Clear Channel Circulates List Of Banned Songs

By | September 18, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Clear Channel has identified 150 songs that are considered to be “lyrically inappropriate” for airplay in the wake of the terror attacks carried out in the U.S. on Tuesday, September 11. A Clear Channel spokesperson has confirmed that the list has been circulated among its stations across the country.

The lyrical content targeted by the list includes any references to death, flying, September, or general destruction. The popular (and highly political) band Rage Against The Machine received the dubious honor of having their entire catalogue on the list.

Pam Taylor, a spokesperson for Clear Channel stations in the San Francisco Bay area was quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle as saying, “This was not a corporate mandate.” Taylor did not identify the program director who compiled the list, but indicated that the individual was from “outside the Bay Area.”

Taylor added that the creation of the list was a “grass roots kind of effort” for stations to use as a reference and a resource but that “It’s clearly up to the local programmer to take the pulse of their own market.”

The Complete List Of Songs:

  • AC/DC, “Shot Down In Flames,” “Shoot To Thrill,” “Dirty Deeds,” “Highway To Hell,” “Safe In New York City,” “TNT,” “Hell’s Bells”
  • Ad Libs, “The Boy From New York City”
  • Alice In Chains, “Rooster,” “Sea Of Sorrow,” “Down In A Hole,” “Them Bone”
  • Alien Ant Farm, “Smooth Criminal”
  • Animals, “We Gotta Get Out Of This Place”
  • Louis Armstrong, “What A Wonderful World”
  • Bangles, “Walk Like An Egyptian”
  • Barenaked Ladies, “Falling For The First Time”
  • Fontella Bass, “Rescue Me”
  • Beastie Boys, “Sure Shot,” “Sabotage”
  • Beatles, “A Day In The Life,” “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds,” “Ticket To Ride,” “Obla Di, Obla Da”
  • Pat Benatar, “Hit Me with Your Best Shot,” “Love Is A Battlefield”
  • Black Sabbath, “War Pigs,” “Sabbath Bloody Sabbath,” “Suicide Solution”
  • Blood, Sweat & Tears, “And When I Die”
  • Blue Oyster Cult, “Burnin’ For You”
  • Boston, “Smokin”
  • Brooklyn Bridge, “Worst That Could Happen”
  • Arthur Brown, “Fire”
  • Jackson Browne, “Doctor My Eyes”
  • Bush, “Speed Kills”
  • Chi-Lites, “Have You Seen Her”
  • Dave Clark Five, “Bits And Pieces”
  • Petula Clark, “A Sign Of The Times”
  • The Clash, “Rock The Casbah”
  • Phil Collins, “In the Air Tonight”
  • Sam Cooke, “Wonder World”
  • Creedence Clearwater Revival, “Travelin’ Band”
  • Cult, “Fire Woman”
  • Bobby Darin, “Mack The Knife”
  • Skeeter Davis, “End Of The World”
  • Neil Diamond, “America”
  • Dio, “Holy Diver”
  • Doors, “The End”
  • Drifters, “On Broadway”
  • Drowning Pool, “Bodies”
  • Bob Dylan, “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door”
  • Everclear, “Santa Monica”
  • Shelly Fabares, “Johnny Angel”
  • Filter, “Hey Man, Nice Shot”
  • Foo Fighters, “Learn To Fly”
  • Fuel, “Bad Day”
  • Peter Gabriel, “When You’re Falling”
  • Gap Band, “You Dropped A Bomb On Me”
  • Godsmack, “Bad Religion”
  • Norman Greenbaum, “Spirit In The Sky”
  • Green Day, “Brain Stew”
  • Guns ‘N’ Roses, “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door”
  • Happenings, “See You In September”
  • Jimi Hendrix, “Hey Joe”
  • Herman’s Hermits, “Wonder World”
