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23 November 2010

UK Public Votes Prodigy Song As Most Controversial 

A new survey conducted by PRS for Music, the organisation that collects and pays royalties to its 75,000 songwriting and composing members, has revealed the top 10 most controversial songs, as voted by the British Public.

Topping the chart is Prodigy’s Smack my B*tch Up. Released in 1997, the un-censored version attracted a ban from the BBC and attracted criticism from feminist groups.

The Sex Pistol’s 1997 God Save The Queen attracted great controversy over the way the Queen and the future of England was portrayed.

Top 10 Most Controversial Songs

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

Source: PRS for Music

Commenting on the survey, Ellis Rich, chairman of PRS for Music, said: “These results demonstrate the link between music and society.  Many of these songs have achieved iconic status because of the controversy or because the record was banned.” 


Notes To Editors
The survey was conducted online and had 1757 respondents

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Barney Hooper, Head of PR:
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PRS for Music:
PRS for Music represents 75,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers in the UK. As a not-for-profit organisation it ensures creators are paid whenever their music is played, performed or reproduced; championing the importance of copyright to protect and support the UK music industry. The UK has a proud tradition of creating wonderful music that is enjoyed the world over and PRS for Music has been supporting the creators of that music since 1914. 
PRS for Music provides business and community groups with easy access to over 10m songs through its music licences.  In an industry worth £3.9bn PRS for Music is uniquely placed to be a voice for music and can provide data and comment for all aspects of the business: live, broadcast, sales, online, touring and music creation and up-to-date analysis, research and trends about the industry.



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