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10 Most Controversial Hard Rock Songs Of All Time

The riffs that haunt you dreams.

Elektra

Hard rock has always garnered a reputation as a somewhat ugly genre. For as many great bands have been birthed from this subset of rock music, there is always that little bit of edge that can turn off casual music fans. A lot of the hate is unwarranted, but every now and again you get that one song that stirs the pot a bit too much.

From the genre’s beginnings to the present day, there have always been hard rock songs that rub people the wrong way in more ways than one. Whether it be the lyrical content or the “implications” of what the song could really mean, these tunes have come under fire by music connoisseurs who prefer their music to be cleaner. Following these records was the PMRC, who tried to censor vulgar lyrics but just ended up indirectly advertising this potentially interesting music for the youth market. Then again, it’s not like these songs weren’t going to ruffle a few feathers.

Dealing with some pretty sensitive topics, each of these tunes had a particular agenda that went beyond just talking about partying all night. Music is all about art at the end of the day, but these musicians were willing to take that extra step into more uncomfortable territory.

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