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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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"All of their songs," The Dixie Chicks
Many country music stations refused to play Dixie Chicks songs (and rightfully so I think) after the Chicks' insulting remarks about President George W. Bush after the atrocities of the 9/11 terror attacks that massacred thousands of Americans here in the U.S. This went on for years when the Chicks refused to apologize for their comments and also resulted in the Dixie Chicks and Toby Keith trading public insults in interviews and on social media. I'm sure it's still happening in a lot of places because I know I haven't heard any country stations in my area play any Dixie Chicks songs on the radio in several years. Way to destroy your career, LOL.
"King Of Fuh," Brute Force/Paul McCartney
Brute Force is the pseudonym of Stephen Friedland, an American singer and songwriter. He wrote a song about the king of a fictitious mystery land of 'Fuh'. Very few copies of the single were made because of the repeated use of the term 'Fuh King' (say that real fast!). Its B-side was a cover of the Chiffons' "Nobody Knows,". It has a completely different feel from Brute Force's version, which features a sinister sound and rather disturbing substitution of "she's too young" for the original "he's no good." 'Fuh King' was released on the compilation 'Best of Apple' in 2015. And strange enough, Paul McCartney's 2016 CD has a song titled 'Fuh You'. Figure THAT one out, fellas!
Something Is Fuh-ed Up Here!
"Everything," R. Kelly
Following the release of the Lifetime documentary Surviving R. Kelly in January 2019, detailing a history of alleged sexual abuse against R. Kelly (which he himself has denied), artists such as Lady Gaga and CĂ©line Dion who worked with him in the past removed their collaborations from streaming services, his label RCA Records dropped him after facing pressure from the public using the #MuteRKelly hashtag, and many urban contemporary radio stations in various markets decided to no longer play his music as a result.
"Maybe I Mean Yes," Holly Dunn
Holly wrote radio stations and asked them to pull the song from airplay after realizing the lyrics could be misinterpreted as date rape.
"God Damn Evil," Stryper
That's right, folks. STRYPER - that 'Christian metal' band puts out an album with this title and it has a title track as well. 'Christian' stores and the ever-hypocritical Walmart refuses to stock the album. Sounds like an ugly gimmick on behalf of the band - Creed (CRUD) had the same controversy over the use of the 'GD' word in 'What This Life's For' in 1998. Creed sucks and Stryper always was a bunch of pretentious pompous wankers anyway.
Gimme Real Honest Music Anyday!
"Killing In The Name," Rage Against The Machine
The phrase 'F*** you I won't do what you tell me' is repeated 17 times near the song's end and for radio play a version with the 'F word' substituted by another 'F word' ('Forget') is played. Then in the original song Zack de la Rocha screams, 'Mother****er!' and that word is substituted with the phrase 'for the first time'.
I won't do what you tell me either!
"Younger Men," K.T. Oslin
The song received little or no radio airplay when it was released in 1982 because the lyrics describe older men as being physically unattractive and unable to perform sexually and that a younger man would be better equipted to satisfy her needs. Very few people heard it was included on her ''80's Ladies'' album in 1987.
"Legs," ZZ Top
The liner notes for the 25th anniversary CD + DVD release has a lyric sheet. "Oh I want her. Said I got to have her! The girl is alright.". However, many people mistook the word "said" for the word "shit". Lately, that word that really isn't there has been blanked out altogether with brief silence when it's on the radio. Go figure!
Eliminator Driver
"Money For Nothing," Dire Straits
Rather than specifically censor the three instances of "f**g*t" in the second verse, some radio stations (at least two in my listening area) have played this song with that verse completely omitted, skipping right to the next chorus.
Jonathan S.
"Sex (I'm A...)," Berlin
From Pleasure Victim (1982). Its racy lyrics resulted in its ban by several radio stations when it first came out as a single.
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"Brown Sugar," Rolling Stones
Banned by some southern US radio stations in 1971 owing to lyrics alluding to interracial sex.
"Brown Sugar," Rolling Stones
Banned by some southern US radio stations in 1971 owing to lyrics alluding to interracial sex.
"Heavy Petting Zoo," NOFX
In 1996, the vinyl version of this album was banned in Germany due to the cover depicting an explicit sexual act between a human and a sheep.
"Rubber Bullets," 10cc
Briefly banned by the BBC in 1973 due to several incidents involving overzealous police and the ammunition mentioned in the title. The song rocketed to number one regardless, possibly because it was about a riot in an American prison and not The Troubles.
"Children," Robert Miles
While not banned perse, BBC DJs began referring to this instrumental dance song as "a record by Robert Miles" after the Dunblane school shooting. The title did not, however, affect its popularity and it was one of the biggest hits of 1996.
"Everything," Gary Glitter
After his child pornography charge in 1997, the BBC pulled all Gary Glitter songs from rotation. Further convictions for solicitating sex with minors followed, and to this day the BBC still has a total ban on everything he's recorded to the point he is edited from old Top of the Pops shown on BBC4 and not played on historical chart countdowns. Songs by his former backing group the Glitter Band have become acceptable in recent years though, as long as their connection goes unmentioned.
"S&M," Rihanna
Heavily edited for daytime airplay on BBC Radio 1, replacing references to "chains" and "whips" with appropriate sound effects and removing the repeated "S, S, S, S, M, M, M" chorus. To top it all off, the song was referred to as "Come On". It was played completely uncensored on commercial stations, the lyrics being mildly titillating at best.
"Everything," Eminem
In 2000, the University of Sheffield banned all Eminem records from student radio due to concern about sexism and homophobia in his lyrics. The ban even extended to student newspapers, with reviewers banned from covering Eminem records and gigs.
"Girl From Germany," Sparks
Banned by some US radio stations in 1972 due to Hitler references, despite being a song decrying postwar Germanophobia.
"In the Army Now," Status Quo
Another song banned by the BBC during the Gulf War.

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