Miley Cyrus – We Can’t Stop (2013)
Where do we even begin with the inappropriate references made in this song? Let’s start with the fact that Miley confirmed that instead of “dancing with Miley” it’s actually “dancing with Molly” (the street name for the drug MDMA, or ecstasy). Or maybe “everyone in the line in the bathroom, trying to get a line in the bathroom” also pushes the censor button. OR is it the fact “it’s our party we can love who we want.” Oh Miley…
Maroon 5 – This Love (2002)
You probably took ‘This Love’ as another one of Maroon 5’s love song classics but dig a little deeper and there’s more to it than that! “I tried my best to feed her appetite, keep her coming every night, so hard to keep her satisfied.” Somehow, we don’t think Adam Levine is talking about his signature dish in this one…
Daft Punk ft Pharrell – Get Lucky (2013)
Pharrell you cheeky bugger! “We’re up all night to get some… we’re up all night to get lucky.” 'Nuff said!
Chris Brown – Wet The Bed (2011)
One might think Chris Brown wrote this track as the theme tune for a baby department store or nappy brand but no, Breezy had another things on his mind: “Baby you’re like a storm raining on me, you’re soaking wet." Woah.
2Pac feat Digital Underground – I Get Around (1993)
Rap icon 2PAC didn’t mind sharing the details of his sex life when he wrote the hit ‘I Get Around.’ In case you didn’t guess, it’s all about promiscuity… gasp!
Janet Jackson – Any Time, Any Place (1993)
It seems subtlety isn’t Janet’s forte! Before her controversial Superbowl performance in which she exposed her lady lump, Janet was already pushing boundaries with her saucy song about getting it on in public: “I don’t want to stop just because people walkin’ by are watching." Umm, that could have you arrested Janet, don’t be too naughty!
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Salt-N-Pepa – Shoop (1993)
Perhaps it’s not the most appropriate song for the empowered women of the 21st century, but Salt n Pepa’s hit had hips swinging across the world, with infectious lines like “Girls what’s my weakness… men!”
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Billy Joel – Only The Good Die Young (1977)
Billy Joel’s classic is actually about a man attempting to convince a Catholic girl to lose her chastity. Give the girl a break Billy!
Outkast – Hey Ya (2003)
One of the greatest hits of modern time is actually about a man stuck in a loveless relationship: “Don’t try to fight the feelin’ ‘cause the thought alone is killing me right now…”
Robin Thicke – Blurred Lines (2013)
It was one of the most controversial songs of 2013, made even more contentious by THAT performance featuring Miley Cyrus. Robin Thicke’s tune attracted some major flack for some ambiguous messages in the song (a claim that Thicke has denied many a time). But with lyrics like these it’s hard for us not to ask questions: “I known you want it, but you’re a good girl. The way you grab me, must wanna get nasty, go ahead, get at me…”
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Alanis Morissette – You Oughta Know (1995)
90’s rocker, Alanis Morisette, was a little less discrete with some of the lyrics in her hit ‘You Oughta Know’, asking “Would she go down on you in a theatre?” Come on Alanis, have some decency!
Snoop Doggy Dogg ��� Gin and Juice (1994)
Featuring lyrics that imply more than one-on-one loving, Snoop Doggy Dog’s track ‘Gin and Juice’ certainly raised some eyebrows: “I got some freaks in the livin’ room gettin’ it on and they ain’t leavin’ till 6 in the morning.” Given the lead line in the chorus speaks of smoking ‘indo’ and sipping gin and juice, we hardly think Snoop wanted the song to be clean… so to speak.
LL Cool J – Doin’ It (1995)
“No doubt I’m the player you’re talking about…” We have no doubts LL, we believe you.
Kesha – Tik Tok (2010)
Kesha is an open fan of all things glitter and sex. But her lyrics would have some parents concerned: “Boys tryin’ to touch my junk, junk.”
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Boyz II Men – I’ll Make Love to You (1994)
No boyband harmony can fool us! While the track conjured images of a lovey-dovey night of wine and candles, beneath it all that we know what they're after: “I’m gonna take my clothes off too, I made plans to be with you.”
Bryan Adams – Summer of 69 (1984)
Most people would innocently assume the song is simply about Bryan Adams’ nostalgic experiences in the summer of 1969. Think again, and think dirty…
Color Me Badd – I Wanna Sex You Up (1991)
The song title says it all really. The saucy lyrics speak very openly (and quite filthily) about lovemaking, but then again, we think using the word sex for a verb isn’t the most romantic of gestures.
Little Richard – Tutti Frutti (1957)
Without going into too much detail, Little Richard’s song is definitely NOT about the ice-cream flavor. In fact, “Boy I don’t know what you’re doing to me” might indicate something perverse is happening in all the wrong places.
Selena Gomez – Come and Get It (2013)
Disney sweetheart, Selena Gomez, copped some serious criticism for her tune ‘Come and Get It’, which carries all sorts of connotations that are just not appropriate for her audience. Even Kiwi sensation Lorde weighed in on the tune, saying it went against feminism.
Shaggy – It Wasn’t Me (2000)
This cheeky track was an anthem for the early noughties but hidden underneath those catchy hooks were meanings far more sinister. Actually, there’s no confusing lyrics like: “Honey came in and she caught me red-handed creeping with the girl next door.”