30 Of The Most Politically Incorrect Rock Songs

30 Of The Most Politically Incorrect Rock Songs | I Love Classic Rock Videos

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The world changes every second, and what seemed to be funny and sweet before may not be well-received by today’s standards. It’s hard to define why, but maybe for the fact that everyone got tired of putting up to a lot of misogynistic, homosexual, abusive, and manipulating songs that the world decided, “that’s enough.” And where else did those traits being celebrated other than classic rock? Below, are the most politically incorrect rock songs not suitable for today’s merit.


“Fire” – Bruce Springsteen

This creepy song about being too forceful to your lover is definitely not for today’s standards. It’s a good thing that Pointer Sisters changed it to a less creepy version.

“Cruisin’ and Boozin” – Sammy Hagar

This shouldn’t be a part of your road trip list, as it will boost you to try and go for a ride while being drunk. So much for the 70s’ shenanigans.

“He Hit Me (And It Felt Like a Kiss)” – The Crystals

The title itself is problematic, and it’s a shame that this song was given the life it didn’t deserve. The Crystals later admitted that they were unhappy with the result of the record.

“Black Licorice” – Grand Funk Railroad

It’s not wrong to write songs about black girls, it’s only wrong if you oversexualized them. Just like Stones’ “Brown Sugar,” the song speaks with cultural sensitivity.

“Run For Your Life” – The Beatles

This John Lennon-penned song may not only be wrong, but misogynistic as well. How come guys have a free pass on cheating, but girls would likely be punished if they did the same thing?

“Under My Thumb” – The Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones got in a lot of trouble for “Under My Thumb” for its degrading lyrics about women. Not cool.

“Hey Joe” – The Jimi Hendrix Experience

Rock stars just love to make music about being violent with women, a reason why “Hey Joe” by The Jimi Hendrix Experience deserves to be a part of the list. Not only that, but the incredibly talented Hendrix used his guitar riffs to incorporate the additional horror that will crawl to your skin.

“Ahab the Arab” – Ray Stevens

Ray Stevens went below the belt for a song that could easily be deemed as “racist.” Why racist? He went overboard by imitating Middle Eastern ululations.

“Cousin Dupree” – Steely Dan

“Cousin Dupree” is about a man who was staying in his aunt’s house and seeing his gorgeous cousin whom he began to lust for. Thank goodness his cousin wasn’t in for it.

“Sweet Little Sixteen” – Chuck Berry

It’s hard not to get chills when you hear Chuck singing the song while in his thirties. But then again, you can’t blame the early rockstars for making a song about teenage girls, or can you?

“Stray Cat Blues” – The Rolling Stones

This one track from the band’s Beggars Banquet may have an amazingly great tune, but not its lyrics. What was Mick Jagger thinking when he sang “I can see that you’re fifteen years old / No I don’t want your I.D.”?

“Johnny, Are You Queer?” – Josie Cotton

Both the religious and the queer people go hand-in-hand to protest how disturbing this song was. It’s always good to remember that just because some guy won’t kiss you doesn’t mean that he’s gay.

“Timothy” – The Buoys

This Top 20 hit by The Buoys had the most disturbing lyrics about three men who were trapped on a cave and went to eat the other guy. “Timothy, Timothy, God what did we do?”

“In the Summertime” – Mungo Jerry

This lovely hippie song isn’t too innocent as you thought it was. The lines “If her daddy’s rich, take her out for a meal / If her daddy’s poor, just do what you feel” gave it all away.

“You’re Sixteen” – Johnny Burnette

Another song that could give Chuck Berry a run for his money, John Burnette’s “You’re Sixteen” isn’t something that you would want to listen to if you don’t want teenage pedophilia-themed songs. What’s with the men admiring 16-year-olds?

“Aqualung” – Jethro Tull

The whole song’s extremely good, and it deserves its praise. But not its lyrics which opens the song with a line: “Eyeing little girls with bad intent.” Yikes.

“All in the Name Of …” – Motley Crue

Vince Neil sings about a young girl whom he manipulates into posing nude and being submissive to his needs. All that disgusting behavior, in the name of rock & roll.

“Brown Sugar” – The Rolling Stones

“Brown Sugar” is a glitzy track, but once you’d get to read its lyrics you can think about it twice. The level of toxic masculinity, cultural insensitivity, pedophilia here is intense.

“Lady Willpower” – Gary Puckett & the Union Gap

Probably one of the creepiest songs about women, “Lady Willpower” is everything that is wrong with manipulating young girls. Imagine, your boyfriend wants to break up with you just because you won’t give him your flower?

“All the Way From Memphis” – Moot The Hoople

This one fun song from Moot The Hoople talks about the time when Mick Ralphs’ guitar was accidentally shipped to Kentucky instead of Memphis. It’s funny, ‘til they call the person who returned the guitar “spade.”


“Goin’ Blind” – Kiss

“I’m 93, you’re 16” are the lyrics that you needed in order for you to decide that this song is a mistake in so many levels. Note that Gene Simmons wrote this with Stephen Coronel, a guitarist arrested for uploading child pornography from his computer.

“Good Girls Don’t” – The Knack

Pop-rock band The Knack may have upped the game a little when they released “Good Girls Don’t” which supposedly talks about teenage sexual desires. Yet, the song boosted their popularity.

“Island Girl” – Elton John

Elton and his songwriting partner Bernie Taupin are supposed to empathize with the female lead on the song “Island Girl,” but it came out different instead. The lyrics are about a Jamaican prostitute in New York.


“Everyone’s Gone to the Movies” – Steely Dan

The lyrics could shake you to your core. It’s about a man who lures young girls to his den and teaches them “a new game to play.”

“Christine Sixteen” – Kiss

Why does Gene Simmons love the idea of writing oversexualized underaged girls? For this song, the singer was supposed to be tormented by a teenage girl who just came home from school.

“Cat Scratch Fever” – Ted Nugent

This story of a man who can’t get enough satisfaction to feed his large sexual appetite is somewhat disturbing. “The first time that I got it/ I was just ten years old” is not appropriate to sing about.

“Some Girls” – The Rolling Stones

Mick Jagger told everyone that this song was supposed to be satire, but we couldn’t help but criticized the degrading sexism that surrounds this song. From black girls to Asians, everything isn’t so right.

“Turning Japanese” – The Vapors

Apart from its cultural appropriation, its racist lyrics somewhat make it problematic altogether. Just because you broke up with a girl and you feel so alienated doesn’t mean you’re turning into a Japanese person.

“Illegal Alien” – Genesis

From its music video down to its lyrics, everything about this song is downward racist. Phil Collins’s fake Latino accent gave it all away.

“One In a Million” – Guns N’ Roses

Let’s face it: Guns N’ Roses’ negative publicity was the result of their raucous behavior when it comes to writing songs. For “One in a Million,” not only did Axl Rose sung about criticizing immigrants and the blacks but also with the gay community.