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)
Frankie Goes to Hollywood – Relax (1984)
Reason: Reference to Gay Sex.