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8 Banned Country Songs That Became Hits

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It’s difficult to please everyone. Even the greatest artists are bound to offend someone at some point in their careers. Although the artists got a slap on the wrist, these banned country songs still blew up and climbed the charts. You may be surprised at some of the hits that almost got the boot.

8. Garth Brooks – “The Thunder Rolls”

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Flickr/ Larry Darling

It’s really hard to believe, but it’s true. In the video for “The Thunder Rolls,” the wife shoots the husband out of rage. The song was accused of being insensitive to domestic violence. Many people banned the song from playing. Clearly, the red tape didn’t stick.

7. Loretta Lynn – “The Pill”

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Flickr/ Scott Schram

Radio stations banned this tune due to its reference to birth control. These days, birth control is written into health care like no big deal. However, in the 70s people were still a bit up in arms about it. Loretta Lynn’s song caused a lot of controversy at the time.

6. Rascal Flatts – “I Melt”

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Flickr/ Larry Darling

People liked the song. But when it aired on CMT showing bare buttocks, views changed. The video got pulled. The band refused to release an edited version. Still, this song became a number one hit. Obviously, people got over their objections.

5. Dixie Chicks – “Traveling Soldier”

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Flickr/ Mike

This song was doing amazing until Natalie Maines, one of the three members, made a political statement condemning President George Bush. Bush supporters were pretty unhappy, and country stations pulled the song. However, it still continued to be a hit and definitely a tear jerker.

4. Tim McGraw – “Red Rag Top”

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Flickr/ Mark Runyon

This song definitely caught on quickly. Its controversy came when people started calling it an “abortion song.” This did not go over well with the stations, and many considered taking it out of the rotation to prevent from losing listeners.

3. Reba McEntire – “Fancy”

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Flickr/ Jussi

Sure, struggling through tough times is a common theme in country music. But when a mother prostitutes her daughter to pay the bills? Well, let’s just say many people weren’t into that. At the time, it caused quite a lot of gossip.

2. Conway Twitty – “You’ve Never Been This Far Before”

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Flickr/ Jussi 

Sure, some even considered the title a bit suggestive. However, many agreed that a few lines in the song crossed some boundaries. Whether or not it was unanimous, stations stopped playing it. Someone must have kept listening because in the end it was a huge hit.

1. Martina McBride – “Independence Day”

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Flickr/ Brad Barlow

This tune has definitely received high praise from music lovers and critics. Still, many had issues with the alleged support it seemed to have for domestic violence. Nonetheless, through all the criticism, the track made it to the top 10, and is among Martina McBride’s greatest hits.

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8 Banned Country Songs That Became Hits