List of "inappropriate songs"


Aug 2, 2001
Now tell me...why are these songs inappropriate?

Here is the article with the list at the end.
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Radio network's list of 'inappropriate songs' hits sour note with some

By Todd Inoue
Published: Sept. 17, 2001, 6:15 p.m.

A program director at a local Clear Channel radio station confirmed that the company disbursed a list of "inappropriate songs" that shouldn't get airplay following last week's terrorist attacks on the East Coast.

"It was a list that was distributed so that we wouldn't have to listen to every song and make judgment calls," said Gary Schoenwetter, program director for San Francisco-based and Clear Channel-owned Star 101.3 who received the list this week. "It served as a guide in deciding what was and wasn't appropriate."

Schoenwetter adds that stations are not banned from playing any songs. They can, and do, stray from the line-up, he said, and it is far from a be-all, end-all list.

"Had we been a station that played Edwin Starr's 'War,' we would have left that one in," Schoenwetter said. "It was distributed under the guise of 'Use this list at your discretion,' like any corporate memo. It wasn't handed out as the hand of God."

Flooding the inbox of music lovers and censorship opponents, the list, first published by, came from Clear Channel, the owner and operator of 1170 stations nationally and one of the largest media organizations worldwide.

The song list was sent to all Clear Channel radio stations, advising program directors about what songs would be inappropriate to broadcast after the East Coast tragedy.

Some songs include references to war ("War Pigs," "Sunday Bloody Sunday") and bombs ("You Dropped a Bomb on Me"). Others refer to peace ("Imagine," "Peace Train," "What a Wonderful World") and celebrating ("Dancing in the Streets").

Program director Larry Sharp of San Francisco-based, Susquehana-owned rock 'n' roll station 107.7 "The Bone" saw the list and feels some of the choices exclude songs that could help in the healing process.

"I agree there are some songs [that are inappropriate] but I thought a lot of them went too far," he said. "When you pull 'Stairway to Heaven,' that's a song people play at funerals. You want to hear a song like that during these times."

A corporate Clear Channel representative could not be reached for comment or to confirm the list of songs published on

The company released a public statement regarding the list, however.

"The American entertainment industry, including music, cinema and television, regularly incorporates violence and tragedy in lyrics, plots and storylines," the statement reads. "Given the environment, a Clear Channel program director took it upon himself to identify a number of songs that certain markets or individuals might find insensitive today."

"This is not a mandate nor was the list generated out of corporate radio offices," the statement continued. "It was a grassroots effort that was apparently circulated by program directors. It's the discretion of each program director and general manager to take polls of his or her market and if so for how long."

The following songs were reportedly listed as having "questionable" content:

