Making fun of music, one song at a time. Since the year 2000.
Check out the two amIright misheard lyrics books including one book devoted to misheard lyrics of the 1980s.
(Toggle Right Side Navigation)

Music Trivia -> Songs That Are Banned -> A

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

Other Pages: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z Misc.

Entries Beginning with A

"A.D.I.D.A.S.," Little Mix
It stands for "All Day I Dream About Sex" ("shush" in the radio edit).
Dongquan
"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
A Program director for a radio station made a completley unofficial list of songs that may offend/remind people of 9/11. However this list was leeked out as being an official company policy, which was not true.
Optimus Lime
Police officers in Northwood, Ohio, order 14-year-old Daniel Shellhammer to remove his shirt, which features slogans for the rap group Insane Clown Posse. The officers inform Shellhammer that Insane Clown Posse clothing is "banned" in Ohio and that they tear the shirt off his back and arrest him if he does not comply.
Below Average Dave (badave.com)
"All Recordings," Cat Stevens
As I recall, many L.A. radio stations (and others accross the U.S.) refused to play, and even made media events of noisely destroying ALL their Cat Stevens records after reports came out that he told his students in England that, yes, as a devout Muslim, he was obliged to fulfill the fatwa against Salman Rushdie, i.e. kill Mr. Rushde, if he had the opportunity. Not exactly the sweet, loving Cat Stevens I remembered. Mr. Rushdie became the subject of a fatwa after his book "Satanic Verses" was published which was considered blasphemous by the Muslim community. According to Wikipedia, the fatwa cannot be rescinded since the Ayatollah Khomeini, who issued the fatwa, is the only one who can rescind it but is no longer living.
Bridgette
"All songs," Cannibal Corpse
Banned in Australia and Germany...for everything about them.
dxman
"All songs," Green Day
Banned by Wal-Mart because they refuse to release censored versions of their albums.
dxman
banned from Clear Channel after 9/11
weirdkid106
"America," The Nice
this was banned in America by the composer Leonard Bernstein, also banned by the Royal Albert Hall for burning the American Flag during the number. info from Charisma Repeat Performance album BG1 1980
steve Harrington-Ellsmore
"American Idiot," Green Day
Not actually banned, though most radio stations replace the lyric "Maybe I am the faggot America" with "Maybe I am the sound of America."
Jonathan S.
"American Idiot," Green Day
Need I say any more...?
gft37
"American Life," Madonna
The music video was banned in the US because of its graphic criticism of US military activities in Iraq and elsewhere, as well as of the policies of George W. Bush. Apparently, the music video was quite popular in other countries.
Raphael
"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
"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
"Anarchy In The UK," Megadeth
The band have not performed this song live since Dave Mustaine, their frontman, converted to Christianity. The obvious reason being the lyrics, specifically the "I am an Antichrist" statement.
GlamRockNinjaLord
"Animal (F**" Like A Beast)," W.A.S.P.
This song was originally planned for release by Capitol Records in 1984, but upon receiving complaints from parents' groups decided against it. The song was later released as a single by Music For Nations.
Chandra
"Another Brick In The Wall," Pearl Jam
Banned by AT&T while being web-broadcast because the lyrics were altered to be critical of George W. Bush.
dxman
"Another Brick In The Wall (Part II)," Pink Floyd
In the winter of 1980, this Pink Floyd #1 hit single, with its chorus of kids chanting "We Don't Need No Education" is banned by the South African government. Black children, upset about the inferior eduction in that country, adopt the song as their anthem. The South African government says the song is "prejudicial to the safety of the state."
Peter
"Army Dreamers," Kate Bush
The song was banned from airplay at either the time of the Falklands War or the first Gulf War. And recently the BBC have been celebrating the Falklands anniversary, which is pretty disgusting.
pickle
"Army Of Two," Olly Murs
Banned in Germany for reasons unknown.
Scott Knight

Other Pages: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z Misc.

New entries in this section are currently reviewed by Indy Gent. Previous editors (if any) are listed on the editors page.

Submissions

If you have a creative/humorous idea, please submit it.