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We asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell which popular songs are actually really problematic. Here are the eye-opening results.

Note: Some submissions include topics of domestic abuse, sexual harassment, incest, rape, pedophilia, and anti-gay abuse. Please proceed with caution.


“Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke, Pharrell, and T.I.

Robin Thicke lyrics: "I hate these blurred lines -- I know you want it, I know you want it"

Star Trak / Interscope

“I hate ‘Blurred Lines’ so much. This gross song about nonconsensual sex is still being played, and it makes my blood boil.”


Listen to the song here:

Star Trak / Interscope / Via youtube.com


“Run for Your Life” by the Beatles

Beatles lyrics: "I'd rather see you dead. You better run for your life, little girl"

Michael Ochs Archives / Getty Images

“How about ‘Run for Your Life’ by the Fab Four themselves? They’d never write anything problematic, surely??? ‘You better run for your life if you can, little girl / Hide your head in the sand, little girl / Catch you with another man — that’s the end, little girl.’ Yeah, even the Beatles could write some seriously dodgy shit, like a song about a guy threatening to kill a girl if he sees her loving a different man.”


Listen to the song here:

Parlophone / Via youtube.com


“Jailbait” by Ted Nugent

Ted Nugent lyrics: "I don't care if you're just 13, you look too good to be true"

Paul Natkin / Getty Images

“Ted Nugent isn’t even trying to hide anything — it’s about his attraction to a 13-year-old, her mom giving him permission to have sex, and it ends with him getting arrested and telling the officer to cuff the kid instead so they can ‘share her.’ He’s a well-known piece of shit, but this song is completely appalling and disgusting.”


Listen to the song here:

Epic / Via youtube.com


“Dude (Looks Like a Lady)” by Aerosmith

Aerosmith lyrics: "She had the body of Venus, Lord, imagine my surprise"

Icon and Image / Getty Images

“It’s definitely not a fun song written for Mrs. Doubtfire (the song was released in 1987, and Mrs. Doubtfire came out in 1993). The song plays into the idea that trans women are just ‘in disguise’ to ‘trick or trap people.'”


Listen to the song here:

Geffen / Via youtube.com


“If I Want To” by Usher

Usher lyrics: "I wanna make it clear so there's no misunderstandings, that I get what I want when I want"

Tim Roney / Getty Images

“Usher’s ‘If I Want To’ from 2001 — he’s into a woman who is not into him, but he won’t accept her rejection. She literally says: ‘No, I don’t want you’ and his reaction is: ‘Yes, I can, and I will if I want to.’ He basically calls her a bitch for rejecting him, then continues to tell her how he’ll take her if he wants to: ‘You cop an attitude like you’re too good for me / And you know good and damn well that if I wanted, I could take you from your man (please believe it).'”


Listen to the song here:

Arista / Via youtube.com


“Kim” by Eminem

Eminem lyrics: "Shut the fuck up, and gets what's comin' to you"

Marion Curtis / Getty Images

“It’s supposed to be told from ‘Slim Shady’s’ perspective, but still…like, you don’t write a song about beating your wife…”


“It’s literally him screaming about assaulting and killing his wife.”


Listen to the song here:

Aftermath / Interscope / Via youtube.com


“My Sharona” by the Knack

The Knack lyrics: "I always get it up for the touch of the younger kind"

Paul Natkin / Getty Images

“I never paid much attention to ‘My Sharona’ until recently, and tbh…it’s kinda creepy.”


“How the fuck do people manage to listen to a song with a line: ‘I always get it up for the touch of the younger kind’ and NOT go: ‘Yup, this song is about pedophilia.'”


Listen to the song here:

Capitol / Via youtube.com


“Barbie Girl” by Aqua

Aqua lyrics: "Make me walk, make me talk, do whatever you please. I can act like a star, I can beg on my knees"

Universal / MCA

“I used to love this song when I was a kid because I thought it was about playing with Barbie dolls, and it had a fun, upbeat tune. But when I got older and listened to the lyrics closely, I couldn’t believe that I was allowed to listen to it as a kid. It’s really about a man using a woman as a sex object, and controlling her like she’s a doll — which is very messed up.”