  • Hollies, “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother”
  • Buddy Holly & the Crickets, “That’ll Be The Day”
  • Jan & Dean, “Dead Man’s Curve”
  • Billy Joel, “Only The Good Die Young”
  • Elton John, “Benny & The Jets,” “Daniel,” “Rocket Man”
  • Judas Priest, “Some Heads Are Gonna Roll”
  • Kansas, “Dust In The Wind”
  • Carole King, “I Feel The Earth Move”
  • Korn, “Falling Away From Me”
  • Lenny Kravitz, “Fly Away” Led Zeppelin, “Stairway To Heaven”
  • John Lennon, “Imagine”
  • Jerry Lee Lewis, “Great Balls Of Fire”
  • Limp Bizkit, “Break Stuff”
  • Local H, “Bound For The Floor”
  • Los Bravos, “Black Is Black”
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd, “Tuesday’s Gone”
  • Dave Matthews Band, “Crash Into Me”
  • Paul McCartney & Wings, “Live And Let Die”
  • Barry McGuire, “Eve Of Destruction”
  • Don McLean, “American Pie”
  • Steve Miller, “Jet Airliner”
  • Megadeth, “Dread And The Fugitive,” “Sweating Bullets”
  • John Mellencamp, “Crumbling Down,” “I’m On Fire”
  • Martha & the Vandellas, “Nowhere To Run,” “Dancing In The Streets”
  • Metallica, “Seek And Destroy,” “Harvester Or Sorrow,” “Enter Sandman,” “Fade To Black”
  • Alanis Morissette, “Ironic”
  • Mudvayne, “Death Blooms”
  • Rick Nelson, “Travelin’ Man”
  • Nena, “99 Luft Balloons/99 Red Balloons”
  • Nine Inch Nails, “Head Like A Hole”
  • Oingo Boingo, “Dead Man’s Party”
  • Paper Lace, “The Night Chicago Died”
  • John Parr, “St. Elmo’s Fire”
  • Peter & Gordon, “I Go To Pieces,” “A World Without Love”
  • Peter, Paul, & Mary, “Blowin’ In The Wind,” “Leavin’ On A Jet Plane”
  • Tom Petty, “Free Fallin'”
  • Pink Floyd, “Run Like Hell,” “Mother”
  • P.O.D., “Boom”
  • Elvis Presley, “(You’re The Devil In Disguise”
  • Pretenders, “My City Was Gone”
  • Queen, “Another One Bites The Dust,” “Killer Queen”
  • Rage Against The Machine, all songs
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers, “Aeroplane,” “Under The Bridge”
  • R.E.M., “It’s The End Of The World As We Know It”
  • Rolling Stones, “Ruby Tuesday”
  • Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels, “Devil With The Blue Dress”
  • Saliva, “Click Click Boom”
  • Santana, “Evil Ways”
  • Savage Garden, “Crash And Burn”
  • Simon & Garfunkel, “Bridge Over Troubled Water”
  • Frank Sinatra, “New York, New York”
  • Slipknot, “Left Behind,” “Wait And Bleed”
  • Smashing Pumpkins, “Bullet With Butterfly Wings”
  • Soundgarden, “Blow Up The Outside World,” “Fell On Black Days,” “Black Hole Sun”
  • Bruce Springsteen, “I’m On Fire,” “Goin’ Down,” “War”
  • Edwin Starr, “War”
  • Steam, “Na Na Na Na Hey Hey”
  • Cat Stevens, “Peace Train,” “Morning Has Broken”
  • Stone Temple Pilots, “Big Bang Baby,” “Dead And Bloated”
  • Sugar Ray, “Fly”
  • Surfaris, “Wipeout”
  • System Of A Down, “Chop Suey!”
  • Talking Heads, “Burning Down the House”
  • James Taylor, “Fire And Rain”
  • Temple Of The Dog, “Say Hello To Heaven”
  • Third Eye Blind, “Jumper”
  • Three Degrees, “When Will I See You Again”
  • 3 Doors Down, “Duck and Run”
  • 311, “Down”
  • Tool, “Intolerance”
  • Tramps, “Disco Inferno”
  • U2, “Sunday Bloody Sunday”
  • Van Halen, “Jump,” “Dancing In The Streets”
  • J. Frank Wilson, “Last Kiss”
  • Yager & Evans, “In The Year 2525”
  • Youngbloods, “Get Together”
  • Zombies, “She’s Not There.”  

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