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  1. Little_Sam at |

    That is an interesting list. It is a nice eclectic collection of Classical and Popular Music. I thought of another Classical piece that I think should be on this list somewhere. That is Beethoven’s “Grosse Fugue”. This piece remains one of Beethoven’s most controversial and dissonant pieces. This piece started out as the last movement of one of Beethoven’s String Quartets. Beethoven then removed the “Grosse Fugue” from the String Quartet and turned it into a separate musical piece. This decision by itself remains very controversial even to this day. In any case I definitely think Beethoven’s “Grosse Fugue” deserves to be on this list somewhere.

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    1. Peter Boucher at |

      To Little_Sam. That is an interesting point that you made about Beethoven that I didn’t know. Personally, I would have picked Beethoven’s 3rd symphony (“Eroica” or Heroic) In which he initially dedicated to Napoleon. When Napoleon proclaimed himself Emperor, Beethoven went into a rage of anger (not the only time I might add), tore up the first page of the symphony because it had Napoleon’s name on it and dedicated it to someone else (whom, I can’t remember) the other thing about Beethoven’s third was the length of that symphony albeit to that point (over 50 minutes) which was also a controversy and that also raised some eyebrows and set the standard for the length of a symphony.

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  2. 5minutes at |

    How about the collected works of Marilyn Manson? Or the genre called “The Dirty Blues”? Or the Dead Kennedys? Going back further, any kind of African-American music of the late 1800’s and early 1900’s was controversial. Not to mention tons of classical pieces.

    Music is emotional and where there is emotion, there is controversy.

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  3. Zane at |

    It would be interesting to know what song kept “God Save the Queen” out of the number one spot.

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    1. Peter Boucher at |

      Very true, so when Elizabeth II dies and her son Charles takes over the monarchy, what will be done ??

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    2. Wombat at |

      The double A side single I Don’t Wanna talk about it / The first cut is the deepest by Rod Stewart.

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  4. Peter Boucher at |

    Regarding No. 9 “Le Sacre Du Printemps, It has been documented that the great French composer Camille Saint-Saens was at the premiere in Paris just as an audience member. He listened to the first 30 seconds of it and walked out very outraged by what he heard.

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  5. Peter Boucher at |

    How about the music video of “Jeremy” by Pearl Jam. To this day, that video still gives me chills up and down my back !!!

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  6. Peter Boucher at |

    How about “Short People” by Randy Newmann. Its my understanding that the song is banned on the airwaves in the state of Maryland by the FCC and if played on the radio there, fines are imposed to the radio stations that dare to put it on the airwaves there.

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  7. brian at |

    I hate to be the “what about so and so guy” but what about “cop killer” body count

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  8. Urewelcome at |

    What about ” War Pigs” and “Sabbath Bloody Sabbath” and “Symptom Of The Universe” and ” Suicide Solution” from the Great Black Sabbath and the latter by Ozzy Osbourne……………………………….

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  9. jordan at |

    Sorry but at no point in ‘kim’ does eminem talk about killing either his daughter or a 4 year old boy. That is incorrect.

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    1. huntermc at |

      “There’s a four year old boy lyin’ dead with a slit throat
      In your living room, ha-ha”

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  10. Den at |

    You can drop the “alleged” from the description of the Rosenbergs. Recently released Venona material shows the Rosenbergs did, in fact, supply the Russians with classified information related to the atomic bomb.

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    1. Peter Boucher at |

      To Den. I totally agree with you that The Rosenbergs did sell information to the Nazis and payed the ultimate price for getting fried in the electric chair. I am up in the air about sentencing a man or woman to a death sentence only because it does cost more to sentence a person to death rather than throw them in a prison cell for the rest of their lives. But in a case of ESPIONAGE (selling or giving top secret information to the commies), I don’t even think about the death penalty. In this case anybody committing that act which puts many millions of lives in danger should be painfully executed as well !!!!

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      1. winston smith at |

        Balls. There is only one country that has dropped atomic weapons on people (innocent civilians at that) and that is the United States. Anybody that gave the Soviet Union atomic weapons restored some degree of a balance of power, and prevented the US from striking again. They saved untold millions of lives. There is only one appropriate penalty for such people, and that is a Nobel Peace Prize (something killers like Kissinger and Obama don’t deserve). Give them a Grammy too, while we’re at it.

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  11. Dan Shaffer at |

    I would certainly have to throw “Lemon Incest” by Serge Gainsbourg into the mix. The song, a duet with his daughter, who was 12 years old at the time. Lyrics alluding to incest and pedophilia… caused a HUGE stir when it hit the market in the mid 80’s. Then again it was typical Serge… always stirring the pot!

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  12. Joe Cogan at |

    Ice-T and Body Count’s “Cop Killer” certainly belongs on the list.

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  13. trish at |

    what about “gloomy sunday” by billie holiday? it was the alleged “suicide song” during the 1950’s because the people who have committed suicide were seen holding the song’s lyrics or heard playing the song before they killed themselves

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    1. winston smith at |

      Gross exaggeration, if not an outright fabrication. http://www.snopes.com/music/songs/gloomy.asp

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