Top 10 Most Controversial Videos Ever

artist: misc date: 05/17/2013 category: entertainment
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Top 10 Most Controversial Videos Ever
Warning: this list is NSFW and contains violent imagery, graphic nudity and more that may cause offence. On Wednesday we asked UG readers to nominate and vote for the most controversial music videos ever. The results are in, and we'd love to say the results are great, but our stomachs haven't settled yet. These videos are an assault on the senses, and you'd have to be brave to sit through them all. There were some music videos, that were not quite controversial. For example, we should note that music videos for Pink Floyd's classic "Another Brick in the Wall Pt. II" and "Sleep Now in the Fire" by Rage Against the Machine are not controversial, but the songs at the same time had caused a lot of heart attacks in censorship committees. There's nothing else to say except this: you have been warned.

10. Dir En Grey "Obscure"

Apologies to anyone who is about to settle down for dinner we're having to kick off with a rather grizzly video from the far East. It's all just horror movie effects, so the only really disturbing thing is the director's mind.

09. Soundgarden "Jesus Christ Pose"

MTV banned this video in 1991 because they didn't like the image of a woman being crucified, but the length of the song also put the channel off airing it.

08. Nine Inch Nails "Closer"

A heavily edited version of the video appeared on TV, but that simply whet the appetite for fans to dig out the original (and this is before the days of YouTube). The worst image is probably that of a monkey being tied to a crucifix - not because of the religious imagery, but because the poor fella looks genuinely uncomfortable.

07. Cattle Decapitation "Forced Gender Reassignment"

This video is so famously gory that even YouTube won't host it. You can watch it here on Vimeo, but be warned: the internet is full of quotes from people who are mentally scarred after daring themselves to sit through it.

06. Madonna "Like A Prayer"

If you think Madonna isn't rocking enough to appear on a UG list, you probably don't realize how ballsy she used to be. This video was designed from the start to cause controversy with the burning crosses and black Jesus - and Madonna loved every minute of stirring up the conservative Christian masses.

05. Pearl Jam "Jeremy"

The true story about a student who shot himself in front of his classmates was retold in this Pearl Jam song, but the image of a boy putting a gun in his mouth proved too much for TV bosses who wanted it cut. That's the only version available now.

04. Nirvana "Heart-Shaped Box"

Once again, a crucifix causes widespread offence - this time set against a backdrop and color palette inspired by the "Wizard of Oz" movie - but a little girl dressed in Ku Klux Klan uniform jumping at baby foetuses growing in a tree were pretty tough on the eye too.

03. David Bowie & Mick Jagger "Dancing In The Street"

Now for a completely different kind of controversy. Bowie and Jagger's version of the classes Martha And The Vandellas' original was shocking just because it's so bad, on so many levels. The song was mostly recorded in just four hours, so it's pretty much a demo, at which point they just out to shoot an almost entirely improvised video. Their egos told them it was all great, and the people around them were obviously too scared to tell them otherwise.

02. Rammstein "Pussy"

We've posted the censored version of this because the original features graphic sex. You can probably guess why the video is controversial.

01. The Prodigy "Smack My Bitch Up"

Four minutes of sheer hedonism from a first-person perspective. What is there that this video doesn't include? It's full of drug user, aggression, and nudity - but none of that was as offensive as the song name, which the BBC refused to name in its official chart rundown because of its connotations with domestic violence.
That's the end of our top 10 most controversial videos. How would you tweak the list? Did UG voters miss out on a better entry? Share your alternatives and reactions in the comments. Oops. We've just forgotten to add one video. It's not controversial at all, but it reached the upvotes peak, so we just could not ignore it. Please, welcome, "Never Gonna Give You Up" by Rick Astley!
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