Just about everyone in the United States has heard of “Stairway to Heaven”, “Free Bird” and “Brown Eyed Girl.” These are songs that people have been listening to for decades and will continue to be enjoyed for years to come. However, in addition to being smash hits, they also share another similarity: they were all banned at one point or another. Whether this ban was due to language, themes or just generally getting on the wrong side of political authorities — these songs were not played on the radio.

‘You Don’t Know How it Feels’ – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

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“You Don’t Know How it Feels” was one of the biggest hits of Tom Petty’s career… and one of the most controversial. The original version of the track was initially banned by many radio stations due to drug-related lyrics. A quickly edited version was released skipping over the offending line.

‘Imagine’ – John Lennon

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While many see John Lennon’s “Imagine” as an ode to world peace, some more politically conservative stations have banned the song due to its supposed espousing of communist ideology, specifically lines about “no religion” and “no possessions”. In addition, the song was dropped from Clear Channel playlists after the 9/11 attacks.

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