hollywood

In 1983, BBC Radio 1 DJ Mike Read refused to play this song because of its suggestive lyrics.

20 Blurred Lines - Robin Thicke
21 Boys (Summertime Love) - Sabrina

It has a seriously sexy music video that was banned.

22 Pumped Up Kicks - Foster the People

Banned from the U.S. because it talked about violence, drugs & other dangerous stuff. It was their biggest hit though & now we'll never listen to it in the U.S. again.

23 Great Balls of Fire - Jerry Lee Lewis
24 Bobby Brown - Frank Zappa
25 The Pill - Loretta Lynn
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