Music is a powerful tool for musicians to convey their views and opinions. However, these can be quite controversial. Sometimes this way of expressing thoughts and views can lead to the songs being censored or even banned altogether. Here are some of the most popular songs in the world that were censored or blacklisted altogether.

Imagine – John Lennon

This list cannot be started without John Lennon’s “Imagine” song. John Lennon’s “Imagine” was a highly controversial song for all time. It was banned in 1991 during the Gulf War. Later it was blacklisted in 2001 after the 911 attacks. Many religious groups took issue with the lyric: “imagine there’s no heaven.” But still, the song is one of the most popular songs of all time.

Louie, Louie – The Kingsmen

Due to obscene lyrics The Kingsmen’s song “Louie, Louie” was banned by the authority. When the band tried to slurring the lewd lyrics, the FBI conducted a 31-month investigation. But the investigation ended without a conclusion. Still, this song is hugely popular among the audience.

If U Seek Amy – Britney Spears

Britney Spears’s “If U Seek Amy” is another controversial song. Many radio stations censored or banned the song when they found that it is something more suggestive. If anyone says “If U Seek Amy” words quickly, it sounds close to something evocative.