Five music videos banned for going too far

Duran Duran (L-R: Roger Taylor, Simon Le Bon and Nick Rhodes). Photo: PA

Parents are worried about the effect pop stars such as Rihanna, Miley Cyrus and Lady Gaga are having on their children, according to a survey from Netmums.

Children as young as five are repeating sexual lyrics and copying provocative dancing, according to the website.

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However, some music videos in the past have been judged as going too far and were banned by broadcasters.

Here is a list of five music videos that shocked broadcasters so much that they were banned:

  • Relax by Frankie Goes to Hollywood

The BBC completely banned Relax deciding not to show the song's video or play it on the radio.

But the ban helped the single reach number one in the charts, with Frankie Goes To Hollywood's biggest hit staying in the top 75 for 48 consecutive weeks.

The corporation lifted the ban in 1984 and featured the song on Top of the Pops and Radio One's biggest selling songs of the year.

  • What It Feels Like for a Girl by Madonna

Madonna is not a stranger to having her videos banned with Justify My Love, Erotica and Girls Gone Wild all limited for explicit content.

Madonna's ex-husband Guy Ritchie directed the banned music video. Credit: William Conran/PA Archiv

Her song Like a Prayer also caused controversy with religious groups claiming that it was blasphemous.

However, What It Feels Like for a Girl, directed by her ex-husband Guy Ritchie, was banned for another reason - VH1 and MTV did not approve of the crime spree-themed video.

  • Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke

YouTube decided to ban the hit song's music video from its site for being too explicit.

Blurred Lines was also banned in several universities. Credit: Vevo

However, YouTube's banning decision helped Vevo get millions of views after they decided to keep showing the unrated version of the video.

Robin Thicke's song was also banned from several UK universities who claimed the lyrics promoted rape.

Read more: Blurred Lines 'banned' from Edinburgh University venues

  • Dead End Street by The Kinks

The Kinks have the dubious honour of being the first band that had a music video banned by the BBC.

In 1966, the broadcaster decided that the Dead End Street video was tasteless because the band members were depicted as top hat-wearing pallbearers.

However, a "corpse" jumping out of a coffin was judged to be fine by the corporation.

  • Girls on Film by Duran Duran

The raunchy 1981 video, which featured a mud wrestling scene and naked women, was banned by the BBC.

A heavily edited version was shown on the newly-created MTV but the controversy of the video helped keep the song in the charts.

Lead singer Simon Le Bon later said the video's band overshadowed the song's message of exploitation of fashion models.