Top 10 Songs That'd Be Wildly Controversial Today for Their Politically Incorrect Lyrics
The Top Ten
Maybe they should have said "poofter" instead.
It's astounding that this line isn't from an oldschool hip hop song. - Martin_Canine
Hmm... - RiverVibeZ
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
They're not promoting slavery, they're just describing it. Seriously, why do people get offended by these topics so easily?
I'm amazed this one still gets so much airplay. Killer riff but disgusting lyrics.
Is this song glorifying this, or is he just describing the scenery? I don't know the context of the song.
“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).
I think this song was already deemed controversial to begin with. I remember reading that they got dropped from the lineup for an AIDS-related benefit concert because of the song.
This line on the other hand is pure crap. Then again, I'm neither American nor straight.
A lot of people would think this is racist.
“Immigrants and f****ts, they make no sense to me / They come to our country and think they’ll do as they please"
Not just Holly Woodlawn, but Candy Darling and Jackie Curtis, both of whom were also transwomen, were mentioned. But "and the colored girls go..." would probably be the most controversial line.
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.
I hate this song anyways
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"
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
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
I looked it up and it was intended to be mocking the mentality. The message was ruined because the record company wanted them to sing it like they meant it. - blackflower
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
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
Agnetha's belting is awesome and powerful in this song. I love singers who can belt like that. Hands down.
The lyrics? Yes, they would be perceived as controversial today:
"I was in the seventh heaven when I kissed the teacher
One of these days
Gonna tell him I dream of him every night" - Metal_Treasure
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
“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
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
I can't tell for sure that this is the only issue but he is bragging about how he has control over his girlfriend which is not great even if I don't think it is on the level of some of the others. - Powell
“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
Just because it has the word "rape" in the title and in the lyrics doesn't mean that it's glorifying it. Ironically, this is actually meant to be an anti-rape song.
“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
It's about Axl's dog that got put down lol. - RiverVibeZ
It was inspired by The Stranger - JoLeKosovo
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
Not a real song. And if this episode came out today nobody would have a problem with it. South Park still exists. - RobertWisdom
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
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
"B*llets" is not politically correct, they prefer "projectiles"
This is actually a anti rape song...