Published Nov 25, 2010At Exclaim!, we have seen our fair share of controversial moments, from NOFX's Fat Mike allegedly feeding his audience urine to Rammstein having their graphic album cover banned from stores. Now, PRS for Music has conducted a poll to determine the most controversial song ever, naming the Prodigy's "Smack My Bitch Up" as No. 1.
The 1997 single sparked criticism for its allegedly misogynistic lyrics and its violent video was widely banned. It topped other controversial singles on the list like the Sex Pistols' monarchy-bashing "God Save the Queen" (which came in at No. 2) and Frankie Goes to Hollywood's highly sexual "Relax" (which was No. 3). The top five was rounded out by Eminem's "Kim" and Rage Against the Machine's chart-topping "Killing in the Name." You can see the full top 10 below.
This poll comes at a good time for the Prodigy. The group recently announced they would be touring the U.S. with Linkin Park in February 2011, as well as commencing work on a new album. See the dates here. If you scroll to the bottom of this page, you can check out that controversial "Smack My Bitch Up" video. But don't worry -- the really offensive stuff has been pixelated out.
Thanks to the BBC for the tip.
The Top 10 Most Controversial Songs:
1. The Prodigy - "Smack My Bitch Up"
2. The Sex Pistols - "God Save the Queen"
3. Frankie Goes To Hollywood - "Relax"
4. Eminem - "Kim"
5. Rage Against the Machine - "Killing in the Name"
6. The Shamen - "Ebeneezer Goode"
7. Ozzy Osbourne - "Suicide Solution"
8. Marilyn Manson - "Get Your Gunn"
9. Slayer - "Angel of Death"
10. XTC - "Dear God"