10 Rock Music Songs That Got Banned From Certain Countries

9. Let’s Spend The Night Together - The Rolling Stones (China)

Although they can count themselves as one of the biggest bands of all time, The Rolling Stones only performed in China for the first time in 2006.

The Chinese authorities were famously resistant to Western acts playing within their borders, with Wham! becoming the first major pop group to tour the country in 1985. This was long after The Stones' peak, which might explain why it took them until the 21st Century to visit.

Even when Jagger and co. did finally rock up in the Middle Kingdom, they weren't allowed to just do whatever they wanted.

The band had planned to perform their hit song Let's Spend the Night Together, which went to number 3 in the UK and was memorably covered by David Bowie in 1973. However, the powers that be prohibited its inclusion in the setlist over its supposedly "suggestive" lyrics.

Sure, talking about spending the night together was a bit frisky, but it certainly wasn't rowdy by 2006's standards. This was the year of SexyBack, for goodness sake.

Still, different nations have different customs, and unfortunately for The Stones, their chosen tune fell foul of one.

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