Top 10 Banned Songs

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Top 10 Banned Songs

There are so many great records which began their life among a list of banned songs. If a record named a newspaper, referenced sex, or had a political message, it was guaranteed to get the axe from radio playlists. Here’s our top ten well-known tracks which were banned.

The Bangles – Walk Like an Egyptian (1986)

Reason: Banned during The Gulf War

The Rolling Stones – Let’s Spend the Night Together (1967)

Reason: Promoted Promiscuity

The Beatles – Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds (1967)

Reason: Drug References

The Prodigy – Smack My Bitch Up (1997)

Reason: BBC Denied they banned it, but a full version was never played during the day.

Donna Summer – Love to Love You (1976) 

Reason: Sex references. Heavy breathing & groans

The Beatles – Come Together (1970)

Reason: Advertising. The song was banned for the lyric “Coca-Cola”, surprisingly not for drug references.

The Pogues & Kirsty MacColl- Fairytale of New York (1987)

Reason: Language. “slut” “faggot” “arse”

The Kinks – Lola (1970)

Reason: Advertising. The song was banned until “Coca-Cola” was changed to “cherry cola”.

Sex Pistols – God Save the Queen (1977)

Reason: Anti-monarchy.

Frankie Goes to Hollywood – Relax (1984)

Reason: Reference to Gay Sex.