24 songs you won’t believe were banned from the radio
Musician Frank Zappa and other musicians spoke out against censorship during Congressional hearings in 1985. Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC) was pushing legislation to label music as potentially unsafe listening for children.
Here, we take a look at some of the songs banned from the radio – some as early as the 1930s – and the “offenses” for which they were banned:
These days, radio stations aren’t as uptight about sexual lyrics as they once were. You can hear a multitude of artists getting graphic about the 100 different ways they want it.
Offense 1: Sex & sexuality
“Wake Up Little Susie” by The Everly Brothers
It was considered blatantly offensive by some radio stations when it came out in 1958.
“Arnold Layne” by Pink Floyd
It was one of Pink Floyd’s early songs released on the 1971 album “Relics”.
“Lola” by The Kinks
While their lyrics may not be considered politically correct today, they weren’t exactly negative about their subject either.
“The Pill” by Loretta Lynn
Loretta Lynn released her song endorsing the pill and applauding it as a victory for women’s rights, it didn’t go over so well with some radio executives.
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