7 Songs ๐ŸŽถ That Shocked ๐Ÿ˜ฑ the World ๐ŸŒŽ ...

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When you browse the stands in record stores these days, itโ€™s not uncommon to see rows of CDs with Parental Advisory/Explicit labels stuck on them.

I guess weโ€™ve become inured to โ€“ letโ€™s call them โ€“ less than savory, lyrics that thereโ€™s little that has shock value.

Although it still happens contemporaneously on occasion, there are older songs that at the time of their release were considered more than controversial, often leading them to be banned.

Songs like these:

1. Relax by Frankie Goes to Hollywood

This 80s classic by British band Frankie Goes to Hollywood caused a lot of shock and complaint when it was released in the 80s, especially following the release of the songโ€™s music video.

The song, thanks to its video depicting the London gay scene of the time, was deemed to be all about the act of having homosexual sex, and as a result was banned from radio and TV for a substantial amount of time.

Of course, this only made the song more popular, and itโ€™s still a favorite today!

2. Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke

This song caused something of a delayed backlash, as although none of us could help but dance along to the catchy rhythm, once you actually started to listen to the lyrics, lines that insinuated forcing yourself sexually on a woman, caused rightful outrage.

Many people believed that the โ€˜blurred linesโ€™ were about sexual consent, and an X-rated version of the video that featured topless women did not make people any happier!

3. Smack My Bitch up by the Prodigy

Though there is an unsavory word in the title, the shock that surrounded Smack My Bitch Up was more for the video than the musical content.

The infamous video takes viewers on a Go-Pro view type journey as a partygoer enters a house party, takes drugs and has sex with a beautiful woman.

The twist comes at the end when a look in the mirror reveals that the videoโ€™s protagonist is actually a woman too!2

Je Tโ€™aimeโ€ฆ Moi Non plus by Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin
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