Controversial song lyrics – Lorde is currently enjoying having a chart topper with her single "Royals," but has sparked some criticism after a blogger cried racism over some of the song's lyrics. Here are just a few other tunes that have have also caused controversy:
Controversial song lyrics – It was 1977 and Queen Elizabeth of England was celebrating her silver jubilee when British punk-rock group the Sex Pistols released "God Save the Queen." In response to lyrics like "God Save The Queen/She ain't no human being" the BBC banned the song.
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Controversial song lyrics – Prince's song "Darling Nikki" was about a young lady who did something ... naughty with a magazine. According to Time Magazine, the song's lyrics inspired wife of then Sen. Al Gore, Tipper Gore, to found the Parents Music Resource Center, which led to "Parental Advisory" labels on albums. So thanks for that, Prince.
Controversial song lyrics – Michael Jackson's song "They Don't Care About Us" featured the line "Jew me, sue me, everybody do me/ Kick me, kike me, don't you black or white me" and led to charges of anti-semitism in 1996. The singer apologized and promised that later versions of his single and album would not contain the references.
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Controversial song lyrics – NWA's 1988 debut studio album "Straight Outta Compton" included the tune "F*** Da Police" which as you can imagine did not go over well with the law enforcement community.
Controversial song lyrics – Rapper Rick Ross apologized in April 2013 for what he said was a misinterpretation of the lyrics "Put Molly all in her champagne/ She ain't even know it/ I took her home and I enjoyed that/ She ain't even know it" as advocating date rape in the song "U.O.E.N.O." That didn't stop him from losing an endorsement deal with Reebok over the controversy.
Controversial song lyrics – Before he was an actor, Ice T was a rapper and also performed with the heavy metal band Body Count. In 1992 their collaboration on the song "Cop Killer" drew criticism from then-President George Bush.