My 3 Songs: Controversial, Banned, & Censored



Banning a song can often have the opposite effect intended by the governing bodies who banned it: it can often make music fans want to listen to it more. As with lots of things deemed "bad" or "rebellious" (wearing a weird hairstyle, doing hoodrat stuff with your friends) it's human nature to want to break the rules (we're not referring to breaking the law) just a lil' bit. The recent mandate that Madonna had to re-edit her "Girl Gone Wild" video so it would be deemed acceptable for Youtube had us thinking: what other songs have been plagued with controversy? We asked you for your suggestions and here they are:

3. Dixie Chicks - Not Ready To Make Nice


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"It's too late to make it right / I probably wouldn't if I could / 'Cause I'm mad as hell, can't bring myself / To do what it is you think I should"

When the Dixie Chicks proclaimed at a concert that they were "ashamed George Bush is from Texas" they didn't expect the extreme backlash it caused. Many country music fans identify with the Republican party and were not happy with the harsh words towards the President. The Dixie Chicks weathered the storm and didn't back down from their opinions, even though it cost them a lot of radio air-time on country stations in the U.S. They released "Not Ready To Make Nice" after the controversy and it was about the death threats they had received, and about how they weren't ready to apologize for having an opinion.

2. The Beatles - Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds


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"Picture yourself in a boat on a river / With tangerine trees and marmalade skies / Somebody calls you, you answer quite slowly / A girl with kaleidoscope eyes"

This song first sparked controversy when it was thought to reference the drug LSD because of the first letter of the words in its title. The song was even banned on BBC radio. The controversy was unfortunate because John Lennon insisted that the song was titled after a drawing his son Julian made of Julian's friend Lucy...in the sky...with diamonds!

1. Lady Gaga - Born This Way


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"No matter gay, straight or bi / Lesbian, transgendered life / I'm on the right track, baby / I was born to survive"

This song was obviously intended by Gaga for good and not evil, but that didn't stop some people from taking offence to her message. Malaysian censors reportedly banned the song for it's LGBTQ-acceptance lyrics. We hardly think it should have been banned because it's message of love and acceptance of all people is important. Judge not, Monsters!

Can you think of any other controversial, censored, or banned songs? Tell us below!