In Honor of Banned Books Week: A List of Songs That Were Once Banned

Nothing says “Happy Monday” like a sexy George Michael video.  Which is why, in honor of Banned Books Week, we are featuring the sultry video of a song that was once banned from public consumption.

Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Freedom to Read by going to your local library and taking out a title from the “List of Most Challenged Books,” as compiled by the Office for Intellectual Freedom. (my top pick will be to re-read the first installment of “The Giver” series by author Lois Lowry. You can check out an interview with her about the 4th–and final–book in the series on NPR’s “On Point” here).

Support the Freedom to Read Foundation by becoming a member or making a donation today.

While you’re at, turn the volume on your speaker up to 11 and rock out to a formerly banned song. Thanks to the Songfacts web site for this pretty extensive list:

(Oh) Pretty Woman – Van Halen
A Day In The Life – The Beatles
Armchair Anarchist – Kingmaker
Baby Got Back – Sir Mix-A-Lot
Be Chrool To Your Scuel – Twisted Sister
Big Boys Bickering – Paul McCartney
Big Five – Judge Dread
Bitch – The Rolling Stones
Body Language – Queen
Bring The Boys Home – Freda Payne
Cardiac Arrest – Madness
Cop Killer – Body Count
Crazy Horses – The Osmonds
Damn, I Wish I Was Your Lover – Sophie B. Hawkins
Eve Of Destruction – Barry McGuire
Feel Good Hit Of The Summer – Queens of the Stone Age
Girl Don’t Come – Sandie Shaw
God Only Knows – The Beach Boys
God Save The Queen – The Sex Pistols
Great Balls of Fire – Jerry Lee Lewis
Happiness Is A Warm Gun – The Beatles
He Liked To Feel It – Crash Test Dummies
Hey Mister – Custom
Hi Hi Hi – Paul McCartney & Wings
Horst-Wessel-Lied – Horst Wessel
Hurricane – 30 Seconds to Mars
I Want Your Sex – George Michael
Ich tu Dir Weh – Rammstein
If You Have To Ask – Red Hot Chili Peppers
Jesus Christ Pose – Soundgarden
Juicebox – The Strokes
Justify My Love – Madonna
Kool In The Kaftan – B.A. Robertson
Lady Godiva – Peter & Gordon
Laquer Head – Primus
Let’s Spend The Night Together – The Rolling Stones
Little Red Rooster – The Rolling Stones
Louie Louie – The Kingsmen
Love Is A Good Thing – Sheryl Crow
Love Me Two Times – The Doors
Love To Love You Baby – Donna Summer
Mambo Italiano – Rosemary Clooney
Me So Horny – 2 Live Crew
Money For Nothing – Dire Straits
My Generation – The Who
No Way Out – Stone Temple Pilots
Oasis – Amanda Palmer
Party On Your Pussy – Red Hot Chili Peppers
Physical – Olivia Newton-John
Pictures Of Lily – The Who
Pop Song ’89 – R.E.M.
Red Nation – Game
Relax – Frankie Goes to Hollywood
Relax – Frankie Goes to Hollywood
Rhapsody In The Rain – Lou Christie
Ride – Ciara
Rumble – Link Wray & His Ray Men
Run – Gnarls Barkley
Run For Your Life – The Beatles
Smack My Bitch Up – The Prodigy
Some Girls – The Rolling Stones
Stagger Lee – Lloyd Price
Street Fighting Man – The Rolling Stones
Tell Laura I Love Her – Ray Peterson
The Bitch Is Back – Elton John
This Note’s For You – Neil Young
Timothy – Buoys
Too Drunk To F–k – Dead Kennedys
Wake Up Little Susie – The Everly Brothers
Walk On – U2
Wet Dream – Max Romeo
Would You Mind – Janet Jackson
Yep Roc Hearesay – Slim Gaillard
You’re All I Need – Mötley Crüe



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