Classic Songs That Were Banned For The Most Ridiculous Reasons

Jenna Goldberg | June 24, 2019 12:14 pm

Radio stations have censored or banned records for almost as long as they’ve been playing them. But since the coming of rock ‘n roll in the 1950s, many famous songs have been banned from airplay or even removed from records for a number of unusual reasons.

In fact, some of your favorite classic hits that seem boring at best, have actually been censored and it’s a startling discovery.

Imagine – John Lennon

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John Lennon was a very controversial figure. From his activism to his songwriting, he was someone who was an easy target for censorship. His song “Imagine” was targeted after the 9/11 attacks in 2001, and in 1991 during the Gulf War.

Ironically, this is a song about peace. But the line, “imagine there’s no heaven” had religious groups up in arms. The censorship didn’t stop the song from being a chart-topping smash hit.