10 Of The Most Controversial Songs Of All Time

The music industry has always been plagued with controversy. Whether it is rock bands taking huge amounts of drugs and trashing hotel rooms or popstars exposing themselves in music videos, the industry has faced constant criticism from those who believe that they promote bad behavior. However, it isn’t just the artists themselves that can be controversial. Songs have huge potential to cause offense and ring alarm bells due to their content, meaning or even due to the accompanying music video. Many of the songs featured on this list have faced calls for censorship and some have even been banned.

Slayer – Angel of Death

Slayer has faced questions relating to supposed links to white supremacy and Nazi groups throughout their careers, with many believing that they are sympathetic to those causes. The lyrics of Angel of Death did little to ease these beliefs as they feature graphic details about the human experimentation carried out by the Nazi doctor Josef Mengele. This content drew criticism and protests from Holocaust survivors and charity organizations.

Frankie Goes to Hollywood – Relax

Proving that banning something can actually make it more popular than ever before, the BBC catapulted Frankie Goes to Hollywood’s single Relax to No. 1 after DJ Mike Read refused to play the song. This prompted a total ban of the song on all BBC radio stations, yet this led to the song quickly growing in popularity as the public bought it to see what all the fuss was about.