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BBC Banned Music: Top Singles Banned
 By the BBC

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Here you can read about some the to
p singles that were banned by Aunti
e Beeb.
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Article Body:
The British Broadcasting Corporatio
n also known as the BBC is a public
 broadcasting corporation. Therefor
e, it allows itself to ban material
s that deviate from certain standar
ds of civility. During the years, m
any singles that were seen as too e
xplicit, distasteful or bear the po
tential for offending the British p
ublic were banned from BBC airplay.
 Here you can read about some of th

In 1977, when England was celebrati
ng the Queens Jubilee, the Sex Pist
ols had released their second singl
e titled God Save the Queen. The si
ngle includes controversial lyrics
that rhyme the national anthem titl
e with fascist regime. Moreover, th
e record cover displayed a picture
of the Queen with a safety pin stuc
k in her nose.

The single was found to offensive t
o be air played by the BBC, but it
did not stop it from reaching numbe
r two on the BBC official singles c
hart. According to the myth, God Sa
ve the Queen was the top selling si
ngle in the UK at the time, but it
was held back of number one to avoi
d controversies.

Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin sc
andalous duet Je TAime ... Moi Non
Plus, translated: I love you... me
neither, was the first ever number
one hit to be banned by the BBC. Al
though at the time of its release,
in 1969, the sexual revolution was
celebrated, the British radio still
 was not able to cope with such exp
licit lyrics, not to mention Birkin
s moans and groans.

The BBC ban and The Vatican denounc
e, did not stop Je TAime ... Moi No
n Plus from being a top selling sin
gle in the UK and worldwide. In Oct
ober 7, 1969, the single reached nu
mber one in the BBC official single
s chart. At the same time, it had r
eached number 69 at the US singles

Je TAime ... Moi Non Plus was a maj
or influence on another BBC banned
single, Donna Summers disco pioneer
 from 1976 titled Love to Love You
Baby. After counting 23 faked orgas
ms performed by Summer in Love to L
ove You Baby, the British Broadcast
ing Corporation banned the song. Ho
wever, it did not stop it from beco
ming a massive hit. Love to Love Yo
u Baby reached number four on the U
K single charts but peaked to numbe
r two on the Billboard pop chart.
Relax by Frankie Goes to Hollywood
is one of the most controversial si
ngles as well as commercially succe
ssful singles in history. The BBC d
id not only ban the song it also di
d not stop BBC Radio 1 DJ Mike Read
 to publicly express his feelings o
f disgust from the single's explici
t lyrics. In 1984, Relax stayed in
the UK singles charts for 42 weeks.
 In five of them, it stayed in numb
er one. By the end of 1984, embarra
ssed Auntie Beeb removed the ban. R
elax is still very popular worldwid
e and it is one of the most recogni
zed symbols of the era. The argumen
ts on whether it gained such a huge
 success despite the BBC ban or the
 BBC ban helped promoting it have n
ot been settled yet.

Paul McCartney and the Wings respon
se to the 1972 Bloody Sunday events
 titled Give Ireland Back to the Ir
ish, was banned by every media reso
urce in the UK. It was forbidden fr
om being broadcast by the BBC, Radi
o Luxembourg and the Independent Te
levision Authority. In addition, th
e song title was not allowed to be
pronounced on the air, so when it a
rrived to the BBC Radio 1 chart sho
w it was presented as a record by t
he group Wings. However, Give Irela
nd Back to the Irish hit the top of
 the Irish singles charts.