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Can you think of a song that was specifically banned by a radio station, tv station, or government?

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The 20 most recent entries are listed below. There are 362 Songs That Are Banned entries on the site.

"Shaving Cream," Benny Bell
This song generated controversy and was refused airplay in some instances because of the use of the words "shaving cream" as a stand in for the expletive used to to refer to feces. Each verse was designed so that the expected final word would be the vulgar word but the non-vulgar replacement was used instead.
Arthur Bahl
"Habits (Stay High)," Tove Lo
Banned for some reason with the few drug references but also, not banned on radio but the video was banned because it shows Tove Lo sitting kissing random people and using drugs.
ILoveMusic
"Royals," Lorde
The song was banned in San Francisco during the 2014 World Series due to, get this, the San Francisco Giants playing against the Kansas City Royals in the game. One has to wonder if Kansas City radio stations are banned from playing Bear Hands' "Giants".
Brian Kelly
"Smell The Glove (Album)," Spinal Tap
The original album cover was deemed extremely sexist, so, the band opted for an all-black cover, devoid of anything, including the band name and album title. In the words of bandleader Nigel Tufnel: "It's like, how much more black can you get? The answer is none. None more black."
GlamRockNinjaLord
"This Is Gonna Hurt (Album)," Sixx AM
Banned from Wal-Mart, due to the cover art depicting a heart with a bunch of needles in it.
GlamRockNinjaLord
"Shout At The Devil (Album)," Motley Crue
The original first wave release vinyl cover of this album had a big pentagram on it. People complained and all subsequent re-issues of the vinyl featured a plain black cover with only the band name and album title. The CD release has pictures of the band members replacing the plain black cover.
GlamRockNinjaLord
"When I Was Young," Eric Burden and The Animals
When this song was first released in early 1967 Clark Weber the morning disc jockey on Chicago's WLS cut short a play of this song and announced: "This song will never be played on this station again as long as I am program director". Interestingly, they began playing the B-side "Sandoz" instead, not realizing it was a "love song" dedicated to Sandoz labs the site of the discovery of LSD.
GB
"Invasion Of Your Privacy (Album)," Ratt
Ratt's sophomore full-length album was given a "Parental Advisory" sticker from the PMRC, due to both the title and album cover being a reference to voyeurism, which the PMRC viewed as an inappropriate topic. The sticker has since been removed.
GlamRockNinjaLord
"American Woman (Album Version)," Guess Who
Though the version released as a single gets airplay, the album version, with a 3 and a half minute acoustic intro hasn't been played on the radio, ever, for no apparent reason.
GlamRockNinjaLord
"Crazy Horses," The Osmonds
Was banned in Russia because it was believed that the Osmonds were referring to Heroin and drugs. However, the song lyrics were actually about pollution. Wild huh.
Jeni
"Jeanny," Falco
This song hints about what goes on in the mind of a stalker, or so Falco said. However West German radio programmers refused to air it for "ethical reasons". Nonetheless, a West German news anchorman pushed for the song to be banned (his 2 teen daughters and a cousin had been abducted and later released) and several stations boycotted it. However some stations aired it and its video with a warning. Communist East Germany was lightening some its censorship up (Western rock bands like Iron Maiden and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts were allowed to tour there) but this song wasn't aired and playing it in nightclubs were VERBOTEN. Still, "Jeanny" topped the charts in Holland, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Falco's home nation of Austria and WEST GERMANY - for 13 weeks! Falco later scored with 2 "sequel" songs and they charted well in Europe without such a fuss or racket.
Rapists Are Evil Piles Of Stinking Puke
"Hand In My Pocket," Alanis Morrisette
The line "I'm brave but I'm chicken shit" had the S-word blanked out on the radio most of the time, as well as on SNL. What difference does it really make anyway? Her music is just hateful whiny piss-a-bitch temper tantrum S*** anyway. Her first album truly is a "jagged little pill" - very hard to swallow!
Grow Up, Alanis!
"Pushin' Too Hard," The Seeds
Once thought to be about selling illegal drugs
Alan the Ottoman
"Work Bitch," Britney Spears
Not banned per se, but I think most music stations don't play it on the radio because of "bitch" Geez, what has been happening to songs? (It didn't get banned on iTunes though since there is a clean version)
William
"American Woman," The Guess Who
The song was written as a metaphor for a reaction to American excess and domination - something the band, being Canadians, would be quite familiar with. The very last time Burton Cummings would have sung "Goodbye American Woman" in the long play-out, he switches it to "Goodbye American S***" so the song is usually never played ALL the way to the end.
Jeff Mn
"Original Sin," INXS
"Dream on white boy, white boy
Dream on black girl, black girl
And wake up to a brand new world ...." some people thought that this promoted interracial love. Some radio stations in America didn't play it much if at all. INXS was playing a gig in an Austin, Texas club and some yahoo tossed a revolver onto the stage with a message of "appreciation for your (recent) music".
INXS KIX ASS!
"War Pigs," Black Sabbath
This song was banned from Korean radio stations, due to it being an anti-war song. The rest of Sabbath's catalog was also banned.
GlamRockNinjaLord
"Acapulco Gold," Rainy Daze
I was told in 1966 it had been banned by the government.....not only couldn't hear it on the radio, but couldn't even buy it at a record shop.
bette
"Moontan Album," Golden Earring
The original cover art by this Dutch band featured a nude woman. The American release showed an ear pierced at the lobe by a ... ; )
Radar Lover
"Legs," ZZ Top
There's the line, "Oh I want her. Shit, I have to have her! The girl is alright." The cuss word was substituted when the song was used for L'eggs Sheer Energy TV ads but never on the radio. Lately, that word is blanked out altogether with brief silence when it's on the radio.
Rattlesnake Eliminator

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