The Most Controversial Song the Year You Were Born

Music has been freaking people out for one reason or another since the first time a caveman pounded two rocks together and said, “Yo, this is my jam!”  (???) put together a list of the Most Controversial Song from the Year You Were Born.  And it goes all the way back to 1930, when people were clutching their pearls over a song called Prohibition is a Failure” by Lowe Stokes.

Here are some highlights from the ’60s on . . .

1962:  “He Hit Me (And It Felt Like a Kiss)”The Crystals

1964:  “A Change Is Gonna Come”,  Sam Cooke

1969:  “Give Peace a Chance”Plastic Ono Band

1971:  “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised”,  Gil Scott-Heron

1975:  “The Pill”Loretta Lynn

1977:  “God Save the Queen”Sex Pistols

1982:  “The Message”Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five

1983:  “Relax”Frankie Goes to Hollywood

1986:  “Dear God”XTC

1988:  “[Eff] tha Police”N.W.A.

1990:  “Justify My Love”Madonna

1992:  “Killing in the Name”Rage Against the Machine

1994:  “Closer”Nine Inch Nails

1999:  “Goodbye Earl”The (Dixie) Chicks

2000:  “Stan”, Eminem

2002:  “Dirrty”Christina Aguilera

2004:  “American idiot”Green Day

2008:  “I Kissed a Girl”Katy Perry

2010:  “Pumped Up Kicks”Foster the People

2018:  “This Is America”Childish Gambino

And, for all you babies born THIS YEAR, your most controversial song is Jason Aldean’s “Try That in a Small Town”.  Unless something better comes along in the next two and a half months.

(Check out the whole list here.)