Drowning Pool "Bodies"
Mudvayne "Death Blooms"
Megadeth "Dread and the Fugitive"
Megadeth "Sweating Bullets"
Saliva "Click Click Boom"
P.O.D. "Boom"
Metallica "Seek and Destroy"
Metallica "Harvester or Sorrow"
Metallica "Enter Sandman"
Metallica "Fade to Black"
All Rage Against The Machine songs
Nine Inch Nails "Head Like a Hole"
Godsmack "Bad Religion"
Tool "Intolerance"
Soundgarden "Blow Up the Outside World"
AC/DC "Shot Down in Flames"
AC/DC "Shoot to Thrill"
AC/DC "Dirty Deeds"
AC/DC "Highway to Hell"
AC/DC "Safe in New York City"
AC/DC "Hell's Bells"
Black Sabbath "War Pigs"
Black Sabbath "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath"
Black Sabbath "Suicide Solution"
Dio "Holy Diver"
Steve Miller "Jet Airliner"
Van Halen "Jump"
Queen "Another One Bites the Dust"
Queen "Killer Queen"
Pat Benatar "Hit Me with Your Best Shot"
Pat Benatar "Love is a Battlefield"
Oingo Boingo "Dead Man's Party"
REM "It's the End of the World as We Know It"
Talking Heads "Burning Down the House"
Judas Priest "Some Heads Are Gonna Roll"
Pink Floyd "Run Like Hell"
Pink Floyd "Mother"
Savage Garden "Crash and Burn"
Dave Matthews Band "Crash Into Me"
Bangles "Walk Like an Egyptian"
Pretenders "My City Was Gone"
Alanis Morissette "Ironic"
Barenaked Ladies "Falling for the First Time"
Fuel "Bad Day"
John Parr "St. Elmo's Fire"
Peter Gabriel "When You're Falling"
Kansas "Dust in the Wind"
Led Zeppelin "Stairway to Heaven"
The Beatles "A Day in the Life"
The Beatles "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds"
The Beatles "Ticket To Ride"
The Beatles "Obla Di, Obla Da"
Bob Dylan/Guns N Roses "Knockin' on Heaven's Door"
Arthur Brown "Fire"
Blue Oyster Cult "Burnin' For You"
Paul McCartney and Wings "Live and Let Die"
Jimmy Hendrix "Hey Joe"
Jackson Brown "Doctor My Eyes"
John Mellencamp "Crumbling Down"
John Mellencamp "I'm On Fire"
U2 "Sunday Bloody Sunday"
Boston "Smokin"
Billy Joel "Only the Good Die Young"
Barry McGuire "Eve of Destruction"
Steam "Na Na Na Na Hey Hey"
Drifters "On Broadway"
Shelly Fabares "Johnny Angel"
Los Bravos "Black is Black"
Peter and Gordon "I Go To Pieces"
Peter and Gordon "A World Without Love"
Elvis "(You're the) Devil in Disguise"
Zombies "She's Not There"
Elton John "Benny & The Jets"
Elton John "Daniel"
Elton John "Rocket Man"
Jerry Lee Lewis "Great Balls of Fire"
Santana "Evil Ways"
Louis Armstrong "What A Wonderful World"
Youngbloods "Get Together"
Ad Libs "The Boy from New York City"
Peter Paul and Mary "Blowin' in the Wind"
Peter Paul and Mary "Leavin' on a Jet Plane"
Rolling Stones "Ruby Tuesday"
Simon And Garfunkel "Bridge Over Troubled Water"
Happenings "See You in Septemeber"
Carole King "I Feel the Earth Move"
Yager and Evans "In the Year 2525"
Norman Greenbaum "Spirit in the Sky"
Brooklyn Bridge "Worst That Could Happen"
Three Degrees "When Will I See You Again"
Cat Stevens "Peace Train"
Cat Stevens "Morning Has Broken"
Jan and Dean "Dead Man's Curve"
Martha & the Vandellas "Nowhere to Run"
Martha and the Vandellas/Van Halen "Dancing in the Streets"
Hollies "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother"
San Cooke Herman Hermits, "Wonder World"
Petula Clark "A Sign of the Times"
Don McLean "American Pie"
J. Frank Wilson "Last Kiss"
Buddy Holly and the Crickets "That'll Be the Day"
John Lennon "Imagine"
Bobby Darin "Mack the Knife"
The Clash "Rock the Casbah"
Surfaris "Wipeout"
Blood Sweat and Tears "And When I Die"
Dave Clark Five "Bits and Pieces"
Tramps "Disco Inferno"
Paper Lace "The Night Chicago Died"
Frank Sinatra "New York, New York"
Creedence Clearwater Revival "Travelin' Band"
The Gap Band "You Dropped a Bomb On Me"
Alien Ant Farm "Smooth Criminal"
3 Doors Down "Duck and Run"
The Doors "The End"
Third Eye Blind "Jumper"
Neil Diamond "America"
Lenny Kravitz "Fly Away"
Tom Petty "Free Fallin'"
Bruce Springsteen "I'm On Fire"
Bruce Springsteen "Goin' Down"
Phil Collins "In the Air Tonight"
Alice in Chains "Rooster"
Alice in Chains "Sea of Sorrow"
Alice in Chains "Down in a Hole"
Alice in Chains "Them Bone"
Beastie Boys "Sure Shot"
Beastie Boys "Sabotage"
The Cult "Fire Woman"
Everclear "Santa Monica"
Filter "Hey Man, Nice Shot"
Foo Fighters "Learn to Fly"
Korn "Falling Away From Me"
Red Hot Chili Peppers "Aeroplane"
Red Hot Chili Peppers "Under the Bridge"
Smashing Pumpkins "Bullet With Butterfly Wings"
System of a Down "Chop Suey!"
Skeeter Davis "End of the World"
Rickey Nelson "Travelin' Man"
Chi-Lites "Have You Seen Her"
Animals "We Gotta Get Out of This Place"
Fontella Bass "Rescue Me"
Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels "Devil with the Blue Dress"
James Taylor "Fire and Rain"
Edwin Starr/Bruce Springstein "War"
Lynyrd Skynyrd "Tuesday's Gone"
Limp Bizkit "Break Stuff"
Green Day "Brain Stew"
Temple of the Dog "Say Hello to Heaven"
Sugar Ray "Fly"
Local H "Bound for the Floor"
Slipknot "Left Behind, Wait and Bleed"
Bush "Speed Kills"
311 "Down"
Stone Temple Pilots "Big Bang Baby," "Dead and Bloated"
Soundgarden "Fell on Black Days," "Black Hole Sun"
Nina "99 Luft Balloons/99 Red Balloons"
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Sep 9, 2001
Some of those just don't make any sense to have on the list. I don't get it. What do they think will happen if people hear those songs anyway? It's not like it'll make people remember what happened, because how could they have forgotten when the whole thing is shown on TV every 5 minutes?

Midnight Rambler

Diamond Member
Oct 9, 1999
WTF, pulling Louis Armstrong, JT, and Simon & Garfunkel ?

Sure glad I still got my Clash stuff ...

Yeah baby, Rock the Casbah !!!


Diamond Member
Jun 30, 2000
That list is a false one. Besides what could be offensive about the beastie boys sure shot?

ATOT come and rock the sure shot ;)