Top 10 Songs That'd Be Wildly Controversial Today for Their Politically Incorrect Lyrics

Metal_Treasure

The Top Ten

1 Money for Nothing - Dire Straits

I just wanted my MTV... - CloudInvasion

Maybe they should have said "poofter" instead.

It's astounding that this line isn't from an oldschool hip hop song. - Martin_Canine

1985.
Circa 2010 this song was even banned in Canada for these lyrics:
"See the little f****t with the earring and the make-up
Yeah buddy that's his own hair
That little f****t got his own jet airplane
That little f****t he's a millionaire"
(I guess the song isn't on their Greatest Hits collection because of the controversy) - Metal_Treasure

2 Brown Sugar - The Rolling Stones

I'm amazed this one still gets so much airplay. Killer riff but disgusting lyrics. - PetSounds

Is this song glorifying this, or is he just describing the scenery? I don't know the context of the song. - Martin_Canine

1971
“Gold coast slave ship bound for cotton fields / Sold in the market down in New Orleans / Scarred old slaver knows he's doing alright / Hear him whip the women just around midnight.”
(misogyny, racism and outright references to raping slaves. Mick Jagger himself changes the words when he performs the song live). - Metal_Treasure

3 One In a Million - Guns N' Roses

This line on the other hand is pure crap. Then again, I'm neither American nor straight. - Martin_Canine

A lot of people would think this is racist. - AnimeDrawer

1988.
“Immigrants and f****ts, they make no sense to me / They come to our country and think they’ll do as they please" - Metal_Treasure

4 Walk on the Wild Side - Lou Reed

I hate this song anyways - EliHbk

I don't think this was in any way meant to be negatively as Lou Reed was bisexual. He just namedrops her and celebrates her lifestyle. - Martin_Canine

1972.
There's a reference to Holly Woodlawn, a transgender actress:
"Holly came from Miami, F-L-A / Hitchhiked her way across the USA / Plucked her eyebrows on the way / Shaved her legs and then he was a she" - Metal_Treasure

5 Island Girl - Elton John

Hmm when I first heard this song and when I hear these lyrics I'm shocked and think that was unexpected that he put these type of racist lyrics my own favorite music artist but prostitution I did not get the message right- Kevinsidis

1975.
It's an ode to a New York City prostitute who’s “black as coal but she burn like a fire”.
“Island girl, what you wanting with the white man's world / Island girl, black boy want you in his island world” - Metal_Treasure

6 He Hit Me (It Felt Like a Kiss) - The Crystals

Difficult. When I included "Love on the Brain" on my best of 2016 list, I knew the song dealt with contradicting feelings of being abused and still loving the man, and the song was written and performed by a victim. This here... was made by a third party and also doesn't do much to create an inner conflict. It's basically just saying "hooray, my boyfriend beat me, and that's the greatest thing ever! ". Whether that's intentionally or not, it's horribly executed. - Martin_Canine

1962.
Today this songs sounds like a domestic abuse approval:
"He hit me and it felt like a kiss / he hit me and I knew he loved me"
(the song was inspired by the tragic true-life story of singer Little ever, who told them that her boyfriend's beatings were motivated by love. Hmm...) - Metal_Treasure

7 Rape Me - Nirvana

I don't see how this song is political, according to Kurt himself it's a "anti-rape" anthem. - SomePersonYouHate

People never pay attention to artist's intentions, because they're used to performers, not artists. - Sop

8 Tonight's the Night (Gonna Be Alright) - Rod Stewart

I don't get what's so wrong about this either. It's a line about having sex for the first time. If you mean the "don't say a word" line sounds like "don't struggle, I know you want it, and no means yes"... it doesn't. What it means is "just don't listen to what the conservative people who think that sex before marriage is horrible say, and give in to the feelings you naturally have".
I somehow have the feeling that sexual lyrics are generally seen as politically incorrect these days. Ten years ago, the consensus was "sex is normal and positive". - Martin_Canine

