Top 10 Songs that Were Banned

The Top Ten
1 My Generation - The Who My Generation - The Who Cover Art

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

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 Jesus Christ Pose - Soundgarden Jesus Christ Pose - Soundgarden Cover Art
5 I Want Your Sex - George Michael I Want Your Sex - George Michael Cover Art
6 F**k tha Police - N.W.A. F**k tha Police - N.W.A. Cover Art

No surprise there.

7 Justify My Love - Madonna Justify My Love - Madonna Cover Art
8 Love To Love You Baby - Donna Summer Love To Love You Baby - Donna Summer Cover Art
9 Fat Bottomed Girls - Queen Fat Bottomed Girls - Queen Cover Art

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

10 God Only Knows - The Beach Boys God Only Knows - The Beach Boys Cover Art

The Newcomers

? Die Young - Ke$ha Die Young - Ke$ha Cover Art

Removed from radio because of school shooting but the song have nothing to do with that. People are just soft.

The Contenders
11 God Save The Queen - Sex Pistols God Save The Queen - Sex Pistols Cover Art

Most iconic punk song of all time defined a generation.

12 Ich Tu Dir Weh - Rammstein Ich Tu Dir Weh - Rammstein Cover Art

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.

13 Relax - Frankie Goes to Hollywood Relax - Frankie Goes to Hollywood Cover Art

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

14 Boys (Summertime Love) - Sabrina Boys (Summertime Love) - Sabrina Cover Art

It has a seriously sexy music video that was banned.

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

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.

16 Great Balls of Fire - Jerry Lee Lewis Great Balls of Fire - Jerry Lee Lewis Cover Art
17 Blurred Lines - Robin Thicke Blurred Lines - Robin Thicke Cover Art
18 Bobby Brown - Frank Zappa Bobby Brown - Frank Zappa Cover Art
19 Rape Me - Nirvana Rape Me - Nirvana Cover Art

If people payed attention to song meanings they will actually see the it's ANTI-RAPE.

20 Titanium - David Guetta Titanium - David Guetta Cover Art

Shame it got banned because it was a really cool song. It was banned from the U.S. since it talked about guns & gun violence became like the biggest thing our country feared since 2012 & the rest of the decade.

21 Physical - Olivia Newton-John Physical - Olivia Newton-John Cover Art
22 Feel Good Hit of the Summer - Queens of the Stone Age Feel Good Hit of the Summer - Queens of the Stone Age Cover Art

No surprise, these are the lyrics to the verses repeated 16 times "Nicotine, Valium, Vicodin, Marijuana, Ecstasy and Alcohol".
Chorus: "Cocaine".

It's a song about drugs

23 Bitch - The Rolling Stones Bitch - The Rolling Stones Cover Art
24 Hurricane - 30 Seconds to Mars Hurricane - 30 Seconds to Mars Cover Art
25 The Ballad of John and Yoko - The Beatles The Ballad of John and Yoko - The Beatles Cover Art
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