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Prodigy top controversial songs list

By | Published on Thursday 25 November 2010

As Kate Thornton probably once said on Channel 4’s ‘104 Tedious Celebrities State The Obvious About Pop Music’: “Like, wow, you know, and I remember, because, like, wow, it gets to the end, and like it’s been all, you know, like wow, and then, well, you see, I remember it, it gets to the end and you’re like, wow, you know, wow because, well, it gets to the end and like, the camera points to a mirror…” Vernon Kaye would then pop up and say “and it’s only a bloomin chick! Fantastic”.

Just as predictable, probably, is that The Prodigy’s ‘Smack My Bitch Up’ would top a poll of the most controversial songs of all time. Well, it was a definite contender anyway. PRS For Music has compiled a list of the ten most controversial pop tracks, surveying Kate Thornton, Vernon Kaye and that guy off T4. Or some other people. Alas Mike Read didn’t answer his phone when called for his vote, which is why ‘Relax’ ended up at number three. Here’s the ten…

1. The Prodigy – Smack My Bitch Up
2. The Sex Pistols – God Save The Queen
3. Frankie Goes To Hollywood – Relax
4. Eminem – Kim
5. Rage Against The Machine – Killing In The Name
6. The Shamen – Ebeneezer Goode
7. Ozzy Osbourne – Suicide Solution
8. Marilyn Manson – Get Your Gunn
9. Slayer – Angel of Death
10. XTC – Dear God