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Can you think of a song that was specifically banned by a radio station, tv station, or government?

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"Habits (Stay High)," Tove Lo
EDIT: This was not banned per se, but strangely, high is censored in TV airings.
"Habits (Stay High)," Tove Lo
Banned for some reason with the few drug references but also, not banned on radio but the video was banned because it shows Tove Lo sitting kissing random people and using drugs.
"Hand In My Pocket," Alanis Morrisette
The line "I'm brave but I'm chicken shit" had the S-word blanked out on the radio most of the time, as well as on SNL. What difference does it really make anyway? Her music is just hateful whiny piss-a-bitch temper tantrum S*** anyway. Her first album truly is a "jagged little pill" - very hard to swallow!
Grow Up, Alanis!
"Happiness Is A Warm Gun," The Beatles
Banned by the BBC for sexual content.
"Hard Out Here," Lily Allen
Not banned per se, but MTV did not censor "bitch", "ass", or "slut" adue being a TV-PG station but well much censoring the balloons in the video with the message: "Lily Allen has a baggy -----"
"Hash Pipe," Weezer
Banned from Radio One airplay because of its advertisement of the drug "Hashish". People were scared that children would start using the drug that wasn't banned from private stores at the time.
Callum Sutton - CDB Radio Cambridge
Young Thug's verse is taken out of the radio version and replaced with either a repeat of the chorus or a second verse by Camila
"Hazy Shade Of Criminal," Public Enemy
MTV refuses to air Public Enemy's video for "Hazy Shade Of Criminal" because it violates the network's standards for violence.
"Head Games (album)," Foreigner
The cover of this 1979 album was banned in the southern U.S. states (the so-called "Bible belt"). The album showed a young girl (in her teens or 20s maybe) wearing a short dress in a men's restroom (there are urinals on the wall). Also, even though the title track is about lovers' spats the word "head" suggests another meaning with the cover picture. On top of that "head" is U.S. Navy jargon for "restroom".
Dirty White Boy
"Heart Of Glass," Blondie
During the first couple of weeks of 1979, the New Wave band, Blondie is forced to replace some of the words to this #1 hit to gain air-play on U.S. Top 40 radio. The lyrics "Once I had a love and it was a gas / Soon found out, I had a heart of glass" were inserted over the top of the original lyrics "Once I had a love and it was a gas / Soon turned out to be a pain in the ass."
"Heavy Petting Zoo," NOFX
In 1996, the vinyl version of this album was banned in Germany due to the cover depicting an explicit sexual act between a human and a sheep.
In November 1972, this first single release by Paul McCartney's new band, Wings, is banned by the BBC because of it's "unsuitable lyrics". The song still manages to become a hit, reaching #5 in the U.K, and #10 in the U.S. early in the year 1973.
"High School Confidential," Rough Trade
some radio stations in Canada banned the song for it's suggestive lesbian themed lyrics. This controversy helped put the song into the Canadian Top 20 in 1981
"Highway to Hell," AC/DC
This was banned by Clear Channel after 9/11
"Hit Me With Your Best Shot," Pat Benatar
Banned after 9/11.
"Hold My Hand," Don Cornell
This UK #1 single from 1954 was banned by the BBC just for mentioning "the kingdom of Heaven" in the lyrics.
James D
"Hollaback Girl," Gwen Stefani
How could this be not mentioned yet? This song was heavily censored in English-speaking countries and in Brazil for saying the word "shit" 38 times. I personally have heard both versions at parties.
"Holy Wood," Marilyn Manson
Well, not a song--an album. Wal-Mart and K-Mart actually refused to stock it because of the disturbing cover art, which featured the artist decomposing on a cross.
Jonathan S.
"Home Sweet Home," Mötley Crüe
The video for this song was so popular that MTV briefly had to ban it, before instating a rule that no one music video could be requested more than 5 times in any day.
"Honky Tonk Angel," Cliff Richard
Banned by Richard himself after realizing that the song was about prostitution.
"Hooked (Album)," Great White
The original cover for this album showed a nude model on a hook. It was deemed too sexual for American consumers and the American release altered the cover, so that you only saw the model from the shoulder up.
"Hot Dog," Limp Bizkit
Release was restricted due to over 48 uses of the F word.
"Hot In The City," Billy Idol
1987 was a big year for Billy Idol. In November or December Billy's hit from 1982 was rereleased with a new video. The song scored on the charts again but MTV refused to air the new 1987 video because right near the end Billy's girlfriend is shown placed on a cheap plastic cross. The video is real good up to that point - the crucifixion scenario is pretty dumb, tasteless and unnecessary.
City Dude
"Hot N Cold," Katy Perry
The word "bitch" is often changed to "girl" or blanked out.
"How Would You Feel," Jimi Hendrix
In 1965, this Jimi Hendrix's single is given little airplay on radio because the song deals with the plight of blacks in America.

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