Listen to the song here:

Universal / MCA / Via youtube.com


“Don’t Stand So Close to Me” by the Police

The Police lyrics: "It's not so easy to be the teacher's pet. Temptation, frustration, so bad it makes him cry"


“‘Don’t Stand So Close to Me’ by the Police is literally about a male teacher starting a relationship with his much younger female student.”


Listen to the song here:

A&M / Via youtube.com


“Seventeen” by Winger

Winger lyrics: "She's only seventeen -- daddy says she's too young, but she's old enough for me"


“‘Seventeen’ by Winger, released in 1988. I remember this song and video was on heavy rotation on MTV and rock radio. Hearing it as a 10-year-old, I was completely clueless about it all — looking up the full lyrics now makes my stomach turn.”


Listen to the song here:

Atlantic / Via youtube.com


“Daughters” by John Mayer

John Mayer lyrics: "On behalf of every man looking out for every girl: You are the God and the weight of her world"

Steve Granitz / Getty Images

“‘Daughters’ by John Mayer is disturbing, tbh. Him singing: ‘Fathers be good to your daughters’ and ‘girls become lovers and turn into mothers’ just gives off really creepy vibes. He sees women as objects, and how they’re ‘only good for loving men’ and ‘making babies.’ The song plays at my work all the time, and it disgusts me.”


Listen to the song here:

Columbia / Via youtube.com


“Keep It in the Family” by Deodato

Deodato lyrics: "Just one night with you, that's my fantasy. Please don't tell anybody, we've got to keep it in the family"

Mondadori Portfolio / Getty Images

“The title says it all — this song is disgusting. I first heard it through Spotify on Discover Weekly and it’s got a pretty cool disco beat, but then I listened to the lyrics. I was so shocked, I played a snatch of it to my partner to be sure I was hearing what I thought I had. I’m horrified this is still on Spotify — I tried to find a way to contact them because this is not okay.”


Listen to the song here:

Warner Bros. Records / Via youtube.com


“Blame It (On the Alcohol)” by Jamie Foxx and T-Pain

Jamie Foxx lyrics: "Just one more round and you're down, I know it"

J Records

“I heard ‘Blame It (On the Alcohol)’ on the radio the other day, and it was just so cringey. Men encouraging women to drink until they regret what they do — it made me think about all the songs I listened to back in high school that were pretty problematic.”


Listen to the song here:

J Records / Via youtube.com


“Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” originally from Neptune’s Daughter (1949)

Eve and José from "Neptune's Daughter" singing: "So really I'd better scurry" "Beautiful, please don't hurry"


“‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’ for sure — it normalizes ignoring consent.”


Listen to the song here:

MGM / Via youtube.com


“Ur So Gay” by Katy Perry

Katy Perry lyrics: "I wish you could just be real with me -- you're so gay, and you don't even like boys"


“It was released as one of her first singles when she was breaking into the music business in the late 2000s. If you listen closely, the song is pretty anti-gay and full of problematic lyrics — it’s incredibly cringeworthy to listen to.”


Listen to the song here:

Capitol / Via youtube.com


“Age Ain’t Nothing but a Number” written by R. Kelly for Aaliyah

R Kelly lyrics: "Age ain't nothing but a number, throwing down ain't nothing but a thing"

Blackground / Jive / BMG Records

“‘Age Ain’t Nothing but a Number’ is wrong on so many levels because it was written by R. Kelly for Aaliyah when she was only 14 or 15 years old — it’s like a pedophile’s anthem. The fact that R. Kelly married her when she was underage makes this song (and entire album) more than problematic.”


Listen to the song here:

Blackground / Jive / BMG Records / Via youtube.com


And “Brown Sugar” by the Rolling Stones

Rolling Stones lyrics: "Scarred old slaver knows he's doing alright, hear him whip the women just around midnight"

Rolling Stones Records

“‘Brown Sugar’ by the Rolling Stones has some really questionable lyrics.”


Listen to the song here:

Rolling Stones Records / Via youtube.com

Note: Submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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