1976.
“Don’t say a word, my virgin child, just let your inhibitions run wild"
(in the video Rod Stewart woos a young woman and leads her up to his bedroom before she says in French, “I’m a little scared. What is my mother going to say? ”) - Metal_Treasure

9 Under My Thumb - The Rolling Stones

Maybe that's just my non-native speaker English, but I have no idea what he's talking about. Like... he has a woman and a dog under his... finger? - Martin_Canine

1966
“Under my thumb, the squirmin' dog who's just had her day / Under my thumb, a girl who has just changed her ways." - Metal_Treasure

10 Kung Fu Fighting - Carl Douglas

1974.
“There was funky Billy Chin and little Sammy Chung / He said ‘Here comes the big boss, let’s get it on.' ” - Metal_Treasure

I don't quite get what's so wrong with this. He just says two Chinese names, and whether you interpret that as "let's get it on with a fight" or "let's get it on with sex", I don't see what's especially bad about this. - Martin_Canine

The Contenders

11 Fat Bottomed Girls - Queen
12 Too Drunk to F*** - Dead Kennedys
13 Only Women Bleed - Alice Cooper
14 My Sharona - The Knack
15 Magic Carpet Ride - Steppenwolf
16 Used to Love Her - Guns N' Roses
17 Schwarze Engel - Alexandra

When laut.de included Alexandra's second and final album in their "Milestones" list of masterful albums, they criticized this 1968 song as dated for its use of the n-word.

Now, despite usually despising their way of reviewing artists respectlessly when they don't like it, I still thought they were somehow intelligent. "Schwarze Engel" may use an outdated term, but it's an - wait for it - ANTI-RACISM song. The song criticizes the lack of black people in religious art, arguing that there must also be black angels in heaven. Of course, it uses the language of its time, but it's extremely obvious that Alexandra's intentions are far from being racist. Context, guys. Context. - Martin_Canine

18 A Most Disgusting Song - Rodriguez

In Rodriguez' song he mentions several "disgusting" places he performed in, that despite their differing views on life are all the same. Among them, "f****t bars". - Martin_Canine

19 Pumped Up Kicks - Foster the People

"B*llets" is not politically correct, they prefer "projectiles" - EliHbk

20 Sex Type Thing - Stone Temple Pilots

This is actually a anti rape song...

21 Young Girl - Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
22 When I Kissed the Teacher - ABBA
23 Getting Better - The Beatles
24 Run for Your Life - The Beatles
25 Ain't No Woman (Like the One I've Got) - The Four Tops
26 If You Wanna Be Happy - Jimmy Soul
27 Stray Cat Blues - The Rolling Stones
28 In the Summertime - Mungo Jerry
29 Girls - Beastie Boys
30 My Boomerang Won't Come Back - Charlie Drake
31 Killing an Arab - The Cure
32 Big Balls - AC/DC
33 Kissin' Cousins - Elvis Presley
34 Delilah - Tom Jones
35 Stand by Your Man - Tammy Wynette
36 Short People - Randy Newman
37 A Boy Named Sue - Johnny Cash
38 Half-Breed - Cher
39 China Girl - David Bowie
40 My Name Is - Eminem

What makes me very sad is that artists like Eminem or Marilyn Manson fought for the discussion about fiction and reality in music, and for years, people agreed that such music is an artistic expression - and now, 20 years later we're back at the same stupid standards that artists aren't allowed to be edgy. - Martin_Canine

41 Chocolate Salty Balls - Isaac Hayes
42 Hot Child in the City - Nick Gilder
43 Rock N Roll N***er - Patti Smith
44 You're Sixteen - Ringo Starr
45 Angel of Death - Slayer
46 Harden My Heart - Quarterflash
47 Gypsy - Fleetwood Mac
48 Heart Spark Dollar Sign - Everclear
49 Ignorland - Rem
50 Vow - Garbage
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