Music is a powerful tool that many musicians use in order to convey their world views and opinions. Often, these can be quite controversial, leading to the songs being censored or even banned altogether. These are some of the most popular songs in the world, and the reasons why they were censored or blacklisted altogether. Is your favorite song on the list?
Imagine – John Lennon
John Lennon was known for being quite controversial. Though the song “Imagine” is about peace, it was banned in 1991 during the Gulf War, as well as in 2001 after the 911 attacks. Many religious groups took issue with the lyric: “imagine there’s no heaven.” Despite the bans, the song continues to be one of the most popular songs of all time.
Louie, Louie – The Kingsmen
The Kingsmen’s song “Louie, Louie” was originally banned due to obscene lyrics. In fact, the FBI conducted a 31-month investigation after the band tried to slurring the lewd lyrics. The investigation ended without conclusion and the song was still a huge hit.